Settings Experience

Windows 1903 settings

The Windows 1903 settings application is getting a variety of improvements, such as an easier way to finish the Windows setup and a quicker process to access some of the most frequently used settings.

Windows 1903 Settings – Homepage Refinement

The Settings homepage now has a header that allows you to quickly sign-in and manage your Microsoft account. It also gives you an “easy to glance” option when viewing system status for items such as updates.

Windows 1903 Settings

From Blurry to Sharp

Last year’s update included included an option to automatically fix scaling for applications that look blurry after your display settings change, but the option needed to be enabled manually.

But with the Windows 1903 update, the option is now enabled by default on Settings > System > Display > Advanced scaling settings page.

Notifications & Actions

The Notifications and actions page no longer includes the option to manage Quick action buttons. Now, you can perform the task with the Action Center.

Windows 1903 Settings

Focus Assist

Windows 1903 is adding a new action that allows all the things that distract you at work to disappear.

With the new automatic rule, Focus assist removes any outside distractions from your screen while you’re in full-screen mode.

Windows 1903 Settings

Power & Sleep

On the Power and Sleep page, you can now use the slider tool to change your system power mode.

Windows 1903 Settings

At a Glance Storage

In this update, the Storage settings page is redesigned to see how much space is being utilized at glance rather than selecting each drive to see the information.

That means you’ll no longer find the “Storage sense” section, but you can still access the settings to enable, disable and configure the feature by clicking the Configure Storage Sense or Run it Now link under “Storage.”

Windows 1903 Settings

You’ll also more options to access Optimize Drive Settings to utilize defragmentation, and you’ll find another option to view storage usage on other devices under the “More Storage settings” section.

Printers & Scanners

Now you can troubleshoot your workstation devices with a link. The Printers & Scanners settings page is updated with a link to troubleshoot in case you need to fix a problem with your devices.

Typing

In this new version, the Typing page includes a new “Make my keyboard focus easier to see” link in the “More keyboard settings” section that takes you to the “Cursor & pointer” page.

Ethernet

Inside the properties page to manage Ethernet settings, you can now configure the static an IP address and DNS server preferences.

Windows 1903 Settings

In addition, the corresponding Ethernet adapter name will now be listed in the sidebar under the “Ethernet” header, so you can easily differentiate Ethernet entries at a glance if there’s more than one adapter.

Colors

In the Colors page, the options to change your default app mode and enable or disable transparency have moved to the top of the page to make them easier to find.

Windows 1903 Settings

In addition, turning off the “Transparency effects” toggle switch now disables the translucent acrylic effect in the Sign-in screen background.

Themes

The Themes page doesn’t introduce new settings, but it includes a new theme called “Windows (light),” which activates the new system light theme.

Windows 1903 Settings

Fonts

In addition, the Fonts page now has a drag and drop option to install a font family using a file.

Apps & Features

The Apps & features page isn’t getting new settings, but the “Choose where to get apps” settings is once again changing the wording for each option to:

  • Anywhere, but let me know if there’s a comparable app in the Microsoft Store.
  • Anywhere, but warm me before installing an app that’s not from the Microsoft Store.
  • The Microsoft Store only (recommended).

Also, starting with version 1903, Microsoft is making changes that allow you to uninstall even more inbox apps that you don’t use, including:

  • 3D Viewer.
  • Groove Music.
  • Movies & TV.
  • Paint 3D.
  • Snip & Sketch.
  • Sticky Notes.
  • Voice Recorder.

Previously, you were only to able uninstall these:

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
  • My Office.
  • Print 3D.
  • Skype.
  • Tips.
  • Weather.

In our next post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the Windows 10 1903 Input Experience.