Microsoft is today released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17713 brings a bunch of new Notepad features along with Edge, Display(HDR), Fluent Design, Defender Application Guard and other tweaks, fixes, and updates.

Microsoft has also announced that Redstone 5 is almost feature-complete at this point, with the company now focusing more on stabilization on the lead-up to release in October. Development on the next feature update coming in April next year is expected to start soon.

Features and improvements on Windows 10 build 17713

According to Microsoft Windows 10 build 17713 brings various improvements to Microsoft Edge, such as auto-play on a per-page basis, word lookup, and PDF reader changes. You’ll also find changes for Notepad, like text zooming and line numbers with word-wrap. Windows Hello support for remote desktop, web sign-in and faster sign-in options. Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows Ink improvements, and much more.




Microsoft Edge Improvements

As previous builds Microsoft continuously working on edge browser and introduce new add-ons to complete over chrome and firefox. And the same thing continues on Windows 10 build 17713.

With Redstone 5 build 17713 Microsoft Edge features a new media autoplay controls. You can finally configure the feature to control autoplay permissions on a per-site basis. It’s available under the “Website permission” and you would need to click “manage permissions” to get started.

Per-site media autoplay controls build 17713
Per-site media autoplay controls build 17713

Microsoft Edge also getting yet another feature that lets you find a new dictionary function to look up definitions for keywords when reading View, Books, and PDFs. Simply select a single word to see the definition appear above your selection. In addition to the aforementioned changes, the toolbar in the PDF document will show text descriptions for the icons.

edge Lookup definition
edge Lookup definition

You can choose to have a word read aloud to you to hear the correct pronunciation or expand more details from the definition. You can toggle whether definitions appear and which types of content they work in under the “General” tab of the Microsoft Edge settings menu.

When viewing PDF documents, you’ll now see the text descriptions for the icons to make them easily understandable. In addition, the toolbar now includes options to add notes and pin the toolbar at the top of the document.

text descriptions for the icons
text descriptions for the icons

Rendering improvements: this build also included a bunch of rendering performance fixes with this build. Now you will see less and less of the white pages when you navigate through PDF files in Microsoft Edge.




Notepad Improvements on Windows 10 build 17713

With Windows 10 Build 17713, Microsoft introduced an extended line ending support for Notepad. Microsoft is adding new options to the find/replace feature in Notepad. There’s a new option to do wrap-around find/replace to the find dialog, and Notepad also will remember previously entered values and the state of checkboxes so as to automatically populate them next time users open the “Find” dialog.”

notepad improvements on windows 10 17713
notepad improvements on windows 10 17713

There’s also an option allowing quick text zooming (under View >Zoom). The current zoom level will be displayed in the status bar. You can also use Ctrl + PlusCtrl + Minus  and Ctrl + Mouse Wheel to zoom in and out and use Ctrl + 0 to restore the zoom level to the default.

In addition, Notepad now supports the ability to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled. You can use Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word, and arrow keys to unselect text first and then move the cursor.

Other new Notepad additions with this build, according to Microsoft:

  • Improved performance when opening large files in Notepad
  • Support for Ctrl + Backspace for deleting the previous word
  • Arrow keys now correctly unselect text first before moving the cursor
  • When saving a file in Notepad, the line and column number no longer reset to 1

Windows Defender Application Guard

With Windows 10 insider preview build 17713 Windows Defender Application Guard introduces a new interface within Windows Security to enable the feature without the need to change Registry settings on Windows Security > App & browser control, and under “Isolation browsing,” click the Install Windows Defender Application Guard under Isolated browsing link. Then restart your device, select the Change Application Guard settings link, and then adjust the settings as needed.

Windows Defender Application Guard
Windows Defender Application Guard

Remote Desktop with Biometrics

Starting with this Redstone 5 update, devices connected to Azure Active Directory and Active Directory can use Windows Hello for Business to authenticate using Remote Desktop.

Faster sign-in to a Windows 10 shared PC

There’s also a new “Web Sign-In” feature that enables Windows logon support for non-ADFS federated providers, such as SAML. (Web Sign-in only works on Azure Active Directory-joined PCs.) A new “Fast Sign-in” option is designed to enable those with shared or guest Windows 10 PCs to sign in more quickly.

To enable Fast Sign in,

  1. Set up a shared or guest PC with Windows 10
  2. Set the following policy to enable Fast Sign in (Policy CSP/Authentication/EnableFastFirstSignIn)
  3. With the policy enabled, sign-in to a shared PC with your account.

Windows Ink updated

The inking experience is also getting updated, starting with build 17713, the embedded handwriting will now be the default experience for text entry with a pen in modern applications. Just tap a text area, like a search box, and it will expand to give you a comfortable area in which to write.

Windows Ink updated build 17713
Windows Ink updated build 17713

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue where the state of a Narrator command such as toggling Scan Mode on and off, volume up and down, voice speed, changing verbosity and context verbosity commands may not be announced when executed.
  • We fixed an issue where you could see pixel thin lines in the fluent shadows depending on where the popup UI had been invoked.
  • We fixed an issue where some of the text on the Settings > Privacy > File System page under “Allow apps to access your Filesystem” has some unusual characters in the place of spaces.
  • We’ve made some improvements to the performance when loading the Language Settings page.
  • We fixed an issue where powercfg /batteryreport was missing numbers in certain languages.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some apps failing to update via the Microsoft Store with error 0x8007019A if the update was paused and then resumed.
  • We’ve adjusted the design of the “Settings and more”/“…” menu in Microsoft Edge so that the text “New inPrivate window” will no longer be clipped and added tips about the keyboard shortcuts for creating a new window and new inPrivate window.
  • We fixed an issue where imported favorites on favorites bar in Microsoft Edge may not always load favicons.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in an unclosable inPrivate window if it was created by dragging an inPrivate tab out of an existing Microsoft Edge window.
  • We fixed an issue resulting comments with markdown on github.com not previewing correctly in Microsoft Edge.
  • When viewing the certificate details for a website in Microsoft Edge, the text is now selectable so you can copy it out if needed.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some sites showing an unexpected small blank tooltip when hovering over text fields in Microsoft Edge in the previous flight.
  • We fixed an issue where Ctrl-key combos on the wide touch keyboard layout wouldn’t work in website text fields when using Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in an open PDF in Microsoft Edge crashing in the previous flight if you right-clicked on the PDF to bring up the generic context menu.
  • We fixed a high hitting DWM crash in the previous flight.

you can check out the full changelog at the Windows Blog, including a list of known issues and more! Also Read Microsoft Patch Tuesday, July 2018 updates for Windows 10 (KB4338819, KB4338825, KB4338826)