Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563 brings improvements to taskbar for tablets

Microsoft has just released a new preview build of Windows 11 with a couple of new features and improvements. The latest build is labeled with a 22563 version number, it is available for users opted dev channel in Windows Insider Program. Here’s everything you need to know about the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563 update.

Microsoft plants the new update with Windows 11 22563.1000 (pre_release) build number. As always, Microsoft shared the details of the new release on its Insider Blog. And as per the details, this build brings a tablet-optimized taskbar, more dynamic widget content, New group policy for managing Windows Update notifications, along with a big list of fixes.

Last week’s update brings a couple of useful gestures for devices with touch support. Now Microsoft rolls out a new update with the tablet-optimized taskbar, obviously, users can use the recently added gestures with the improved taskbar. The feature is limited to devices that can be used as a tablet.

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Microsoft said, “There are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you’re holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.”

Moving to the enhancements, then users can now search content from OneDrive directly from Quick Access, easier snapping, access to 37 new emojis, updated accessibility flyout on lock screen, improved login performance, along with a big list of fixes.

Here are the release notes coming with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563.

Windows 11 Insider Dev Build 22563 – Changes and Improvements

  • File Explorer
    • Search from Quick Access has been expanded to include content from your OneDrive, Downloads, and any indexed location. Use Quick Access to find results fast.
    • Files in Quick Access without any local presence (for example, files shared to you from another OneDrive) now show thumbnails and work with OneDrive sharing.
  • Windowing
    • We’ve made it even easier to snap the most relevant windows next to each other side by side by introducing Microsoft Edge tabs as suggested windows in snap assist. When a window is snapped, you will now see 3 of your most recent Edge tabs shown (by default) as suggestions. You can always control whether to show Microsoft Edge tabs and number of tabs shown when snapping or pressing ALT + TAB via Settings > System > Multitasking.
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  • Input
    • Starting with this build, Windows Insiders can now use 37 new emoji characters in the emoji picker as part of Emoji 14.0. Some of the new emoji include “melting face”, “troll”, “coral”, “beans”, “playground slide”, and “mirror ball”.
    • Skin tone variations for hands gestures and people bring the total to 112 emoji which includes the hand shake. You can now choose the skin tones between the two hands in the hand-shake emoji.
    • The updated accessibility flyout on the login screen, introduced in Build 22557, is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.

