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Windows 11 beta fixes major taskbar gripe, removes old File Explorer settings

Windows 11 beta fixes major taskbar gripe, removes old File Explorer settings

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The new Insider Preview build of Windows 11 that was released this week introduces some handy and oft-requested new features, including the ability to write in any text field with Windows Ink and reintroducing the Windows 7-to-10-era “never combine labels” setting for app icons in the taskbar.

But Windows 11 giveth and Windows 11 taketh away. The new preview is also removing several power-user-oriented settings away from the File Explorer’s Folder Options menu, most of which have been around for decades. These are the settings Microsoft has removed:

  • Hide Folder Merge conflict
  • Always show icons, never thumbnails
  • Display file icon on thumbnails
  • Display file type information on Folder tips
  • Hide protected OS files
  • Show drive letters
  • Show popup description for Folder and Desktop items
  • Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
  • Use sharing wizard
The Folder Options menu, one of several Windows 95-style menus lurking just below Windows 11's shiny surface.

The Folder Options menu, one of several Windows 95-style menus lurking just below Windows 11’s shiny surface. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Microsoft says all of the settings will continue to exist but that they’ll only be accessible via registry keys. In a default Windows install, some of these options are on-by-default and others are off-by-default; Microsoft didn’t say any of these defaults would be changing.

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