If you're a Microsoft Edge user, you might find that Windows 10 Insider Build 17713 offers a welcome addition: the opportunity to manage autoplaying video on the site-by-site basis.
The brand new Windows build isn't heavy on new features for consumers, though business users may find some interesting additions: Web Sign-in, Fast Sign-in, as well as using biometric logins to log right into a remote PC. Microsoft did make some enhancements to how Edge uses PDF files, as well as Notepad.
Here is a look at what's new:
Autoplay, PDF controls within Edge
While Google's Chrome along with other browsers have begun offering users the flexibleness to determine how to handle autoplaying video online, Microsoft's Edge hasn't followed suit, until now. As part of Edge's new per-site controls, you will have the freedom to determine whether video autoplays. To access the controls, click on the small lock-shaped icon in the browser.
Edge has added dictionary functions, so that you can highlight a word and get a definition. If you open a PDF file within Edge, you'll also be able to see floating text descriptions for the icons. You are able to hide the PDF toolbar, too.
Microsoft adds WDAG configuration options
Most users probably have never used Microsoft's Windows Device Application Guard (WDAG), its secure browser for plumbing the dark corners from the web. (Here's how.) Only one of its flaws, in addition to performance, has been the opportunity to configure what it really does. The brand new build pushes more options in front of you, as part of the Settings menu.
Notepad beefs track of zooming, wrapped find
Microsoft surprised many using its improvements for Notepad that rolled out in Insider Build 17666, and now there's even more. Build 17713 adds support for users to search for text strings across wrapped text, and there is something slightly better: the ability to zoom text, too. No more can we have to deal with tiny text! Just use CTRL+ Plus (Ctrl and also the plus sign), or Ctrl + Minus (Ctrl and also the minus sign)-the same controls to zoom webpages in and out-to control the size of the font.
Enterprise logins get easier: Fast Sign-In and much more
These functions aren't available to consumer PCs (yet?) however they are worth knowing about: If you are using Remote Desktop, you have a choice of using Windows Hello to log in on the remote computer as part of the Remote Desktop session. Microsoft has also instituted the ability for corporate to sign in with Web credentials, (using something called SAML) as well as what Microsoft calls "Fast Sign-In," which dramatically decreases the time users have to register on the shared PC. All three of these require specific policies to become enabled on the PC, though.
Be careful! Here are things to watch out for
Build 17713 seems a little more unstable than others, though. Currently there is a bug that blocks the opportunity to recover or reset your computer, so you may wish to delay updates until it's fixed. Another odd bug is that, with PCs which have multiple monitors, the display may be off a little. If you see that, try good ol' Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up the Task Manager, then hit the Cancel button.