Microsoft is Working on a Faster Taskbar For Windows 11

Taskbar has been an essential part of Windows since Windows 95 and has seen radical changes with Windows 11. In Windows 11, the taskbar has been rebuilt from scratch and is missing some really useful features, such as the feature to move the taskbar. Top, left or right side of the screen and drag-and-drop.

Also, Windows 11's taskbar is unnecessarily slow to respond when you boot up your device. Pinned apps or icons may not load immediately and this is most likely due to the new animations as well as the WinUI integration.

The taskbar on Windows 11 has an obvious design bug and icons take 2-3 seconds or sometimes 5 seconds to load, and are even slower on older hardware. Thankfully, Microsoft is aware of potential performance issues with the taskbar and is working on a new feature that will bring the taskbar in sync with Immersive Shell.

As a result, when you boot your device, restart explorer.exe (taskbar), and pin/remove apps then the taskbar will become increasingly noticeable. Microsoft is effectively making the taskbar faster while delivering the smooth animations promised.

It's worth noting that this effort is still tentative, but Microsoft may "in the future" identify and fix other areas of the taskbar that typically load slowly. This process will take some time, and the Windows Taskbar team is collaborating with other parts of Microsoft to work on the design to ensure a consistent experience.

As you probably know, the next update of Windows 11 "Version 22H2" will restore drag and drop support for the taskbar. Apart from these quality improvements, Microsoft is also working on several bug fixes for the OS.

Other Improvements Coming To The Taskbar

In one of the latest preview builds, Microsoft fixed several taskbar glitches. For example, the company fixed an issue where the upcoming overflow flyout would unexpectedly appear on the other side of the screen. Fixed a bug where the taskbar animation of tablet-to-desktop transitions displayed incorrectly when logging in.

Other Improvements Coming To The Taskbar

The company has also fixed an issue that causes File Explorer to crash when the app tries to determine if the taskbar overflow menu is open.

Other Improvements Coming To The Taskbar