New taskbar animations are no longer available as of Windows 11 Build 25182

The new taskbar animations you could have enabled in Windows 11 Build 25179 are no longer available. Microsoft has reversed everything back to the default animations similar to what Windows 11 stable has in Build 25182. The latter was released yesterday to Insiders in the Dev channel.

The animations were discovered by enthusiasts and could be enabled with ViveTool. If you still stay on Windows 11 Build 25179, you can follow this tutorial. Or you can watch this video:

So, the key difference is the new transition effect. After you sign-in to your user account, the icons in the taskbar appear with the zoom in animation.

But if you are now on the new build Windows 11 Build 25182, the ViveTool can't be of help. The new animation has been removed.

It is worth mentioning that not that many users have seen, even being Insiders. That's because that Microsoft used a controlled feature roll-out, and has made them available to a tiny set of users.

It is not clear if animations make return in the future. Microsoft never announced them anywhere in the build change log or via other channels.

Well, Dev channel builds can bring a lot of surprises and unexpected changes. While the new animations were indeed a new feature, another change - rounder taskbar corners - were just a bug. Interestingly, the bug has received a notable portion of positive feedback, as many users liked the "buggy" appearance.

Via @PhantomOfEarth

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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