The Windows 11 taskbar is Microsoft’s most controversial design choice for its new operating system. The redesigned taskbar has been widely criticized, but the good news is that the tech giant is listening to feedback, and the preview builds now include fixes for annoying bugs.
Unlike previous versions of Windows, the Windows 11 taskbar is apparently based on modern XAML code and uses WinUI controls. The taskbar has been written from scratch and does not support features like drag and drop. Also, users cannot change the taskbar location from the default bottom view, which some people prefer.
These Windows 11 taskbar limitations can be frustrating, but there are other known issues as well. For example, Windows 11 has a bug where the taskbar might end up blinking when you try to change input methods.
There’s another bug where the taskbar tooltip (pop-ups that appear when you hover over items) could end up in a totally unexpected location. Users have also reported a bug where the taskbar tooltip does not appear when hovering over the corner icons of the taskbar too quickly.
This works by hovering over multiple icons quickly, queuing the tooltips and displaying them all on separate occasions of repeatedly hovering over the taskbar, users noted in a comment center post.
Fortunately, Microsoft made a change to the operating system to improve the reliability of the taskbar, and the fix is currently included in preview releases.
Windows 11 taskbar displays incorrect information
In Windows 11, an error could affect the battery level displayed on the taskbar. In fact, the battery level of the taskbar sometimes shows a percentage higher than 100%. This has been documented by users in the Feedback Center, with users explaining that the battery level was over 100 percent in some cases.
Of course this is a bug with the Windows 11 taskbar and Microsoft now offers a fix in the latest preview version.
“The battery icon tooltip should no longer unexpectedly show a percentage greater than 100,” Microsoft said in the release notes for Windows 11 Build 22523.
Drag and drop will be back soon
At the same time, Microsoft is internally testing taskbar drag-and-drop support.
As you probably know, Windows 11 removed drag and drop from the taskbar, so you can’t drag apps to the taskbar to create shortcuts for your favorite app. It is also not possible to drag and drop files into open applications on the taskbar to launch those files as URLs or images in the application.
According to sources familiar with development, the feature is now set to return in Windows 11 22H2. Microsoft will add this much-requested feature to preview builds, but it likely won’t happen for a few months.