Windows 11 build 22518 adds clock on secondary monitors

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Windows 11’s build 22518 has been released on the insider channel. This build succeeds the build 22509, that was launched sometime last week. The newest build seems to have taken into a lot of customer feedback. The feature updates that have been brought about in the 22518 build on the insider channel of Windows 11 will make a lot of Windows 11 users happy.

Below, we mention some of the latest developments that have been addressed in the build 22518 of Windows 11 insider version:

Taskbar clock on multiple monitors

The taskbar clock has been enabled for secondary display monitors as well. For people working with multiple monitors, the unavailability of the clock on secondary or additional monitors had been affecting productivity and working styles. For users who have downloaded the Windows insider build 22518, the taskbar clock should be back on the secondary and additional monitors. It looks like the taskbar clock bug has been finally taken care of and people can rest easy with the functionality across multiple monitors.

Disable Taskbar Search History

The search box history popup has been disabled as a default setting. If you had placed a mouse or hovered it over the search box on the taskbar, it would open the search history with the latest searches that were conducted on the file explorer of the Windows 11 computer. This feature has now been disabled as a default setting. So, there will be no more overlays on top of the search box on the taskbar of Windows 11. This also means that the annoying issue with the blank overlay on top of the search icon on the taskbar would be taken care of as a default setting. At any point of time, you can re-enable the search history on the search box of the Windows 11 taskbar. This update should do a lot of good in terms of resolving slow file explorer issues as well.

If the update to build 22518 does not resolve the search box history from showing up, you may follow the steps below to disable the search history while hovering over the search box on the taskbar:

  • Open the System applet through the control panel. Or, you may search for ‘System’ on the search box to bring up the options on the system.
  • Click on ‘Personalization’ on the left part of the screen.
  • Click on ‘Taskbar’ to bring up the taskbar customization screen.
  • Click on ‘Taskbar behaviors’ and uncheck the option next to ‘Show recent searches when I hover over the search icon’.

The image below shows you the screen on which you are supposed to make the change to let go of the search history on the search box on the taskbar.

Disable search history on the search icon

Windows Update Pausing

You can pause Windows update for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks now. The previous default setting only allowed you to pause Windows updates for a period of one week. You will need to apply the change through the Windows update program settings in the Control Panel. This one is an interesting update as it makes the entire Windows update process more user friendly.

Volume Icon

  • You will be able to change the volume on the Windows 11 computer by scrolling the mouse over the volume icon on the taskbar.

Storage Sense

The disk cleanup option (available in properties) on right clicking a drive has been replaced with Storage usage. Clicking on the storage usage button will take you to Storage settings on the System settings. You will be able to manage your disk and storage usage from the Storage settings. This would include clearing disk space on the go. Interestingly, the Storage settings option for the drive was also available in the insider channel build 22509. The image below shows you the storage usage property when we right click on the hard drive partition C:.

Storage usage on disk properties in Windows 11

options

Sign-in options have been added under the main power menu. Apart from the sleep, shutdown and restart, we will also have the ‘Sign in options’. This will take you directly to the sign-in option screen, as shown in the image below.

Sing in options on Windows 11

Sign-in options allow you to use a password less login through the use of the security key. Windows 11 seems to be gearing up to allow users alternatives to login passwords. This is a significant upgrade in terms of the endpoint security on a Windows 11 computer. The option of using a dynamic lock helps to automatically lock a system after a period of inactivity. If you choose to use the classic password based approach to login to the Windows 11 computer, you may continue to do so.


Windows 11’s build 22518 has brought in significant changes and feature updates. Taskbar clock’s availability across multiple monitors is a very important change. On a similar basis, addition of the sign-in options under the power menu makes for a good change for hastening the chore performance tweaks on a Windows 11 computer.

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Rajesh Dhawan

Rajesh Dhawan is a technology professional who loves to blog about smart wearables, Cloud computing and Microsoft technologies. He loves to break complex problems into manageable chunks of meaningful information.