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The all-new, comfortable-to-touch taskbar comes in the latest preview of Windows 11

The all-new, comfortable-to-touch taskbar comes in the latest preview of Windows 11

Zoom / Touch screen devices like the Surface will take advantage of some new features in the latest Windows 11 preview builds.

Andrew Cunningham

Microsoft is known for everything on a tablet-centric touch screen interface with Windows 8The company has spent pretty much all major Windows releases since then slowly backing away from that decision. This decline reached its climax Windows 11which completely removed the last remnants of tablet mode that survived in Windows 10.

But the last two Windows 11 Insider Preview builds have enhanced the touchscreen capabilities of Windows 11. The version was released to Dev channel users last week It included new gestures, changes to how snap windows work when in tablet mode, and a few other improvements. And the New build released today Full taskbar repair for touch screens.

Windows 11 in its current form adds more space between icons when using your device as a tablet, but the new preview goes further. When using apps, the taskbar will shrink into a narrow strip across the bottom of the screen: it’s still long enough to show your clock, network, sound, and battery status icons, but all installed apps and other system tray icons are hidden. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen or closing an app window brings up a new, larger version of the taskbar with larger, more finger-friendly icons and spaces. The taskbar disappears again once you launch your app.

The regular Windows 11 taskbar.
Zoom / The regular Windows 11 taskbar.

Andrew Cunningham

When in tablet mode, the new taskbar shrinks to the bottom of the screen, showing clock and status icons but nothing else.
Zoom / When in tablet mode, the new taskbar shrinks to the bottom of the screen, showing clock and status icons but nothing else.

Andrew Cunningham

Swipe up or close an app, though, and a much larger version of the taskbar with more finger-friendly icons slides up from the bottom of the screen.
Zoom / Swipe up or close an app, though, and a much larger version of the taskbar with more finger-friendly icons slides up from the bottom of the screen.

Andrew Cunningham

If you want to try these features out for yourself, you’ll need to use touchscreen devices — Windows 11 still doesn’t have a dedicated tablet mode toggle like Windows 10 did. Instead, the operating system relies on signals from your hardware to enable and disable user interface tweaks. Tablet-focused. You should see the new taskbar automatically if you use Surface In tablet mode, for example, or if you flip the hinge on a yoga-style convertible laptop.

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List image by Andrew Cunningham