The new taskbar in Windows 11 is the most noticeable and divisive change. XAML was used to redesign the taskbar, which means it now works with WinUI and Fluent and can be used to make UI elements for any app, be it UWP or.NET.
The revamped taskbar now has a more contemporary look, and XAML integration may improve performance in the future Microsoft intends to decouple the shell from the rest of Windows. Still, the taskbar in Windows 10, 8, and 7 all have more options than macOS does.
You’re probably aware that in Windows 11, the taskbar can only be moved to the bottom of the screen and not the sides or the top. Some users have found that pinning the taskbar to the top makes it simpler to switch between applications, especially web browsers with their tabs strip at the top.
The Windows 11 taskbar can be reoriented to the top by making a few tweaks to the registry, but this does not work with the Start menu, Windows Search, or Task View.
The pinned-up taskbar in the above GIF looks great, but unfortunately, the animation does not allow for this.
Moving the taskbar is not a top priority for the company, but it is likely that they will add this feature in a future update. Microsoft stated its lack of interest in “movable taskbar” and other features in one of the Windows Insider webcasts.
Microsoft has stated officially that the Windows 11 Start menu cannot adapt to a relocated taskbar. Adjusting the taskbar’s position to be compatible with the rest of the interface takes a lot of time and effort. In one example, “all of a sudden, the reflow and the work all of the apps or Start menu have to do….” is not supported, as stated by Microsoft’s development team.
Among Microsoft’s top priorities is the addition of capabilities like Kill processes with a single click on the taskbar such as the addition of a system tray clock with second markings and the ability to drag and drop files, introduced with Windows 11 22H2.
The most recent Windows 11 update made some adjustments to the taskbar and brought back drag-and-drop support, but users are still complaining that it is too limited.
Taskbar is slowly getting better
In Windows 11, the taskbar loses some major and useful features that have been around for decades, but it also gains new ones. To give you an example, the tablet-optimized taskbar was introduced in the Windows 11 22H2 Moment 2 update, allowing users to experiment with both collapsed and expanded states on their tablets or 2-in-1s.
Along with the new, drag-and-drop-friendly system tray, the taskbar will soon become more organized.