New Share UI – enable in Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update version 1706 is getting a new way to share things between apps and a new Share user interface. There is a way to try out the new Share UI right now using a Registry tweak. You need to be running Windows 10 build 14971 or above.

Table of contents

  1. Intro
  2. How to enable the new Share pane in Windows 10
  3. How to disable the new Share pane in Windows 10

Intro

The Share user interface in Windows 10 has not changed since Windows 8.1. The Share page appears when you use the Share function from a supported app. It can be a file in File Explorer or a photo in the Photos application.

During the October 2016 Microsoft Event Microsoft has shared a mockup of the upcoming Share user interface which will be added to Windows 10 Creators Update.

The new Share user interface demoed during the October 2016 Microsoft Event looks as follows:

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The new Share UI which replaces the Share panel in Windows 10 build 14971 looks as follows:

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How to enable the new Share pane in Windows 10

 

  1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run.
  2. Type "regedit" without quotes and press Enter to open the Registry Editor app.run-regedit
  3. Navigate to the following key path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
  4. Create here a new subkey "SharePlatform" to get the path
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SharePlatform
  5. Create a 32-bit DWORD value named EnableNewShareFlow and set it to 1.share-reg
  6. Open File Explorer.
  7. Select any file and go to the Share tab. Click the share button:select-a-fileThe new Share pane will appear:windows-10-enable-new-share-ui

 

How to disable the new Share pane in Windows 10

 

  1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run.
  2. Type "regedit" without quotes and press Enter to open the Registry Editor app.run-regedit
  3. Navigate to the following key path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SharePlatform
  4. Delete the 32-bit DWORD value named EnableNewShareFlow.

The default Share user interface will be restored in Windows 10.default-share-uiThe feature is not complete yet. However, the Registry tweak shows the idea of the upcoming feature. The new Share UI would be implemented in Windows 10 Creators Update, coming in 2017.

 

Author: Barbara Gomez

Barbara loves to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being a passionate Windows blogger, Barbrara is happy to help others fix their system issues.

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