Windows 11 looks pretty sleek, but its beauty is only superficial at times. Take out the new taskbar, for example: It lacks drag-and-drop and other important functions. Microsoft still seems to be working on the system tray, but it ships with features missing.
This taskbar was not intended for most Windows desktops
Overall, the taskbar looks pretty good. But there’s one serious problem with it: it wasn’t originally designed for typical Windows desktops and laptops. This taskbar was originally part of Windows 10X, an operating system designed for dual-screen devices – one that Microsoft never released.
So if you’re wondering why the taskbar is lacking a certain feature, Microsoft hasn’t necessarily removed that particular feature. The thing is, Microsoft has created a new system tray and has not yet added all of the old features. Maybe it was just too much work to get it done in time.
Drag and drop isn’t done yet
On Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows, the taskbar supports dragging and dropping files onto application icons. This feature is widely used by graphic designers to open image files directly in Photoshop and other image editing applications, such as: example.
Windows 11 no longer has drag-and-drop files or anything else onto taskbar icons. If you try, you will see a crossed out red circle indicating that a certain action is not supported.
You can still drag and drop a file into another application by dragging and holding it and then pressing Alt + Tab or Windows + Tab and switching to the application window. However, the taskbar no longer helps.
So why doesn’t this work? Did Microsoft decide this feature was bad and should be removed? No – according to Windows novelty, Microsoft is experimenting with adding this feature to the Windows 11 system tray in Insider builds of Windows 11. However, this feature won’t be available for Windows 11’s release date October 5, 2021 and will likely have to wait until the first major Windows 11 update months later.
You still cannot move the taskbar
Another power user feature that has been removed from the system tray is the ability to move it to any edge of the screen. It’s now stuck to the bottom of the screen and instead can’t be placed on the left, top, or right edge.
It’s a shame, because even Chrome OS and macOS let you move their system tray equivalents (the tray and dock) to a different edge of the screen if you want. The Windows desktop should be at least as flexible as Chrome SHE.
We could try to guess a good reason why Microsoft removed this feature, but we think it didn’t make it to the new system tray in time. We wouldn’t be surprised if it returns in a future update – we can only hope it does.
The taskbar should get better, not worse
These might seem like nitpicks, but Windows should get better and more flexible.
Many Windows users will upgrade only to find that they can no longer use their drag-and-drop workflow.
People who have used the system tray on the left for the past 20+ years will be stunned if this option has also been removed.
Windows should be a powerful, flexible operating system. It’s a shame that, at a time when Apple is making drag-and-drop more powerful on iPhones, Microsoft is making it less usable on Windows.
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