After a nearly two-week hiatus over Thanksgiving, Microsoft has released a new build for Windows 11 Insiders on the Dev Channel. New Build 22509 brings improvements to Narrator with Microsoft Edge and allows users to add an extra pinned app bar (or additional recommendations) to the Start menu.
We are working on a bunch of improvements for web browsing with Microsoft Edge and Narrator. In particular, typing in edit boxes should now be faster, more useful information is provided as you navigate the web, and, finally, you will have more consistent navigation with Narrator.
We’ve made it easier to enter text in edit fields such as the address bar because Narrator’s scan mode now turns off faster. In particular, if you press Ctrl + L to go to the address bar, you will be able to start typing immediately, because the scan mode will turn off sooner. This improvement will also help when filling out form fields, for example, when entering your name and address in various edit fields. In addition to making it easier to type in edit fields, we’ve also made it easier to delete in edit fields. Narrator will now read the character the cursor is on after deleting the character. In other words, if the cursor is on the “h” of “hello” and you press “delete,” Narrator will say “e”.
You will also get more contextual information as you navigate the web. For example, required radio buttons and edit fields will now be read as needed, and additional information about lists will now be read, including list levels and exact list indices.
Besides getting more information, you will get a more consistent navigation with Narrator. These include improvements to heading navigation, more consistent navigation in crawl mode, where crawl mode is less likely to loop between items, and more consistent reading of hyperlinks when navigating back and forth.
Thank you for all the feedback you’ve sent on using Narrator with Edge. These improvements have been made based on your feedback. Keep giving us feedback with Windows + F.
NOTE: Microsoft Edge version 97.0.4683.0 or higher is required to take advantage of these improvements in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509 and higher.
The main changes and improvements are listed below:
- Starting with this build, you can right-click on Start to quickly navigate to Start settings and select the Additional Contacts or Additional Recommendations layout option to display an additional line of contacts or recommendations, respectively.
You can now customize Start to display more contacts or recommendations based on your preference.
- When an add-on monitor is connected, your clock and date will now also appear on the taskbars of the add-on monitor or monitors for easy viewing. [We are starting to roll out this change so it is not available to all Insiders yet, as we plan to track feedback and see how it is implemented before distributing it to everyone.]
- For apps that send call, reminder or alarm notifications that use Windows notifications in the OS, 3 high priority notifications will now show as grouped and show at the same time. This means that at any given time, you can see up to 4 notifications at the same time – 3 high priority notifications and one normal priority notification. [We are starting to roll out this change so it is not available to all Insiders yet, as we plan to track feedback and see how it is implemented before distributing it to everyone.]
- As part of our ongoing effort to migrate settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app:
- We’ve moved advanced sharing options (such as network discovery, file and printer sharing, and folder sharing) to a new page in the Settings app under Advanced Network Settings.
- We’ve made some updates to the device-specific pages in the Printers & Scanners section of Preferences to display additional information about your printer or scanner directly in Preferences, if available.
- Some entry points for network and device settings in Control Panel will now redirect to the corresponding pages in Settings.
- A new parameter has been added to the Installed Applications page in the Settings section for sorting the list by name (from Z to A) and, accordingly, the previous parameter “Alphabetically” has been updated, now it will be called Name (from A to Z).
- Now we will remember if you turn on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in airplane mode. The next time you use Airplane Mode, the radios will reflect your preferences and stay on, making it easier for you to keep listening to your headphones and staying connected as you travel.
- Windows Sandbox now supports restarting inside its virtualized environment (for example, if you had to click the Restart option under the power button in the Start menu).
In addition to the significant changes mentioned above, the build introduced a few more improvements:
You can now use the WIN + Alt + K keyboard shortcut to toggle the new mute icon on the taskbar when it is displayed.
Based on the feedback, we’re making our Portuguese and Polish emoji search a little more flexible by adding keywords that contain diacritics.
Introducing. NET Framework 4.8.1, our latest version. NET Framework, which will provide native ARM64 support for the runtime. NET Framework.
Since Settings> System> Sound in Windows 11 shows a warning when microphone access is restricted in your privacy settings, we are removing the notification to alert you to this.
Added support for canceling Daylight Saving Time for the Republic of Fiji for 2021.
We are making changes so that on new installations, the touch indicator option will now be disabled by default under Settings> Accessibility> Mouse Pointer and Tap. As part of this change, we added a link to this settings page from Settings> Bluetooth & Devices> Touch and made the Press and Hold visual now always show regardless of the setting state.
Apps will now launch in maximum mode by default when they are in tablet position on small devices (11 ” or smaller).
Build 22509 also contains many bug fixes:
- The Start, Search, Task View, Widgets, and Chat icons on the taskbar should no longer be unexpectedly large when the system scaling is set to 125%.
- Pressing the Windows plus key (the number corresponding to the position of the application icon on the taskbar) should now cycle through the application windows if you press that number multiple times, instead of stopping at the last window.
- When Narrator has focus on the View Task button and the Desktops pop-up appears, Narrator will now provide you with information about the desktops.
- Fixed the explorer.exe crash that some Insiders were experiencing in recent builds related to updating system tray icons.
- Handwriting should work again when Chinese is selected.
- Addressed an issue with a mouse that caused some Insiders to get an error during hibernation, sometimes in recent builds (giving the impression that the computer has restarted).
- Updated the Chinese Simplified IME candidates to center align with the candidate window height.
- Fixed invoking touch keyboard in PowerShell, it should now work.
- Hovering the mouse between desktops in Task View no longer unexpectedly reduces the displayed thumbnails and content area.
- CompactOverlay should work again in this assembly (as well as the option some applications use to create a small window that is always on top).
- Fixed a race condition that sometimes caused explorer.exe to crash when closing a bind group of 3 or more windows in the task view.
- Removed unexpected tilt animation when clicking on the corner of the New Desktop button.
- Made a tweak to address an underlying issue where the context menu would animate all the way down to the mouse rather than away from it when right-clicking on the desktop in task view.
- Fixed crash DWM with frequent bugs in recent builds.
- Fixed partially overlapping text for certain languages on the Installed Apps page in Settings.
- Clicking the Remove button while using the Installed Applications page now displays a confirmation dialog in a grid view.
- Changed the new URI ms-settings: installed-apps to now ms-settings: appsfeatures to address scenarios where existing links expect the latter to lead to a list of installed apps, such as when selecting Application Options after right-clicking. UWP app on the Start menu.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing error 0x8007001f when trying to update to the latest Dev Channel builds.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some computers failing to install new builds or other updates with error code 0x80070002.
- An issue has been fixed that caused some devices with error code 0xc1900101-0x4001c to be rolled back when installing new assemblies.
- Did some work to help fix the issue resulting in the loss of wifi connection after waking up from sleep.
As with any new build, this one also has several known issues, which are listed below:
- Users upgrading from Builds 22000.xxx or earlier to newer Dev Channel builds using the latest Dev Channel ISO may receive the following warning message: The build you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To proceed with the installation, enable flight subscription. If you receive this message, click the “Enable” button, restart your computer and try updating again.
- In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using search from the Start menu or taskbar. If you have a problem, press WIN + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box, and then close it.
- The taskbar sometimes blinks when switching input methods.
- After clicking the search icon on the taskbar, the search bar may not open. In this case, restart the Windows Explorer process and reopen the search bar.
Microsoft also noted that features that appear in Dev builds may or may not appear in a general release. You can find more information on Build 22509 in the official press release here .