Microsoft wants to make changes to Windows 10 taskbar menu

Windows 10 taskbar changes

Microsoft is said to be working on improvements for core
components and
changes could show up with Windows 10 Sun Valley update,
which is scheduled to launch in October or November.

In the last week of March, a new preview of an upcoming Windows
10 update appeared for download in the Dev channel, and it
looks like it includes some noticeable improvements for the
taskbar menu, which is one of the most-used features in the
operating system.

Microsoft is changing the way jump list items work on the
taskbar when you right-click apps like Notepad and Microsoft
Word. As shown in the screenshot below, if you right-click on a
local file in one of your taskbar jump lists (like Notepad),
you’ll see a new option to open the file location.

Taskbar jump list

In addition to these minor improvements, Microsoft is also
planning to remove options from the menu that shows up when you
right-click the taskbar. It includes the options to hide Task
View, Windows Ink WorkSpace, and even Windows Search.

Taskbar menu

Microsoft is moving these options to the Settings app to
improve the taskbar settings page and reduce clutter.

While this may be a good change for the user experience if you
prefer clutter-free context menus, it’s going to be a problem
for those who haven’t activated Windows 10. If Windows isn’t
activated, then it’s not possible to access the taskbar page in
the Settings app or any other personalization options.

Taskbar settings

In other words, you won’t be able to hide the touch keyboard
button or Windows Search unless you activate your copy of
Windows. Of course, this change won’t be an issue for those who
don’t want to personalize the taskbar.

Taskbar tweak seems to be live for some users in the Windows
Insider program and it will probably go live for everyone when
Windows 10 Sun Valley update inches closer to public release.

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