Windows 11 Beta Build 22623.891 enables the search bar in the Task Manager

Nov 11, 2022
Windows 11 News

Microsoft has released two more beta versions of Windows 11 this week. Windows 11 Beta Build 22623.891 brings a search bar to the Task Manager.

Windows 11 Beta Search in Task Manager

Search bar in Task Manager

The search bar was spotted recently in the Dev Channel, though users had to enable them manually. Users who are on the Dev Channel release and want to try out the feature, can follow the instructions in Martin's article to learn how to use the ViveTool utility to get the search bar.

This time, however, the search bar is official. Microsoft has enabled the feature in the Beta Channel. The search box is located at the top of the Task Manager's window, it is persistent, i.e., it appears in all tabs. You may access it quickly with the Alt + F hotkey.

Windows 11 Beta Search bar in Task Manager

In his article, Martin had mentioned that the search function only returned results for full app names, such as Microsoft Edge instead of just "edge". The latest update fixes this issue. The search bar can be used to find apps by their name, PID or Publisher name. The Task Manager will filter the list to display results that match the keyword that you enter. For instance, if I typed the word fox, Task Manager displays a match for the Firefox.exe processes.

This is one of the instances where the Beta Channel gets a feature ahead of the Dev Channel, as part of the experiments that Microsoft conducts to get feedback from users before introducing them in the stable builds.

Themes in Task Manager

The Task Manager has some other improvements, you may use the Dark or Light theme in the utility, regardless of your active theme choice in Windows. Head to the Task Manager's Settings page to set your preferred theme. The setting applies the theme for in-app dialogs too, the only elements that don't follow the theme are the “Run new task” box and the Properties dialog.

Windows 11 Beta Task Manager theme

Efficiency mode

The Efficiency Mode, which was introduced in the new Task Manager in Windows 11 22H2, has a different dialog box design. The pop-up that appears when you enable the option for an app no longer uses the legacy UI. Its appearance now matches Windows 11's design standards, and it also displays an option to opt-out of the confirmation (for subsequent uses). There is a new setting called "Ask me before applying Efficiency Mode", that you can toggle to disable the warning permanently.

Windows 11 Beta Task Manager Efficiency Mode

The Select Columns window, which pops-up when you click on the name of a column in the Task Manager's Details tab, has also been revamped.

Windows 11 Beta Task Manager Select Columns

The changes are rolling out with the KB5020040 update in Windows 11 Insider Preview Beta Build 22623.891. The other Beta release, Build 22621.891 does not have the new features enabled by default, both versions come with several bug fixes which you can learn about by reading the article on the Windows Blog.

Windows 11 Build 22000.1279 (KB5019157) and Windows 10 Build 19045.2301 (KB5020030) have been released to the Release Preview Channel, with a handful of bug fixes. Microsoft had released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.885 and 22623.885 to the Beta Channel earlier this week, which introduced new options to access the Studio effects from the Quick Settings panel. The only one that hasn't been updated this week is the Windows 11 Dev Channel, and the Redmond company has confirmed that it won't be flighting a new build this week.

Windows 11 Beta Build 22623.891 enables the search bar in the Task Manager
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  1. Anonymous said on November 11, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Hopefully the individual who chose to place there has already been let go. Please relocate it to a more suitable spot. It looks so out of place.

  2. John G. said on November 11, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks @Ashwin for the article! :]

  3. Frankel said on November 11, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    The ideal OS for the consumer and not the customer. Hopefully Windows 12 Home or Windows 365 will be a subscription unless you buy, i mean rent, a Professional edition.

    1. userpassadmin said on November 11, 2022 at 6:13 pm

      Well for Windows 10+, only LTSC editions are worth buying, rest are just spyware/adware/bloatware and need Debloat Script to be decent.

    2. Chlor7 said on November 11, 2022 at 3:49 pm

      “The ideal OS for the consumer and not the customer.”

      Adopting Android into the Windows 11 ecosystem is the clearest indicator that Microsoft has completely abandoned the idea of innovating at the edge. Another case of a modern tech company going the way of IBM.

      No surprises left in the bag. This is what we get. More stale remixing and timid improvements that barely offer anything new for experienced users. Guess I should just go all in on Linux and not look back.

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