Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563 brings a new Taskbar style for tablets, Dynamic content in Widgets and more

Ashwin
Feb 25, 2022
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Windows 11 Build 22563 has been released for users who have opted into the Dev Channel of the Insider Preview Program. The new version ships with many fixes, and introduces some emojis, a new Taskbar style for touchscreen devices, and more.

Windows 11 Build 22563 brings a new Taskbar style for tablets

What's new in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563

Dynamic Content in Widgets

Microsoft is changing the Widgets Experience by introducing dynamic content.  Take a look at the screenshot below, do you see the "add widgets" button in the image on the left? That creates a gap between the widgets and the news feed. The latest build removes this gap to blend the two sections. The add widgets button appears at the top of the panel instead. The idea is to provide an easier way to use the Widgets board out of the box, without the need to curate the feeds.

Windows 11 dynamic content in widgets panel

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Users who have customized the Widgets board will not be affected by the change. The new Widgets board design isn't available for all users yet, it is being A/B tested.

Optimized Taskbar for Tablets

Windows 11 Build 22563 has a new Taskbar style for Tablets. When enabled, the collapsed state hides all icons on the Taskbar, and only displays the System Tray with the Date/Time. It kind of looks like an Android home screen launcher's interface. To bring the icons back, switch to the expanded state. The horizontal line that was cutting out near the System Tray has been fixed in the new collapsed Taskbar. It extends to the full length of the screen. The new Taskbar state is not available for PCs and Laptops, it is exclusive for touch-screen devices including tablets, and 2-in-1 devices.

new group policy windows 11 update notifications

A new Group Policy is available in the latest version of the Windows 11 Dev Channel. It can be found at the following location in the Local Group Policy Editor: Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage end user experience > Display options for update notifications. The new policy, intended for IT Admins to manage their end-points at work/school, allows you to disable all Windows Update notifications from appearing. There are 3 settings that you may choose from. The first setting uses the default notifications, the second one turns off all notifications, but will warn the user about restarting the computer. The third option disables all notifications completely.

Explorer

File Explorer's Quick Access section now supports searching content in your OneDrive, Downloads, and indexed locations. Quick Access will display thumbnails for files that are not stored locally, i.e., your OneDrive files, shared files, etc. When you toggle Snap Assist mode, Windows will display the 3 recent tabs that you opened in Edge. You can click on the suggested tabs, to snap them on the screen. This behavior can be modified from the Settings > System > Multitasking page.

microsoft edge tabs in snap assist

It lets you set it to display 3 recent tabs, 5 recent tabs, All tabs. If you don't want Snap Assist to display tabs, you can turn it off from the Settings. The emoji panel has been updated, bringing 37 new emojis from Emoji 14.0, including new skin tone variations for hand gestures, a melting face, troll, coral, etc.

windows 11 microsoft edge tabs snap

The login screen now displays a flyout with toggles for accessibility options.

windows 11 accessibility flyout login screen

Fixes in Windows 11 Build 22563

Users with a large temp folder should see a difference in the login performance. File Explorer's reliability has been improved, a crash issue that was happening for French (Canada) language users has been resolved. The issue was caused by the battery icon tooltip. Explorer will not crash when switching input methods.

The OneDrive icon will appear consistently in the File Explorer command bar. Right-clicking on the Explorer title bar, will no longer cause a white dot to appear randomly in the context menu. Switching between input methods, adding/removing system tray icons should no longer cause the Taskbar to flicker.

The Start Menu's swipe gesture is more responsive. The Power Menu will display the correct sleep icon instead of a bell. A crash that was happening while sharing an app from the All Apps list has been patched. The performance of ALT + Tab, Task View has been improved. The Search panel will display results correctly, as opposed to being blank in the previous build.

Please refer to the official release notes, for a list of fixes and known issues in Windows 11 Build 22563.

Image courtesy: Microsoft.

The narrow Taskbar style looks neat, if only PC users had the option to resize the thickness. It's a shame that the fix for the border line issue is not available for PC users.

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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563 is available for users in the Dev Channel
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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563 has been released to the Dev Channel. It ships with various fixes, and introduces a new Taskbar style for tablets.
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  1. WindumbOS said on February 25, 2022 at 1:53 pm
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    More pointless changes instead of working on the important feedback. It keeps getting worst with these useless widgets. Might as well rename Windows 11 to Windows MSN. Soon the whole OS will be one big MSN advertisement.

  2. John G. said on February 25, 2022 at 3:34 pm
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    Not bad! I hope these features will arrive soon! :]

  3. Anonymous said on February 25, 2022 at 9:29 pm
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    More trash. How about fixing what they ruined from Windows 10 first?

  4. Anonymous said on February 26, 2022 at 2:16 am
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    They still seem to be working under the delusion that keeping 50% of users happy by adding features makes it a good product. HINT to MS: Making features optional allows more users to be happy.

  5. MCE said on February 26, 2022 at 10:46 pm
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    This build sucks! It breaks any graphics extensive apps and performance really suffers across the board.
    I even tried downgrading to the recommended AMD drivers for my 6900xt quicken takes 15-20 minutes to start.
    Everything else seems to run as slow as molasses!

    I would avoid this dev update….

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