New Windows 11 Insider Build Brings Back Naming Options for Start Menu Folders

Windows 11 PC with Start Menu

Microsoft has just released the Windows 11 Insider build 22579 for testers in the Dev Channel. The main change in this build is the ability to name app folders in the Start Menu, but there are also some important updates for the Media Player and Your Phone apps.

App/Tile folders were a popular feature in the Windows 10 Start Menu, and Microsoft recently started testing a new version of that in the Pinned section of the Windows 11 Start Menu. Starting with today’s build 22579, Insiders can now name their app folders, and every new app folder will now have the default name of “Folder.”

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Folders on Start.

If you’re an IT Pro, this build also introduces a new policy for excluding USB removable drives from BitLocker encryption. “This will solve the problem of automatic or accidental encryption of storage built into specialized devices like video cameras, voice recorders, conferencing systems, medical devices and many more,” the Windows Insider team explained.

In this build, Microsoft has also started testing a new multi-finger touch gesture. Using three fingers on their trackpad, testers can now swipe left or right to switch between recently used windows.

Swipe with 3 fingers left and right to switch between recently used windows.

Microsoft has also started rolling out an update for the Windows 11 Media Player app that brings support for CD playback. “We’ve also made improvements to better adapt to theme changes and to the media content drag and drop experience,” the team said today.

Lastly, Microsoft is improving the new Recent Apps feature in the Windows 11 Your Phone app with an integration with the Office desktop and web apps. For testers with select Galaxy phones, it’s now possible to open supported Office documents showing up in the Recent Apps pop up in the Office desktop apps or the Office web apps, rather than the Office mobile app that’s installed on the phone.

“Recent Apps requires a deeper level of integration with the Android device and the team worked directly with Samsung to light this up. It is available on select Samsung devices that have Link to Windows, with OneUI 3.1.1 or higher and Link to Windows Service 2.3.”

This Recent Apps update, even though it’s still limited to select Samsung phones, is quite exciting. It’s an early promise of more synergies between Android apps and Windows apps, and it doesn’t really make sense to use Android apps on your PC via Your Phone while you could probably be more productive using a Windows app, or a web app. We’re still far from the seamless “Handoff” continuity features Apple created across iOS and macOS devices, but this is still a step in the right direction.

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  • ozaz

    18 March, 2022 - 2:17 pm

    <p>How do you even create a start menu folder? </p><p>Didn’t know this was possible in Windows 11.</p>

    • Laurent Giret

      Premium Member
      18 March, 2022 - 2:40 pm

      <p>you need to be an Insider, and you can only create folders with apps in the pinned section of the Start Menu</p>

      • SvenJ

        Premium Member
        18 March, 2022 - 3:44 pm

        <p>And if you are, it’s as expected, drop one icon onto another and a folder appears with them in it.</p>

  • Cosmocronos

    18 March, 2022 - 5:06 pm

    <p>Recent apps functionalities for Samsung only? What about the Duo? It is MS own child…</p>

    • Maverick010

      19 March, 2022 - 4:03 pm

      <p>That is due to Samsung integrate that feature deep into their phone experience with the OneUI GUI. It also can work on Android devices with at least Link to Windows Service 2.3 where you do not get that deep level of integration. They most likely worked with Samsung to get it to work quite well with the integration though is all they meant.</p>

  • Rahul Sharma

    19 March, 2022 - 2:05 am

    <p>The three finger gesture is not new, the animation accompanying it is. </p>

  • ruivo

    19 March, 2022 - 10:31 am

    <p>Cool, Windows 11 start menu is achieving feature parity with Windows 3.11 program manager!</p>

    • hrlngrv

      Premium Member
      19 March, 2022 - 9:45 pm

      <p>Now, now, let’s avoid overstatement.</p>

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