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Microsoft Adds ‘Cloud Clipboard’ to Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17666 Plus More Improvements

On May 9, Microsoft released a new Redstone 5 (RS5) Build 17666 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and Skip Ahead.

Today’s build comes with a number of feature improvements such as Sets, Notepad, File Explorer, but the new cross-platform clipboard experience is probably the most anticipated feature included into this build.

The new clipboard experience need to be enable first under Settings -> System -> Clipboard. And, pressing WIN+V invokes the clipboard UI and allow users to copy content across devices. Currently, clipboard history lists up to 4 entries and supports plain text, HTML, and images less than of 1MB.

The history being roamed is accessible across any PC running this build or higher, since it uses the same roaming technology in Timeline and Sets. The roamed text on the clopboard is limited to less than 100kb.

In addition to pasting from history, the cloud clipboard also let users pin items they use all the time.

The image below shows new Clipboard Settings page with toggles for saving multiple items and sync across devices:

New Clipboard Settings page in Windows 10 Build 17666

New Connection
At second day of Build, Joe Belfiore showed attendes a new way that helps connecting a phone to Windows 10 PC, so users can instantly gain access to “text messages, photos, and notifications.”

Once you link a phone to a PC, as an example you can start surfing web on your phone and then send the webpage instantly to your PC to pick up on the bigger screen.

“With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is one share away,” said Belifore, adding, “We’re working hard to expand these experiences so check back here for updates.”

File Explorer Dark Theme
This build also introduces ‘dark theme’ support to File Explorer, File Explorer context menu, and Common File Dialog (the Open and Save dialogs). And, can be selected under Settings -> Personalization -> Colors. Once you switches to dark theme—all apps and system UI will follow suit.

The marquee of today’s build is the Sets as it’s receiving a huge next wave of improvements, including Sets now have an acrylic title bar (Fluent Design) with grey windows border. Screen shot below show a Notepad and Microsoft Edge together in Sets with a transparent title bar:

Acylic on Sets title bar in Windows 10 Build 17666

  • All recent Microsoft Edge tabs now show in the Alt + Tab. If you prefer it the old way—”Pressing Alt + Tab shows the recently used…” setting in Multitasking Settings.
  • Multitasking Settings is now capable of setting windowing preference like choosing “Window” will prevent from opening it in a new tab, unless you explicitly click the “+” or “drag with your mouse.” Just choose “Tab” to open a new window invoked from running apps into tabs.
  • Also, you can easily exclude any app from Sets from this same settings page.
  • Mute any one of your web tabs. Now, when a webpage in Sets starts playing audio, a new volume icon on the tab will show up, clicking on it will mute audio.
  • Restored multiple tabs remains in the background and use no resources until you go to a tab.

Notepad Improvements
With this build Microsoft is introducing extended line endings support that includes Unix/Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR) to Notepad. Windows line endings (CRLF) suppoprt is already there in Notepad.

In addition, users can now use Bing search from within the Notepad interface by highlight any words or phrase using any of the following methods: “Right click on the selected text and choose “Search with Bing” via the right-click (context) menu,” or “Edit menu ->”Search with Bing…”, or “CTRL + B.”

And, with Sets, a new tab included with Bing search results page opens up:

Search with Bing in Windows 10 Build 17666 Notepad

Search Previews!
Web preview, now expanded to support apps, documents, and more as well as new ‘Search previews’ added today lets you acces information and actions in the preview. With Search previews you can:

  • Get back to your previously doing work 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 web like “are bananas good for you?” “height of mt everest”

Microsoft said, previews will get improved and updated over time as more features are being developed.

Here is an image of Search Previews!:

Search Previews in Windows 10 Build 17666

Start Tile Folder Naming
A new ability lets you name your tile folders, which will be visible in medium, wide, or large-sized. Just create a tile folder in Start and drag as many tiles you’d like on top of another for a second then release. Once you’re done….expanding the folder will show a new option to name it.

GIF below shows the new tile folder grouping and naming:

Start Tile Folder Naming in Windows 10 Build 17666

Additional fixes, changes, and improvements in Sets:

  • 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.

Another feature integration with Bing reveal answers to Settings related questions—-Just click a question on Settings page will take you to Bing.com and display answers in a bubble on the search results page..

“The FAQ’s are contextual in nature and aim to you to quickly get the answer you’re looking for to complete configuration tasks,” wrote Sarkar. “It may even help you discover something you didn’t know was an option!”

Currently this experience is supported in all en* markets (en-us, en-gb, en-ca, en-in, en-au).

An example image below shows Recovery Settings, now with “Have a question?” including the questions “How to create a Windows 10 USB recover drive”, “How to use System Restore on Windows 10”, “What are the system recover options in Windows:

Recovery Settings FAQ on Bing.com

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