Windows 11 Insider Dev Build 22563 – Fixes

  • General
    • Improved login performance for a specific case where someone had a very large temp folder.
    • Fixed a few issues impacting explorer.exe reliability.
    • Updated the volume flyout when using the hardware keys on your keyboard to account for cases where there is no working audio.
  • Taskbar
    • The auto-hide taskbar will now stay expanded while you use Task View to switch Desktops.
    • When dragging a file or app to the taskbar, we’ve updated the message next to the mouse showing what is and is not supported to now respond to dark mode and contrast themes.
    • Fixed a cyclical explorer.exe crash that was happening for people using the French (Canada) display language, related to the battery icon tooltip.
    • Updated the mute icon in the taskbar so that the tooltip now gives a hint for the keyboard shortcut (WIN + Alt + K).
  • Tablet-optimized taskbar
  • NOTE: These fixes will only show if tablet-optimized taskbar is enabled on your device. Please see above for details on the tablet-optimized taskbar, which is beginning to roll out to Windows Insiders and not yet available for everyone.
    • The top border line of taskbar now extends across the entire taskbar instead of stopping just before the system tray area.
    • The button styling for the hidden icons flyout is now consistent with the design of the rest of the system tray buttons.
    • The taskbar should no longer flicker when switching input methods or during other scenarios where system tray icons are added and removed.
  • Start Menu
    • Fixed an issue that was causing the Start menu to not open consistently with the new touch gesture where you swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
    • When recommended items are newly added or removed, their icons will now be animated to fade in and out.
    • The sleep icon in the power menu is no longer incorrectly showing as a bell.
    • Fixed an issue causing the apostrophe in the power button tooltip to not display correctly.
    • Names of apps in folders no longer appear blurred briefly when opening folders in Start.
    • Fixed a crash some people were encountering when trying to share an app from the All apps list.
  • File Explorer
    • Fixed an issue where the OneDrive icon wouldn’t show up in the File Explorer command bar sometimes when it should have.
    • Removed a random white dot that was appearing in the context menu when right clicking on File Explorer’s title bar in dark mode.
  • Input
    • Made some improvements to the emoji search results based on feedback, including generally putting a stronger preference in the search results to the exact name match of emoji (for example, the balloon emoji first when searching for balloon) over the various other emoji that might be returned for those keywords.
    • Fixed an issue causing Insiders to not see the updated Korean IME design in the previous flight.
    • Fixed a couple issues with the coloring in the IME candidate window.
    • Mitigated a crash that was happening when attempting to access the Personalization > Text Input in Settings after upgrading if you had customized your touch keyboard appearance.
    • Addressed an explorer.exe crash that could happen when switching input methods.
    • Improved the performance of launching the input switcher for the first time.
    • If you have “Show accent color on Start and Taskbar” enabled in Color Settings, the input switcher background color will now follow that preference.
    • Fixed the Typing link name in the touch keyboard settings options, so it matches the Settings page that opens.
    • System > Clipboard in Settings now explains why the “Sync across your devices” option could be grayed out.
    • Added text to the emoji panel to help explain certain scenarios where emoji search results aren’t supported.
  • Search
    • We’ve done some more work to reduce the chance that the recent searches flyout could get stuck on the screen.
    • We’ve addressed an issue in recent Dev Channel builds leading to some Insiders experiencing an issue where search would open, but only show a magnifying glass in the window and not display any results. If you continue experiencing issues, please file feedback under Desktop Environment > Search with details about what exactly you are seeing.
  • Settings
    • Addressed an issue where pop up dialogs (for example, when adding an optional feature, or when configuring your IP address) in Settings were launching left aligned instead of centered.
    • Addressed an issue where RSAT: DNS Server Tools would show that it was installed in Optional Features if you attempted to install it but wouldn’t actually be installed.
    • Fixed an issue where Display settings might not show the option to change refresh rate when your PC was in portrait mode.
    • Settings should no longer crash when attempting to uninstall apps via Apps > Installed apps when your User Account Control settings are set to Always Notify.
    • Windows Update > Update History should show history for feature updates again with this build.
    • Mitigated an issue related to the Windows Update page that could make Settings hang.
    • The link to give feedback in Settings > System > Notifications will now take you directly to notifications feedback section in the Feedback Hub.
    • Fixed an issue preventing you from adding Bluetooth or Cast to the Quick Settings flyout.
    • The media controls above Quick Settings should now show when you open media or hide when you close media more reliably.
    • Fixed an issue where the number in the volume popup that opens when you use your hardware keys didn’t match the volume number in Quick Settings.
    • Improved the positioning of the Accessibility flyout above the button on the login screen.
    • Fixed an issue that was occasionally causing certain Bluetooth devices to not auto-connect after powering on or resuming your PC from sleep/hibernate.
  • Widgets
    • With the taskbar left-aligned, information such as temperature is now shown.
    • Fixed an issue where Widgets weather info may have shown different information across a multi-monitor setup.
  • Task Manager
    • Did some work to help address an issue where the navigation bar in the updated Task Manager design was showing black glitches when you launched Task Manager from a minimized state.
  • Windowing
    • Fixed an issue that was preventing you from using the minimize, maximize, and close buttons on maximized apps (and other scenarios) because Notification Center had kept focus.
    • Did some work to improve the smoothness of the animation when invoking Task View using the 3-finger on screen gesture.
    • Improved general reliability of ALT + Tab to help address scenarios where it could get stuck.
    • Addressed an issue that was impacting the performance when using ALT + Tab, Task View or snap assist in recent builds.
    • Snap group titles should appear properly when using Windows with an Arabic or Hebrew display language now.
    • Made some refinements to the snap layouts invocation experience when moving a window to the top of the screen.
    • Fixed an issue where dragging a snapped window while snap assist is active would include a thumbnail of the dragged window.
    • When using the down arrow to navigate through app thumbnails in snap assist, it should cycle to the top now when you’ve reached the bottom row.
    • Fixed two crashes that could happen when using snap layouts on a secondary monitor or a portrait mode monitor.
    • Made the margins for snapping to the left and right side of the screen a little bigger.
    • Switching desktops using the keyboard shortcuts while the Start menu is open should no longer cause your desktop to unexpectedly switch back after closing Start.
  • Network
    • Added some text to show Disconnecting to communicate if work is in progress after you’ve clicked the Disconnect button in the VPN section of Quick Settings.
    • Fixed an issue where Managed VPN profiles with IPv4 routes specified might disconnect frequently.
  • Narrator
    • Narrator will no longer jump up to the search box in Start after using the power or account menus.
    • After switching to the All apps section of the Start menu, Narrator will now navigate to and read you app information correctly.
    • Narrator in Word online will now read the new line correctly when arrowing up and down between paragraphs.
    • Fixed an issue that was causing Narrator to stop reading or being able to move the cursor when entering tables in Microsoft Word.
    • Improved how Narrator reads content in the Accessibility flyout on the login screen.
  • Other
    • Fixed an issue that was causing the back button in the sign in window of certain apps to not to be visible when using a contrast theme.

Microsoft also mentioned a list of known issues on the Windows Blog. You can check out before updating your PC.

As mentioned earlier, if you’ve opted for the developer channel in Insider Preview Program and running on Windows 11, then you’ll receive the prerelease build. You can simply head over to Settings > Windows Update > click on Check for Updates. You can simply download the update on your PC.

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