Preview Build Highlights

New Windows 10 Insider Preview Features

Here are some recent highlights, including the build number where they first appeared.1 Install the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build and explore some of these new features for yourself. 2 On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings>Update and Security> Windows Insider Program (or click here to go directly to Settings) and follow the prompts.3

Build 17686

Improved local experience. To enjoy display language quality improvements, go to Settings App>Time & Language>Language, click on Add a Windows display language with Local Experience Packs link and download a Local Experience Pack from the Microsoft Store.

Mixed Reality improvements. You can now run Mixed Reality without a physical monitor (great for backpack PCs). Also, apps running in Windows Mixed Reality can make use of the Capture UI API. Try adding an image to a message in Mail in the Cliff House, for example.

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Build 17682

An easier way to launch apps in Sets. We continue to improve our new Sets feature based on your feedback. When you click the plus button to add apps in a Sets window, you’ll now be able to browse the All Apps list, rather than just using the search box.5

Wireless projection improvements. Insiders have told us it’s hard to know when they’re wirelessly projecting – so we’ve added a new control banner that appears when you’re in session. This banner also lets you tune the connection for optimal latency between screens.

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Build 17677

Faster access to your top sites. Just right-click the Microsoft Edge icon in the Task Bar to see a list of your most visited sites.

Better menus in Microsoft Edge. We’ve added icons and shortcuts to the “Settings and more” menu and provided an option to label groups of tabs you’ve set aside. For Downloads, we’ve expanded the menu, so you can right-click to “show in folder” and ‘copy link’.

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Build 17666

A better way to copy-paste. Simply press WIN+V to access our brand-new clipboard experience. Now you can paste from a clipboard history and pin the items you find yourself using all the time. Access your clipboard across any PC running Build 17666 or higher.6

Dark theme comes to File Explorer. Along with this top Insider request, we also added dark theme support to the File Explorer context menu, as well as the Common File Dialog (aka the Open and Save dialogs).

Notepad Search with Bing. To use, simply highlight any words or phrase in Notepad, right click and select “search with Bing”.

Start Tile folder naming. Simply drag tiles on top of one another to create a folder. When you expand the folder, you’ll see a new option to name it.

Save time with Search Previews. We have expanded previews to support apps, documents and more. Get quick answers from Bing, links to recent documents, file info and other preview info.

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Build 17661

Easier screenshot sharing. Just press the quick action button in Action Center called "Screen Snip" (or WIN+shift+S), then add a message and share.

An easier way to organize your stuff — with Sets. Our earlier Sets experiment is now open to almost all Insiders. Sets keeps related webpages, documents, files and apps connected in one, tabbed Window so everything is just one click away. Sets of tabs can even be saved and restored later. To try Sets, open File Explorer, for example, then open a new tab (+), and click on the search box in the middle of the screen to browse the web or open an app or file.5

Acrylic in Task View. Fluent Design continues to be very popular with Insiders — so we've added a soft blur Acrylic effect to the entire Task View background.

Less interruptions when gaming. Focus assist will turn on automatically when you’re playing any full screen game.

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Build 17650

Fluent Design for Windows Defender Security Center. We’ve heard your feedback and we’ve updated Windows Defender Security Center (WDSC) to include the Fluent Design elements you know and love.

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Build 17643

Sets for Office. If you are also an Office Insider, you can now try to Sets for Office to group, recall, and refresh data sources for all your projects. Note: You must also be an Office 365 subscriber. (You can sign-up for a free trial here.)

Roaming Usage. Does your device have a SIM? We’ve updated Data Usage Settings to let you know how much data you are using while roaming.

Magnifier improvements. Based on your feedback, we made two improvements: 1) your mouse can now be centered on the screen in full screen mode for easier tracking, and 2) we added two more zoom level increments (5% and 10%).

Bluetooth battery percentage in Settings. In Bluetooth & other devices Settings, you can now check the battery level of your Bluetooth devices.

A smarter calculator. Windows Calculator now correctly calculates square roots for perfect squares (integers that are squares of other integers).

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Build 17634

Cortana Show Me now supports voice queries. You can now launch the new preview app with your voice for help with Windows settings.4

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  1. Go here for instructions on how to find out which Windows 10 Insider Preview build you have installed.
  2. Windows Insider Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.
  3. To view Windows Insider settings, you must have administrator privileges on your PC. For PCs running early versions of Windows 10, go to Settings>Update and Security>Advanced Options>Get Insider Preview Builds.
  4. Cortana not available in all markets. See the list of markets in which Cortana is available.
  5. Sets is currently in a controlled study which means a small group of Insiders may not have access to the feature. However, at this time, the large majority of Insiders in the Fast ring will see Sets in the latest Insider Preview build.
  6. 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.