Personalization Turn On or Off Tablet-optimized Taskbar in Windows 11


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Starting with Windows 11 build 25197 and Windows 11 build 22623.730, Microsoft is re-introducing the touch-optimized taskbar that’s designed to make you feel more confident and comfortable using your device as a tablet. Your taskbar will automatically transition to this optimized version when you disconnect or fold back the keyboard on your 2-in-1 device. This feature only works on devices that can be used as tablets. It does not work on laptops or desktop PCs.

There are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you’re holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22623.875, you can now swipe up from within the taskbar with a pen to expand the tablet-optimized taskbar.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25252, Microsoft made a small refinement for tablet-optimized taskbar users to make it a bit easier to expand the taskbar without invoking the Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off tablet-optimized taskbar for your account in Windows 11.


Tablet-optimized taskbar is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev and Beta Channels, as is the System Tray improvements that began rolling out with Build 25211 that include drag and drop.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Tablet-optimized Taskbar in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Tablet-optimized Taskbar using REG file


EXAMPLE: Tablet-optimized taskbar in both collapsed and expanded states

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Option One

Turn On or Off Tablet-optimized Taskbar in Settings


1 Open Settings (WIn+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Taskbar on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Taskbar settings

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3 Click/tap on Taskbar behaviors on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Optimize taskbar for touch interactions when this device is used as a tablet for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Tablet-optimized Taskbar using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.

2 Turn On Hidden Icon Menu on Taskbar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_tablet_optimized_taskbar.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ExpandableTaskbar"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off Tablet-optimized Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_tablet_optimized_taskbar.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ExpandableTaskbar"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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