Windows 10 build 20236 releases in the Dev Channel

Windows 10 build 20236 introduces refresh rate option in Settings and improved search experience – here's all you need to know.

Windows 10 build 20236 download
Windows 10 build 20236 download

Build 20136 is now rolling out for Windows 10 devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This is the preview number 42 that Microsoft is making available to testers with some new features and improvements coming in future releases.

According to the company, Windows 10 build 20236 adds the ability to change the refresh rate of a display from the Advanced display settings page from the “Display” settings. You have been able to change the refresh rate of a monitor for a smoother motion for a long time, but the option has only been available through the Control Panel.

Windows 10 20H2 refresh rate setting
Windows 10 20H2 refresh rate setting

Also, this is a new addition in the Dev Channel, but the feature isn’t technically new, since the option is already available on version 20H2.

Starting with this flight, Windows 10 will show recent searches in the Search Box to allow you quickly return to a previous search. The list will include the four most recent searches, which can be from websites, apps, files, and settings.

Windows 10 recent searches list
Windows 10 recent searches list

If you don’t want to see your recent searches, you can disable the feature from Settings > Search > Permissions and History and turning off the Search history on this device option. If you want to use the feature, but you want to remove a specific item, you can hover over the item and select the X option.

Recent searches is a server-side improvement, which means that in the coming days, it’ll be also available for anyone on version 1809 or higher releases.

Windows 10 build 20236 is also updating the Microsoft Print to PDF option to convert the provided font glyphs to Unicode, when it’s not present for better PDFs accessibility in Narrator and other screen reader users.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of improvements, fixes, and known issues for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 20236 at the Windows Blog.

Download Windows 10 build 20236

The preview is available immediately through the Dev Channel, and it will install automatically, but you can always force it from Settings Update & security > Windows Update, and clicking the Check for updates button. 

You can learn more about all the changes available in the current development process of Windows 10 in this guide.

Update October 16, 2020: Microsoft is issuing the quality update KB4587587 for the latest preview of Windows 10, which bumps the version number to build 20236.1005. The update doesn’t include new features or changes. It’s only an update that the company is rolling out to test the servicing pipeline. However, the update enables the new Emoji Picker and update touch keyboard experience for all Insiders. 

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