Finally! Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build in the Dev channel of the preview program, and this new one finally adds one of the most requested of features back to the OS.
That being the ability to bring up the Task Manager with a right click.
This is one of the many features that was lost to code debt when Microsoft decided to build the Taskbar anew in Windows 11. And the user base has been very vocal about bringing it back just like how it was in previous versions of the operating system like Windows 10.
Well, as the announcement post announces, it is back!
We start with the Widgets setting first, whereby the company has separated the widget picker and widgets settings to make it easier for you to find and interact with each view. Now, the widget picker is opened by the + button and widget settings is opened by the Me button.
When you open Widgets settings by clicking on the Me button shown above, you will see three taskbar behaviors that you can toggle on or off.
With this behind us, we can now focus on the link to the Task Manager that is now available when right-clicking on the taskbar.
This build also includes preliminary support to rearrange system tray icons, with Microsoft promising further improvements for these experience as coming soon. These are, of course, not available for all users just yet, but they should be soon.
There are a whole bunch of bug fixes in this build 25211, too. Most of these relate to File Explorer, Start, Taskbar, Input, Settings, the Task Manager, along with a bunch of other areas of the operating system like increased CPU usage and screens going black.
A handful of known issues, as well, that you might want to take a look.