Windows 11 build 26010 allows Copilot undocking and turning off Widgets news

Microsoft releases a new preview in the Canary Channel with changes for Copilot, Widgets, Task Manager, Settings, and more.

Windows 11 build 26010 download
Windows 11 build 26010 download
  • Microsoft makes the Windows 11 build 26010 available in the Canary Channel.
  • This flight introduces undock and resize options for Copilot and setting to disable news from Widgets.
  • In addition, the update improves Task Manager, Quick Settings, and Settings app. 
  • Furthermore, Notepad gets a new context menu option and character counter.

Microsoft is releasing the Windows 11 build 26010 for users of the Windows Insider Program for devices enrolled in the Canary Channel, with new features and several changes and improvements.

According to the official changes, Windows 11 build 26010 introduces a new option to disable the news feed from the Widgets dashboard. Copilot integrates a new undock button, and it’s now possible to resize the interface. The items on Quick Settings are now scrollable, like the pinned items in the Start menu. This update introduces changes for the Task Manager and the Settings app, as well as fixes for known issues.

Windows 11 build 26010 changes

These new features and changes are rolling out with build 26010 for Windows 11.

Widgets without news

Starting on build 26010, the Widgets settings now include a new option that allows you to choose the Microsoft account you use to connect with the feature, and you can now customize your topic of interest for the news feed from within settings. Also, Microsoft is adding an option to turn off the news feeds and show only widgets on the board.

Show or hide feeds setting

Copilot undock and resize 

After installing this preview, the Copilot interface will include an “undock” button in the top right. While undocked, the chatbot interface appears above or below other apps, maintaining its fixed position on the desktop. In addition, this update makes it possible to resize the flyout by clicking and dragging the edge of the panel to adjust the width.

Copilot undock option
Copilot undock option / Image: Microsoft

Quick Settings scrollable interface

The next time you open the Quick Settings (Windows key + A), you will now be able to scroll through items using the mouse, like the pinned items in the Start menu.

Quick Settings scrollable
Quick Settings scrollable / Image: Microsoft

Other changes

This flight also updates the settings page for the Task Manager with the Mica material available on Windows 11, and the “Optional features” page is now available on Settings > System.

As part of the fixes, Windows 11 build 26010 addresses issues with the restart button on “Windows Update,” fixes hang during boot logo accessing Safe Mode, and resolves issues causing Blue Screen of Death. In addition, this update fixes problems switching desktops and addresses issues that were reverting File Explorer to the previous design.

Finally, as part of the known issues, Microsoft keeps noting that some popular games may not work correctly and reveals other problems, such as shortcuts not working on the desktop and problems with the print queue. Furthermore, the Widgets feature ships with several issues.

App updates

Microsoft is also updating Notepad and Microsoft Store apps. Starting with this flight, File Explorer includes a new “Edit in Notepad” option in the context menu for files, and the app now shows the character count for selected text and the entire document. 

Edit in Notepad context menu option
Edit in Notepad context menu option / Image: Microsoft

The Microsoft Store app brings the ability to install apps directly from the Store website using the web browser. In the Store app, the company is adding a new dedicated page to find games you can play immediately without downloading. Finally, this update also rolls out performance improvements to make the browsing experience and scrolling smoother. 

Install build 26010

To download and install the Windows 11 build 26010, enroll your device in the 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.

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 14 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 20 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].