What’s New in the First Feature Drop Update for Windows 11 22H2?

The First Feature Drop Update for Windows 11 22H2 from Microsoft is here. Microsoft said in September that it would be updating Windows 11 more often with “continuous innovation.” The company is now releasing its first post-22H2 RTM feature drop, which includes a number of important new features and changes.

Everything new in First Feature Drop Update for Windows 11 22H2

Now, it’s annoying that Microsoft doesn’t have a name for these drops of features. Even though it doesn’t call them “feature drops,” we can’t think of a better way to describe them. So, we call them “feature drops” informally. Inside Microsoft, they are called “Moment” updates, and this one is “Moment 1.”

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Improvements to File Explorer

Everything new in First Feature Drop Update for Windows 11 22H2
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With Microsoft’s first feature drop for Windows 11 22H2, the File Explorer finally gets a tabbed navigation interface, along with updates to its home page and sidebar. This is the biggest new feature.

We’re all used to tabbed web browsers, and the new tabs feature works the same way. File Explorer now has a row of tabs across the top, which you can add to or close when you’re done. Folders can now be opened in a new tab by right-clicking on them.

You can also drag files between tabs, but you can’t move tabs between different File Explorer windows yet, at least not yet. You also can’t change the order of your open tabs. They will stay in the order they were in when you opened them until you close some of them.

With this first feature drop, File Explorer also got updates to its home page and sidebar interfaces. Microsoft has changed the sidebar so that the home page and OneDrive locations are at the top, followed by your most used local folders, This PC, and Network locations.

The home page for updates is similar to the old one, but you can now pin files to it so you can get to them quickly. The pinned area is between your most-used folders and the documents you just opened. You can pin files from anywhere on your computer by right clicking the file in File Explorer and choosing “Pin to quick access.”

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Suggested Actions

Suggested Actions
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With this release, there is also a new “quick actions” menu that appears when you select a date or phone number and copy it. Copying a date or phone number into any text field will bring up a menu with options to create an event in your calendar or call and add a phone number to your contacts.

Right now, this feature only works in a few specific areas, so that’s probably why it doesn’t show up when you copy these formats. Microsoft says that it will be available in more markets over the next few weeks and months.

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Taskbar News

Taskbar News
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With this feature drop, there are a number of new Taskbar updates, including a new overflow menu that will appear when you run out of space on the Taskbar for running apps. Now, when you click on the Taskbar, it will show you more running apps in a three-dot menu that floats above it. This will be most useful for people who use Windows on a tablet or laptop with a screen smaller than 13 inches.

Lastly, Microsoft has brought back the right-click shortcut that lets you open Task Manager from anywhere on the Taskbar.

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