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Windows 10 to get dark mode, cloud clipboard, Notepad search

Microsoft has just released the latest Windows 10 Redstone 5 insider preview build (17666), bringing with it a slew of new features, most notably a dark theme for File Explorer, a cloud clipboard, and the ability to highlight text in Notepad and execute a web search.

Dark mode has previously existed on Windows before, being supported in Microsoft Edge, Office, and in the Windows 10 Settings, but Desktop applications such as File Explorer were strangely absent from that list. Microsoft says they have listened to user feedback and made File Explorer support dark mode.

The biggest addition in this build is perhaps the cloud clipboard feature that allows users to copy and paste across devices. You are able to copy something on one PC and paste it on another, but we may presume that Android and iOS support will be coming soon. A history of what has been copied and pasted will also be provided.

Lastly, Notepad is getting a tiny upgrade in that text can now be highlighted to then execute a web search. It is much to our chagrin though, that this only works with Bing. In any case, it may still end up useful to some users.

These features are now available on Windows 10 Insider build 17666 and should roll out to mainstream Windows 10 users later on.


Joey graduated with a degree in Digital Filmmaking from the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde last March 2017. A filmmaker by heart, he has since put aside cinema to focus on his other passion, technology. PCs, mechanical keyboards, audio, cameras, and gaming are among his biggest tech interests.

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