What you need to know

  • Windows 10 20H1 build 18950 is now available to Insiders on the Fast ring.
  • This new build brings several new features and tweaks to Snip & Sketch.
  • The build references "Cloud download" relating to resetting and refreshing PCs but the feature is not working yet.

Windows 10 20H1 build 18950 is now available to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. The build comes three weeks after the most recent Fast Insider release. This new build comes with several new features for Snip & Sketch as well as improvements to Japanese IME. The build makes references to "Cloud download" relating to refreshing and resetting PCs, but the feature is not working yet.

The most noteworthy changes are to Snip & Sketch, which now supports single-window mood and zoom. Users can elect to have new snips open in a single window rather than crowding a screen with several snips. Users can also zoom in on snips.

What's new in 18950

  • Prediction Candidate window key navigation: We fixed an issue where the focus inside prediction candidate window wouldn't move when using the Up Arrow key.
  • Key customization: We've improved the discoverability of key assignment settings. Also, based on feedback, we've updated the default assigned value of Ctrl + Space to be "None". Ctrl + Space can still be used for toggling IME-on/off by changing the value through its setting.

Other updates for Insiders

  • Single window mode: Do you tend to retake snips multiple times in order to get the perfect screenshot? We're updating the New button to now open new snips in your current app window, so you don't end up with a ton of open snips (that you then need to close.) If you'd rather keep all snips open in separate windows. the option is now a toggle in settings, so you can decide which mode you prefer.
  • Showing the setting where you can choose whether or not to open snips in separate windows.

  • Zoom: Need we say more? You can now zoom in on your screenshots if they're a bit too small for you to annotate on (and yes, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus and Ctrl+Mouse wheel are supported!). We'll also zoom out to make sure the whole snip fits in the Snip & Sketch window. If you want to see the snip at its original size, click the Zoom button and then "Actual Size".

  • Improving WIN+Shift+S discoverability: You mentioned you loved learning about using WIN+Shift+S to take new snips any time and we thought others would too! If you haven't taken a snip yet, we'll now use the canvas space in Snip & Sketch to help you learn how to start a snip without needing to open the app first.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Insiders may notice some references to "Cloud download" relating to PC reset or refresh. This feature isn't available and working quite yet. We'll let you know once it is, so you can try it out!
  • We fixed an issue where ctfmon.exe might crash if clicking the input mode indicator in the taskbar to switch the Japanese IME between modes.
  • We fixed an issue where pasting from clipboard history (WIN+V) wouldn't work when using the Bopomofo IME.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in hanja conversion not working for the updated Korean IME when typing in certain apps.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the OneNote app intermittently acting as if the Ctrl key was pressed when it wasn't.

As always, you can read the full release notes including the list of known issues on the Windows Blog. Insiders on the Fast ring can grab the update through Windows Update.

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