How to Enable New Taskbar Overflow on Windows 11?

Microsoft is adding a new taskbar overflow feature to Windows 11, designed to make it easier to find your open apps once you run out of taskbar space. It’s perfect for power users or people who love to keep their apps open. The firm recently introduced Spotlight Desktop Theme and a new taskbar overflow.

Currently, if you open too many apps on Windows 11 and Windows 10, then the taskbar creates an overflow area. Windows 11 will display these additional icons in a different flyout to make this management convenient.

The good news is that the taskbar will automatically switch to overflow mode when running app/documents icons don’t fit the dedicated area between the left and right edges. An additional button will have on the taskbar with three horizontal dots. Selecting this button will open a flyout that includes all applications that do not fit the default taskbar.

Windows 11 testers can try this new overflow feature in the latest Dev Channel build released this week. Microsoft is also testing improvements to the AirDrop-like “nearby sharing” feature on Windows 11.

Microsoft is rolling out the new overflow pane in both Beta and Dev insider channels, which is hidden by default for some users. Microsoft says they are collecting feedback by providing this feature to small groups of users. So, if you don’t get the opportunity to use this benefit yet, you can turn on the same using a third-party tool ViveTool.

This risewindows article will guide you on enabling the new taskbar overflow on Windows 11.

How to Enable New Taskbar Overflow on Windows 11?

Do these steps to turn on the new taskbar overflow on Windows 11:-

Step 1. Download the latest version of ViveTool from GitHub.

Step 2. Move the downloaded file to the “C” drive.

Step 3. Right-click on the ViVeTool ZIP archive to pick the Extract All option in the context menu.

Extract-ViVeTool

Step 4. Press the Extract button.

Step 5. Rename the extracted folder to ViVeTool.

Step 6. After that, open an elevated Command Prompt to type the following command one by one, and press the Enter key on the keyboard after entering every command:-

c:\vivetool\vivetool /enable /id:35620393

c:\vivetool\vivetool /enable /id:35620394


Step 7. At last, reboot your computer to see the changes.

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