Microsoft today released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557 to Dev Channel Insiders. This build comes with several new features and improvements including the ability to create folders in Start menu, support for new touch gestures, redesigned task manager, drag and drop support in Task bar and more. In this article, let us take a look at the redesigned Task Manager in detail.

First, Microsoft has updated the design of Task Manager to match the new Windows 11 design principles. The new design looks modern and clean despite high information density. The Task Manager tabs are now represented in a new hamburger-style navigation bar. There is also a new command bar on each page that will provide access to common actions.

To match with the rest of the Windows system apps, Task Manager now supports dark theme. Depending on the system wide setting selected by the user, the Task Manager theme will be automatically changed.

Last year, Microsoft revealed a new Task Manager feature called “Eco mode”. Microsoft has now rebranded it as Efficiency mode and this feature will allow you to limit an app’s system resource consumption. Doing this will improve foreground responsiveness and lead to better energy efficiency in your Windows 11 PC.

Here’s how the new Task Manager Efficiency mode works:

  • You can apply Efficiency mode either by clicking on the command bar in the Processes page or right click on the process.
  • You can only apply Efficiency mode to a single process, not to the entire group process.
  • This feature won’t be enabled for core Windows process.
  • The Efficiency mode process will be indicated with a new leaf icon.
  • The new pause icon indicates the process is in suspended mode.

Microsoft has just started the roll out of the redesigned Task Manager, so it won’t be available to all Insiders today.