Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23435 brings Gallery in File Explorer and more

Microsoft releases a new Windows 11 Insider preview build to the Dev channel. Today’s build is labeled with 23435 build number, seeding with a bunch of new features and changes. Read along to learn more details about the latest incremental developer build.

Microsoft is pushing the new software to eligible PCs with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23435.1000 (ni_prerelease). As it is an incremental upgrade, you can quickly upgrade your PC to the latest build. If you are a member of the Windows Insider Preview Program with the developer channel, then you can update your PC to today’s release.

Speaking about the changes, then the latest developer preview build brings Gallery to File Explorer, expanding the badging on the start menu, another change is the introduction of “pizza” icon appears on the command bar in File Explorer, which denotes the preview of Windows App SDK version of File Explorer, presence sensing settings under privacy and security. It is available for devices that have support for presence sensor.

Here’s how Microsoft explains the change of Gallery in File Explorer.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23435

“We are introducing Gallery, a new feature in File Explorer designed to make it easy to access your photo collection. The set of content shown in Gallery is the same as what you’ll see in the All Photos view in the Photos app.”

Now let’s take a look at the complete list of changes coming with Windows 11 Preview Build 23435.

  • General
    • We are continuing the exploration of badging on the Start menu with several new treatments for users logging in with local user accounts to highlight the benefits of signing in with a Microsoft account (MSA). If you see one of these treatments, give us feedback on what you think. As a reminder, it is normal for us to try out different concepts in the Dev Channel to get feedback.
      Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23435
  • File Explorer
    • Windows Insiders will begin noticing a “pizza” icon on the command bar in File Explorer. This icon denotes that an Insider is previewing the Windows App SDK version of File Explorer. Functionality in File Explorer remains unchanged, it just switches from using WinUI 2 to using WinUI 3.
  • Narrator
    • Narrator users who interact with Traditional Chinese characters are now able to do this with confidence while using Narrator and the IME candidate window in Windows. This was accomplished by creating a Traditional Chinese dictionary for detail reading. Narrator now consumes the dictionary to disambiguate each Traditional Chinese word. Users should be aware that Narrator detailed reading is only supported for the Taiwan language pack. The Hong-Kong language pack is not supported with Narrator.
  • Settings
    • We are introducing new presence sensor privacy settings and APIs. If you have a device with compatible presence sensors, you can now manage your privacy and block/allow certain apps from accessing these sensors. No images or metadata is collected by Microsoft and all processing is done locally on the device hardware to maximize privacy. You will find these settings under Settings > Privacy & security > Presence sensing here if your device supports it. App developers with devices with compatible presence sensors can target apps to request and read user presence information after requesting a human presence capability. Learn more about the API here.


  • Taskbar & System Tray
    • Fixed a few explorer.exe crashes that were impacting taskbar reliability.
  • Input
    • Updated the TextInput/EnableTouchKeyboardAutoInvokeInDesktopMode MDM policy to allow “2” as a valid value to enforce showing the touch keyboard on tapping an edit control even when the hardware keyboard is attached.
  • Settings
    • Fixed an issue which was causing Settings crashes when navigating to various Windows Update related pages in the last couple flights.
  • Live Captions
    • Fixed the issue that caused enhanced speech recognition support installed through the Language & Region settings page to require restarting live captions if you switch languages in the live captions Caption language menu on Arm64 devices.
    • Fixed the issue where you may not see install completion of “Enhanced speech recognition” (required by Live Captions) when adding a language through the Language & Region settings page, and language feature installation progress may become hidden.
  • Task Manager
    • Improved the performance of the expand all / collapse all View options on the Processes page.
  • Accessibility
    • Updated Narrator’s default for “Context level for buttons and controls” to “3 – Immediate content name and type.”

If your PC is running on Windows 11 with the dev channel in Windows Insider Preview Program, then you can install the new release preview build on your system. You can check for the new update by visiting Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.

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