The redesigned taskbar in Windows 11 has seen a bunch of improvements since it first debuted in October 2021, and now an upcoming update looks set to give you the option to ungroup apps and expand the area that displays the time, so seconds are shown as well.
Analysis: Refinement is the aim here
Windows 11 is going to get a “Never Combine” taskbar item setting after all. It no longer features window titles like in Windows 10 & older releases, but retains the icon per window mechanic which some might still find useful. New in build 25246, hidden behind feature 29785186 ✨ pic.twitter.com/IyW5t2CZWQNovember 16, 2022
The feedback on Windows 11’s taskbar has been more divisive than even Microsoft might have predicted when redesigning it, and that could be down to how major the change has been for some.
Instead of a Start icon at the left of the taskbar, it’s at the center, with features, such as grouping apps and enabling Task Manger being absent since its debut.
Thanks to the first major update that debuted in September 2022, there’s a new way to manage an overflow of apps on the taskbar, alongside being able to change how many apps are displayed on the Start menu, which makes both seem less cluttered, and should be an answer to some of the complaints Microsoft has been receiving.
With major improvements continuing to come to the taskbar, it’s clear that Microsoft is nowhere near done when it comes to listening to feedback and refining the feature further. Will it be enough to make people love the Windows 11 taskbar? I’m not too sure, but even small tweaks like this will be welcome.