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A new Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22454 is now available in the Dev channel, according to Microsoft. Not surprisingly, not much has changed. Since rs prerelease builds are the mainstay of the Dev channel’s offerings, new features are added to it before they are included in a specific release of the OS. Windows 11’s first version is still in development, so we’re not seeing many new features in the Dev channel.

22454 is a minor update to Windows 11. Firstly, if you right-click on the Recycle Bin, you’ll see a new, modern context menu. In addition to new icons next to the options, a new ‘Show more options’ option expands the menu to include more options as well. This is a common feature of Windows 11.

There’s no need to click “Show more options” in the File Explorer to add something into Quick Access now that context menus are available. With the new context menus in mind, commonly used commands should be front and center, while rarely used commands should be accessed via a second click away from the commonly used commands.

Now the Korean IME has been updated, adding support for Acrylic and dark mode.

The update also includes a number of fixes, improvements, and known problems. So what got fixed?

[General]

A bug in Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) was causing PCs to bugcheck constantly. WDAG-enabled PCs should now receive Build 22454, which is a bug fix release.
[Start]

When right-clicking on the Start button (WIN + X), Windows Terminal is listed again.
A more reliable announcement of the Start launch is now needed from Narrator.

[Taskbar]

  • When scanning with item navigation across the Task View button, the Desktops flyout should now be properly dismissed for Narrator users.
  • For some aspect ratio combinations, desktop thumbnail images were not rendering correctly. This has now been fixed.
  • There was a rounding error that was causing the volume icon tooltip in some cases to display the wrong number.
  • While open, the tooltips for input indicator and Quick Settings as well as the notification center icon will no longer be visible behind the flyouts.
  • Fixes a bug that caused the volume icon in the Taskbar to show that sound was muted when it wasn’t.
  • Taskbar could get stuck on top of full-screen applications, such as PowerPoint presentations, after interacting with Taskbar previews, which was fixed.
  • Flickering icons should no longer occur when a contrast theme is used.
  • Fixed an issue where app icons would occasionally appear on the Taskbar from a different location than the one they were supposed to appear from.
  • Shift + Clicking on an app icon in the Taskbar to launch a new instance of that app (for apps that support multiple instances) is now working properly.
  • There was a bug in the Taskbar where app icons could get stuck in alert mode, even when the app was closed.

[Input]

  • Text candidates no longer appeared after a handwriting panel was invoked once.
  • We’ve fixed an animation glitch when tapping a text field to activate the touch keyboard. It’s now smoother and more responsive.
  • There was a bug that prevented some users from seeing their clipboard history. This has been fixed.
  • As a result, the input indicator should now display 3rd party IME icons more reliably.
  • Explorator.exe could crash if the window focus was changed while using the touch keyboard.
  • There was a bug in the previous version of the Japanese IME that caused certain games to crash for people who had opted in.
  • When using the touch keyboard, the tip for voice typing was not connected to the microphone button.
  • The touch keyboard could get into a state where the key labels were invisible because the wrong background colour was being used.
  • The touch keyboard settings flyout sometimes had white on white text due to a bug.
  • Worked to fix a bug in the touch keyboard’s expressive input button that caused the candidate area to have a broken layout when interacting with it.

[File Explorer]

  • Improved the reliability of context menu invocation.
  • Mitigated a couple of issues that were causing leaks when using File Explorer.
  • The context menu will now not immediately dismiss when the option to open things with a single-click is enabled in File Explorer.
  • If you press F11 to full screen File Explorer, then use WIN + Shift + Left/Right to change what screen the window is displaying on, pressing F11 again will no longer jump the window back to the original screen.

[Settings]

  • Mitigated an issue when typing with certain 3rd party IMEs into the search box in Settings that could result in the candidate window being rendered elsewhere on-screen (not attached to the search box) and/or characters inserted into the search box not displaying.
  • We did some work to help address an issue that was making the Windows Insider Program page in Settings appear blank sometimes.
  • The mouse pointers under Accessibility > Mouse pointer and touch are no longer invisible for Arabic and Hebrew display languages.
  • System > Storage > Show more categories > Other should no longer always say it’s managed by group policy even when it isn’t.
  • Added some links to “Find my device” in Settings to help you learn more about the privacy resources.
  • Start time and end time pickers under Focus Assist > During these times are now visible when focus is set while using a contrast theme.
  • Addressed a crash that could happen when using Sound Settings.
  • Fixed an issue with the volume slider in Quick Settings that was causing the volume to sometimes to save at a slightly different level than what was actually set.

[Logging in and Authentication]

  • Fixed a crash that could happen when the network icon updated states on the login screen.

[Windowing]

  • Made a change to address an issue where title bar options including close, minimize and maximize where not appearing as expected in certain apps when moving the mouse to top of the screen while the app was maximized.

[Other]

  • Improved icon rendering for certain apps in the Search hover flyout.
  • Addressed an issue that was causing overlapping text in the Share window for certain languages.
  • Made some performance improvements when switching to the Details tab of Task Manager.
  • If the Windows Security app is open when switching to dark mode, the UI elements should respond better now and not have unreadable text.
  • If there are a large number of exclusions listed under Virus and Threat Protection in the Windows Security app, it will now display a progress indicator when loading them.
  • Fixed some text clipping in the Windows Security app when using the option in Accessibility Settings to increase the text size.
  • Mitigated an issue that was causing the WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message used in certain apps to be ignored, so the colors in some places wouldn’t appear correctly.
  • Fixed a leak when the desktop background was set to a slideshow, impacting performance over time until explorer.exe was restarted.
  • Mitigated an issue that was causing some PCs to bugcheck while in modern standby.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing slower Wi-Fi speeds after enabling Hyper-V and creating an External V-Switch.
  • When animations are disabled in the system, there should no longer be a fade animation in UWP apps like Settings or the Feedback Hub when transitioning from the splash screen to the app content.

As for when notable new features will be available, that should be very soon. While we wait for Android app support, Microsoft has teased a new Photos app that will be available soon. Test other new inbox apps that may not make it into the initial shipping version of Windows 11 if they are successful.

If you’re on the Dev channel, you can grab today’s build from Windows Update. Windows Insider Program tab in Settings will help if you’re not already enrolled.

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