7 new features on Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

Microsoft’s semi-annual update is releasing for all Windows 10 devices. It’s expected to come with the Spring Creators Update name. There are a lot of new features coming your way with the Fall Creator Update successor. Here are the headlines for the update.

  1. Timeline

In the previous Windows update, when clicking on the Task View locating at the right Cortana (Windows key + Tab), you will see the thumbnails of the currently active apps and windows. Now the Task View comes with a new Timeline below thumbnails of apps and websites you visited in the past 30 days. Simply click on a thumbnail in the Timeline to open the file or site. If you don’t want to have your recent activity display on the Timeline, navigate to Settings > Privacy > Activity history and under Show activities from accounts, turn your account switch off.

  1. Focus assist

The Quiet hours feature on previous Windows 10 versions is now called Focus assist in the Spring Creators Update. The Quiet hours feature just allows turning on or off. But with Focus assist, there will be three options for you: Off, Priority only and Alarms only. “Priority only” mode will turn notifications off except the apps in your priority list. Awhile the “Alarms only” mode will enable the notification of alarms.

Simply set up Focus assist feature by heading to Settings > System > Focus assist.

  1. Nearby sharing feature

Apple has its own AirDrop, and Microsoft now has its Nearby sharing. This feature allows you to share files and links with your nearby computers. However, to use the feature, the nearby PCs need to run on the Spring Creators Update and Bluetooth & Nearby sharing feature are turned on. You can easily enable Nearby sharing from the Action Center. Once it’s turned on, there will be a new area in the share menu of the File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and other apps.

Just navigate to Settings > System > Shared experiences and you can set your sharing tolerance level: Everyone nearby or My devices only.

  1. Password recovery for local accounts

In the previous versions, if you sign in to your computer using a local administrator account instead of a Microsoft account, you must remember your password since local meant you had your own. But Microsoft offered a method to recover the password for Microsoft accounts. The Spring Creators Update lets you set three security questions for your local account to answer in case you forget your password.

Simply go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and click on Update your security questions to build your security questions.

  1. Choose GPU

If you are using a Windows laptop with dual graphics, the Spring Creators Update lets you easily choose which apps can use the onboard graphics chip to get a better battery life. Windows 10 also does its great good job in classifying which apps need the dedicated graphics. You can adjust it in the AMD’s or Nvidia’s control panel, but you don’t have to dig into such complexity. Just head to Settings > System > Display and click on Graphic settings, select your apps and set the graphics preferences: power saving or high-performance options.

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  1. Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer

All you need is going to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback and you can select between a Basic or a Full level option to share with Microsoft. You will also find a Delete button that lets you delete all of the diagnostic data, which Microsoft has already collected from your Windows 10 computer. If you enable the Diagnostic data viewer and click on the Diagnostic Data Viewer button, the Microsoft Store will then open and you can install the Diagnostic Data Viewer application. Once installed, launch the app and you can see what Microsoft has been collecting from your PC. Although the presentation is not straightforward, you can check all in the app if you want to sift through it.

  1. Mute tabs in Microsoft Edge

In this update, Microsoft’s Edge browser is finally catching up to Chrome & Firefox browsers when it allows you to mute tabs. All you need is to click on the speaker icon of a tab if you want to mute it. Click on it again to unmute. It’s even easier than doing it on Chrome, which forces you to right-click on that tab and select “mute” from the contextual menu.