Windows 11’s new taskbar overflow is perfect for people who keep all their apps open

Microsoft is bringing a new taskbar overflow feature to Windows 11, designed to make it easier to find your open apps once you run out of taskbar space. It’s perfect for power users or those who like to keep all their apps open all the time. The new taskbar overflow is a three-dot menu that appears once you run out of space on the taskbar, neatly hiding any apps that don’t all fit on the taskbar at once.

If you currently open too many apps in Windows 11 and Windows 10, the taskbar will create an overflow area that shows only the most recent app that has been used or opened. This means that if you’re an app connoisseur, it can become difficult to navigate between many programs on smaller laptop screens (especially if you’re not using alt+tab and other multitasking features).

The new taskbar overflow area.
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The new overflow menu matches the design of Windows 11 and includes all the taskbar features you’d expect, such as app pinning and jump lists. “After invoking overflow, the menu quietly disappears as soon as you click outside of it or navigate to an application,” explains Amanda Langowski, head of Microsoft’s Windows Insider program.

Microsoft’s new overflow changes come just days after the company revealed it is testing a new UI for the Windows 11 taskbar. The software giant is experimenting with bringing back the familiar search bar from Windows 10, in addition to notification badges for the Widgets section in Windows 11.

Windows 11 testers can try out this new overflow feature in the latest Dev Channel build released this week. Microsoft is also testing improvements to the AirDrop-like “nearby sharing” feature in Windows 11. The built-in panel now supports UDP to find nearby devices, meaning you can now quickly find nearby PCs to quickly share files . If you share files locally through the sharing interface, Microsoft also adds OneDrive integration to make it quick and easy to upload and share files to the cloud.

Finally, the Microsoft Store is also getting an update this week that makes it easier to see prices for games, apps or movies. It’s now also easier to see different editions of a game, so you can quickly see prices between standard and deluxe editions of games.

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