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Microsoft recently released Windows 11 Build 22563 to the insiders who are part of the Dev (Preview) Channel. Some of the key highlights of this build include a Tablet-optimized taskbar, dynamic Widgets content, and a new group policy for managing Windows Update notifications for the IT Admins.


With this latest build, the company is trying to make the Windows 11 taskbar a little more tablet-friendly by making it a lot less cluttered. Continue reading to know more about this feature which is now available in the insiders' dev channel as a preview.


Microsoft adds a new tablet-friendly taskbar for Windows 11


Windows 11 Build 22563 adds Tablet-optimized taskbar

Microsoft is now experimenting with a clutter-free taskbar for Windows 11 tablet devices by hiding the Start, search, widgets, and application icons. We’re introducing a new taskbar state that’s specifically designed to make you feel more confident and comfortable using your device as a tablet, says Microsoft.


There are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you’re holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch.


To get the full taskbar, you will need to wipe up the taskbar to reveal all the hidden icons.


Microsoft adds a new tablet-friendly taskbar for Windows 11


If you are using a 2-in-1 device, your taskbar will automatically transition to this optimized version when you disconnect or fold back the keyboard. Do note that this feature will work only on devices that can be used as tablets. If you are using laptops or desktop PCs, this feature is not for you.


You can navigate to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors to see if this feature is available on your device. If it is available, you will see a new setting called “Automatically hide the taskbar when using your device as tablet” which will be set to ON by default. You can turn it OFF/ON at any time.


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