Windows 11 adds Start menu jump list and new features (KB5039319)

Microsoft rolls out a new preview of Windows 11 with various visual changes for the Start menu and more.

Windows 11 KB5039319
Windows 11 KB5039319 / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • Windows 11 build 22635.3785 (KB5039319) pushes several interesting tweaks for the Start menu, Spotlight, and Share in the Beta Channel.
  • In the Start menu, the update adds a jump list, drag-and-drop support, and the most used ground section for All Apps. 
  • Microsoft also releases Windows 11 build 26120.961 in the Dev Channel with changes with the Recall integration.

UPDATED 7/1/2024: As part of the Beta Channel improvements, Microsoft is now making available the Windows 11 build 22635.3785 as the update KB5039319 with various visual changes and fixes for version 23H2.

According to the official changes, the update KB5039319 introduces a new jump list of apps in the Start menu, but it’s been discovered that this release includes several other tweaks, including drag-and-drop support for apps from the Start menu to the Taskbar and a new group in the “All Apps” menu to list the most used apps.

In addition, the company is testing a couple of new behaviors for the Spotlight feature. The Share interface now lets you share directly with Android phones and more.

Windows 11 build 22635.3785 (KB5039319)

As part of the Start menu improvements, Windows 11 now adds a new jump list for apps in the menu. (In the past, the jump list was only available for apps pinned to the Taskbar.)

Start menu new Jump List for apps
Start menu new Jump List for apps / Image: Mauro Huculak

You can now drag-and-drop apps and pin them to the Taskbar.

Start menu drag & drop apps to Taskbar
Start menu drag & drop apps to Taskbar / Image: Mauro Huculak

In addition, in the “All Apps” menu, you will find a new group listing the most frequently used applications, and clicking a folder will now show items in a grid view.

Start menu All Apps with Most used group
Start menu All Apps with Most used group / Image: Mauro Huculak

Furthermore, you will now start to see app suggestions from the Microsoft Store under the “Recommended” section every time you open the Start menu.

When using the Share interface, you will find the option to share files and links to your Android phone. This feature requires you to connect your phone to your computer using the Phone Link app.

Share UI with Android option
Share UI with Android option / Image: Mauro Huculak

Finally, Microsoft is also testing a new behavior for the Spotlight feature on the desktop. Right-clicking the Spotlight desktop icon launches the experience, double-clicking the icon starts the feature in full-screen mode, and a single click opens the image information on Bing.

Windows 11 build 26120.961 (KB5038575)

Windows 11 build 26120.961 is rolling out in the Dev Channel as the update KB5038575 for version 24H2. This update only includes some changes and fixes to improve the overall experience of the operating system.

In addition, the update KB5038575 quietly removes the Windows Recall feature. However, this is likely something temporary, as the company has already announced that it’s postponing the release of the controversial Recall AI feature as it needs more time for testing and ensuring security.

Also, the company recently released the Windows 11 build 26236 in the Canary Channel, which introduces the new Start menu account manager, a new animation for the Sign-in screen, and changes to the Windows 11 Recall feature.

On June 28, 2024, the company began to enable several features as part of the build 26120.961 rollout, including the ability to dictate hands-free using Voice Access. In addition, Voice Access will now restart automatically upon crashing to make it easier for individuals with limited mobility to get back to using the feature.

Microsoft is also enabling the Start menu account manager to give you a glance at your account benefits.

The Windows Share interface gets a new “Copy” option to copy files to the clipboard, and you can now generate barcodes for cloud files to make it easier to share files. Also, the Windows Share interface will enforce a new close button to dismiss the interface, and if you have a Gmail account connected to your computer, you can now send emails to yourself.

Emojis version 15.1 is also rolling out with new emojis.

The Windows Backup feature will now back up your sound settings, such as your sound scheme, so that the system can restore it automatically.

The Settings app now includes an “Add now” button in the “Accounts” section if your Microsoft account is missing a recovery email address.

The “Rename your PC” and “Change date and time” dialogs now include a modern design to match the Windows 11 style.

Furthermore, as part of the Task Manager improvements, the “Performance” tab updates the units (from MHz to MT/s) for memory DDR speed.

The company also notes that previews on the Dev Channels are now based on version 24H2, and many features are rolling out using the Control Feature Rollout technology, so everyone will get these features immediately.

It’s important to note that on June 30, 2024, Microsoft also paused the rollout of the enablement package in the Dev Channel due to problems reported by Insiders. However, the company will resume the roll out as soon as the issues are resolved.

Windows 11 preview install

To download and install these preview builds of Windows 11, enroll your device in the Beta, Dev, or Canary Channel through the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Update & Security” section. Once you enroll the computer in the program, you can download the build from the “Windows Update” settings by clicking the “Check for Updates” button.

Update July 1, 2024: This page has been updated to ensure accuracy and include the latest information.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].