Remember the Tabled optimized taskbar in Windows 11 that made its appearance in the previous Dev builds 22563 and Microsoft pulled in build 22610 because it broke the system tray? It seems like, the company wants that feature back.
Microsoft recently rolled out Windows 11 build 25193, and the Tabled optimized taskbar is available in this build but hidden. It seems like, the company has plans to employ this feature in Windows 11 and working secretly to bring it back but this time with perfection.
The New Tabled Optimized taskbar has two vaients; the first has a compact layout with the collapsed taskbar. It only shows vital status icons, designed to offer more space to apps, and protect users from accidental taps on the taskbar.
The second layout has a full features (featuring two rows) taskbar that shows and contains everything. It’s designed primarily for touch screens with big icons, extra spacing, and even more.
You can check the screenshot below for a clear idea:
Users can easily switch between these two tabled optimized taskbars by doing an up/down swipe on the Taskbar.
How to Enable Tablet-Optimized Taskbar in Windows 11 build 25193
In case, you find the Tabled optimized taskbar interesting and would like to give it a try, then you have to enable it manually using a Vivetool. Check out the instructions discussed below:
- Download the latest version of Vivetool from Github.
- Extract content of zip file to c:\vivetool folder.
- Launch Windows Terminal with admin rights. For that, right-click on the Start button and select “Terminal (admin)“.
- When the UAC dialog box appears, click Yes to continue.
- Depending on your default profile shell, you need to execute this command:
c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /enable /id:26008830
- Once you get the message “Successfully set feature configuration”, you’re done.
- Reboot your PC.
After this, you need to launch the Settings app and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behavior.
Here, you will find a new option that reads “Optimize taskbar for touch interactions when this device is used a tablet“, check the box for it.
Make note that, enabling this option will work only if your PC and device support touch input.
In case, enabling this feature affected or break taskbar design or functionality, then you can disable it as well. You need to execute this command:
c:\vivetool\vivetool /disable /id:26008830 as discussed above and reboot the PC.
The same option will no longer appear in the Taskbar behaviors section.
What is your opinion about the resurrection of the Tablet-optimized Taskbar in Windows 11? Did you find it useful? Are you going to give it a try? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks, PhantomOfEarth for this find.
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