Windows 10 is set to get a major design overhaul later this year as part of the highly anticipated ‘Sun Valley’ refresh. Although the release date is currently unknown, Microsoft is releasing new design tweaks through the Insider. And today, Microsoft gave us a look at how the file explorer will look like with the upcoming design.
If you’re expecting for File Explorer to get the highly requested tabs feature, Microsoft is adding brand new icons throughout the operating system. The company said, “Several changes, such as the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type icons, have been made for greater consistency across Microsoft products that show files. Notably, the top-level user folders such as Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and Pictures have a new design that should make it a little easier to tell them apart at a glance. And yes, the Recycle Bin icon has also been updated!”
Apart from the updated look, Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard are getting updated to make use of new lightweight runtime. Thanks to the changes, Sandbox and MDAG will launch much faster.
As for the other changes, the company outlined the following improvements:
- Microsoft is changing the name of the Windows Administrative Tools folder in Start to Windows Tools. It is working to better organize all the admin and system tools in Windows 10.
- [News and interests] Update on the rollout: following our last update on languages and markets, this week Microsoft is also introducing the experience to China! Microsoft continues to roll out news and interests to Windows Insiders, so it isn’t available to everyone in the Dev Channel just yet.
- Microsoft is now rolling out the new IME candidate window design to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel using Simplified Chinese IMEs.
- Microsoft is updating the “Get Help” link in the touch keyboard to now say “Learn more”.
- Microsoft is updating File Explorer when renaming files to now support using CTRL + Left / Right arrow to move your cursor between words in the file name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other places in Windows.
- Microsoft has made some updates to the network related surfaces in Windows so that the displayed symbols use the updated system icons we recently added in the Dev Channel.
- Based on feedback, if the Shared Experiences page identifies an issue with your account connection, it will now send the notifications directly into the Action Center rather than repeated notification toasts that need to be dismissed.
In addition to these changes, the company listed several bug fixes in the official announcement.