IDG Blog | “Aesthetics over function” Windows 11 taskbar regret

A consciousness is passed down to users who only use PCs regularly. For PC users, Apple product announcements are a time to observe what’s happening on the other side of the computer world. Many PC users must have ridiculed when they heard that the MacBook Pro was equipped with the infamous notch among iPhone users. It was a decision that had no purpose other than to reduce the bezel width. While the PC’s face-recognition camera has been a success for a long time, the iPhone’s facial-recognition camera has not.

The embarrassing decision to eventually ditch the ambitious introduction of the Touch Bar and add a port on the back of a laptop that it abandoned years ago seems to be repeating what was just said.

Even PC supremacists should stop rejoicing over other people’s misfortunes and worry about their own business. Microsoft also put forward features that were flawed in design on the front of its proprietary Windows 11. It’s about the taskbar.

Microsoft advances 0 steps, retreats 2 steps

The biggest change to the new taskbar is that tools and shortcuts are centered. It has the same form as the MacOS Dock or the Chrome OS taskbar. Microsoft plans to add a separate tool next to the Start button, though I haven’t seen anyone using it on any other operating system in this location. However, the most negative change is that the title is not visible when the window pane is minimized.
Add a few shortcuts, launch a few apps, and dozens of icons line up on your taskbar in an instant. ⓒ Michael Crider/IDG

In other words, if you work with 12 windows open, even if you look down at the taskbar, you can distinguish only the browser or Windows file explorer by the icon, and no further information can be found.

The interface looks crude at first glance, but Microsoft seems to like it. A center-aligned taskbar has been the default setting since Windows 7 in 2009, and for good reason. In terms of managing the Quick Launch toolbar and taskbar introduced in Windows XP, it is simply a combination of the two. Users are getting more and more accustomed to the combination of launcher and window manager, so integrating these tools is a smart improvement. However, moving this tool to the center of the screen is harmless, meaningless, and simply pleasing to the eye.

However, it is a huge loss to not be able to immediately tell what the minimized activation window looks like at a glance. The ability to label programs running in Windows 7, 8, and 10 has been alive and well. It was inside the settings menu, but anyone could easily find it. Then it came to Windows 11 and disappeared. Now, like its competitors, you have no other choice than a bunch of wacky icons clustered in the middle of your taskbar.

I think this is a perfect example of prioritizing form over function. Of course, I’m an advanced user who makes this claim, but I can’t find any reason not to leave this option as is. Besides, isn’t Windows 11 a more refined version of the Windows 10 interface in many ways?

Changed taskbar settings, no meaning or emotion

As I am writing this article, I am looking at the ‘main’ monitor of my PC. Two Chrome browser windows, two Windows File Explorer, and two Word documents are running. In addition, Google Keep, a web app browser window dedicated to Google Voice, the company’s project management system, Photoshop, Steam, the Windows settings menu, and even Hearthstone, which I played last night and didn’t turn off, are running. The 34-inch ultra-wide monitor has plenty of room to label all of these programs. You can easily find the window you need at any time. Of course, I’m well aware that there are third-party programs that bring back the Windows 10 style taskbar.
What kind of waste is it to leave the large space on both sides as it is? ⓒ Michael Crider/IDG

But I don’t want to go to the point where I’m looking for an incomplete alternative to bring back the functionality I’ve had since I first picked up the mouse. Does Microsoft really want users to use an inefficient Windows management system? Do you want everyone to have a virtual desktop? It’s not realistic anyway. And if you sacrifice such a simple and basic function for the sake of aesthetics, you can only say that it is an anti-user decision that you have only seen at Apple.

On the positive side, Microsoft is often willing to admit when it’s wrong. When there was a user backlash against the full-screen interface in Windows 8, the Start menu was brought back in 8.1 and replaced with a more polished menu in 10.1. In a year or two, it may bring back the same taskbar as before, but also resurrect the ability to move it to the side or top.

How to get the ‘real’ taskbar back

In the end, there are only two options for now. After using Windows 11 for a week, I thought it would be best to stick with Windows 10. By the time you feel like you’re missing anything from Windows 10, Android app support is probably more common.

However, if you bought a PC with Windows 11 preinstalled, and if you want to use the latest operating system, you can get a Windows File Explorer patch, which will require reinstalling the new version of Windows 11 Update.

Startallback is an app that helps you use the familiar old interface in Windows 11. ⓒ

StartAllBack If you use the same application, you can use the same Start menu or taskbar as in Windows 10. A one-month trial is free, and a single PC license costs $5 per month. Published by Stardog Start 11They also offer similar features for the same price, so you might want to choose either one. [email protected]

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