The Windows 10 Creators Update previews are coming thick and fast to Windows Insiders. Microsoft's latest release is Preview Build 14965 and has been introduced to the Fast Ring. This update is fairly substantial and adds features like a virtual trackpad and an update for Sticky Notes on PC.
Other changes introduced in Build 14965 focus on Windows Ink Workspace, the Registry Editor address bar, and Hyper-V. Just last week, Microsoft launched its first post-Creators Update release for Insiders. That was an update that offered fixes and not much new features. Build 14965 is more feature-rich and has an extensive changelog.
Sticky Notes – The app has been updated to version 22.214.171.124 with a focus on enhancing the language support of the service.
This includes flight detection for Germany, Spain and Mexico, France and Canada, Italy, Brazil, and Japan. English locales like Canada, India, Arabia, and Canada are also supported. The following additions also come to Sticky Notes:
- We've added email & URL recognition for every locale (except Chinese (simplified or traditional), Korean, or Japanese, which we're still working on).
- We've added phone number recognition to all English, German, Spanish, French and Italian locales.
- We've added address recognition support for English (Great Britain) and Spanish (United States).
- We've added time recognition (prompting to create a Cortana reminder) to English (Great Britain), English (Australia) and English (India).
- We've added stock recognition (for example, $MSFT) to English (Australia), English (Canada), English (India), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), French (France), French (Canada), Japanese (Japan) and Portuguese (Brazil).
- If Insights in Sticky Notes isn't turned on automatically for you, tap “…” > Settings gear > “Enable insights”. Note: The language and region used to detect Insights in Sticky Notes is based off of the active keyboard. We're currently investigating some issues where Insights may not show up as expected if you switch keyboards while typing in Sticky Notes.
- We've fixed some issues with Undo and Redo (CTRL + Z/CTRL + Y) while typing, so they'll now do so more reliably.
- We've improved the performance of text input while typing.
- It's now easier than ever to get the latest Sticky Notes app updates. When our next update is available, we'll show an in-app prompt so all you have to do is click ‘Update'.
- We've also done a whole lot of UI/UX polishing and performance improvements that we hope you enjoy.
Virtual Trackpad – Arguably the standout feature in Windows 10 Creators Update Preview Build 14965. We have already covered this addition, which brings a mouse-like control to tablets for Windows PC use. This virtual control will allow right-click and left-click mouse motions and control of the cursor.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, the virtual trackpad will sit in the taskbar. It will only appear on the tablet screen if selected through a touchpad icon in the notification area.
- “We increased the number of Recently Used apps shown in the Windows Ink Workspace to 6, and added a link to quickly access your pen settings.
- We've improved the performance of loading Sketchpad when there's a lot of ink present on the sketch.
- We've updated the new protractor, so that you can use the scroll-wheel on your mouse to shrink/expand it (depending on the direction of the scrolling).
- We fixed an issue where, when using Sticky Notes in the Windows Ink Workspace, the background would ding when tapped.
- We fixed an issue where inking and resizing the protractor at the same time would result in Sketchpad crashing.
- We've updated the “Pen & Windows Ink” Settings for pen users to now include a link to the handwriting training tool – simply click on “Get to know my handwriting” to launch it. We've also improved how we learn from your handwriting samples – try it out and let us know what you think!
- Enhancing the Address Bar in Registry Editor (PC): We were really excited to hear how excited you were about the new address bar in Registry Editor, and based on your feedback, we've already incorporated two new features:
- You can now use CTRL + L to set focus to the address bar – while we already supported ALT + D, we recognize that some people prefer this keyboard shortcut instead, so now you have the option to use either one
- You can now use shorthand notation for HKEY names – you told us that when sharing registry paths you always use shorthand notation (HKCU) instead of typing out the full HKEY name (i.e. HKEY_CURRENT_USER), so we should support them in the address bar, and you know what? We agree! You can now just use “HKCR”, “HKCU”, “HKLM”, and “HKU” instead of typing or pasting the respective full name “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT”, “HKEY_CURRENT_USER”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”, or “HKEY_USERS” into the address bar.
Improving Your Hyper-V VM experience (PC): Following the new VM scaling options mentioned in last week's build, we've fixed an issue where depending on the zoom level selected, the VM window might not be created large enough to avoid scrollbars, despite their being enough space for it. We also updated the logic so that when you pick a particular zoom level, that zoom level preference will be preserved for the next VM connection. Along the way, we fixed an issue where the title bar of a maximized VM window would be occluded when taskbar had been set to on top.”