On Wednesday, Microsoft finally released its new May update for Windows 10, also known as version 2004.
Since Windows 10 was launched five years ago, we have grown accustomed to a few major updates each year. As a rule, Microsoft releases one in the spring and one in the fall.
The recent months of the corona crisis led many to believe that there would be no spring update this year, but it turned out to be wrong.
Like previous updates, this update is automatically rolled out when the system determines that your computer is ready to receive it.
When this happens may depend on what your computer has for your hardware and what accessories you use. In other words, the idea is that it should only happen when it is risk-free.
READ MORE: How to force a Windows update
If you run Windows 10 Home (in its default mode), there is also no way to stop the update. It comes, whether you like it or not. The only thing you can do is push it a little. You do this by choosing settings, Update and security, Windows Update. During Advanced options, Pause the update you can postpone it for just over a month, which can be good if you are away for example.
You can also choose Change active hours to make sure that the update does not happen when you are working or doing something else important.
May 2020 Update does not offer any major changes but Microsoft has chosen to polish the details. Above all, the focus has been on making the setting menus better.
Here are 20 news updates. Note that the wizard is written based on something called the Release Preview in the Windows Insider test program. Some details may therefore look a little different in the sharp version.
New settings box
The main Settings page has a new top menu where you can access your account, the cloud service Onedrive and Windows Update. In other words, you do not need to enter any submenus to access them.
HOW? Open settings and go to your shortcuts via the icons at the top.
Skip the password
Windows Hello is the name of Microsoft’s secure login technology. It includes fingerprints and facial recognition, and is therefore an alternative to passwords. If you wish, you may require that Windows Hello be used on your computer, which means you will be removing the ability to log in in the traditional way.
HOW? Press settings, accounts, login options. Under the title Require Windows Hello login for Microsoft accounts you turn on the function with the slider.
Reset from the cloud
You’ve been able to restore Windows 10 to the factory version for a long time, which can solve problems when your computer fails. The restoration has been done from a local copy, but now you can do this from the cloud. You will then get a newer and cleaner version.
HOW? Press settings, Update and security, Recovery. During Reset this computer do you choose Get started and decide if you want to keep your files or delete everything. Once done, you can choose from clouds download and Local reinstallation.
Windows Update now clearly shows which updates are voluntary, and another news is that you can set how much bandwidth the updates should take. Previously, this was only possible to enter as a percentage, but now you can also enter an exact bandwidth (for example 5 megabits per second).
HOW? Open settings, Update and security, Delivery Optimization. Scroll down to Advanced options then you can switch between the new option Absolute bandwidth and the old one as a percentage.
More power in the Activity Manager
The activity manager has received a little more information. For example, you can see what kind of hard drive you have installed, ie if it is a standard hard drive or an SSD and you can find out more about you graphics card.
HOW? Right-click the Start button and select Task. During Performance you will now see more details about your hard drive or graphics card.
It will now be easier to connect some compatible computer accessories, such as headphones. Windows 10 automatically detects them and sends a prompt to pair them with your computer. Even with manual pairing, it is now a little faster to connect Bluetooth devices thanks to an improved technology.
HOW? To connect a Bluetooth gadget in the traditional way, open settings and choose units, Bluetooth and other devices. Here you click Add a Bluetooth device or other device.
Rename your virtual desktops
For some years now, Windows has been supporting virtual desktops. In other words, you can create one that is work-related and one that you use in your spare time. Previously, they were automatically named Desktop 1, Desktop 2 and so on, but now you can give them their own names.
HOW? Press Windowskey as well Tab At the same time, your virtual desks appear at the top of the screen. For example, click Desk 1 to give it a new name.
Smoother language management
Do you use multiple languages on your computer? In that case, you can benefit from a simpler language menu. All settings are now collected in one place, ie even those relating to keyboards and numbers.
HOW? Open settings and press Time and language, Language.
Autocorrect in Swedish
You who run Windows 10 on a touch screen device can use the built-in virtual keyboard Swiftkey. Auto-correction is offered in the major languages, just like in our mobiles. Now it also supports 38 slightly smaller languages, including Swedish.
HOW? Put your computer in touch screen mode and go to a program for writing text. If the keyboard is not displayed, bring it up using the icon to the left of the clock in the taskbar. When you start writing a word, you see that you get word suggestions above the keys. Click on what you want to use.
Emoji symbols and other images are becoming increasingly important as we type, and Windows 10 has received a number of new so-called kaomojis.
HOW? Press Windowskey together with. (dot key) and select 😉 to switch to the Kaomoji menu. Tap to insert when in a writing program.
Clearer text cursor
In the May 2020 Update, Microsoft has improved the tools for users with disabilities. For example, it is easier to tailor how the text cursor should look, which can be helpful for anyone with vision problems.
HOW? Open settings, Aid you will find the new option Text Cursor. Here you can control its color and size.
Control the mouse cursor
The mouse cursor has also improved. Now can you change the speed if you think it is going too fast or slow?
HOW. Open settings, units, Mouse. During cursor speed there is a control that you can use.
Talk in magnifying glass
Anyone who looks bad can benefit from the Magnifying Glass, which allows it to enlarge parts of the screen. Another tool is the Screen Reader, which reads what is on the screen with a digital voice. Now both tools are in one place.
HOW? Press Startbutton and go to Aid, The magnifying glass. You now see that there are new buttons for reading text, pausing and fast forward / rewind.
Microsoft’s voice service Cortana has received a number of new features, which have attracted much attention in other parts of the world. However, this feature is still not available in the Nordic countries, which makes Cortona redundant for us. If you still see the Cortana button (it looks like a circle) in the taskbar, it can of course be hidden.
HOW? In the taskbar, right-click and press Display the Cortana button to retrieve or remove it.
Control optional features
Optional features are ones that are built into Windows but that you can easily remove. The menu to control this has received a facelift. You can, among other things, search for a function and you can change how the functions are sorted. You can also remove features such as Paint and Wordpad.
HOW? Open settings and press apps, Apps and features, Optional features. Here you can find a feature, such as Microsoft Paint, click on it and select UNINSTALL.
If you restart your computer, you can now decide whether to reboot programs and apps automatically.
HOW? Press settings, accounts, login options. Scroll down to Restart apps and turn the function on or off.
Search the cloud
Windows 10 has previously had a feature called Cloud Search, which allows you to search not only on your own hard drive but also on Onedrive. You have now been given more opportunities to tailor how it works.
HOW? Open settings and select search, Permissions and history. Under the title Search in cloud content you can turn the function on and off. You can also scroll down to History to decide if you want to save their search history to improve search suggestions.
Microsoft has tweaked its search engine to consume less battery, but you can also influence it yourself.
HOW? Open settings and select search, Searching in Windows. Under the title Indexer performance you can choose to reduce energy consumption in energy saving mode. You can also go to Find my files and switch from Extended to Classic, which improves battery life.
Keep track of data usage
How much data do you consume when browsing wirelessly? This is interesting if you use mobile internet with a data cap – and now you see it directly on the network settings page.
HOW? Open settings and select Networks and the Internet. Under the heading Du is connected to the Internet you get the information. You can also click Data usage to see which apps are consuming the most.
The list of available Wi-Fi networks has become clearer. Now secure networks are marked with padlocks and open networks without any symbol. Formerly the open networks a warning cult.
HOW? Touch the network icon to the left of the clock, at the bottom right of the screen