Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579 brings ability to name folders in Start Menu & more

Windows Insiders, it's time to end the week with a big download in the Dev Channel! Microsoft just released Windows 11 Preview Build 22579, and it's a big one. The release brings the ability to name folders on the Start Menu and more. Oh, and Microsoft also has new ISOs for this build, too! Here's a look at what you need to know.

First up there's the big news for the Start Menu, where you can now name a folder. To name a folder, simply create a folder (which will have the default name of “Folder”), open it, click on “Edit name”, and type your folder name. Alternatively, you can use keyboard focus to open the folder then select the text box and start typing.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579 brings ability to name folders in Start Menu & more - OnMSFT.com - March 18, 2022

In addition, Microsoft has added some improvements to the Get Started app to Windows 11. There are now pinned site suggestions, so you can conveniently pin websites to your taskbar. To find this new feature, launch the Get Started app and navigate to the “Apps and sites we think you’ll love” page. Click on any of the sites suggested on the page to pin it to your taskbar so you can access the sites you care about in one-click.

Other new features in this build can be seen below.

  • We are introducing a new policy so that IT administrators can exclude USB removable drives from BitLocker encryption. This will solve the problem of automatic or accidental encryption of storage built into specialized devices like video cameras, voice recorders, conferencing systems, medical devices and many more
  • Magnifier and the on-screen keyboard now have new Fluent-style icons.
  • We have also made an update so that win32 apps which use CPrintDialog to display the print dialog will now show our modern print dialog. In addition, the modern print dialog discovers local network printers automatically
  • We have also made an update so that win32 apps which use CPrintDialog to display the print dialog will now show our modern print dialog. In addition, the modern print dialog discovers local network printers automatically.
  • Continuing our effort to update multi-finger touch gestures to include responsive and delightful animations that follow your finger, try out using three fingers to swipe left and right and switch between recently used windows.
  • We have rolled out an update for Media Player (Version 11.2202.42.0) that brings support for CD playback. We’ve also made improvements to better adapt to theme changes and to the media content drag and drop experience.
  • Now, we are excited to introduce the latest integration of Your Phone and Office mobile expanding the Office productivity with your Samsung device. Now with Your Phone’s deeper integration with Office, when you get back to your PC, you can open the supported documents in the Office desktop app or browser and pick up right where you left off on your phone.

As always, check out Microsoft's blog post for the full changelog. We've only been highlighting big features, but there are a ton of fixes for the tablet-optimized taskbar, Start Menu, Focus, Windowing, and more. Happy downloading, Windows Insiders!

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