New Windows 11 build brings back taskbar drag and drop support

Windows 11

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build with a long list of improvements and fixes for known issues for all Windows Insiders that will install the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557, now available in the Dev Channel.

Probably the most awaited change is the revival of drag and drop support to the taskbar that allows Windows 11 users to drag and drop files between apps by hovering the mouse over their taskbar icons.

“Try attaching a file to an Outlook e-mail by dragging it and hovering over the Outlook icon in the taskbar to bring the window to the foreground. Once in the foreground, drop your file into the e-mail to attach it,” Microsoft’s Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc said.

“You can also customize your taskbar with your favorite apps from Start’s All apps list by dragging and dropping over the taskbar to pin them. You can also drag and drop to the desktop via “Show desktop” at the very left corner of the taskbar.”

Another long-expected improvement is the revival of the folder thumbnail preview feature in the Windows 11 File Explorer that brings back content previews for folders.

The new Windows 11 build will also reduce energy consumption in Sleep and Screen Off modes when the computer is idle.

File Explorer folder previews
File Explorer folder previews (Microsoft)

Other highlights in the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557:

  • Similar to Windows 11 Home edition, Windows 11 Pro edition now requires internet connectivity. If you choose to setup device for personal use, MSA will be required for setup as well. You can expect Microsoft Account to be required in subsequent WIP flights.
  • This build includes 5 new touch gestures to make it easier and quicker to navigate Windows 11 on a PC with touch.
  • Improved Snap Layouts: Added a new way to snap windows into snap layouts that works wonderfully with both touch and mouse.
  • Redesigned Task Manager Redesign and added Efficiency Mode.
  • On PCs with more than one color profile, you will be able to add a quick setting to switch more easily between these modes. 
  • Searching for apps and settings in the Windows search box on the taskbar is now even faster and more accurate than before. 
  • It is now easier to move your cursor and windows between monitors, by letting your cursor jump over areas where it would previously get stuck.
  • Expanded Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) experiences on laptops with 120Hz displays beyond smooth scrolling in Office and low latency inking.
  • This build introduces a feature called Optimizations for windowed games and is designed to significantly improve latency and unlock other exciting gaming features including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

You can find the complete list of changes, improvements, and bug fixes included with this new Windows 11 dev build in the Windows Insider team’s blog post.

This month’s optional cumulative update preview for Windows 11 also comes with a number of other taskbar improvements, including clock and date info on all monitors, live weather info icon instead of the Widgets taskbar button, and easier window sharing.

On Tuesday, Microsoft also announced that the Android apps for Windows 11 feature is now live in the US, letting users run Android apps natively on their Windows desktops.