Windows 10 Technical Preview: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy

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Today, I'll keep the intro short, jump right in, and share a few things I've discovered using Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10049.

Use a keyboard shortcut to shrink Settings app icons

In Windows 10, you can use the CTRL - (minus) keyboard shortcut to shrink the menu icons inside the Settings app. This is the same keyboard shortcut used by most browsers to reduce the font size of webpage text. Because the Settings app is -- in essence -- a web page, Windows 10 renders menu content in manner similar to a web browser. This same effect occurs if the Settings window is narrowed manually.

Settings app

Incidentally, this tip doesn't work in Windows 8.1, either in the Charms Settings menu or the RT styled PC settings app.

Speaking of keyboard shortcuts…

On the subject of keyboard shortcuts, it's now slightly easier to assign them to applications in Windows 10. In Windows 8, you first need to navigate to the Apps menu from the Start screen before a shortcut can be assigned. In Windows 10, right click an app's icon in the start menu, select Open file location and assign the shortcut key using the app's property window.

Assigning a keyboard shortcut to an app

Ease of Access

I found two issues of concern in Setting's, Ease of Access menu.

First, I can find no equivalent to the Control Panel setting "Turn off High Contrast when left ALT + left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN is pressed."

Turn off High Contrast...

Second, the "Enable shortcut underlines" toggle switch is definitively buggy. Toggling the switch on works as advertised. However, closing the Settings app and returning later to the Ease of Access menu reveals a forgetful toggle switch, always flipped to the off position even if shortcut underlining is actively running.   

Enable shortcut underlines

Odd Start Menu apps

Not much to say about this issue, other than to mention the three oddly named tablet apps -- pictured below next to the Skype app -- I found in my Start Menu:

Odd Start Menu apps.

Project Spartan

Finally, it appears Project Spartan's Find on page feature needs a bit of refinement.

Project Spartan's find feature.

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