Windows 11 Insider Build 25163 Brings Back Taskbar Overflow

Microsoft has just released the Windows 11 preview build 25163 for Insiders in the Dev Channel. The main new feature being introduced today is a redesigned taskbar overflow experience that will allow Windows 11 users to view all their overflowed apps in one space.

The new overflow state will automatically kick in when the Windows 11 taskbar has reached its maximum capacity. “The overflow menu will contain many of the current taskbar behaviors users are familiar with, such as supporting pinned apps, jump list, and extended UI. After invoking overflow, the menu will quietly dismiss once you click outside of it or navigate to an application,” the Windows Insider team explained.

In addition to this new taskbar overflow experience, today’s build 25163 improves nearby sharing, making it possible to discover and share to more devices via the built-in Windows share window. The discovery of devices has been enhanced by using the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) and Bluetooth to surface nearby devices.

Microsoft is also adding OneDrive as a target in the built-in Windows Share window. This will let Windows 11 users directly upload files to OneDrive from File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window.

These improvements to the built-in Windows share window are also rolling out now to select Insiders on the Beta channel. Microsoft has now split this channel into two groups, with one group receiving new features and the other one having new features turned off by default.

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  • mattbg

    Premium Member
    20 July, 2022 - 2:09 pm

    <p>So what happens today when the Windows 11 taskbar reaches capacity?</p>

    • Jordan_Meyer

      Premium Member
      20 July, 2022 - 6:47 pm

      <p>If it’s anything like Windows 10 you get tiny arrow buttons on either end and have to scroll the Taskbar horizontally.</p>

      • Jordan_Meyer

        Premium Member
        20 July, 2022 - 11:15 pm

        <p>Yep I was wrong… Win11 just stupidly hides anything that doesnt fit on the Taskbar leaving only alt tab to find them</p>

        • c.hucklebridge

          Premium Member
          21 July, 2022 - 6:54 am

          <p>I was about to say that the overflow in Windows 11 is rubbish, but to make things even "better", it’s part of that A/B testing, so I don’t have the new overflow handling, just the existing "non-overflow" handling.</p>

  • Matthew Santacroce (InnoTechLLC)

    20 July, 2022 - 7:23 pm

    <p>I just tried it in Win 11 (without the update) and my overflow doesn’t flow at all… It behaved very poorly. I could not access the last couple apps that I launched. Glad to see they’re fixing this. </p>

  • truerock2

    20 July, 2022 - 9:58 pm

    <p>Me, I want…</p><p>wider scroll bars</p><p>wider window borders</p><p>contrast color for windows borders</p><p>contrast color for title bar</p>

    • hrlngrv

      Premium Member
      21 July, 2022 - 2:38 am

      <p>Get WindowBlinds and roll your own theme(s).</p>

    • ronh

      Premium Member
      21 July, 2022 - 10:19 pm

      <p>Accessibility &gt; Visual Effects for scroll bars</p><p>Personalization &gt; Colors for Show accent color on title bars and windows borders (I would like to make them a bit thicker)</p>

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    21 July, 2022 - 2:37 am

    <p>Given such helpful innovation, what boor could still ask (beg?) for small icons and multiple rows of ’em? /s</p>


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