Windows 11 23H2 adds files thumbnail preview on Start menu

Microsoft updated the Start menu’s suggested files section to include thumbnail previews in the Windows 11 23H2 update. This works similarly to File Explorer’s thumbnails and details pane, allowing you to get a quick look at any file type simply by hovering over it. Any version of Windows 11 starting with 23H2 includes this minor improvement to the Start menu.

Let’s say you just opened a photo you need to look at again. You can avoid opening File Explorer and searching for the image by hovering over its icon in the Start menu.

A preview thumbnail will appear when you move the mouse pointer over the file, giving you a sneak peek at the image. In this way, you won’t even have to open the file to see if it’s the one you’re after.

The new Windows 11 Start Menu has not been confirmed by Microsoft, and it is currently not functional.

The Windows 11 23H2 update is packed with useful new features. Windows Copilot and the new File Explorer are the two most notable new features, but Microsoft has also made some smaller changes in this update. When the camera does not power on or the shutter is closed, for instance, a new pop-up dialogue or notification toast appears on the desktop.


The dialogue box lets you launch Microsoft’s “Get Help troubleshooter” for fixing camera problems. Windows 11 also makes it easier to read notifications by adding a “view notification” button that remains active even when the operating system is in “do not disturb” mode.

How to enable never combined mode on Windows 11 23H2

The addition of “never combined mode” for the taskbar is another major update in Windows 11 23H2. You can disable the taskbar’s combined state of icons or running apps by toggling a setting found in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors.

When the icons are separated, you can read the name of each one, which is helpful if you have trouble telling them apart.



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