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Microsoft is testing its tablet-friendly taskbar again in Windows 11

Microsoft redesigned almost every aspect of Windows to work better on tablets when Windows 8 is released. However, at the same time, this was one of the reasons for the unpopularity of this update.

Optimization for tablets was cut in Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 introduced a separate mode for tablets in which some buttons became larger. Also, the Start menu was displayed in full-screen mode. Tablet mode was completely removed with the release of Windows 11, but some other settings related to tablets remained.

Microsoft is reintroducing the tablet taskbar in the latest preview version of Windows 11. The taskbar was first introduced in February, along with other new features included for later implementation in Windows 11. However, it was then withdrawn for internal development.

Information is now available that the taskbar is part of the update. It introduces a new taskbar optimized for touch input. Designed to make you feel more confident and comfortable using your device as a tablet. The updated design will only appear on tablets and 2-in-1 devices. When the keyboard is detached or folded back, it’s not available on desktops or regular laptops.

The tablet’s taskbar collapses into a smaller pane containing only status icons, making it less likely to accidentally open an application. This will create the most comfortable use of the taskbar in Windows 11, as the taskbar itself is designed to be hidden when the tablet user isn’t using it, freeing up more needed screen space.

Reportedly, it should look like this so that when minimized, only basic symbols are displayed, that is, the time and battery percentage. Then it’s unfolded, it displays a few apps, widgets, and the start button.

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