Get ready to see tooltips on the Windows 11 taskbar

Windows 11 introduced an all-new taskbar and start menu, one of the most controversial changes in the update. Now there’s another change to the taskbar: old-fashioned tooltips.

Microsoft is experimenting with a new tooltip feature with some Windows Insider testers, starting with Insider Preview Build 25236 on the Dev channel. The company said, “In order to add value to search shortcuts and reduce friction in the broader Windows Search experience, we are trying different ways to provide tips on how to use Windows Search through the taskbar.” At the moment, it only shows up for some people in the United States who have the system locale set to English.

A pop-up window that appears above the search button that says "A faster way to search the web: just press the Windows logo key + S and type to search."

The scope of tooltips is narrow, at least for now. They only appear above the search button and only explain the search functions. It may remain so, but it may also appear for other buttons or areas on the taskbar with future updates.

Over the past few months, Microsoft has released other updates to search in Windows 10 and 11, mostly because it’s an easy source of income – ads and other clutter from Bing are already in the search menu. Tooltips can lead to more people using search, which means more people to see Bing ads, which means more money for Microsoft. It is still unclear when and if these tips will be available to everyone in Windows 11.

Source: Windows Blog.

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