Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22518 Released

Microsoft official blog announced the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22518 update for the Dev Channel. Let’s explore the highlighted feature in this new update.

Before going ahead, please notice that ARM64 PCs are excluded for Preview Build 22518 because of an issue that causes these devices to rollback when attempting to update to this build. And Microsoft is still working on to fix it.

What’s new in Build 22518?

In this build 22528, there are some general changes and some bug fixes for some of the known issues. While in this article, we will mainly introduce you the main changes that worth trying out, such as Spotlight collection backgrounds, updated entry point for Widgets with weather, and voice access.

Spotlight collection backgrounds

Currently, by enabling the Spotlight collection, you will see the inspiring picture from Whitehaven Beach in Australia on your desktop as well as the Spotlight icon. And later, Microsoft will also replace Whitehaven Beach with 5 background pictures from all over the world.

Windows 11 Spotlight Collection

How to enable Spotlight collection in Build 22518?

  • Right-click on your desktop and choose “Personalize”;
  • Choose “Background” on the personalization page;
  • Under the “Personalize your background” dropdown menu, select “Spotlight collection”.

But this functions is only available in English covering these countries currently: Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden, U.K., U.S.

Updated entry point for Widgets

In this new version, the Widgets entry is shown on the left of the taskbar where also shows the live weather. Hovering your mouse on the entry point will open the Widgets board.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22518 - Widgets

Brand-new Voice Access

This new feature supports English – US only. Therefore, if you want to try it, please set your system language to EN-US. The voice access feature is that you can control your PC with your voice, just like the Siri on iPhone. It will help you open and switch between apps, browse the web, and read mails.

Voice Access in Windows 11 Build 22518
Picture from Microsoft Blog about Voice Access

How to enable the voice access in Windows 11 Build 22518?

If you’re enabling it for the first time, please go to Settings > Accessibility > Speech > download a speech model for the on-device speech recognition > choose a microphone you want to use with voice access. Then you can try to control your PC with your own voice.

What’s more, the keyboard shortcuts Alt + Shift + C and Alt + Shift + B work to control whether voice access is listening or not listening.

In Microsoft blog, you can explore more detailed information about what kind of functions to be controlled with voice and check the detailed settings for voice access in Build 22518.


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