The first official stable build of Windows 11 22H2 came out last week and since then we’ve been checking the OS to find out what’s coming in Moment 1 / first major update for version 22H2 itself.
For those who don’t know, Microsoft is known for hiding features in Windows that are later enabled through server-side updates or cumulative updates. To unlock the features, you need to download and run an open-source command shell script called ‘ViveTool’. When you run the tool for the first time, you will be prompted to enter certain speed numbers to unlock features.
So what are the four new features? As of now, the hidden features of Windows 11 22H2 are Suggested Actions, tabs in File Explorer, a new WinUI-based interface for the “Open With” dialog box, and a taskbar overflow menu.
- Go to github and download Vivetool. The app can be flagged by Defender and you can safely ignore the warning. Of course, you can always read the code manually as the app is open source.
- Run Windows Terminal / Command Prompt as administrator.
- Go to the folder containing ViveTool. To do this, use cd with the command cd. For example CD downloads.
- In ViveTool, type vivetool /enable /id:xxxxxxxx and press Enter. In this case, you need to replace the xxxxxxxx with the value given in the sections below.
- Restart your system to apply changes.
- ID: 34592303 (In command prompt, enter vivetool /enable /id:34592303)
The suggested actions is a feature optimized specifically for Microsoft apps, such as Teams and Calendar. As the name suggests, Suggested Actions tries to guess what you want to do next when you perform a certain ‘action’.
For example, if you mark a date (action), a prompt will suggest you create an event for a selected day.
There isn’t much to the suggested actions at the moment and it will probably get better in future releases.
Tabs in File Explorer
In the command prompt, you need to run vivetool /enable /id: for three IDs one by one.
When you’re done, you’ll notice File Explorer with a new design. In addition, a browser-like interface for tabs allows you to create tabs.
Modern Open with dialog
Microsoft Finally Modernizes the ‘Open With’ Dialog Box with WinUI Design! For those who don’t know, Open With is the dialog box that appears when you try to run a specific file.
The new design is more modern and offers better app suggestions, and also lets you find compatible apps in the Microsoft Store.
Taskbar overflow menu
Microsoft is also working on a new taskbar overflow menu that will allow you to scroll through open apps if there are too many icons on the taskbar.