Windows 11 (KB5023778) brings improved taskbar search box, Start menu notifications, and more

Windows 11 received a non-security preview update that brings Microsoft account notifications to the Start menu, a better taskbar search box that lets users set it to light mode while the rest of Windows 11 stays in dark mode, and many improvements, and bug fixes.

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Windows 11 KB5023778 also adds improvements in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

With Windows 11 KB5023778, Microsoft adds a search box that matches the current color scheme and introduces notifications for Microsoft accounts in the Start menu that will remind users to back up files using their Microsoft Account and perform other MSA-related things.

Windows 11 Microsoft Defender Notification

The KB5023778 update also includes many improvements and bug fixes, including a new Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, a fix for a Microsoft PowerPoint freezing problem, and issues with Notepad, Narrator, and USB printers.

The KB5023778 update is optional and does not contain security updates that will roll out with next month’s Patch Tuesday. Installing the optional update adds new functionality, and fixes many bugs that have been found in Windows 11.

To download KB5023778 head to Settings > Windows Update and click Check for updates. Hit Download and install once Windows detects the update, or download it directly from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Here is what Microsoft highlights in this update:

  • This update introduces notifications for Microsoft accounts in the Start menu. This is only available to a small group of users right now and will deploy more broadly in the coming months.
  • The search box on the taskbar will be lighter when users set Windows to a custom color mode. This will happen when users set the Windows mode to dark and the app mode to light in Settings > Personalization > Colors.
  • This update fixes an issue that affects the Notepad combo box in Settings. It fails to show all the available options.
  • This update fixes an issue that affects Microsoft PowerPoint where it stops responding. This happens when users use accessibility tools.
  • This update fixes an issue that affects Microsoft Narrator where it fails to read items in dropdown lists in Microsoft Excel.
  • This update fixes an issue that affects USB printers where the system classifies them as multimedia devices even though they are not.

Check the full changelog shared by Microsoft for all the info.

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