• With Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19608, it is now much easier to find file types and set the apps with which you wish to be opening particular files.
  • The update includes fixes to multiple Windows 10 issues.
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Update in progress

Assigning certain file types to specific applications makes for a superior Windows 10 user experience. That is why Microsoft has been making gradual improvements to the way you configure your default apps.

With Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19608, it is now much easier to find file types and set the apps with which you wish to be opening particular files. The update includes fixes to multiple Windows 10 issues.

Searching file types, applications, and protocols

Microsoft has announced the arrival of build 19608 in the Fast ring. Select insiders can now explore the enhancements that have come to the Settings app.

Over the years, we’ve made a number of improvements to Settings based on your feedback, and we’re happy to share the next one is starting to roll out. We’re adding the ability to search the lists of file types, protocols, and apps when setting a default.

If you are among the 50% of insiders that get to test the improvements, you can now quickly look up file extensions, protocols, and apps on your PC. This way, it is much easier to assign specific files to your preferred Windows 10 apps.

The Settings app is a work in progress given the features and refinements it keeps getting from time to time. It will certainly get better as insiders test it and send feedback to Microsoft.

In the meantime, if you are having trouble changing or setting default apps, try our recommendations.

Fixes

Build 19608 brings the following solutions:

  • You can now seamlessly move Sticky Notes windows.
  • For some users, language packs would fail to install on the previous build. Some sections of the user interface would not display in the user’s preferred language as a result. This problem is no more.
  • The Task Manager will now be displaying the correct icon for Microsoft Edge Canary.
  • If you open the Snip & Sketch App via pen click, it will be launching on top of all Windows as expected.
  • Microsoft has corrected a problem where the slider volume control (flyout) on the Taskbar moved in the opposite direction of the pressed arrow key.
  • The Windows Update history page will be loading more smoothly.

Acknowledged problems

Microsoft also listed multiple issues it is yet to fix. For example, some insiders are reporting that the process of updating to a recent Windows 10 build is hanging for longer than usual.

As the company looks into the problem, there are practical fixes you may try if your Windows 10 update keeps hanging.