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Microsoft brings back this feature for Windows tablets, here’s everything you need to know

Microsoft is bringing back an old feature for tablets — the tablet-optimised taskbar — in the latest Windows 11 preview. First introduced in February w, the tablet-friendly taskbar was later removed due to requiring further development.

Now, Microsoft has brought the feature back as part of Insider update for Windows 11, says the Redmond-based tech giant in a blogpost.


The tablet-optimised taskbar

Microsoft calls the feature the tablet-optimised taskbar. A point worth noting is that the feature will only be available on devices that can be used as tablets like the 2-in-1 hybrids and not on the other regular laptops or PCs.

Microsoft brings back this feature for Windows tablets, here's everything you need to know

Microsoft is bringing back an old feature for tablets — the tablet-optimised taskbar — in the latest Windows 11 preview. First introduced in February w, the tablet-friendly taskbar was later removed due to requiring further development. Now, Microsoft has brought the feature back as part of Insider update for Windows 11, says the Redmond-based tech giant in a blogpost.

The tablet-optimised taskbar

Microsoft calls the feature the tablet-optimised taskbar. A point worth noting is that the feature will only be available on devices that can be used as tablets like the 2-in-1 hybrids and not on the other regular laptops or PCs.

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Whenever users decide to use their 2-in-2 hybrid PCs as a tablet and disconnect or fold back the device keyboard, the tablet-optimised taskbar will get activated.

“As a reminder, there are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out of your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you’re holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.”, said the tech giant in the blogpost.

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Do note that the company plans to monitor the feedback on the feature from the Insiders before deciding to go for a wider rollout.

How to check for the feature

To check whether you can access the feature, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors. If the feature has arrived to your device, you’ll see a new setting inside Taskbar behaviours called “Optimize taskbar for touch interactions when this device is used as a tablet”. It will be set to on by default.

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