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Windows 11 is getting a major Mac feature soon

Microsoft is testing a task overflow bar for Windows 11 that functions very similarly to the MacOS stacks feature.

The capability is now there in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25163, which was released on Thursday to the Dev Channel. When you have more open programmed than the taskbar can accommodate, they are saved in their own area thanks to the overflow feature. To enter this area, click the ellipses icon (…) in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Click the icon to view, open, or shut down any running programmed that are too large to fit on the taskbar.

According to PC World, the function is an improved version of an earlier Windows feature that reduced overflow apps to a single icon and necessitated the use of keyboard shortcuts like Alt-Tab to open the concealed apps.

Although the task overflow bar has been updated and is now much simpler to understand and use, a public build of the feature is not yet guaranteed because it is still in the developer testing stage. Microsoft has nevertheless been exploring for methods to enhance the usability and accessibility of its system.

The sole distinction between Apple’s stacks feature in MacOS and the task overflow bar is that the latter is a general folder for files that opens in a stylized manner to display information. According to the publication, Microsoft’s functionality opens in the background and displays the icons of the open programmed.

The function might also be compared to Windows 11’s Your Phone feature’s Recent apps add-on, which lets you view the apps you’ve recently used on your phone on your computer desktop. The “Your Phone” icon, which appears in a tiny folder akin to the programmes from the ellipses symbol, can be selected via the Windows System Tray on the taskbar (…). The previous three apps you viewed can then be accessed from your phone and projected onto your laptop.

One feature that made it onto the Windows 11 public version was one that received a lot of positive feedback during its testing phase.