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Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring Build 14965 adds a virtual touchpad and fixes things

by Vishal Laul


Microsoft is busy creating the Creators Update, and the Fast Ring Insiders are getting glimpses of the latest and greatest of what Microsoft has to offer.

This update primarily focuses on the PC – there are no major updates for Windows 10 Mobile, but there are still a few minor improvements; as always, we are going to split these into two sections to make things easier.

For the PC

This week’s update adds a virtual touchpad for Windows 10 on tablets – but you will need a secondary monitor to use it. The update is also bringing a number of improvements for Sticky Notes and the Windows Ink Workspace Environment.

Virtual Touchpad – The touchpad is going virtual, and it’s going to support every single improvement that Microsoft has made to the precision touchpads over the past few updates; the touchscreen on most tablets is as capable as a good precision touchpad, which is what allows Microsoft to do this.


To use the new touchpad, you will require a secondary monitor – that’s the only use case that makes sense – just connect a secondary display, be it a monitor or a TV, and open the Action Centre.

In the Action Centre, now present is a “Project” Quick Action button – press that, and you will have your screen extended to the secondary display, along with a virtual touchpad on your Windows 10 tablet.

If you right click the taskbar (or tap and hold on it), you will see a new “Show touchpad button” option – this will toggle the button to hide/unhide the virtual touchpad, right from your taskbar. Quite handy.

As mentioned, all the improvements Microsoft has made for the precision touchpad over the past few Insider updates, also apply to the new virtual touchpad. To customize it, simply open Settings > Devices > Touchpad while the virtual touchpad is open – that’s the important bit.

Sticky Notes – The Stick Notes app is getting an update to version, and it makes a whole bunch of improvements to the Sticky Notes experience.

Sticky Notes could recognize flights, emails, URLs, phone numbers, addresses, time, and stocks within a note for a while now – but not in every language or locale.

The latest update extends the support for these features to a few new locales and languages; below, we have listed the new locales and languages for each feature.

Flights: German (Germany), English (Canada, Great Britain, India, Arabia), Spanish (Spain, Mexico), French (France, Canada), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Portuguese (Brazil).
Emails & URLs are now supported for every locale and language – except Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, or Japanese.
Phone Numbers: All locales for English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.
Addresses: English (Great Britain), Spanish (United States)
Time: English (Great Britain, Australia, India)
Stocks: English (Australia, Canada, India), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain, Mexico), French (France, Canada), Japanese (Japan), Portuguese (Brazil).

These are the new additions to locales and languages – the existing locales and languages are continued to be supported.


If the Insights feature isn’t enabled for you, just press on the “…” and press Settings > Enable insights. This will only work if your active keyboard is from one of the support locales and languages.

Sticky Notes also have a few minor improvements and known issues; you can check those out in ‘minor improvements’ section below.

Windows Ink – The Windows Ink Workspace and everything that surrounds it has been getting a whole bunch of improvements in the past few Insider builds. In this update, there’s a list of minor improvements and general fixes as well. You can have a look at them in the ‘minor improvements’ section below.

There is, however, something a bit more significant – a new handwriting training tool. If you happen to use a Pen device and browse to Pen & Windows Ink Settings, you will find a new “Get to know my handwriting” tool; press on the option to launch it, and you can train Windows Ink to recognize your handwriting better.

The Registry Address Bar – A few builds ago, the Windows team added an address bar to the Windows Registry – nothing fancy, but something functional. It was a requested feature, and this build makes a few improvements to it.

First, you can now use Ctrl + L to focus on the address bar – Alt + D was already supported, but Insiders feedback suggested Ctrl + L is much preferred. Now both shortcuts will work.

Second, you can now use shorthand notations for the HKEY names in the address bar; for example:

These will help users quickly get to where they want, without typing the full – and frankly unnecessarily long – HKEY names.

Minor Fixes & Improvements
Known Issues

For Mobile

This build isn’t very big on Windows 10 Mobile – but there are a few noteworthy improvements, and some new bugs as well. Here’s what’s coming.

Minor Fixed & Improvements
Known Issues

That’s it, folks

This wasn’t really a big update – there are a few improvements here and there, but nothing quite worth a note. It’s more of a bug-smashing update, with a few minor life-improvement features to go along with it.

You can read more about this update on Microsoft’s blog if you are not satisfied with this post. As always – as an Insider, you are expected to submit all of your feedback and suggestions so the next Insider update can be a bit more exciting and useful.

All of this is helping towards a better Creators Update, folks! Make sure it’s the best Windows 10 update yet.