It seems like Microsoft doesn’t know what to do with the Windows 11 taskbar and start menu, especially when it comes to mixing desktop and tablet experiences. Now our taskbar might lose another helpful feature to the tablet UI.
The first major update for Windows 11 is coming later this year and will be known as the “Sun Valley 2” Anniversary Update or version 22H2. When it arrives, owners will enjoy all sorts of new features and changes, but users might not welcome all of the tweaks.
Last week Microsoft released its latest Insider Preview, build number 22581, showing some of these upcoming adjustments. Accordingly WindowsLatestMicrosoft has removed the ability to click and drag (move) icons on the taskbar tray.
The system tray icons (aka notification area overflow) can be rearranged to suit users’ needs. Whether it’s color matching the icons or putting the icon you use most in a spot that’s easier to click. In the current version of Windows 11, owners can easily click and drag these icons. And while these are typically applications that run in the background and aren’t important enough to pin to the taskbar or start menu, they’re still extremely useful.
Oddly enough, it sounds like a lot of Windows 11 users don’t know these are customizable, but they are. However, with the upcoming Sun Valley 2 update, Microsoft could ditch this helpful little feature in order to improve the tablet’s user interface and experience.
If this change persists, you will no longer be able to quickly drag, drop, and rearrange the taskbar icons on Windows 11. Or accidentally move them on a touchscreen tablet device. It sounds like Microsoft will still allow customizations in a settings menu, but we’re losing the convenience factor.
It’s worth noting that this change is on an Insider build, so we’re not sure if it will make it to the official release just yet. However, we will keep an eye on further details.
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