Microsoft is rolling out a new build of Windows 11 to Windows Insiders enrolled in the Dev Channel, this time build 25163. The big news with this build is the re-introduction of the taskbar overflow experience. This makes it possible to see all your open apps on the taskbar, even if they exceed the maximum available space.
Now, when you have a lot of open or pinned apps on the taskbar and they no longer fit the screen, you’ll see an overflow button that lets you display apps that don’t fit. This was a feature in previous versions of Windows, but was strangely removed in Windows 11, making it very difficult to switch apps if you have too many of them open at the same time. This new overflow menu supports “many” features similar to the taskbar, so you can see pinned apps, jump lists, and more.
In addition, Microsoft is adding an improved sharing experience with this build, although they actually made their debut earlier this week with an update to Windows Insiders in the beta channel. There are two notable additions here. Previously, Nearby Sharing now supports discovery over UDP, so you can easily share files and content with PCs on the same network. Secondly, OneDrive is now available as a shared target for locally stored files. It’s essentially a way to back up your files to OneDrive, making it even easier to share them with others using Links.
It’s all about the new features in this build, but there’s a long list of improvements for different parts of the OS. However, there are still some known issues, as you’d expect from pre-release software. You can see those lists below.
Fix in Windows 11 Build 25163
- 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 could show the title of the adjacent tab, not the currently selected one.
- If “Show All Folders” is enabled, the divider should no longer appear in the navigation pane of File Explorer. With this change, it should also address issues where dividers were showing up unexpectedly in some other folder pickers.
- Fixed an issue where Narrator was not reading tab titles as focus moved through them.
- Fixed an issue with a closed tab reappearing in File Explorer after you dragged File Explorer onto your monitor.
- Fixed an issue where the tab row could unexpectedly expand vertically, covering the command bar content.
- The removable drive should no longer appear in a section in the navigation pane unexpectedly, which was breaking the section with This PC and Network.
- Fixed an issue where the Add New Tab button was not clearly visible when using the Aquatic or Desert Contrast themes.
- When using text scaling with lots of tabs the add new tab button should not overlap with the minimize button in the title bar.
- Fixed a rare Explorer.exe crash that could occur during a Microsoft Teams call related to sharing windows from the taskbar.
- Made a change to help fix an issue where using Windows Spotlight on the desktop could revert to a solid color background.
- Padding around the Uninstall button improved when using Apps > Installed Apps in grid view.
- Fixed some issues that could cause Quick Settings to crash on launch.
- Fixed an issue that was causing some apps to freeze after a copy action if suggested actions were enabled.
- Fixed high hitting crashes affecting the reliability of suggested actions.
Known issues in Windows 11 Build 25163
- We are investigating reports that SQL Server Management Studio is failing to launch for some Insiders.
- Some games using Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or bugcheck your PC.
- The up arrow is misaligned in the File Explorer tab. This will be fixed in future updates.
- We’re working to fix reports that launching File Explorer in certain ways (for example, from the command line) while using Dark Mode is unexpectedly showing the body of File Explorer in Light Mode.
- The notification badge number may appear incorrectly on the taskbar.
- In some cases, the notification banner for certain badging will not appear in the widget board.
- We are working on a fix for an issue causing widget preferences (Temperature Units and Pinned Widgets) to be reset to defaults unexpectedly.
- Some apps (eg, video players) prevent Live Caption from appearing in full screen.
- Some apps located near the top of the screen and closed before Live Caption will relaunch behind the Live Caption window at the top. Use the system menu (ALT + Spacebar) while the app’s focus is to move the app’s window further down.
As always, if you’re enrolled in the Windows Insider Dev Channel, you only need to check for updates to receive Windows 11 Build 25163, though they’ll automatically install after a while. These updates are part of an ongoing development cycle, and it is unclear when they will be released to the general public. Recent reports suggest that Microsoft may release Windows 12 in a few years, and some features may be reserved for that update.