Microsoft has released a new test build of Windows 10 that bundles some new improvements, which will officially be rolled out later in the year.
One of the newest additions is a dark theme option for File Explorer to match the rest of the Windows 10 user interface. The build doesn't have a full version of the dark theme just yet, but Microsoft is teasing how it'll look like once implemented.
For some, a dark theme option is a godsend. Not only does it look sleeker, it might also reduce eyestrain when coupled with Windows 10's night light option.
Dark mode can be enabled under Settings > Personalization > Colors, and once switched on, any app or UI that support it will follow suit, says Microsoft.
Aside from visual changes, Microsoft is also adding a significant new feature to improve user experience. This new build now comes with a cloud-powered clipboard that lets users access their clipboard contents across different devices. It includes a history of what's been copied, and it will sync in the same way Sets and Timeline sync, so users can copy from one PC then paste it on another.
This feature can be toggled on by going to Settings > System > Clipboard.
The build also introduces some subtle changes to Fluent Design. Sets now come with an acrylic title bar, and the Alt-tab switcher now also includes recent Microsoft Edge tabs. This, however, can be disabled in the multitasking section under the Windows 10 Settings menu.
Windows 10 now also allows users more flexibility with regard to opening apps or websites. Users can adjust their Sets preference to "Window," which won't open windows into a new tab unless users explicitly click the + or drag with their mouse, or "Tab," which opens any new Window into tabs.
Microsoft is also bringing important enhancements to the Notepad app, including Bing search. Now, users can highlight any word or phrase within Notepad, click "Edit," and then choose "Search with Bing." Right-clicking also brings up the option in the context menu or by simply clicking Ctrl + B. What's more, with Sets enabled, the search results page will open on a new tab instead of on a separate window.
Windows 10 build 17666 is now available to Insiders in the Fast Ring. The features will roll out to the rest of Windows 10 users later this year.
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