The new Windows 11 taskbar is a reduced-functionality version of the old one, in exchange for being more focused and having fresh icons. For reasons that no one understands and Microsoft doesn’t explain, this critical part of the desktop has had a lot of useful functions removed.
However, it’s quite probable that one of these features will be included in an update. As WindowsLatest has found, in Windows 11 Build 22458, it is possible to drag and drop files folders back into an app that is docked to the bar.
Windows 11 Toolbar is the least flexible in years
In Windows 11, unlike previous versions of the system, it is not possible to choose on which edge of the screen to pin the taskbar, it is permanently pinned to the bottom. The old right-click context menu is gone and replaced by a simple option to go to Settings.
It is not feasible to ungroup windows of the same program on the taskbar icons in the classic mode, and it is not possible to drag icons from the desktop to pin them to the taskbar, nor is it possible to drag files into a pinned app and have them opened immediately.
The final two alternatives are also the first two that Microsoft is currently testing again in the latest Builds for members of the Insider Program in the Dev channel, suggesting they will be back.
That’s the good news, the bad news is that these options are 100% out of the first version of Windows 11 that will arrive on October 5, because we are talking about Builds for the next version of Windows 11, the October 2022 update. That is to say, we will have to wait at least a year to have a taskbar in conditions.
Windows 11 has many good things, and for some, it will probably be a one-way trip. It is, however, a completely optional update. Windows 10 will continue to be supported until 2025, and if the current condition of Windows 11 does not entice you, you may delay it for a few years.