Microsoft is known for its comprehensive tablet-centric touchscreen interface with Windows 8The company has spent nearly every major Windows release since then slowly backing away from that decision. This fall has reached its peak Windows 11Which completely removed the last remnants of tablet mode that survived in Windows 10.
But the last two Windows 11 Insider Preview builds have improved the touchscreen capabilities of Windows 11. The version was released to Dev channel users last week It included new gestures, changes to how dockers work in tablet mode, and a few other improvements. and the New build released today A complete overhaul of the taskbar for touch screens.
Windows 11 in its current form adds more space between icons when using your device as a tablet, but the new display goes further. When using apps, the taskbar will shrink into a narrow strip at the bottom of the screen: it’s still long enough to show the clock, network, sound, and battery status icons, but all installed apps and the other desktop icon system are hidden. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen or closing an application window brings up a new, larger version of the taskbar with larger, easier-to-use icons and areas. The taskbar disappears again when you start your application.
If you want to try these features on your own, you’ll need to use touchscreen hardware – Windows 11 doesn’t yet have a dedicated tablet mode to toggle like Windows 10 does. Instead, the operating system relies on signals from your hardware to enable and disable user interface tweaks. . You should see the new taskbar automatically if you use Surface In tablet mode, for example, or if you hinge a convertible yoga-style laptop.
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