Microsoft release Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18282, with Light Theme and more

Today Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18282 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Here’s what’s new in Build 18282:

Windows Light Theme

Full screen screenshot showing the Start menu open in light theme, as well as the taskbar. A new Windows wallpaper is visible, with the Windows logo

When Microsoft introduced the ability to choose between light and dark in Windows 10,  users expected when you select Light under Settings > Personalization > Colors, that the system colour would be lighter too. That did not happen before – the taskbar and many other things stayed dark.

Now, if you choose Light under Settings > Personalization > Colors, all system UI will now be light. This includes the taskbar, Start menu, Action Center, touch keyboard, and more.

When you update to this build, your system colour won’t automatically change to the new light system colour. However, if you had light mode selected prior to the update, this is what Color Settings will look like after updating:

Showing Color Settings with Custom selected in the ”Choose your color” dropdown, and a new separation between Windows mode and app mode

To try the full light experience, just click the “Choose your colour” dropdown and select Light.

As part of this work Microsoft is also adding a new default wallpaper!Showcased above, you can use it on your PC today by going to Settings > Personalization > Themes and selecting “Windows Light”. This will also change your PC to be light themed.

The work is still in an early stage and incomplete, but Microsoft is continuing to work on this feature.

Bringing window snip to your modern snipping experience

Showing an example of window snipping. This one happens to have Settings in focus.

Following Delayed Snip, now Microsoft is rolling out Window Snip. Start your snip via your preferred entry point (WIN + Shift + S, Print Screen (if you’ve enabled it), directly from within Snip & Sketch, etc.), and select the window snip option at the top, and snip away! That selection will be remembered the next time you start a snip.

Currently the window snipping experience is available for 50% of Insiders, as Microsoft want to ensure a smooth rollout – Microsoft will announce when it’s live for 100%.

The app update is now starting to roll out to people on Windows 10 version 1809 also.

Improving your modern printing experience

You’ll notice a few differences once you update to today’s build:

  • First and foremost, the modern print dialogue now supports light theme!
  • Second: In order to improve clarity, Microsoft updated a number of printing options to now include icons to help you easily and quickly identify the one you’re looking for. Microsoft also added a line of description to some of the dropdown settings. This can be seen in the Pages example below, and in other settings, if you click More Settings at the bottom of the print dialog.
  • Finally: If you have a long printer name, it will now wrap rather than being cut off.

howing the modern print dialog in light theme

Updating Windows Update

Microsoft is introducing two important new features to provide more control over updates:

Pause Updates: Microsoft is making the Pause Updates feature easier to find by surfacing the existing option directly on the ‘Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update’ page. Just like before, when Pause is enabled, some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed. In addition, Pause can be enabled for either a pre-defined number of days or until the specific day (day selector is available on Advanced options page).

Showing the updated Windows Update Settings page. The subpage links are now buttons instead of hyperlinks, and have icons next to them.

Intelligent Active Hours: Setting your active hours will let Windows know when to avoid rebooting your device. However, Microsoft understand some of our users have shifting productivity schedules and remembering to adjust Active hours can be a challenge. Now, Windows can automatically adjust active hours for you based on your device activity. Just go into ‘Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Change active hours’ page to turn this setting on and know that reboots will not disrupt your productive time.

Showing the “Change Active Hours” page in Settings. Now has a toggle which says “Automatically adjust active hours for me based on my daily usage.”

Display brightness changes when going to battery power 

Microsoft is responding to feedback about a specific case where a display can become brighter when transitioning from a battery charger to battery power. For 19H1, Microsoft is modifying the display brightness behavior so that this can no longer happen. If a person adjusts their display brightness, that brightness will now be remembered as their preferred brightness whether they are on battery or connected to a charger. This new behavior results in a more consistent and battery friendly experience. This does not affect battery saver mode settings; if a person has opted into lowering the screen brightness in battery saver mode, their display will still dim when the battery is below the threshold selected.

Narrator Improvements

Narrator Verbosity Improvements: Microsoft is improving the amount of information you hear while interacting in Windows and you will see these changes filter in throughout future builds. In the current release Microsoft has a new Narrator Setting entitled “Hear advanced information about controls when navigating”. When this feature is off you will not hear the advanced information previously spoken on controls. In addition, Tooltips will not be read by default. Use the Narrator Advanced Information command (Narrator + 0) to read a tooltip on a given item. In addition, you will notice that some control information will now begin to speak in a more consistent manner. Checkboxes and radio buttons will be the first controls with this new behavior.

