Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news

Deepak Gupta February 16, 2022
Updated 2022/02/16 at 7:57 PM

After weeks of no new builds, Windows Insider Program participants who opted for the distribution channel dev You can now download Windows 11 build 22557 through Windows Update. This build brings new features such as support for folders in the Start menu, improvements to Quick Access in File Explorer, and much more.

A much-requested feature by Windows 11 users, support for folders in the Start menu makes it easier to organize apps. For example, you can create a folder just for Office apps or one just for games. As with Windows 10, users can create folders in the Windows 11 build 22557 Start menu by dragging and dropping an app’s icon over another’s icon. At the moment this new feature does not yet allow renaming the created folders, but this should be introduced in the next builds.


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For those who do not want to be disturbed while using their PC, Windows 11 build 22557 introduces the “Do not disturb” option. With it, users will only see notifications considered as “priority” or alarms. If necessary, you can view missed notifications at any time by accessing the Notification Center:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
Notification Center showing that
the “Do Not Disturb” option is enabled
(Playback/Microsoft)

At any time, you can set rules that define when the Do Not Disturb option should be automatically enabled or other related settings by going to the Settings > System > Notifications app:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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Another new feature in this build of Windows 11 is “Focus”. Quickly accessible from the Notification Center, this feature basically allows the user to start a “focus session” to focus on their tasks without being disturbed by notifications or other possible distractions. Users can customize their experience with this feature by going to the Settings > System > Focus app:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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For the hard of hearing or anyone who needs help understanding what is being spoken, Windows 11 build 22557 introduces support for the “Live Captions” feature. According to Microsoft, subtitles are automatically generated on the user’s computer for any audio content.

Users can choose to display subtitles at the top or bottom of the screen or in a floating window that can be resized at any time. The style of subtitles can also be customized. This feature also supports microphone audio, useful for conversations. One downside is that the Live Subtitles feature currently only supports US English. This feature can be accessed using the shortcut Winkley + Ctrl + L or from the Accessibility item in the Quick Settings area on the taskbar.

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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The news in Windows 11 build 22557 doesn’t stop there. Quick Access in File Explorer has been improved and now allows users to quickly access files, not just folders. To do this, just click on a file with the right mouse button and select the option Pin to Quick Access. Pinned files are displayed in a separate section from recent files, as shown in the image below:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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For those who use OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, it has gained greater integration with the File Explorer and with that it is possible to view the synchronization status and the space used quickly without having to leave the File Explorer:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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For users running Windows 11 on touchscreen devices, build 22557 introduces five new gestures to make navigating the operating system easier. One of them can be seen in the animated gif below and the rest can be seen in the post with the announcement from Microsoft:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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This build also introduces the new Task Manager design that was leaked weeks ago. In addition to the new design more in line with the general design of Windows 11, it gained a new feature called “Efficiency Mode”, which is basically the Eco mode introduced last April under another name:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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Efficiency Mode can be useful when you notice an app that consumes a lot of resources and you need to impose some limitations on it, freeing up resources for other apps in use. To do this, just right-click on the application process to be limited and select the corresponding option. Once enabled in the application process, the user will notice the green icon next to it:

Windows 11 build 22557 brings support for folders in the Start menu and other news
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The extensive list of all new features, fixed bugs and known issues in Windows 11 build 22557 can be seen in the post with the announcement of Microsoft.

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