Windows 11 Task Manager feature

Windows 11’s taskbar is built from scratch and many features are still missing, such as the ability to change its location or a full-fledged right-click menu housing all your favourite customization options. As a result, the taskbar also doesn’t come with the context menu shortcut for Task Manager.

While you can still right-click on the Start menu button to find the Task Manager shortcut, some users still wanted an easier way to access the Task Manager by clicking anywhere on the taskbar.

Microsoft has listened to the feedback Task Manager shortcut is returning to the taskbar in the Moments update. It’s already possible to find the shortcut when you right-click the taskbar in the latest preview builds.

Microsoft says it added Task Manager to the context menu “based on user feedback”. As you can see in the below screenshot, it’s you can access Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar.

Windows 11 Task Manager shortcut

Remember that the functionality is heading to users in the Windows Insider Program, and it’s not yet clear when the update will be considered ready for Microsoft calls “general availability”. But we believe it will begin rolling out to the general audience in early 2023.

This change is available with Windows 11 Build 25211 in Dev Channel. The preview update also comes with a lot of additional improvements, including a modern system tray that supports drag and drop, and more

The build shows up as “Windows 11 Insider Preview 25211.1000 (rs_prerelease)” when you check for updates in the Dev Channel. One of the major changes in this release is support for a new settings experience for Widgets.

Microsoft is creating a new widgets management experience by separating the widget picker and Widgets settings. You can access the widget picker by opening the “+” button while the settings menu is accessible via the “Me” button.

Another noticeable change is that users can now rearrange the icons in the system tray.

Microsoft is also bringing new Outlook to Windows 11 preview builds with the latest update, and Snipping Tool can now automatically save your screenshots. Last but not the least, there are several improvements and bug fixes in this patch to improve the overall experience and stability.

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