Windows 10’s Redstone 5 will be the next update released in fall this year. It’s one the most important updates, including tabs for most of all your applications, a clipboard history syncing between your devices, as well as a new dark theme for File Explorer.
This post comes with features added in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17672, recently released on May 16, 2018.
“Sets” Brings Tabs to All Apps
The new “Sets” feature is the biggest addition in Redstone 5 update. All windows on your desktop will now have a tab bar, and you can combine all tabs from multiple apps in the same window. Although Windows has File Explorer tabs, the Sets feature offers more than that.
Sets works with every traditional desktop app, and even Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Desktop applications that come with their custom title bars will not support Sets.
Alt+Tab Shows Tabs
In the Redstone 5 update, the way that Alt+Tab works has been changed. Sets tabs and Microsoft Edge browser tabs appear along with your open windows when pressing Alt+Tab keys. You can also return to the old Alt+Tab behavior if you just want to see windows when pressing Alt+Tab.
However, the change will not affect applications such as Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that use their custom type of tab. In case Chrome and Firefox enable support for Sets tabs, they will also appear in the Alt+Tab switcher.
A Dark Theme for File Explorer
In the new update, there is a new dark theme for File Explorer. It will automatically be enabled if you turn a system-wide dark theme on in Settings > Personalization > Colors.
The dark theme support has been added to the File Explorer context menus, including the context menu appearing when you right-click on the desktop. You will also see a new dark theme for the Open and Save file windows.
Search Previews in the Start Menu
The Start menu’s search, known as Cortana search, now comes with search previews. When you type in to search for something, Windows will then show you a preview pane, including more information about result.
For instance, if the Start menu chooses a web search as the best result, you’ll then see Bing search results in the Start menu. If you look for an app, there will be options like “Pin to Start” for that application. You’ll also view a document preview if Windows decides a document on your computer as the best result.
Apart from this change, it’s not possible to turn web search off in the Start menu through Group Policy.
A New Screenshot Utility With Annotation Tools
Windows 10 now comes with a new screen clipping tool. It allows you to take a screenshot of a section, or a single window, or even the entire screen. Once a screenshot is taken, there will be a new Screen Sketch tool that allows you to draw on it as well as add annotations.
To open clipping tool, simply press Windows+Shift+S buttons. Besides, there’s also a setting in Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard to show up makes the new tool when pressing the Print Screen key on the keyboard.
These are typical features in the Windows 10 Redstone 5 Update. We’ll continue to update other features in later posts.