Windows 11 Dev Build 23435 brings a new File Explorer “Gallery” but it’s quite small.


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Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build for Dev Channel Insiders. The new build, 23435, brings a new “Gallery” feature inside File Explorer, although it has many bugs because it’s a new feature. There are also other improvements and bug fixes. You can see the full changelog below:

What’s New in Build 23435

Gallery in File Explorer

We’re introducing Gallery, a new feature in File Explorer designed to make accessing your photo collection easier. The set of content displayed in the gallery is the same as what you’ll see in the All Photos view in the Photos app.

Gallery in File Explorer.
Gallery in File Explorer.

Gallery has been improved to access your recently taken photos. If you have OneDrive camera roll backup set up on your phone, the photos you take will automatically appear at the top of the view. You can choose which folders are displayed in the gallery via the Collections dropdown. You can also add subfolders of existing sources to filter to a subset of your content, such as desktop backgrounds and SD card/camera imports.

Also works from Gallery. File selection dialogbringing similar ease of use to situations like inserting attachments, creating PowerPoint decks, or creating social media posts.

Gallery in the file picker dialog.
Gallery in the file picker dialog.

[We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

Feedback: Enter feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Files, Folders, and Online Storage > File Explorer.

Changes and improvements


  • We’re continuing to explore the branding on the Start menu with several new treatments for users logging in with local user accounts to highlight the benefits of signing in with a Microsoft Account (MSA). If you see any of these remedies, give us your feedback. As a reminderit’s normal for us to try out different concepts in the dev channel to get feedback.
Different treatments of branding on the Start menu highlighting the benefits of signing in with a Microsoft account for users logged in with a local user account.
Different treatments of branding on the Start menu highlighting the benefits of signing in with a Microsoft account for users logged in with a local user account.

[File Explorer]

  • Windows Insiders will start seeing a “pizza” icon on the command bar in File Explorer. This icon indicates that an internal file explorer is previewing the Windows App SDK version. There is no change in functionality in File Explorer, it just changes from using WinUI 2 to using WinUI 3.
Pizza icon in File Explorer's command bar to preview the Windows App SDK version of File Explorer.
Pizza icon in File Explorer’s command bar to preview the Windows App SDK version of File Explorer.


  • Narrator users who interact with traditional Chinese characters are now able to do so with confidence using Narrator and the IME Candidate window in Windows. This was accomplished by creating a traditional Chinese dictionary for detailed reading. The narrator now uses a dictionary to clarify each traditional Chinese word. Users should be aware that Narrator’s detailed reading is only supported for the Taiwanese language pack. The Hong Kong language pack is not supported with Narrator.


  • We’re introducing new presence sensor privacy settings and APIs. If you have a device with compatible presence sensors, you can now manage your privacy and block certain apps from accessing those sensors. No image or metadata is collected by Microsoft and all processing is done locally on the device hardware to maximize privacy. You will find these settings under Settings > Privacy & Security > Presence Sensing Here if your device supports it.. App developers with devices with compatible presence sensors can target apps to request and read user presence information after requesting human presence capability. Learn more about the API. Here.
New presence sensor privacy settings under Settings if your device supports it.
New presence sensor privacy settings under Settings if your device supports it.

Fixes it.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • Fixed some explorer.exe crashes that were affecting taskbar reliability.


  • Updated TextInput/EnableTouchKeyboardAutoInvokeInDesktopMode MDM Policy To allow “2” as a valid value to enforce showing the touch keyboard when the edit control is tapped even when a hardware keyboard is attached.


  • Fixed an issue that was causing Settings to crash when navigating to various Windows Update related pages on the last two flights.

[Live captions]

  • Fixed an issue that caused Live Captions to restart live captions if you changed languages ​​in the Live Captions Caption Language menu on Arm64 devices that caused speech recognition support to be installed via the Language and Region Settings page. need to
  • Fixed an issue where you could not see the completion of the installation of “Enhanced Speech Recognition” (required for live captions) when adding a language via the Language and Region settings page, and the installation of the language feature. Progress can be invisible.

[Task Manager]

  • Improved the performance of the Expand / Remove All View All options on the Processes page.


  • Updated Narrator default for “Context Level for Buttons and Controls” to “3 – Immediate Content Name and Type”.

Note: Some of the fixes noted here in the Insider Preview build from the dev channel may make their way into servicing updates for released versions of Windows 11.

Known issues

[Search on the Taskbar]

  • There is an issue where some people cannot see the search box on the taskbar and/or adjust the search box experience on the taskbar after updating the settings. Build 23403. We are aware of this issue, and we are working on a fix.

[File Explorer]

Those with Gallery in File Explorer will see the following issues.

  • [NEW] Gallery may require double-clicking on a node in the navigation pane for initial load.
  • [NEW] Live updates (including filtering) are currently disabled and require using the refresh button as a workaround.
  • [NEW] Thumbnail loading performance for dehydrated cloud files and memory usage in large collections are issues we’re focused on improving. For any performance related issues please get performance benchmarks in Feedback Hub. Rebuilding your indexer may help if the cloud files thumbnails are missing. Search for “Indexing Options” and look in Advanced Settings to find the rebuild tool.
  • [NEW] OneDrive for Business photos must currently be hydrated to function properly.
  • [NEW] Some file types (for example, HEIC) may not be rendered correctly or efficiently.

Having access keys in File Explorer will see internal problems:

  • If no button is pressed, the access keys will be displayed inverted. Pressing the button will make them appear again.
  • Shift + Right clicking on a file or folder does not open “Show more options”.

Insiders will have problems with the following commands on the recommended files in File Explorer.

  • Clicking the Share command will currently bring up the Windows Share sheet (non-OneDrive).

[Live captions]

  • [NEW] Live Captions will crash on first launch due to an issue affecting registry data retrieval. A new update is expected very soon.
  • Some languages ​​displayed on the Language and Region Settings page will indicate speech recognition support (eg, Korean) but live captions are not yet supported.
  • Subtitles may perform poorly in non-English languages ​​and out-of-language filtering may be missing in non-English (US) languages ​​which means incorrect captions will be displayed for speech that is not in the subtitle language. .

You can find the official blog post. Here.


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