Latest Windows 11 Insider Preview build lets you change the volume by scrolling the mouse wheel over the tray icon

Oct 18, 2021

Microsoft released a new Windows 11 insider preview build a few days ago. The current version is Build 22478.1012. It brings a couple of interesting changes to the operating system. The latest build includes the new Fluent emoji that users were waiting for, or does it? Take a look at the new emojis.

Windows 11 Fluent Emoji

Here is a screenshot from Microsoft Design's blog, which showed off the 3D fluent emoji.

Windows 11 3D emojis

If you look at the two images, you can tell that the design of the emojis are not even close. Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager of the Windows Insider Program, posted a Tweet in reply to a user who complained about the emojis. LeBlanc says that "they" (the Marketing team) used the wrong graphics, and that Windows 11 will use the 2D versions.

The 2D emojis are an upgrade from the current versions, but those 3D emoticons looked really crisp. That said, people aren't upgrading to a new OS just for the sake of emojis, are they? Well, I guess we should insert a sad face emoji here.

Moving on to the next important change, the new Windows 11 Insider Preview build lets you change the volume quickly. Currently, you either have to rely on your keyboard's multimedia keys, or click the Volume icon on the system tray, and then drag the slide (or use the mouse wheel) to adjust the sound levels. The fresh preview build allows you to adjust the volume by mousing over the Volume icon, and scrolling the mouse wheel.

Image Courtesy: Microsoft

If you have been using the built-in file manager in Windows 11, you may have observed that it takes a second or two to perform various tasks. Build 22478 ships with a fix for File Explorer's bad performance. The latest version also fixes the Notification Center from getting stuck, and becoming non-responsive.

Interestingly, some users are reporting that they have blank tabs in the Windows 11 Task Manager. A few others say they experienced an SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error while updating to the new version. There are a few more known issues with this build, the Search function may not work correctly, and to fix this you need to open the Run box (Win + R), and close it. For the full list of known issues, check the official announcement.

Microsoft is introducing a new process for the update experience, called Update Stack Packages. It has been implemented in the Dev Channel starting with Build 22478, and will allow fixes to be installed before a Monthly or Feature update is installed. You may toggle the option for this feature from the Settings > Windows Update screen.

If you are currently enrolled into the Windows 11 Insider Preview program, you will see a Windows Update labeled KB5007328. Download and install it to patch your OS to Build 22478.1012.

Microsoft has also released a couple of new wallpapers to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Windows Insider Program.

Windows Insider Program new wallpaper light theme

You can download the light theme and dark theme wallpapers from the official website.

Windows Insider Program new wallpaper dark theme

If you are on the stable version of Windows 11 or on Windows 10, and want a similar feature, try the open-source program, TbVolScroll.

Windows 11 Insider Preview adds fluent emojis and a new way to change the volume
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Windows 11 Insider Preview adds fluent emojis and a new way to change the volume
The latest Windows 11 Insider Preview brings support for Fluent Emojis. It also introduces a quick way to adjust the volume using your mouse wheel.
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  1. chesscanoe said on October 19, 2021 at 1:39 am

    I took a quick look at Noto Color Emoji and blew up a 512xx512 gray “3” to 1920×1920 PNG. It looks like a plastic 3 a young child might play with. I think the “3” is an old unmaintained glyph. I couldn’t find a new emoji PNG to play with but it might be there on Github.

  2. Jeff M.S. said on October 19, 2021 at 12:05 am

    The volume feature is “borrowed” from 7+ Taskbar Tweaker’s advanced options. Or Winaero SimpleSndVol. Both have been doing this for years. Nice to see Microsoft copying them.

    1. Kino said on October 19, 2021 at 2:38 am

      Or Linux DEs, they have also been doing this for years.

      1. Nico said on October 19, 2021 at 8:49 am

        MS has likely just copied the source code from a Linux DE. ;)

  3. ULBoom said on October 18, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Is the list of stuff that doesn’t work in Win 11 going to stop growing at some point?

    RIP ninjacat? That’s some serious stuff!

    I’d just like Win 10 to not periodically mangle itself with updates.

  4. It's a Unix system, I know this! said on October 18, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve done this for *years* in Linux.

    “Those who don’t understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.”

    – Henry Spencer, in Introducing Regular Expressions (2012) by Michael Fitzgerald

  5. Nico said on October 18, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    I like Noto Color Emoji more.
    But I found no way to let Windows install it…

  6. kreela said on October 18, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Hmm, I want those 3D emojis. LOL.

  7. Aaa said on October 18, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    This is a really good idea for Linux DEs to implement.

    1. Nico said on October 18, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      I’ve been able to use the scroll wheel to change volume in Linux Mint Mate for years. :)

      1. greg said on October 18, 2021 at 6:54 pm

        Good tip, Nico.
        Works just great -Thanks!!!.
        (Ubuntu Linux 20.04, here)…

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