Microsoft has updated Windows 11‘s indicator for brightness, volume, camera, and mic controls bringing them in line with the Windows 11 design style in the latest Windows Insider build 22533.
Changes and Improvements
- We have updated the flyout design for the hardware indicators for brightness, volume, camera privacy, camera on/off and airplane mode, to align with Windows 11 design principles. These new flyouts will appear when you press the volume or brightness keys on your laptop and will honor light/dark mode to give you a more coherent Windows experience. Brightness and volume indicators continue to be interactive with the update.
- You can now search for voice access from the taskbar and pin voice access to your taskbar or Start like other apps as well as turn it on/ off.
- We’re expanding the rollout of extending the 13 touch keyboard themes to IMEs, the emoji panel, and voice typing (first introduced with Build 22504) to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- When you press WIN + X or right click the Start icon it will now say “Installed apps” in the menu instead of “Apps & Features”.
- It is now possible to uninstall the Clock app if you want.
- Fixed an issue where Insiders may have seen error 0x8007012a during a driver or firmware update.
- Addressed an issue causing Insiders to be unable to sign-in to certain apps sometimes, such as Feedback Hub.
- Fixed the text in the exploit protection description in the Windows Security app so it just refers to Windows and not Windows 10.
- Fixed an issue resulting in not being able to import photos from certain cameras and mobile phones into the Photos app (it would just loop forever saying 0 items found so far).
- Launching Windows Sandbox, closing it, and then launch it again, should no longer lead to having two Windows Sandbox icons in the Taskbar (one of which is non-functional).
- The Wi-Fi icon should appear more reliably in the Taskbar now.
- If you have multiple monitors connected to your PC and right-click on the date and time on the taskbar on your primary monitor, explorer.exe will no longer crash.
- Holding CTRL and hovering your mouse over the Task View icon in the taskbar should no longer make explorer.exe crash.
- Mitigated an underlying issue related to the use of mica in Settings which was impacting overall reliability of the Settings app in recent flights.
- Fixed an issue impacting some Insiders which was resulting in Settings crashing when trying to access the Installed Apps, Startup Apps, and Default Apps pages.
- Mitigated an issue that was making the Wheel page in Settings crash when adding an action for an app.
- You should no longer hear a crackle if playing audio and repeatedly clicking the volume slider in Quick Settings to change the volume.
- If you hover your mouse over a truncated window title in ALT + Tab or Task View a tooltip showing the full window name will now appear.
- Improved how the text color and buttons look with theming applied on candidate window, emoji panel and clipboard (before this, some buttons/text was hard to see with certain custom background colors).
- The voice typing launcher should no longer unexpectedly reappear after clicking the microphone icon to invoke voice typing.
- For Insiders with the updated input switcher experience, accessibility tools like Magnifier and Narrator should work better with it now.
NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the active development branch may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11 that became generally available on October 5th, 2021.
- In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.
- The taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
- After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
- When viewing the list of available Wi-Fi networks, the signal strength indicators do not reflect the correct signal strength.
- Settings may crash when going to System > Display > HDR. If you need to enable or disable HDR on an HDR-capable PC, you can do so using the WIN + ALT + B keyboard shortcut.
- There is a blank entry under Bluetooth & Devices.
- Changing the taskbar alignment can cause the Widgets button to disappear from taskbar.
- When having multiple monitors, Widgets content on taskbar may get out of sync between monitors.
- With the taskbar left-aligned, information such as temperature is not shown. This will be fixed in a future update.
New Calls experience for the Your Phone app
This week we are beginning to roll out a new Calls experience for the Your Phone app on Windows 11. This update will be available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This update includes a new in-progress call window with updated icons, fonts, and other UI changes that align with the improved design of Windows 11. Placing calls with the Your Phone app should still work as before with this new UI! Please try it out and share any comments with us via Feedback Hub under Apps > Your Phone.
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