What you need to know
- Microsoft recently shipped Windows 11 Build 22533 to Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- The build includes updated user interfaces for volume and brightness control.
- Our senior editor Zac Bowden shows off the changes in his latest build video.
After years of complaints and jokes, Microsoft finally updated the volume user interface in Windows. Through several versions of Windows 10 and the initial release of Windows 11, the UI shown when adjusting the volume of a PC with physical buttons looked old and out of place. Microsoft fixed that with Windows 11 Build 22533, which recently shipped to Insiders in the Dev Channel. Our senior editor Zac Bowden checks out the new volume UI and the build's other changes in his most recent build video.
While not brand new, there is an updated UI for the Tab Switcher on Windows 11 as well. The new ALT+TAB experience reduces the amount of blur shown on the desktop when using the Tab Switcher. Rather than blurring the entire desktop, Windows 11 will just blur a rectangle around the windows you can switch between.
Here's a quick rundown of the changelog from Microsoft:
- We are resetting the rollout of the updated entry point for Widgets with weather on the taskbar first introduced with Build 22518. As a result, some Insiders who had this enabled may find it has reverted to the original experience as seen in released version of Windows 11. However, our intention is to quickly expand the rollout to the majority of Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- This build includes a good set of fixes and improvements but as always, be sure to check the known issues too.
- We're rolling out a new Calls experience for the Your Phone app – details below.
- We are providing ISOs for this build which can be downloaded here.
- We have updated the flyout design for the hardware indicators for brightness, volume, camera privacy, camera on/off and airplane mode, to align with Windows 11 design principles. These new flyouts will appear when you press the volume or brightness keys on your laptop and will honor light/dark mode to give you a more coherent Windows experience. Brightness and volume indicators continue to be interactive with the update.
- You can now search for voice access from the taskbar and pin voice access to your taskbar or Start like other apps as well as turn it on/ off.
- We're expanding the rollout of extending the 13 touch keyboard themes to IMEs, the emoji panel, and voice typing (first introduced with Build 22504) to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- When you press WIN + X or right click the Start icon it will now say "Installed apps" in the menu instead of "Apps & Features".
- It is now possible to uninstall the Clock app if you want.
You can read more about the update, including the available fixes in our piece covering the initial rollout of the build.
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IMO the best UX and fastest way to change the volume is the widget from XBox Game Bar app with the output switch and volume mixer accessible right with a single keystroke (actually 2).
I was hoping to see it as the default way to change the volume in Windows 11 in the action center. Sadly not =/
Volume mixer has been highly requested, but still no hints about it sadly. Worse there is no more shortcut to old volume mixer and has to open a full blown Settings app just for that. Windows 11 clearly rushed at launched.
actually with this build you cannot map network drives anymore :)
SMB is broken on my non-Insider build.
did you install KB5007297?
Great! And now we lost the ability to see and control playback from the flyout like in Windows 10. Good to see MS is keeping consistency with the trend of making the UI more consistent while losing features along the way :)
The playback controls are already gone from the volume flyout on Windows 11 today. The controls are now in the control center.
It's just not the same, those information are lost when you tweak the volume, that's a fact. Also, I find that placing it in the middle/low part of the screen the worst.
If you're playing a video with subtitles, you better not use it without pausing.
Yeah, but sadly not really the same. Since the one in Quick Settings requires you to manually open it with a mouse or another keyboard shortcut. Not like when I use media keys, it used to present me media control and information what is playing and from what app. It was a perfect system especially when listening to music while doing something. I rather not have my mouse reach to the Taskbar just for that. Sure, the media control in quick settings is nice when you just use the mouse or touchpad. But they could've just reuse the same media control flyout for this new volume flyout.
Sadly this is like the trend with Windows 11. I love the consistent UI, but looks like we are just trading with features and flexibility instead. Shame that Windows 10 UI design is a mess, but compensated with features at least. Surely there is no need to only only choose between aesthetics and features. Heck, Modern Flyouts provides aesthetic and featureset, even more since it even had seek slider for compatible apps. The only missing was to follow the new WinUI 3 design, its perfect.
Sadly this build has random words everywhere like personalization is now "Choose your mode" and dark mode is violet red? Also the volume key just restarts explorer.exe, this just shows that modifying windows compoenes that break stuff.
Well done MS, sorted out the volume UI and muck other stuff up. don't they do any testing these days?
Wow - that's a lot of excitement over a volume indicator. People need to get out more.
Underwhelmed here. But let's go with it!
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