Windows 10 Build 18894 (20H1) Brings File Explorer Improvements

Jun. 16, 2019 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to News

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Los Angeles, Calif. - May 8th, 2019 - The software giant Microsoft introduces Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18894 (20H1) to Insiders in the Fast ring today. The update brings a new File Explorer search experience, which is powered by Windows Search. This greatly improves the File Explorer search experience. In addition, there are also some accessibility improvements and bug fixes in Build 18894 (20H1). Let's take a closer look at this build.

Improvements in Windows 10 Build 18894 (20H1)

20H1 Build 18894 comes with many improvements including:

File Explorer improvements

To make it easier for Windows users to find files and increase consistency, Microsoft starts to roll out a new File Explorer search experience. It is now powered by Windows Search. With this change, when you type in File Explorer’s search box, you’ll see a dropdown populated with suggested files at your fingertips that you can pick from.

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You can open these suggested files directly by clicking the entry in the box. To open the file location, you just need to right click on the entry. You will find the option there. If you want to use commands or dig deeper into non-indexed locations, you can press the Enter key and populate the view with the traditional search results.

What’s more, you’ll see a dropdown list with your search history as soon as you click on the search box or press Ctrl + E to set focus to it. You can also integrate your OneDrive content online with the traditional indexed results now.

Accessibility improvements

  • Table reading improvements: Narrator is now more efficient when reading tables. Header information is not repeated when navigating within the same row or column. Entering and exiting tables is also less verbose.

  • Narrator web page summary: There’s a new command in Narrator to give a webpage summary Narrator + S. Currently this command will give information about hyperlinks, landmarks and headings.

  • Magnifier text cursor setting: Windows Magnifier has a new ability to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen making it easier and smoother to type. Centered on the screen is on by default and can be changed in the Magnifier settings.

Bug Fixes in Build 18894 (20H1)

  • Fixed an issue resulting in scrolling with the mouse wheel or touchpad not working reliably across the system in the last few flights.

  • Fixed an issue where opening the Memory Integrity page in Windows Security would crash the app.

  • Fixed an issue where the Windows Update icon in taskbar system tray is not high DPI optimized.

  • Fixed an issue where the “Add someone else to this PC” window would crash if an MSA-attached user would try to add a local user to the PC.

  • Fixed a typo in the WIN + (period) kaomoji section category names.

  • Fixed a race condition that could result in users getting stuck with an outdated version of the search relevancy logic, impacting subsequent search results.

  • Fixed an issue where Start menu wasn’t launching if the “continue experiences on this device” group policy was “disabled”.

  • Fixed an issue where navigating using Narrator + R command got stuck in PowerPoint Edit View. Narrator no longer reads “null” after each command listed in the Narrator + F2 list.

  • Fixed a problem where Narrator was at low volume and could not be increased.

Known Issues in 20H1 Build 18894

  • Due to an OS bug, the Your Phone app will not work on this build. This issue does not impact the Your Phone app if you are in the Slow and Release Preview rings.

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly.

  • If you use remote desktop to connect to an enhanced session VM, taskbar search results will not be visible (just a dark area) until you restart searchui.exe.

  • On certain devices if fast startup is enabled, night light doesn’t turn on until after a restart. (Note: The problem will occur on a “cold” reboot or power off / power on. To work around if night light doesn’t turn on, use Start > Power > Restart.)

  • There’s a noticeable lag when dragging the emoji and dictation panels.

  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on.

  • Some features on Start Menu and in All apps are not localized in languages such as FR-FR, RU-RU, and ZH-CN.

  • In the Ease of Access settings, selecting a color filter may not take effect right away unless color filters option is turned off and back on again.

  • The IME candidate window for East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and the Japanese IME) may not open sometimes.

  • There is an issue with the Bopomofo IME where the character width is suddenly changed to Full width from Half width.

To see the complete release note, you can click here.

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As an early build in the development cycle, Windows 10 20H1 Build 18894 may contain some serious bugs. Keep cautious to install it. If unfortunately, you encounter issues after installing this update, you can search for solutions in the Windows 10 section on this site. Or get to us for help by leaving comments below.

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