Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17666 – New Features And Improvements

Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17666 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring on May 9, 2018 in addition to those who opted in to Skip Ahead. Microsoft has made some really cool improvements in this build. Here is quick lookup of the features and improvements in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17666.

1. Improvements in Sets

Microsoft has made some cool improvements in Sets for Windows 10. Here is list of improvements and new features. Microsoft has been receiving feedback about the same for long time and here are results:

  • Acrylic Title Bar: Sets now have an acrylic title bar. Microsoft also changed the window border color to grey.Notepad and Microsoft Edge together in Sets with a transparent title bar.
  • Open Microsoft Edge tabs from Alt + Tab: Most of the people use Alt + Tab to quickly switch between apps? In this build, all of your recent Microsoft Edge tabs will now be shown not just active tab. You can restore the old view by changing “Pressing Alt + Tab shows the recently used…” setting in Multitasking Settings.
  • Open apps and websites in a new window: Now you can set your windowing preference. If you choose “Window” in Multitasking Settings, new windows won’t open into a new tab unless you explicitly click the + or drag with your mouse. Choosing “Tab” opens any new windows invoked from your running apps into tabs. As a reminder, if you would like to exclude any particular app from Sets, you can do this from this same settings page.
  • Mute specific tab: When a webpage in Sets starts playing audio, you’ll now see a volume icon on the tab. You can simply click it to mute the audio, just like in Microsoft Edge.
  • Tabs restore performance improvement: They’ll open in the background and use no resources until you go to the tab. This means you can restore a lot of tabs at once with no issues. Great! Isn’t it?

More fixes and improments:

  • Task Manager has now been added by default to the list of apps where not to enable Sets.
  • Fixed an issue where right clicking a tab in the Sets title bar didn’t bring up a context menu.
  • Fixed an issue where if Microsoft Edge wasn’t already open, clicking the plus button in Sets would open all of your default websites along with the new tab page.

2. New and improved clipboard

It becomes very time consuming when you need to copy the same few things again and again. And copying contents across devices is also a headache. In this build, Microsoft has addressed that issue and made some awesome improvements to clipboard. You can check new clipboard by pressing WIN+V.

Showing the new clipboard UI. 4 entries listed in the history.

Not only can you can paste from the clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you find yourself using all the time. You can access your clipboard across any PC with this build of Windows or higher.

You can enable this clipboard in Settings > System > Clipboard.

Roamed text on the clipboard is only supported for clipboard content less than 100kb. Currently, the clipboard history supports plain text, HTML and image less than 1MB.

3. Dark theme available in File Explorer (and more!)

Since the release of Dark theme, Microsoft has received many requests for enabling support for Dark theme in File Explorer. So, finally it’s out. Now you can switch to Dark theme in Settings > Personalization > Colors and everything in this new build will support Dark theme specially file explorer.

This screenshot below is from the very latest code and not what’s in the flight. When you install this build, you will see some unexpected light colors in File Explorer and the Common File Dialog. Microsoft is already working on this.

File Explorer in dark theme.

4. Enhancements in Notepad:

a) Extended line endings support for Notepad

Notepad now supports Unix/Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR).

Showing a Unix-style text file displaying properly now that Unix-style line endings are supported in Notepad.

b) Search with Bing in Notepad

To use this feature, simply highlight any words or phrase in Notepad and you can use the following methods:

  • Right click on the selected text and choose “Search with Bing” via the right-click (context) menu.
  • Edit menu ->”Search with Bing…
  • CTRL + B.

With Sets, a new tab will open that will include the Bing search results page:

Right click on the selected text and choose “Search with Bing” via the right-click (context) menu.

5. Search Previews now support Apps, Docs and more.

Now you can have previews to support apps, documents, and more. Search previews are here to help you:

  • Get back to what you were doing, such as a recent Word doc or Remote Desktop session
  • Jump-start your task, be it a new Outlook meeting, a quick comment in OneNote, or changing a setting
  • Disambiguate between files by seeing more info including file location, last modified, or author
  • Access quick answers from the web like “are bananas good for you?” “height of mt everest”

Microsoft has made the Search experience wider so you can access information and actions in the preview faster than ever. The previews are supposed to be updated and improved over time.

Three examples of different previews side by side. PowerPoint, a Word doc, and a Bing search.

6. Start Menu tile folder naming

With this build Microsoft has provided ability to name Start menu tile folders. To create a tile folder in Start, just drag one tile on top of another for a second then release. You can drop any number of tiles. When you click on that tile to expand the folder, you’ll see a new option to name it. The name will be visible when the folder is medium, wide, or large-sized.

Showing a named folder in Start.

7. New way to connect your phone to your PC

With this build, there’s a new way to connect your phone to your PC with Windows 10 that enables instant access to text messages, photos, and notifications. Now you will be able to quickly drag and drop your phone’s photos into a document on your PC in one swift movement – and you don’t even need to take your phone out of your pocket. This build allows you to link your phone to your PC. Surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your PC to pick up where you left off to continue what you’re doing–read, watch, or browse with all the benefits of a bigger screen. With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is one share away. With upcoming updates, Microsoft may bring some more ways to connect your Phone with your PC and share files in easier way.

Known issues

  • If your PC appears stuck at “Preparing to install…” somewhere between the 80%-100% in Windows Update – please be patient and wait up to 30 minutes (or in some cases – longer than 30 minutes) for this stage to complete.

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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