The most anticipated Windows 10 v1803 April 2018 Update was released recently and brought in a lot of new features. I’ve you been following the update, you might have already tried out a few of them. All Windows updates bring in new functionality, fresh UI designs and a lot more. Similarly, this update brought in a lot of new settings and we’ve tried to cover them all in this post. We’ve tried to cover the features in the same order as they appear in the Windows 10 Settings App.
New options in Windows 10 Settings
Here is a list of new options in Settings app of Windows 10 April Update v1803.
Display: The Display Page now offers a few more features. Under the Advanced Scaling Settings, now you can enable a feature that will let Windows automatically fix scaling and DPI issues on your computer. This comes useful when you connect/disconnect monitors or projectors multiple times a day. Apart from that Advanced Display Settings lets you view all the connected monitors and their properties. Indeed, a useful tool for multiple monitor users.
One more feature under Graphics Settings can be found. This feature can be used to assign a GPU to a particular app. You can select any application and select a GPU from High Performance and Power Saving and assign it.
Sound: The sound page is completely new addition to this update. This page lets you control input and output device and decide the master volume. Other than that, it can help you troubleshoot any errors with sound. Moreover, the page has a link to App volume and device preferences that lets you set volume for applications individually and decide input and output devices for any application. This makes the sound settings more modular and flexible across the system.
Focus Assist: Quiet Hours has been renamed to Focus Assist and now offers a rich experience with more features. You can schedule when the notifications should be blocked, or you can enable simple rules. Some rules available block notifications when connected to an external display, or when at home or when playing a game. You can even maintain your priority list so that Windows can decide what notifications it should display in quiet hours or priority mode.
Storage: Storage page has been tweaked a little to give more control to free up space on a computer. Storage Sense has been updated and now comes with more configurable options. Change how we free up space page has also been updated to give more control. You can select a duration for preserving temporary files and downloads and there is also an option to manually trigger clean-up. Free up space now can be used to clean temporary and junk files from the system including Cache, Upgrade Log Files and other system created files.
Multitasking: This update brought a whole new definition to multitasking and it is called Timeline. The timeline is a new addition to the taskbar that replaces Task View. Somewhat similar in features, Timeline gives you a quick history of files and applications that you’ve opened recently. It comes useful when you quickly want to open a file you just closed or something that you opened a few days ago. You can enable it from the Multitasking page.
Shared Experiences: Shared Experiences brings a much awaited and required feature called Nearby Sharing. It lets you share files with nearby computers without pairing or setting up a connection. It uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi underneath to do so. And can be enabled/disabled quickly from the action centre.
Typing: Typing page now lets you control the physical keyboard and enables text suggestions and autocorrect as you type. This was earlier available with on-screen software keyboards only. But with this update, you can enable it for your physical keyboard. Remember text suggestions for hardware keyboards are only available in English(US).
Pen & Ink: Pen & Ink settings now let you choose the font that Windows uses to convert your font into handwriting. You can choose from three options: Segoe UI, Segoe Print and Segoe Script.
Network and Internet settings
Data Usage: The latest data usage features give you more control over how Windows use data in the background. You can set a data limit for any network adapter or a connection. The new setup supports different settings for different Wi-Fi and ethernet connections. You can set a monthly or a onetime data limit with a reset date. Optionally you can even set data limit to unlimited. And if you click to open any connection or adapter, you can view the amount of data consumed by each application installed on your computer.
Fonts: The all-new fonts page is basically an alternative to what control panel had to offer about fonts. You can search and view installed fonts, read metadata or uninstall them. Addition of this page is one more step towards making control panel obsolete and Settings the primary application to manage Windows. From this update, fonts will also be available to download from Windows Store. You can click on Get more fonts in Microsoft Store to download and install fonts.
Taskbar: People in taskbar was introduced with the previous update. But this update adds a few more settings that let you configure people in the taskbar. You can select the number of contacts to show in the taskbar and also enable My People app suggestions.
Execution Aliases: CMD Aliases have existed since long but this page now lets you manage them from the UI. You can view all the aliases that exist and enable/disable them as well.
Advanced Options: The advanced options page now lets you manage application permissions and force terminate it if it is not responding. Or you can reset it, which will set the application to the default state and remove all related configuration and data.
Startup: The Startup page has been added as an alternative to Startup tab in Windows Task Manager. It lets you control applications that automatically start with windows and can impact Startup time.
Sign-in Options: You can now setup security questions that can be later used to recover forgotten passwords from the lock screen. It works with local accounts only.
Time and Language settings
Windows Display Language: This feature will let you select the language that is used by Windows features like Settings and File Explorer. Also installing a new language is a bit easier. You can add a new language and install additional packages from the same screen. The four icons represent the features that are supported by this language.
Ease of Access settings
Ease of Access has been revamped totally and now categorizes the options under Vision, Hearing and Interaction. This makes it easier to look for a particular setting.
Cursor and pointer size: This is an entirely new page and lets you control all cursor related settings on your computer. You can select the cursor type and size and also adjust the cursor thickness. Moreover, you can also enable visual feedback for touch points.
Color Filters: This page now includes a color wheel that lets you test out color filters before applying them. If you are suffering from color blindness, you will realize how useful this wheel is. Moreover, color filters can now be enabled and disabled using keyboard shortcuts.
Eye Control: The future is not far when you will be able to control your computer using your eyes. This latest feature is still in beta and only works if you have hardware capable enough for eye tracking.
There are quite a lot of other nitty-gritty additions to Ease of Access spread across all the categories.
The privacy section has been divided into two categories now, Windows permissions and App permissions which makes it easier to navigate around.
Diagnostics and feedback: It has been updated to include a lot of new things including Diagnostics Data Viewer. As the name suggests, it lets you view raw diagnostics data. You can preserve it or delete it using this tool.
Activity History: This is the setting responsible for maintaining the timeline history on your computer. You can enable/disable history collection and sync it with other devices from this setting.
Update and Security settings
Advanced Options: The updates can now be paused for 7 days and there a few more update options introduced. Under Delivery Optimization, you can limit the bandwidth that is used for downloading updates in the background. This makes sure that you can still use the internet while the updates are downloading in the background. The Activity Monitor can be used to view all sorts of statistics about updates download and uploaded from the local network and the internet.
There are few more changes that are not covered in this post but came with the Windows 10 v1803 April Update. Each update makes Windows more refined and introduces a plethora of features. This update has been a little different as it focused on improving user experience by offering more features in ease of access and privacy categories. With every update, Settings app comes one step closer to becoming the primary application for managing settings on Windows 10.