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Windows 10 19H1 Build 18298, released with bunch of new Notepad features

Microsoft has recently released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18298.1000 (rs_prerelease) to 19H1 develop branch. The latest Windows 10 Build 18298 is available for Fast ring insiders that introduce a bunch of new Notepad features alongside other relatively minor feature and settings updates.

Also Whenever a device has an update requiring a reboot (in both mainstream and test builds), users will see the Power button in the Start menu include an orange indicator alerting users to restart their devices.




If your device enrolled for Windows Insider program in the Fast ring, Windows 10 19H1 Build 18298 Automatically Download and install via windows update. Also, you can manually update to this build 18298 by going into Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update and then checking for new updates.

Windows 10 19H1 Build 18298

What’s new Windows 10 19H1 Build 18298?

According to Microsoft blog, the latest 19H1 Build 18298 introduces the ability to set up a security key directly from the Sign-in options screen, File Explorer gets a modern look, slew of changes on Start Menu and mouse cursor options, Notepad gets several improvements, There’s a new “Terminal” tab to configure new settings for Command Prompt and other consoles and more.

File Explorer getting a new look

Starting with Windows 10 build 18298, File Explorer getting a new modern look to align with the new light theme that the company unveiled recently. According to Microsoft, this new icon is based on insider’s feedback.

File Explorer getting a new look




Also company adding a new option to file downloads so that users can more easily find folders by seeing the most recently downloaded file at the top of the list.

Change Cursor & pointer color

On Cursor & pointer settings page, you can now change the pointer color and select additional sizes. Company explained 

We’ve introduced new cursor sizes and colors to make Windows easier to see.   Go to Ease of Access Settings (Windows + U), under the “Vision” category, select “Cursor & pointer” to see the list of options.   We are still working on a couple issues where some cursor sizes may not work correctly on DPI’s larger than 100%.

Change Cursor & pointer color

Set up a security key straight from settings

The latest build brings refinements to the Settings app, That allows to set up a security key from the Sign-in options page. You can now set up security keys in Windows 10 from the Settings app in Accounts > Sign-in options.

Set up a security key straight from settings

Start menu refinements

The start menu getting ability to quickly unpin groups and folders via a context menu entry.

Sometimes you just wanna quickly start fresh – over the last few weeks we’ve been rolling out the ability to unpin groups and folders in Start via a new context menu entry. As of today, that option is now available to all Insiders in the Fast ring! Microsoft Explained.

quickly unpin groups and folders




Bunch of new Notepad features

There is some new improvements on the old text editor (Notepad)  brings the option to save files in UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark. There are also new keyboard shortcuts and a new Feedback button that can redirect you to Feedback Hub.

Notepad Feedback button

Additionally, Microsoft has added a column to the status bar that displays the encoding of the document.

  • Added support for some additional shortcuts:
    • Ctrl+Shift+N will open a new Notepad window.
    • Ctrl+Shift+S will open the Save as… dialog.
    • Ctrl+W will close the current Notepad window.
  • Notepad can now open and save files with a path that is longer than 260 characters, also known as MAX_PATH.
  • We’ve fixed a bug where Notepad would count lines incorrectly for documents with very long lines.
  • We’ve fixed a bug where, when you select a placeholder file from OneDrive in the File Open dialog, we would download the file to determine its encoding.
  • We’ve fixed a recent regression where Notepad would no longer create a new file when launched with a file path that didn’t exist.

New Windows 10 Setup experience

The next version of Windows 10 will also introduce a new setup design using lighter instead of purple colors when running the experience from an ISO file.

New Windows 10 Setup experience

Some other changes include the company testing new settings for the Console that allow you to change the way the cursor looks, different foreground and background colors, different cursor colors, and the blocking of scroll forward in the buffer.
new settings for the Console
For touch keyboard uses, Windows 10 will detect your typing behavior and dynamically adjust the hit target of each key, based on prediction of what letter most likely will be typed next.

Narrator gets own home screen

Narrator is also getting its own share of updates in this build, and the most important is the addition of a Narrator Home screen that lets you access all the options for this feature. This should make the experience with Narrator overall more straightforward, regardless of whether it’s about setting it up or changing the existing configuration.

Narrator home screen

There are also several known issues and other smaller improvements in this build, and you can check them here.

As usual, these builds have bugs and are not 100% developed. We recommend that you do not install it on equipment that you use on a day-to-day basis. It is more advisable to try slow ring bugs.  Also read Windows 10 won’t boot after power outage? Here 3 solutions to get your computer started!

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