Windows 11 build 22622.440 gets a new open with menu and taskbar overflow
Microsoft is on the right track today with new updates for Windows Insiders, and those running Windows 11 in the beta channel are getting some pretty big updates today. Windows 11 build 22622.440 and build 22621.440 are rolling out now, and both include a handful of new features. As usual, the build starting with 22622 has additional features enabled, while the build starting with 22621 has those features disabled.
Windows 11 build 22622.440 has two exclusive changes. First, there’s the new taskbar overflow menu, which debuted in the Dev Channel last week. This lets you see all your pinned and open apps on the taskbar, even when you’re running out of space for them on a single screen. This should make it easier to switch apps and stay on top of everything you have open. Microsoft says it’s not available to everyone yet, so if you don’t see it, don’t be too surprised.
The other notable change isn’t entirely new, but it’s still nice to see. Earlier this year, Microsoft was testing a new “Open With” menu with an updated Fluent design and rounded corners. This was eventually pulled from Insider builds, but now it’s been added back, so you can enjoy a little more visual consistency.
There is another change that is available in Windows 11 builds 22622.440 and 22621.440, and that is the content of dynamic widgets on the taskbar. Now, in addition to weather information, the Widgets icon can change to show information from other widgets, such as finance or sports. You will occasionally receive updates on sports scores or stock price changes, as well as breaking news. After a few seconds, it will revert to weather unless you interact with it.
Microsoft has also updated the handwriting model for American English to be faster and more accurate. Additionally, the Settings app can now manage certain apps that have interdependencies, such as Steam and games installed through Steam. These apps could only be managed through the old control panel before.
As with any build. there’s also the usual series of fixes and known issues in Windows 11 build 22622.440. You can check them out below.
Fixes in Windows 11 build 22622.440
- Fixed an issue that caused some Insiders to experience explorer.exe crashes when docking and undocking monitors in Build 22622.436.
- Did some work to fix a memory leak when using tabs with File Explorer.
- Fixed an issue where Narrator would not read tab titles when focus moved through them.
- Fixed an issue where the File Explorer preview thumbnail in Taskbar, ALT+Tab, and Task View could show the title of an adjacent tab and not the currently selected one.
- The Add New Tab button should no longer overlap the Minimize button in the title bar when using text scaling with many tabs open.
- Fixed an issue that caused some apps to freeze after a copy action if suggested actions were enabled.
- Fixed a high impact crash affecting the reliability of suggested actions.
Known issues in Windows 11 build 22622.440
- [NEW] There is an issue in recent Beta Channel updates that is causing the Photos app to crash, and a fix will be rolling out soon via an update to the Photos app via the Store.
- [NEW] We are investigating reports of SQL Server Management Studio failing to launch for some insiders.
- [NEW] The left half of the File Explorer title bar may not be draggable via mouse or touch.
- [NEW] We are working on a fix to resolve reports that launching File Explorer in certain ways while using Dark Mode (e.g. from the command line) shows the Explorer body of files unexpectedly in clear mode.
- Up arrow is misaligned in File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.
If you’re signed up for the beta channel, you can find the latest version by checking for updates in the Windows Update section of the Settings app, though it should also install automatically sooner or later. These features are expected to be part of the 22H2 release of Windows 11, which should be available to all Windows 11 users in September. Meanwhile, Insiders in the Dev channel got Windows 11 build 25169 today, and if you’re still on Windows 10, the Release Preview channel can now test Windows 10 version 22H2.