Microsoft is testing icon animations for navigation options that appear on the left side of the Settings app in Windows 11 build 25188 in the Dev channel.
Right now, if you launch the Settings app in Windows 11 and click on the navigation options, then a small line appears with a delay. The new feature will add icon animations for navigation options.
You can check the below illustration to find out what animated icons in the settings app looks like:
Similar icon animations are available for a long time in some apps that come preinstalled in Windows 11.
There’s no mention of the icon animation feature in the changelog of Windows 11 build 25188, but Microsoft has covered this feature at docs.microsoft. So we presume that it will be available to the public soon. Also, we will see more icon animations in the near future.
How to Enable Icon Animations in Windows 11 (25188) Settings
In case, you find these fancy animations interesting and would like to give it a try, then you can enable it manually. Here’s how you can do that:
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:34878152
Once you get the message “Successfully set feature configuration”, you’re done.
Reboot your PC.
At any point, you want to revert the changes or disable icon animations in Windows 11 Settings app, then you need to execute this command:
c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /disable /id:34878152.
Did you like the fancy icon animation for Windows 11 Settings app? Are you going to activate it? What is your opinion about these animations, let us know in the comments.