Back in October, it was revealed that Microsoft has been working on a new user interface (UI) for its “Share” function for content such as text, links and photos from apps in Windows 10. The update was slated to be rolled out with the Creators Update next year but there is a way to get this UI earlier if you’re a Windows Insider. Here’s how.
The new Share UI is overdue for a revamp since it hasn’t been updated since Windows 8/8.1. The new look makes it easier to share content between Windows Universal Platform (WUP) apps and is reminiscent of the share feature that is on newer Android operating systems. The image above shows the preview of the Windows 10 Share UI.
With the new UI, users can share data easily with popular contacts through a range of Windows 10 app.
But a reader on MSPoweruser has discovered that the feature already exists in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build. The Share UI looks rather rudimentary at this stage but if you’re a Windows Insider keen to test out the new feature, you can manually enable it by making changes to the registry. Here’s the instructions from MSPoweruser:
- Open Run (Win + R)
- Type in “regedit” and hit enter to open the registry editor
- In the address bar on the registry editor, simply copy and paste this: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSharePlatform and hit enter
- After that, right click to open up the context menu and then create a new “DWORD (32-bit) value” with the name “EnableNewShareFlow”
- Double-click the newly created DWORD value, and change the value to 1
You can find more information and detailed instructions on MSPoweruser.