Windows 10 Preview Build 17063 for PC brings Input Improvements

Windows 10 Preview Build 17063 also brings improvements to input in Windows for Insiders on the Fast Ring.

Improvements include:

Personalize the handwriting panel: In this release users can now change the font that your handwriting converts to in the handwriting panel! Go to Settings > Devices > Pen & Windows Ink > “Change the font of the handwriting experience”, select your preferred font from the dropdown, then write in the handwriting panel to see your chosen font.

You can now use the Emoji Panel in more languages! Microsoft has added support for more languages and as of today’s build you can now use the emoji over 190 locals – 152 of which have tooltip support when you hover over each emoji. This includes English (Great Britain), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), and more! You can open the Emoji Panel by pressing Windows logo key + period(.). Currently you can only browse and use mouse/touch/keyboard to pick an emoji in these languages, however Microsoft is working on adding search.

Single or multiple emoji at a time : With the previous flight Microsoft added support for inputting multiple emoji at a time. In today’s build Microsoft is adding a setting so that you can decide which behavior is best for you. Simply check or uncheck the new “Don’t close panel automatically after an emoji has been entered” setting under Settings > Time & Language > Keyboard > Advanced Keyboard Settings.

Emoji data update:  Microsoft added a number of additional words you can use to find the emoji you’re looking for in your language – use the touch keyboard and search for things like hedgehog, vampire, and pretzel.

Hardware keyboard suggestions update: Hardware keyboard suggestions have 2 new features:

  • Firstly it supports dark theme. Use Color Settings to switch between light and dark and see how your text suggestions will now follow suit.
  • Secondly: Settings can now be found in Keyboard Settings > English (United States) > Options > Hardware keyboard > “Show text suggestions as I type”.

Split layout comes to the touch keyboard: The touch keyboard now supports the split layout – an ergonomic layout designed to be used with both hands, one on each side of your tablet. Korean, Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages aren’t yet supported for this layout, but Microsoft is working on it.

The standard touch keyboard layout for Japanese, Korean, Quick and ChangJie for Traditional Chinese: Now the standard keyboard layout for East Asian languages are available except Simplified Chinese and Bopomofo for Traditional Chinese. Japanese Kana layout is also supported. If you want to switch between wide, one-handed, and the standard touch keyboard layouts, just tap the button in the top left of the keyboard.

Insiders can download Build 17063 now.

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