Microsoft announces the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18234 (19H1) to Insiders in Skip Ahead today. This build brings many new features, improvements and fixes. Let’s see what’s new in Build 18234.
1. Ink for Microsoft To-Do
Microsoft added Ink support for handwritten input to allow you to capture your tasks seamlessly in Microsoft To-Do (Version 1.39.1808.31001 and higher). Now you can capture and complete your tasks naturally with Ink.
2. An Update to Sticky Notes
Last week, Microsoft rolled out a major update Sticky Notes 3.0 for Insiders in Skip Ahead, which brings the following amazing new features and capabilities:
Sync (and backup) your notes across your Windows devices.
If you have a lot of notes, your desktop can get a bit crowded! We are introducing a new home for all your notes. You can choose which notes to stick to your desktop or tuck them away and find them again easily with search.
Before all the beautiful sunshine arrived, we channeled our dark energy into a dark themed note: Charcoal Note.
Crossing tasks off feel better than deleting them! Now you can style your note with the new formatting bar.
You may notice that Sticky Notes is performing a lot faster – that is completely on purpose.
We’ve applied so much polish that the app is starting to look like a shiny pony!
Drastic improvements on being more inclusive:
Using assistive technologies and Narrator.
Using mouse, touch, and pen.
3. Improvements to Snip & Sketch
Click the chevron next to the New button in the app and you’ll now find options to “Snip now”, “Snip in 3 seconds”, and “Snip in 10 seconds”. If you have the app open or pinned to your taskbar, you can also get these options by right clicking the icon in the taskbar.
The dark theme of File Explorer is included in this build!
Fixed the issue where logging out of your user profile or shutting down your PC would cause the PC to bugcheck (GSOD).
The acrylic in the XAML shadows has been removed from some popup controls. They will be back in a future flight.
Fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc.) no longer having an acrylic background.
Fixed an issue resulting in hangs when using WSL in the previous flight.
Updated the Emoji Panel to now support search and tooltips for the Emoji 11 emoji that were added recently. These keywords will also populate text predictions when typing with the touch keyboard.
Fixed an issue where explorer.exe would crash if you were in Tablet Mode and opened Task View while in portrait orientation.
Fixed an issue where the app icons in Task View might appear slightly blurry on high DPI devices.
Fixed an issue where on narrow devices activities in Timeline might slightly overlap the scrollbar.
Fixed an issue where you might unexpectedly get an error saying no supported app is installed, after clicking certain activities in Timeline, even though a supported app was installed.
Fixed issue where Taskbar background could become transparent when changing graphics device.
Fixed an issue resulting in pinning to app icons to the taskbar taking longer than usual recently.
Fixed an issue where after setting a pin and removing it, the option to setup a pin from the lock screen could get stuck as the default login method, rather than the login screen remembering your preferred login method.
Made some adjustments to improve the amount of CPU that cdpusersvc uses.
Fixed an issue resulting in New button in Snip & Sketch not working.
Fixed an issue resulting in Notepad’s “Search with Bing” feature searching for “10 10” instead of “10 + 10” if that was the search query. We also fixed an issue where accented characters would end up as question marks in the resulting search.
Fixed an issue where Ctrl + 0 to reset the zoom level in Notepad wouldn’t work if the 0 was typed from a keypad.
Fixed a recent issue resulting in an increase in the amount of time taken to open large files in Notepad when word wrap was enabled.
Fixed an issue where downloading a big file in Microsoft Edge would stop at the 4gb mark.
Fixed an issue where clicking the “more” button in Microsoft Edge’s inline definition pop up when reading in recent flights would open a blank pane.
Fixed an issue where items in Microsoft Edge’s Settings and More menu would become truncated when the option to increase text size was enabled in Settings.
Fixed an issue where using Find on page in Microsoft Edge didn’t highlight/select the current instance of the result.
Fixed an issue where after resetting Microsoft Edge saved favorites would get stuck showing a star next to the favorite name rather than populating the website’s favicon (if available).
Fixed an issue where text copied from certain websites in Microsoft Edge couldn’t be pasted into other UWP apps.
Fixed an issue that could result in the contents of the Microsoft Edge window becoming offset from its window frame.
Fixed an issue resulting in the spellchecking menu appearing in the wrong place when you right-clicked on a misspelled word in Microsoft Edge.
Fixed an issue for Insiders using Windows 10 in S Mode recently resulting opening Word from a Word Online document not working.
Fixed an issue impacting Teams resulting all unsent typed text disappearing following the completion of an emoji composition (for example being turned into a smiley).
Fixed an issue where nearby sharing would become blocked on the sender device after canceling share to three different devices.
Fixed an issue resulting in the nearby sharing section of the Share UI not being visible for some users despite being enabled.
Fixed an issue in recent flights where components of a notification with a progress bar (like the one when using nearby sharing) might flash every time the progress bar updated.
Fixed an issue from recent builds resulting in share target windows (aka the app you select when prompted from the Share UI) not closing when you pressed Alt+F4 or the X.
Fixed an issue resulting in a decrease in Start reliability over the last few flights.
Fixed an impactful race condition in recent flights resulting in Cortana crashing when launching tips and doing web searches.
Fixed an issue where right-clicking the desktop and expanding the New subsection of the context menu took longer than usual recently.
Fixed the issue causing Office in the Store to fail to launch with an error about a .dll not being designed to run on Windows on PCs running in S Mode.
Fixed an issue where, when installing a font for a single user (rather than installing as admin “for all users”), the install would fail with an unexpected error saying that the file was not a valid font file.
Fixed an issue where non-admin local users would get an error saying that updating the security questions for their account required admin permissions.
Fixed a recent issue where color and wallpaper settings weren’t correctly applied after a system upgrade when migration was done in offline mode.
Fixed an issue resulting in the amount of time it took to launch Settings having noticeably increased recently.
Fixed an issue where if Settings was open to “Bluetooth & Other Devices” and then minimized to the taskbar, when you tried to resume the app Settings would crash.
Fixed an issue from recent builds where the first time you manually selected the date in Date & Time Settings, it would revert to Jan 1st.
Updating the image size limit for clipboard history (WIN + V) from 1MB to 4MB to accommodate the potential size of full screen screenshots taken on a high-DPI device.
Fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) IME it would leak memory on focus switch, adding up over time.
Fixed an issue resulting in text prediction and shapewriting not working when typing in Russian using the touch keyboard.
Fixed a recent issue that could result in some flakey network connectivity (including networks stuck “identifying”, and stale network flyout connectivity state). Note, there are a variety of factors that may impact your networking experience.
Fixed an issue in Narrator so when toggling a checkbox with a braille display and Narrator, the displayed state is now updated and the control information is maintained on the display.
To read the entire release note in Windows Blog, you can click here.
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