Video Windows 11 Build 22533: Microsoft finally updates the volume UI

After years of complaints and jokes, Microsoft has finally updated the Windows volume user interface. Across multiple versions of Windows 10 and the initial release of Windows 11, the user interface displayed when adjusting volume on a PC with physical buttons looked old and out of place. Microsoft fixed this with Windows 11 Build 22533, which recently shipped to Insiders in the Dev Channel. Our Editor Zac Bowden walks through the new Volume UI and other release changes in his most recent release video.

Although not entirely new, there is also an updated UI for the tab switcher on Windows 11. The new ALT+TAB experience reduces the amount of blurring displayed on the desktop when using the tab selector. Rather than blurring the entire desktop, Windows 11 will just blur a rectangle around the windows you can switch between.

Here’s a quick look at Microsoft’s changelog:

  • We are resetting the rollout of the updated entry point for weather widgets on the taskbar first introduced with build 22518. As a result, some Insiders who had this feature enabled may find that it has returned to the original experience, as in the released version of Windows 11. However, our intention is to quickly expand the rollout to the majority of Dev Channel Insiders.
  • This release includes a good set of fixes and improvements, but as always, be sure to check for known issues as well.
  • We’re rolling out a new calling experience for the Your Phone app – details below.
  • We provide ISOs for this release which can be downloaded here.
  • We’ve updated the drop-down menu design for the Brightness, Volume, Camera Privacy, Camera On/Off, and Airplane Mode hardware indicators to align with the design principles of Windows 11. These new steering wheels will appear when you press the volume or brightness keys on your laptop and will respect light/dark mode to give you a more consistent Windows experience. The brightness and volume indicators remain interactive with the update.
  • You can now search for voice access from the taskbar and pin voice access to your taskbar or Start like other apps, as well as turn it on/off.
  • We’re expanding the rollout of the 13 Touch Keyboard Themes extension to IMEs, emoji panel, and voice input (first introduced with Build 22504) to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • When pressing WIN + X or right-clicking the Start icon, the menu now shows “Installed apps” instead of “Apps and features”.
  • It is now possible to uninstall the Clock application if you wish.

You can read more about the update, including available fixes in our article covering the initial release rollout.

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Steven L. Nielsen