The “collapsed” state provides a minimal version of the Taskbar that hides all the icons except those essential elements from the system tray (such as time, battery, volume, and network). The collapsed state offers more space and prevents you from accidentally invoking actions when holding a tablet. Also, it includes a gripper to make it evident that you can swipe up to bring up the “expanded” state. The “expanded” state provides the regular experience but is optimized for touch-enabled devices with bigger icons. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device. If you want to get hands-on with the new dialog interface, you can use a third-party tool known as “ViVeTool” created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas on GitHub to enable the new experience on your computer. This guide will teach you the steps to enable the new Taskbar experience optimized for touch-enabled screens on Windows 11.

Enable touch-optimized Taskbar on Windows 11

To enable the new Taskbar optimized for tablets on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, if you are using a tablet or laptop with a touch-enabled display, you will be able to interact with the new Taskbar experience.

In the command, change the path to the folder with your path.

If you don’t have Windows 11 build 25193, you need to enroll in the Dev Channel using the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Windows Update” section. Once you enroll the device in the program, you can download build 25193 from the “Windows Update” settings by clicking the Check for Updates button, and then you can follow the steps outlined above. If you change your mind, you can revert the changes with the same instructions, but on step No. 10, make sure to use the vivetool /disable /id:26008830 command and then restart the device. Update September 9, 2022: Starting on build 25197, Windows 11 enables the touch-optimized version of the Taskbar, which means you no longer need to use these instructions. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.