The latest Windows 11 version 23H2 Build 25193 brings a hidden feature apart from the official changelog. Tablet optimized taskbar was a feature that Microsoft had introduced and then subsequently removed from insider builds.
Now, the Tablet optimized taskbar is back as a hidden feature in the Windows 11 23H2 Build 25193. Enthusiasts were able to activate the feature and post screenshots of the feature in action.
It seems that by using feature ID 26008830 the Tablet optimized taskbar can be enabled in Windows 11 Build 25193. After enabling this ID, options to use this feature appear in Taskbar behaviors settings. One needs to tick the checkbox for the feature to be enabled.
The featured image above shows how the Tablet optimized taskbar looks like. One can clearly notice the differences it has as compared to the Desktop taskbar. Icons become bigger so that touch experience becomes better, and search box moves below the start icon.
For those interested here are all the official changes that the Windows 11 Build 25193 brings.
Introducing Xbox subscription management in Settings
With this build, we are introducing a new Xbox subscription management experience within Windows 11 Settings app. If you are a member of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, PC Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass for Console or Xbox Live Gold, you will now be able to see your subscription details via Settings > Accounts.
Like the Microsoft 365 subscription management experience, you will be able to view your billing recurrence, payment method and the games and benefits associated with your Xbox subscription.
In addition, you will also be able to manage and upgrade your subscription, redeem gift card tokens and be up to date on any actions required to continue your subscriptions without any disruptions.
If you don’t own any Xbox subscriptions, you can learn more about the games and benefits associated with Xbox subscriptions, by clicking the Learn more link on the card.
[We are beginning to roll this feature out, so it isn’t available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]
FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Settings > User Profile Account Settings.
Support for new Braille displays in Narrator
We are excited to announce support for new Braille displays and new Braille input and output languages in Narrator. Some of the new braille displays we support include: the APH Chameleon, the APH Mantis Q40, the NLS eReader and many more. Refer to the detailed documentation to learn more about the new displays and languages that we support.
You must remove Narrator’s current braille support if it is already installed by following the steps below:
- Open Settings.
- Go to Apps > Optional features > Installed features.
- Search for Accessibility – Braille support.
- Expand Accessibility – Braille support and uninstall the feature.
Install new narrator braille support:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
- Select the more button.
- Download braille from this new window by selecting the Download and install braille button.
- After braille is installed, restart your computer and return to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
- For Braille display to continue working seamlessly while switching between Narrator and third-party screen readers, select the braille display driver used by your third-party screen reader from the “Braille display driver” option. See the note below for customers that use the JAWS for Windows screen reader. This only needs to be done once. Refer to the detailed documentation to learn more about the braille driver solution.
Note: If you have the JAWS for Windows screen reader installed from Freedom Scientific and are using a version released in April 2022 or later along with a Focus braille display then there is no need to select the braille display as noted above.
FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Accessibility > Narrator.
Changes and Improvements
- As a result of feedback from Windows Insiders, we have disabled the ability to share a local file directly to OneDrive using the built-in Windows share window that first began rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel with Build 25163. We hope to bring this feature back in the future after further refinement of the experience. As we’ve mentioned previously, features we try out in the Dev or Beta Channels may not always ship.