Windows 11 build 22509 brings improved Start menu layout and more

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

After taking a week off, Microsoft is back with another version of Windows 11 Insider Preview for the development channel. Today’s version is 22509 and features a handful of notable new changes and improvements that are the result of direct feedback from insiders testing Windows 11 since June. Microsoft is finally adding a more adaptive layout to the Start menu and bringing back the possibility of displaying the clock on secondary monitors!

One of Windows 11’s big gripes with the new Start menu is that its layout isn’t very flexible. In the current shipping version, you’re stuck with three rows of pinned apps and three rows of recent documents. In today’s construction, that is changing. Users can now configure the Start menu to show either more pinned apps or more recent documents by increasing the size of each area on the Start menu.

Start resizingSource: Microsoft

Additionally, Microsoft responded to another comment regarding secondary monitors. This release finally allows you to re-enable the clock on Extended Monitors, a feature that was strangely omitted from the shipping version of Windows 11. Here is the full list of changes in today’s release:

  • We have been working on a series of web browsing improvements with Microsoft Edge and Narrator. Specifically, typing in edit fields should now be faster, when browsing the web more useful information is provided, and finally you will have a more consistent browsing experience with Narrator.
  • As of this version, you can right-click Start for quick access to Startup Settings and choose the “More Pins” or “More Recommendations” layout option to display an additional row of pins or recommendations, respectively.
  • When a secondary monitor is connected, your clock and date will now also be displayed on the taskbars of the secondary monitor (s) for better visibility.
  • For apps that send notifications for calls, reminders or alarms that leverage Windows notifications in the operating system, 3 high priority notifications will now be displayed as stacked and displayed at the same time. This means that at any time you can see up to 4 notifications at the same time – 3 high priority notifications and one normal priority notification.
  • We’ve moved advanced sharing settings (such as network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing) to a new page in the Settings app under Advanced Network Settings.
  • We’ve made some updates to the device-specific pages under Printers & Scanners in Settings to show more information about your printer or scanner directly in Settings when available.
  • Some of the entry points for network and device settings in Control Panel will now be redirected to the corresponding pages in Settings.
  • Added a new option to the Installed Applications page in Settings to sort the list from Name (Z to A), and accordingly, updated the old option “Alphabetically” so that it is now called Name ( A to Z).
  • Now we will remember whether you turn on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in airplane mode. The next time you use airplane mode, the radios will reflect your preferences and stay on to make it easier for you to continue listening to the headphones and stay connected during travel.
  • Windows Sandbox now supports restarting inside its virtualized environment (for example, if you were to click the Restart option under the power button in Start).

There are also a number of new fixes:

  • The Start, Search, Task View, Widgets, and Conversation icons on the taskbar should no longer be unexpectedly large when the system scale is set to 125%.
  • Pressing the Windows plus key (the number corresponding to the position of an app’s icon in the taskbar) should now cycle through app windows if you repeatedly press the number instead of stopping at the last window.
  • When Narrator focus is set to the Task View button and the Desktops drop-down icon appears, Narrator will now notify you about Desktops information.
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash that some Insiders encountered during recent thefts related to updating taskbar badges.
  • Handwriting should now work again when the language is set to Chinese.
  • Mitigated a mouse-related issue that sometimes caused some insiders to check for a bug during hibernation on recent flights (making the computer appear to have restarted).
  • Updating the Chinese Simplified IME Candidates to be aligned in the center with the height of the Candidate Window has been customized.
  • Fixed touch keyboard invocation in PowerShell, so it should work now.
  • Hovering your mouse between desktops in task view will no longer cause the displayed thumbnails and content area to shrink unexpectedly.
  • CompactOverlay should work again in this version (i.e. the option some applications use to create a small window that is always visible).
  • Fixed a race condition that sometimes caused explorer.exe to crash when closing a snapshot group of 3 or more windows in task view.
  • Removed unexpected tilt animation when clicking a corner of the New Desktop button.
  • An adjustment was made to resolve an underlying issue that caused the context menu to animate up to the mouse instead of moving it away from the mouse when right-clicking on a desktop in task view.
  • Fixed a high impact DWM crash in recent flights.
  • Fixed some overlapping text for some languages ​​on the Installed Apps page in Settings.
  • Clicking the Uninstall button while using the Installed Apps page in grid view will now display a confirmation dialog.
  • Changed the new ms-settings: installed-apps URI to be ms-settings: appsfeatures, to handle scenarios where existing links expect them to lead to the list of installed apps, for example , when selecting the App Settings option after right-clicking a UWP app in Start.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some Insiders to see error 0x8007001f when attempting to upgrade to recent versions of the Dev Channel.
  • Fixed an issue preventing some PCs from installing new versions or other updates with error code 0x80070002.
  • Fixed an issue causing some devices to roll back with error code 0xc1900101-0x4001c when installing new versions.
  • Did some work to help resolve an issue where the Wi-Fi connection was lost after waking up from sleep mode.

Be sure to check out the Windows Blog for the full changelog, including a list of known issues.