The latest test build of Windows 11 got new touch
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The latest test build of Windows 11 got new touch gestures, folders in Start, an updated task manager, and more

Microsoft today unveiled a new test build of Windows 11 that’s packed with new features that should vastly improve the operating system’s usability. The latest version of the operating system offers users new touch gestures, folders in the start menu, a redesigned task manager and a number of other improvements.

Image Source: The Edge

Image Source: The Edge

Start menu folders allow users to group apps under pinned programs. To do this, all you have to do is drag the program icon onto another, similar to what is done in popular mobile operating systems. The ability to name folders is not currently available, but will be available in future test builds of Windows 11.

The latest test build of Windows 11 got new touch

In addition, new touch gestures will soon be available for Windows 11, which will make using the operating system on tablets much more convenient. The first lets you swipe up on the taskbar to bring up the Start menu. To close it, just swipe down. Swipe and you can navigate sections of the Start menu. Another new gesture allows you to swipe your finger across the taskbar in the lower-right corner to reveal the quick settings menu.

Microsoft says the animation for bringing up the Notification Center has been improved in the new build. According to the company, changing the image orientation when rotating the device should also be faster and smoother.

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The new Microsoft Snap Layouts feature in Windows 11 has also been improved. It allows you to drag an application to the top of the window and see all the window layouts you can use. Microsoft is also improving the Focus feature, which makes it easier to quickly turn off annoying notifications. Added support for generating subtitles from arbitrary audio content.

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Other improvements include the ability to drag and drop items to the taskbar, more easily view OneDrive storage in File Explorer, pin files and folders, and change the default sleep and screen off settings to accommodate the to reduce power consumption.

The latest innovation was the updated design of the task manager. It includes a new command bar and dark theme, as well as a mode that allows you to limit the use of system resources by applications.

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As these features are just beginning to be tested, users of stable builds should expect them to appear in Windows 11 sometime in 2022.

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