Windows 11 restores Win+X menu access keys, but taskbar loses another feature

Windows 11 WinX menu

The Power User Menu, otherwise known as the Win+X menu, is
available by default in Windows 11. Microsoft’s power user menu
is getting a redesign with Windows 11 and the pop-up menu still
includes all shortcuts to Device Manager, Task Manager and
other advanced Windows tools.

On Windows 11, the Win+X menu has been missing support for
“access keys” which lets you press letters to quickly select
entries in the menu. For example, if you launch the power user
menu using the Win+X shortcut and type “D”, it would open the
Device Manager. Likewise, “T” launches the Task Manager.

“Thanks for taking the time to reach out about this, the menu
displayed when you press WIN + X was updated for Windows 11 and
the new one doesn’t yet support access keys,” Microsoft said.
With Windows 11 Build
22000.71, Microsoft has finally restored support for access
keys.

“Based on your feedback, we’re working on adding access keys to
WIN + X so that you can do things like WIN + X M to launch
Device Manager. Insiders may see this functionality with Build
22000.71, now available in the Dev Channel, however we are
currently investigating an issue in which sometimes the option
is unexpectedly unavailable,” the company said in a Feedback Hub post.

With Windows 11 Build
22000.100, the power user menu is now faster and the access
keys should be appearing more reliably.

Taskbar loses clock seconds support

As we reported recently, Microsoft has confirmed that
Windows 11 taskbar does not support the ability to drag &
drop apps onto the taskbar. Additionally, Windows 11 no
longer allows users to change the location of the entire
taskbar.

Windows always had the ability to move the taskbar on any side
of the screen (top, on the left and on the right). With Windows
11, users are now forced to have the taskbar on the bottom of
the screen and we don’t know if this feature will be restored
in a future release, but Microsoft says it’s listening to user
feedback.

In a new Feedback Hub post, Microsoft has acknowledged the
removal of a registry value “ShowSecondsInSystemClock” that
allowed the taskbar clock to display time in seconds.

Taskbar clock seconds
Windows 10 taskbar clock with seconds

This feature requires a registry hack and it was added with
Windows 10. In a Feedback Hub post, Microsoft confirmed Windows
11 taskbar system clock has dropped support for seconds.

“We’re sorry, this is not a supported registry key for Windows
11. Thank you so much for giving us your feedback, which we’ll
continue to use to guide the future of the clock,” Microsoft
said.

If you want to show seconds on the taskbar, you’ll now need a
third-party app like T-Clock Redux.

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