Windows 10 Build 16188: Cortana in Settings, PDF form filling in Edge

Martin Brinkmann
May 4, 2017
Updated • Feb 13, 2018
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft pushed the Windows 10 Build 16188 to the Fast Ring Insider channel today that is already available via Windows Update.

The new build comes with plenty of new features and changes., including more PDF capabilities of Microsoft Edge, the moving of Cortana's options to the Settings application, updated Magnifier settings, and the Enterprise-only Windows Defender Application Guard feature.

Note: The changes discussed in this article are previews. Most of them will land in the next stable version of Windows 10, out in September 2017.

Microsoft Edge PDF improvements

The PDF Reader in Microsoft Edge, which is the default PDF reader on Windows 10 coincidentally, was updated in the new version with four new features:

  • PDF form filling allows you to fill out forms in PDF documents. The form filling works exactly like it does in other applications that provide the functionality. Click on a field, and use the keyboard to enter characters into it. You may save the PDF document afterwards, and/print it.
  • PDF annotations is the second feature. This extends the browser's "make a web note" feature, so that you can drawn on PDF documents just like you can draw on regular web pages.  You may write on the PDF document, use the text highlighter, or erase annotations again. The edited document can be saved for later use.
  • Table of contents is the third feature. It picks up the table of content of documents, if it was defined by the author of the PDF document. This enables you to jump quickly in the document by clicking on titles in the side pane.
  • Additional editing and viewing options allow you to rotate PDF documents, or change the layout type from one to two pages that are displayed next to each other when selected.

Cortana in the Settings app

cortana settings

Up until now you have to manage Cortana settings from the Cortana interface. Microsoft made the decision to move the options to the Settings app to improve accessibility.

You find the Cortana options under Cortana in the Settings app (use the shortcut Windows-I to open the application).

The following options are provided there:

  1. Talk To Cortana
    1. Let Cortana respond to "Hey Cortana".
    2. Toggle Windows-C keyboard shortcut. If enabled, use it to talk to Cortana.
    3. Use Cortana even when the device is locked.
    4. Let Cortana access my calendar, email, messages, and Power data when my device is locked.
    5. Set the Cortana language.
  2. Permissions & history
    1. Review the activity from all Cortana devices
    2. Change what Cortana knows about me in the cloud
    3. Manage what you permit Cortana to do, see, and use.
    4. Manage the information Cortana can access from this device.
    5. Manage the information Cortana can access from other services.
    6. SafeSearch setting.
    7. Toggle device history.
    8. Toggle my search history.
  3. Notifications
    1. Toggle "Send notifications between devices".
  4. More Details
    1. Privacy information and other information.

Changes to the Magnifier settings

settings magnifier

Microsoft did update the Magnifier settings in the new build as well. You find Magnifier by opening the Settings application, and selecting Ease of Access > Magnifier when it opens.

The page lists all available Magnifier shortcuts for ease of access now.

  1. Windows-Plus -- Turn Magnifier On.
  2. Windows-Esc -- Turn Magnifier Off.
  3. Windows-Ctrl-M -- Open the Magnifier Settings.
  4. Windows-Plus -- Zoom in.
  5. Windows-Minus -- Zoom out.
  6. Windows-Ctrl-MouseWheel -- Zoom with mouse.

Other improvements include:

  • Setting a preferred Magnifier mode.
  • Setting the preferred zoom increments when using Magnifier.
  • A new "Follow the Narrator cursor" option to follow Narrator around the screen with Magnifier.
  • Users may zoom using the mouse wheel by holding down Windows-Ctrl.
  • Magnifier Settings may be opened using Ctrl-Windows-M.

Other changes and fixes

The following changes are also noteworthy:

  • Windows Defender Application Guard is an Enterprise-only feature which improves protection against malware and zero day attacks. Administrators need to turn the feature on using the "Turn Windows features on or off" window. Once activated, a new "New Application Guard Window" is shown in Edge. You may use the feature to isolate the session in that browser window.
  • Microsoft notes that it has improved the update behavior with a "new toast notification" which informs users about updates without interrupting their work.
  • An Explorer crash was fixed in the new version.
  • Universal dismiss of Cortana reminders is enabled in this build (means, if you dismiss a reminder, it is dismissed on all of your devices).

As is the case with Insider Builds, there is a list of known issues that may affect users:

  1. PC Reset using Settings > Update & Security > Recovery does not work on non-English Insider Preview builds.
  2. Surface 3 devices fail to update if a SD card is connected.
  3. Settings app may crash if you open Windows Update. Microsoft suggests to try again.
  4. Outlook 2016 may hang on load.
  5. The PC may hang when shutting down.
  6. Start may fail to launch on boot, but will load fine on the second try.
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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
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    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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