More consistent reading experience: Narrator text reading commands (previous/next for character/word/line/sentence/paragraph/page) can now be used to scan a full window from top to bottom. It is no longer possible to get the “not on explorable text” error and only when you reach the boundary of the window will you receive “no next/previous text.” Also, the views options are now consistent whether you are within text content or not. For example, you can now use the views option to search for a link anywhere within the active window.

Read by Sentence Braille support: The new read by sentence commands are now available via a braille display by pressing dots 2-3-4 or 2-3-4-7 in command input mode.

Narrator character phonetic reading optimization: In a previous release, Narrator received support for reading characters phonetically. That is, reading out “a Alfa, b Bravo, c Charlie” while navigating “abc” by character.

Since then, Microsoft has received feedback that you didn’t want to hear the phonetic information announced automatically. Instead, this should be an on-demand feature, to be called upon only when you needed it. In this release, Windows  will no longer announce the phonetic information automatically. As you navigate by characters, this information will be omitted. If you need the phonetic information to disambiguate characters, you can issue a command to hear the phonetics. Use the keyboard command of Narrator key + Comma twice quickly. If, for example, you are using the Standard Keyboard layout with the default Narrator key setting of “Caps Lock or Insert”, you would issue the command of Caps Lock + Comma (or Insert + Comma), where the Comma key is pressed twice quickly while depressing the Caps Lock (or Insert) key.

If you need to hear phonetics for a string of characters in a sustained fashion, the phonetics can be read out continuously as you move forward or backward through a range of characters with the Read Next Character command (Narrator key + Period) or Read Previous Character command (Narrator key + M). However, in this mode, you will only hear the phonetics announced and not the characters themselves (e.g., “Alfa Bravo Charlie”). To stop hearing the phonetics, press any other command (e.g., Left arrow, Right Arrow, Tab, etc.) or re-issue the Read Current Character command (Narrator key + Comma). Subsequent reading of next and previous characters via Narrator key + Period or Narrator key + M will return to reading just the characters, without phonetic information.

If you prefer the original character phonetic reading behavior, a setting has been added for you to toggle on the automatic reading of phonetics.

Other Updates for Insiders

The OneDrive flyout now supports dark theme

In case you didn’t hear last week, OneDrive is rolling out an update so that the OneDrive flyout will now be dark if you have dark mode selected in Settings!

 Showing the OneDrive flyout in dark theme

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Microsoft fixed an issue causing File Explorer to freeze when interacting with video files in the last few flights.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in certain x86 apps and games having blurry text rendering in the last few flights, where the text appeared to have a shadow.
  • If you were seeing certain games launch to launch with an error citing unexpected kernel modification detected, please the games for available updates and let us know if you encounter further issues.
  • When you hover over the navigation pane in Start, after a short period it will now automatically expand. This is something that a portion of Insiders have had for a little bit now, and after finding positive results we’re now rolling it out to all Insiders.
  • Microsoft is adding a shadow to Action Center, to match the shadow seen along the borders of our other taskbar flyouts.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some users not being able to set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or via Settings > Apps > Default apps.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the context menu not coming up when right-clicking an open app in Task View.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the touch keyboard not working correctly when trying to type Chinese with the Bopomofo IME.
  • Microsoft made some improvements in the Narrator and Chrome browser experience.
  • Narrator Scan Mode will more reliability toggle off when a user reaches the Word Online canvas, making it easier to type.
  • Microsoft fixed a race condition resulting in blue screens if your PC was set up to dual boot in recent builds.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a PDC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT bug check / green screen on resume from hibernate.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the Network button on the sign-in screen not working recently.

Known issues

  • PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge may not display correctly (small, instead of using the entire space).
  • The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.
  • Settings page will crash after changing the account password or PIN, Microsoft recommends using the CTRL + ALT + DEL method to change the password
  • Due to a merge conflict, the settings for enabling/disabling Dynamic Lock are missing from Sign-in Settings. We’re working on a fix, appreciate your patience.
  • Settings crashes when clicking on the “View storage usage on other drives” option under System > Storage.
  • Remote Desktop will only show a black screen for some users.

Known issues for Developers

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

Fast Ring Insiders can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings.

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