Microsoft has released a new preview version of Windows 11 with new features such as File Explorer passkeys, a new VPN status indicator, and a new way to copy two-way passcodes factors (2FA) from text messages.
These additions and more are rolling out with Windows 11 Insider Preview build 23403 dev channel restarted flight of the 23000 series versions.
New Access Keys features in File Explorer will allow users to execute any command in the context menu using keyboard keys.
“We are adding access keyboard shortcuts in the File Explorer XAML context menu,” Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc from Microsoft said.
“Each passkey will correspond to a letter in the display name. This is part of our effort to make File Explorer more accessible.”
Microsoft is also testing file recommendations in File Explorer, which will only show up to Windows Insiders using an Azure Active Directory (AAD) account.
Once available, it will start recommending cloud files linked to users’ AAD accounts, either owned by the user or shared with the user by others in their organization.
A new copy button has also been added to tray notification toasts that will copy two-factor authentication (2FA) codes from apps on your computer or phones linked to your PC.
“We do our best to determine if a notification toast has an authentication code, but please send us feedback if we got it wrong or failed to detect the code in a notification toast”, added the Windows Insider team.
Redmond is also testing a new VPN status indicator that will appear on the Windows system tray overlaying the network connection icon when connected to recognized VPN profiles.
“The VPN icon, a small shield, will be overlaid on the active network connection. Currently, the VPN icon overlay does not use your system’s accent color, but will in a future release,” Langowski said. and LeBlanc.
This New VPN System Tray Indicator was spotted for the first time a few months ago in November 2022 by Windows Insider PhantomOcean as a hidden feature in Windows 11 ‘Dev’ build 25247.
All of these changes started rolling out to Insiders in Dev Channels today, so they won’t be immediately available to everyone.
Monday, Microsoft announcement it adds a new Canary channel to the Windows Insider Program to allow testing of new “hot” features.