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Microsoft has pushed Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26231 to Windows Insiders in the Canary Channel. The new build includes Voice Access, which allows Narrator users to dictate text hands-free and issue instructions.

Auto Restart for Voice Access allows users to reactivate voice access whenever an issue arises, removing the need for other assistive technologies. The new Windows Search command allows users to copy files from the Windows sharing pane. Windows Share users can now copy files directly from the Windows Share panel. Settings users can now change the visuals for the "Rename your PC" and "Change date and time" dialogs. File Explorer now supports non-English languages, and Task Manager has been upgraded to increase DDR speed, reliability, and accessibility. Improvements include enhanced keyboard focus, tab navigation, text scaling, and quicker Task Manager resizing.

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26231 (Canary Channel)

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26231 to the Canary Channel. 

What’s new with Build 26231

Narrator users can now use voice access to dictate text hands-free

Narrator users can start using  voice access in Windows 11 to dictate text with voice and hear what is dictated. In addition, you can also use voice access to give Narrator commands. For example, “Turn on Narrator,” “speak faster,” “read selection,” “read next line,” etc.

Auto Restart for Voice Access & New Voice Access Command for Windows Search

We are introducing auto restart for  voice access in Windows 11. This feature ensures that voice access will automatically restart if it encounters any issues so that individuals with limited mobility can get back to using voice access as quickly as possible. Customers will no longer need to rely on alternative assistive technologies or assistance from others to reactivate voice access. Should voice access automatically restart due to a crash, we are making it easier to report those crashes once voice access restarts so the team can investigate and work on fixes.

Changes and Improvements

[Windows Share]

  • We are beginning to roll out the ability to copy files from the Windows share window. Just click the new copy button.


  • The change that updates the visuals for the “Rename your PC” and “Change date and time” dialogs to match the Windows 11 visuals that began rolling out with Build 26217 should now be available to everyone in the Canary Channel.


[File Explorer]

[Task Manager]

  • Updated the units (from MHz to MT/s) for DDR speed.
  • Fixed an issue where the Safely Remove Hardware option for ejecting USB devices wouldn’t work if Task Manager was open.
  • Did some work to ensure Task Manager releases process handles quickly when terminating processes.
  • Made some more improvements to help with Task Manager reliability.
  • We have improved the performance when changing the sort order.
  • Made multiple improvements to overall accessibility of Task Manager, including improving keyboard focus, tab navigation, text scaling, names of items read out by screen readers, and more.
  • We made it a little easier to resize Task Manager when trying to resize by grabbing the top of the window.

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26231 (Canary Channel)