When Microsoft decided to announce the big Sun Valley update to Windows 10 as “Windows 11”, a new operating system, it took many of us by surprise. Windows 10 may not be a perfect operating system, but it is still a good operating system compared to Windows 8 or even Windows 11.
As part of its efforts to create a modern-looking operating system, Microsoft has recreated the taskbar experience. Windows 11 looks like Windows 10 with some interface tweaks, but the taskbar is one element that has changed dramatically.
If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 11, you probably know that Microsoft has stopped supporting many features. This includes the ability to drag and drop apps to the taskbar or easily create shortcuts of your most used apps by dragging them to the Windows 11 taskbar.
Drag-and-drop support is set to land in preview builds in a few weeks, but won’t come to the public version of Windows 11 until later in 2022.
After the update, you can open files in another app by simply dragging the file to the taskbar, similar to how the feature currently works in Windows 10.
As you can see from the screenshot above, you can also easily pin shortcuts to the taskbar in the next update.
Other than drag and drop, Windows 11 also doesn’t allow you to easily resize the taskbar. This could change with the next big update. Microsoft is working on a new “overflow menu,” which will make it easier to find running apps when you have too many apps open and allow users to easily resize the taskbar.
The concept of the overflow menu is not very clear at this time, but we understand that this change could also bring back support for a resizable taskbar in the future.
The Windows 11 taskbar cannot be adjusted using the Settings app, but users can modify the registry and make the taskbar larger or smaller. While the registry hack works, in some cases it can lead to user interface issues. For example, taskbar buttons such as WiFi or Bluetooth may not line up with the rest of the app icons.
With Sun Valley 2 (version 22H2), it looks like Microsoft will make a new change that will improve the app list overflow experience and address alignment issues with the taskbar, so you can easily resize it.
It’s unclear if the company will add a switch to Settings to make the process much simpler for people who aren’t tech-savvy.
The third big change would be better support for multi-monitor setups. According to the official release notes of the preview builds, you will be able to display the clock and date on the taskbar of other monitors.
Also, Microsoft will be adding a new weather panel to the taskbar and this particular change could be implemented outside of Sun Valley 2.
For the inexperienced, Microsoft plans to release the Sun Valley 2 update in the fall of this year, possibly in October.