Windows 11 gets a new “Recommended” area for File Explorer, new changes and improvements

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 build 23403 to testers in the Insider Dev Channel. This build includes new additions to the File Explorer, adding a new “Recommended” files view, and shortcut access keys along with some changes and improvements.

For now, this new “Recommended” area only appears for devices registered to an Azure Active Directory.

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Windows 11’s File Explorer is also getting a new “Access Keys” function for the modern XAML Context Menu

Microsoft has announced its first preview build for the newly rebooted Dev Channel Insiders, build includes a new “Recommended” files area that will show files and content Microsoft thinks users may want to see, along with some changes and improvements to Voice Access and other UI areas.

Recommended files area will show files that are related to upcoming meetings or deadlines, and shared documents that have recently been accessed or commented on by other people.

Windows 11 File Explorer Recommended

Microsoft also bringing a new Access Keys function for the modern XAML Context Menu. An access key is a one-keystroke shortcut that allows a keyboard user to quickly execute a command in the context menu.

Other additions in this build include a new way the search bar appears in Taskbar in dark mode if a user has an app mode set to light and general improvements to Voice Access with new commands and support for more languages.

Windows 11 build 23404 changelog:

  • Live captions help everyone and people who are deaf or hard of hearing read live captions in their native language. 
  • Microsoft is adding access key shortcuts to the XAML context menu in File Explorer. 
  • File Recommendations are coming to File Explorer Home to bring users the most relevant file content right to their fingertips. 
  • Microsoft has completely renovated the in-app command help page in voice access to make it simpler to use and comprehend. The search bar allows users to quickly find commands and the various categories provide further guidance. Every command now has a description and examples of its variations, making it easier to understand and use.
  • The Narrator will now retrieve updates to its Outlook support when the Narrator is started.
  • Multi-app kiosk mode is a lockdown feature for Windows 11 that allows an IT administrator to select a set of allowable apps to run on the device, while all other functionalities are blocked.
  • Users will now see a copy button for quickly copying two-factor authentication (2FA) codes in notification toasts from apps installed on the PC or from phones linked to the PC.
  • Microsoft added a glanceable VPN status into the system tray when connected to a recognized VPN profile.
  • The search box on the taskbar will be lighter when Windows is set to a custom color mode. 
  • Microsoft has updated the Simplified Chinese handwriting recognition engine to be faster and more accurate as well as supported characters defined in GB18030-2022.
  • Right-clicking on a Win32 app in Start, or searching for the app, and choosing “Uninstall” will now take users to Settings to uninstall the app.
  • Fixed rendering issues when using the touch keyboard with the search box on the taskbar.
  • Fixed an issue when double-clicking the search highlight glyph in the search box makes it disappear.
  • Fixed an issue where the search box would randomly disappear.
  • Fixed an issue where the search icon flips incorrectly for right-to-left (RTL) languages.
  • Fixed an issue where you might have seen some text flicker in the search box when you click into it.
  • Fixed an issue where the search box might disappear on one monitor if you are using multiple monitors.
  • Made some accessibility fixes to the settings for search under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
  • Fixed an underlying issue believed to be the cause of File Explorer unexpectedly jumping into the foreground sometimes.

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