Developers have the opportunity to try out a new extended view for widgets feature in the latest preview version of Windows 11 Starting Wednesday, September 14.
Microsoft is now implementing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25201 in their development channel, which includes the expanded view feature for widgets.
The feature is a double arrow icon located in the top right corner of the screen, which allows you to expand the size of your widget board for easier viewing. Click the icon again to collapse the dashboard back to its typical size.
Whatever size setting you choose will be the default until you change it. Microsoft also notes that you can use this feature in conjunction with the option to add widgets, as there is a plus icon next to the expand widget icon.
Since the expanded view feature for widgets is currently only available at the developer level, many users in Microsoft’s Insider Preview program will not have access to the software. Whether it advances to the beta level will depend on feedback from the developers. Microsoft encourages developers to submit feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) at Desktop environment > widgets.
Microsoft uses the developer level of its Insider Preview program to test many cool features. Some often make their way into public software builds, such as the Recent Apps add-on that’s part of the Your Phone feature in Windows 11; however, many never make it out of beta.
In July, Microsoft showed developers Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25163, a task overflow bar feature for Windows 11 that many compared to the stacks feature in MacOS. Overflow means that when you have more apps open than can fit on the taskbar, they are stored in their own section, which can be accessed through an ellipse icon (…) in the lower right section of the screen. .
Although fascinating, it seems that Microsoft has not moved forward with the concept.