Windows 11’s taskbar drag and drop feature is finally rolling out to testers

Windows 11 taskbar drag and drop

The new taskbar is one of the most controversial changes of
Windows 11. The updated taskbar, which comes without extremely
basic features like drag and drop, has been disliked by a lot
of users. The good news is that Microsoft is listening to
feedback and it is fixing most of the issues with the taskbar
in Sun Valley 2 update.

As you’re probably aware (and hate it), Windows 11 doesn’t let
you can’t drag and drop files to the taskbar to quickly open
them in your favourite software. You also can’t drag and drop
apps to the taskbar to create shortcuts.

As we exclusively reported last year, the company has been
internally mulling support for this functionality for nearly
six months now. With Windows 11 Build 22557, Microsoft has
finally enabled drag and drop support for the taskbar, allowing
users to drag and drop files between app windows.

Drag and drop is now supported on Windows 11 taskbar

Starting with Windows 11 Build 22557, it is now possible to
drag and drop files like images or texts between app windows.
To get started, simply select and hold a file pinned to the
desktop or File Explorer and drag it towards one of the open
apps in the taskbar by hovering over icons.

This will bring their windows to the foreground and apps can
copy the content dragged by you. For example, you can drag an
image from the desktop and drop it in the Outlook attachment
screen by hovering over the Outlook icon in the taskbar.

Additionally, drag and drop support unlocks new customization
opportunities too. You can customize your taskbar by dragging
apps from the Start menu’s All apps list and dropping over the
taskbar to create quick shortcuts.

Likewise, you can even do drag and drop for the desktop via the
“Show desktop” feature which appears at the left corner of the

At the moment, Microsoft is testing the feature in a preview
build from the Dev Channel, which is an early build that allows
users to test out new features before they are rolled out to
customers around the world.

Other improvements for the taskbar

As part of its efforts to improve the taskbar, Microsoft is
also introducing support for a new privacy feature that will
notify users when a window is being shared. This is possible
with a new visual indication that will appear over the app icon
of which window is being shared during the Teams meeting.

Taskbar window sharing

Taskbar’s new feature is particularly useful when there are
multiple apps running or you’ve multiple monitors.

As you might have noticed,
Microsoft released a big February 2022 update for Windows
11 stable builds with support for a few taskbar features
and more. It’s possible that Microsoft will be pushing drag and
drop support and other changes to Windows 11 version 21H2 via
an upcoming cumulative update.

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