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7 New Features in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

 

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The updates will begin to roll out to PCs over the next few weeks.

Here are the 7 Best New Features included in the update:

 

1) Clipboard History and Cloud Sync:

With Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you will want to learn a fourth keyboard shortcut for your cutting, copying and pasting needs. In addition to Ctrl-X, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V, you will need to work Windows key + V into your workflow. That’s because Windows 10 October 2018 Update supercharges the clipboard in two important ways. First, it can now save your cut and copied items so you can access more than just the most recent. Second, you can sync your clipboard across your other Windows devices. I’m not sure how useful the sync feature will end up being, but clipboard history is fantastic right off the bat. Hit the Windows key and the V key to see your clipboard history, where you can paste any of the items or pin them or delete them. Super useful.

 

To enable clipboard history and sync, go to Settings > System > Clipboard and toggle on Clipboard history and Sync across devices.

 

2) Dark mode for Microsoft Apps:

Similar to dark mode with the upcoming MacOS Mojave, Windows 10 gets its own dark mode with Windows 10 October 2018 Update. You can turn Microsoft’s apps including File Explorer, Settings and the App Store black. Head to Settings > Personalization > Colors, scroll to the bottom and for Choose your default app mode, choose Dark. It doesn’t effect Edge, however, which has its own dark mode setting.

 

3) SwiftKey Keyboard:

Microsoft has announced that SiftKey keyboards will become the default keyboard for touchscreen-equipped Windows 10 computers. And it could lead to some crazy-looking dual-screen laptops soon.

 

4) New and (potentially) improved screenshot tool:

Windows 10 October 2018 Update introduces a new way to take screenshots. Snipping Tool is out. Snip & Sketch is in. (Actually, the Snipping Tool is sticking around for at least this next Windows release but Microsoft is pushing the new Snip & Sketch utility.)

The new Snip & Sketch tool is easier to access and makes it easier to share screenshots, but it lacks an important features that are keeping me on Team Snipping Tool. It does not offer any way to capture a screenshot of a window (it offers only rectangular, free-form and full-screen snips).

In addition to the old screenshot keyboard shortcut Windows key-Shift-S, it adds two more ways to initiate a screen capture: you can set the PntScn button to open screen snipping (Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard) and you’ll find a new Screen snip button in the Action Center. Lastly, the new Snip & Sketch tool automatically adds your screenshot to the clipboard, which can streamline your screenshot-sharing process.

 

5) (Potentially) fewer annoying restarts for updates:

The seemingly endless stream of Windows updates is an endless source of frustration. Microsoft has been trying to be less annoying with its updates and is making new efforts to ease your pain by getting better at predicting when you are at a point in your day where installing an update won’t have your hurling your laptop through the nearest window. Windows will try to distinguish the difference between getting up from your desk for a few hours or the night vs. going to grab a coffee or a quick chat with a coworker to try to choose the best time to restart and update your PC.

 

6) Your Phone App:

The Your Phone app is available now from the App Store, but Windows 10 October 2018 Update will plop it on your PC. It lets Android users view their phone’s photos on their PC and access them with drag-and-drop ease. No more emailing photos to yourself or involving a cloud service as a way-station. The app is very limited for those with iPhones and the app promises that “additional features for iPhone are being considered for future releases.”

 

7) Separate Font Size Slider:

Windows 10’s scaling options are hugely useful for making text, icons and apps easier to read on a high-resolution display makes everything look incredibly crisp but also incredibly tiny. You’ve been able to increase the size of the elements on your display with scaling so you can keep your display at its native resolution where things look their best and also be able to read text and identify icons without squinting. Now, you have even more control because Windows 10 October 2018 Updates adds a separate control for scaling the size on fonts, but it’s not quite where you’d expect to find it in Settings. It’s not on the Settings > System > Display page where the Scale and layout tools are located (or even on the Advanced scaling settings page). Instead, you need to go to Settings > Ease of Access > Display to Make text bigger.

 

 

Source: CNET https://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-october-2018-update-the-7-best-new-features/
Photos: Matt Elliot/CNET

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