The new taskbar is one of the most controversial changes in Windows 11. The updated taskbar, which comes without extremely basic features like drag and drop, has been disliked by many users. The good news is that Microsoft is listening to feedback and is fixing most of the taskbar issues in the Sun Valley 2 update.
As you probably know (and hate it), Windows 11 doesn’t let you drag and drop files onto the taskbar to quickly open them in your favorite software. You also can’t drag and drop apps onto the taskbar to create shortcuts.
As we exclusively reported last year, the company has been internally considering support for this functionality for nearly six months. With Windows 11 Build 22557, Microsoft has finally enabled drag and drop for the taskbar, allowing users to drag and drop files between app windows.
Drag and drop is now supported on the Windows 11 taskbar
Starting with Windows 11 Build 22557, it is now possible to drag and drop files such as images or text between app windows. To get started, simply select and hold a pinned file on the desktop or in File Explorer and drag it onto one of the open applications on the taskbar by hovering over the icons.
This will bring your windows to the foreground and apps will be able to copy the dragged content for you. For example, you can drag a picture from your desktop and drop it on Outlook’s attachments screen by hovering over the Outlook icon on the taskbar.
Additionally, drag and drop support also unlocks new customization opportunities. You can customize your taskbar by dragging apps from the All Apps list on the Start menu and dropping them on the taskbar to create quick shortcuts.
Similarly, you can even drag and drop to the desktop via the “Show Desktop” feature that appears in the left corner of the taskbar.
Microsoft is currently testing the feature in a Dev Channel Preview, which is an early release that allows users to test new features before they are rolled out to customers around the world.
Other improvements for the taskbar
As part of its efforts to improve the taskbar, Microsoft is also introducing support for a new privacy feature that will notify users when a window is shared. This is possible with a new visual cue that will appear above the app icon in the window being shared during the Teams meeting.
The new taskbar feature is particularly useful when there are multiple applications running or you have multiple monitors.
As you may have noticed, Microsoft released a big February 2022 update for the stable builds of Windows 11 with support for some taskbar features and more. Microsoft may push drag-and-drop support and other changes in Windows 11 version 21H2 through an upcoming cumulative update.