A search bar is among the Task Manager improvements in the new build of Windows 11

Microsoft is testing a search bar for the new Windows 11 Task Manager.
Zoom in / Microsoft is testing a search bar for the new Windows 11 Task Manager.


One of the enhancements of the Windows 11 22H2 update was a redesigned Task Manager with a reorganized user interface, an updated Windows 11-style look and other features. Creating these foundations has apparently given Microsoft the freedom to work on other Task Manager improvements, some of which surfaced in this week’s preview build for Windows Insider in the Beta channel.

The most significant of these changes is a new search bar for running processes, so you can more easily see the specific processes you’re looking for while excluding the rest. This is useful for organizational and aesthetic purposes: it can find needles in haystacks and at the same time sweep away the hay so as not to drop the needle and lose it again.

The new Task Manager’s dark mode support can also be turned on regardless of what theme setting you’re using for Windows. Those themes will be applied to Task Manager and the pop-ups within it. And the toggle for Efficiency mode now includes a “don’t ask me again” checkbox if you regularly turn individual processes on and off in Efficiency mode and don’t want to be prompted for confirmation every time.

We don’t know when (or if) these changes will be introduced in public builds of Windows 11. Microsoft often uses Windows Insider Channels to A / B test multiple versions of a feature or to collect data on versions that are still in progress changes that can disappear without being officially released.

But the presence of the changes in the Beta channel means that they will eventually be released as a minor update to Windows 11 22H2 in the coming months. The more experimental Dev channel has moved to a completely new major build number of Windows 11, implying that it will eventually become the basis for the Windows 11 23H2 update at some point in the next year.

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