Running Out of Space on Your Taskbar? Windows 11 Now Gives You a Second One

For those of you still struggling with a cluttered taskbar, Windows finally has a solution in the form of a second taskbar. That’s right! Windows 11 will automatically transition into a second taskbar when the first hits capacity

Windows 11 Taskbar Overflow

The new taskbar overflow state is available in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25163, released recently to the dev channel. The overflow menu can be invoked by clicking on the three dots, on the right corner of the taskbar. In terms of UI and behavior, both the taskbar and overflow taskbar are very similar. 

The overflow menu will contain many of the current taskbar behaviors users are familiar with, such as supporting pinned apps, jump list, and extended UI.

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There’s no set limit on the number of apps that can be pinned on the taskbar, and the number can vary depending on the display scaling and resolution. Usually modern 1080p displays can generally hold up to 16 icons, which should suffice for most people. The overflow taskbar wil mostly come in handy for people on smaller sized screens or lower resolution displays. 

Insider Preview Build 25163 also includes a few other features, but we have covered them separately in an article here. You can check out the fixes for Build 25163 below, and visit this link for the complete changelog

Fixes

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash when dragging tabs around.
  • Did some work to fix a memory leak when using tabs with File Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue where the preview thumbnail for File Explorer in the taskbar, ALT + Tab, and Task View might show the title of an adjacent tab and not the currently selected one.
  • If “Show all folders” is enabled, the dividers in File Explorer’s navigation pane should no longer show. With this change, it should also address the issues where dividers were unexpectedly showing in some other folder pickers.
  • Fixed an issue where Narrator wasn’t reading out the titles of tabs as focus moved through them.
  • Fixed an issue where a closed tab might appear again in File Explorer after you dragged File Explorer across your monitors.
  • Fixed an issue where the tab row might unexpectedly expand vertically, covering the command bar contents.
  • Removable drives should no longer unexpectedly be displayed in a section by themselves in the navigation pane, which was breaking up the section with This PC and Network.
  • Fixed an issue where the add new tab button wasn’t clearly visible when using Aquatic or Desert contrast themes.
  • The add new tab button shouldn’t overlap with the minimize button in the title bar when using text scaling with a lot of tabs open anymore.

[Taskbar]

  • Fixed a rare explorer.exe crash that could happen while on a Microsoft Teams call, related to sharing windows from the taskbar.

[Settings]

  • Made a change to help fix an issue where using Windows Spotlight on the desktop might revert to a solid color background.
  • Improved the padding around the uninstall button when using Apps > Installed Apps in grid view.
  • Fixed a couple issues that could lead to Quick Settings crashing on launch.

[Input]

  • Fixed an issue which was leading to certain apps freezing after a copy action if Suggested Actions was enabled.

[Other]

  • Fixed a high hitting crash impacting suggested actions reliability.

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