Microsoft is making Nearby Share easier to use in Windows 11

The latest Windows 11 Dev Channel build is making it easier to use Nearby Share


  • Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23545 brings a tweak to Nearby Share, allowing users to easily give their device a friendly name for sharing.
  • The update also allows Microsoft Teams contacts to be viewed in Windows Share, enabling files to be sent directly from the share panel when using AAD accounts.
  • Other changes include a change to the search box in the taskbar and bug fixes for File Explorer, addressing issues such as crashes and incorrect images.


Microsoft today released the new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23545 to the Dev Channel. This build is also smaller, but it comes with a number of changes and one improvement is notable. A great example is the Nearby Share feature, which makes it easy to give your device a friendly name for sharing. Other than that, I’m doing the usual bug fixes.

In this new build, you should see this new option in Nearby Sharing when you go to Settings select System and then Nearby Sharing. From there, you’ll be able to rename your device, helping to differentiate it from others on your network. Along with this change, Microsoft is also offering the possibility to see Microsoft Teams contacts (work or school) in Windows Share and send them files directly from the share section when using an Azure Active Directory account. Finally, Microsoft is changing the behavior of the search box in the taskbar. In some cases, clicking on the gleam will take you to the website for more information. The help tool will always be displayed in the background light when you click on the search box. Other changes in this release are listed below.

  • Fixed an issue that would cause explorer.exe to crash when closing File Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue when switching between dark and light (or a different theme) File Explorer’s address bar, command bar, and context menu could be in the wrong colors, making it hard to see.
  • Fixed an issue where when you launch File Explorer in a dark theme you can see a white light as the content is loaded.
  • Fixed an issue where opening two File Explorer windows would cause explorer.exe to crash.
  • They also made several improvements to improve File Explorer’s functionality, including fixing leaks that could affect performance over time.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause explorer.exe to crash after leaving Home.
  • Fixed an issue where trying to open the Gallery after new images were added would cause a crash.
  • Fixed an issue where the tab progress wheel could indicate that File Explorer was uploading a folder when the download had already finished.
  • Fixed an issue where changes in File Explorer would not persist in folders after navigating and returning.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause File Explorer tab icons to be incorrect.
  • Fix an issue that caused desktop images to change to white images until you refresh the computer.
  • Fixed a serious crash of explorer.exe in recent builds that affected the reliability of the taskbar.
  • We fixed an issue that caused search to not start sometimes in the latest Dev Channel build.
  • We fixed an issue that caused the Unicode Emoji 15support released with Build 23475 and the font changed with COLRv1 support that started with Build 23506 to no longer appear. These experiences should also work with architecture.
  • Worked to fix an issue that would cause the Japanese and Chinese IME windows to not appear when using connected standby, due to a crash.
  • Fixed a serious tabtip.exe crash that could affect typing ability in the last few cycles.
  • We fixed an issue where Updates did not launch in a Safe mode for Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue where trying to capture screenshots was capturing the entire screen instead of the app that was focused on the Login.
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