Windows 10: How to get an early look at Continuum

When Windows 10 is released sometime in the middle of next year, it will come with a new feature that will make multiple-input type devices, such as the Pro 3, easier to use when in tablet or laptop mode. This feature is called Continuum and you can check out a video of it here.

In the latest version of Windows 10, you can turn this feature on but know that it is a very early build of Continuum and not much can be done with it at this time. But, we know that being early, unstable, and well, of not much use right now, typically doesn't stop those of you who love pre-release bits.

So, if you want to turn this feature on, follow the instructions below:

  • Open up the Registry Editor (Windows key+R type regedit, and then press Enter) and locate the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ ImmersiveShell\Launcher
  • Click Edit -> New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value, and call it UseExperience
  • Open the newly created item and set the value to 1
  • Click OK, close the Registry Editor and then restart your computer (or restart explorer.exe)

If you change the tile sizes, you can see that there is a new size option that doubles the vertical length (shown above). Because this feature is not available outside of a Registry tweak, we wouldn't get too excited about new sizing option but then again, why would they build it in at all if they were not going to ship it?

After you are done playing with Continuum and need to go back to using the Start menu, either delete the UseExperience, or change its value to 0.

While Continuum can't do much yet, it's fun to play with and to get a peak at the progress Microsoft has made with this feature that will eventually arrive in a future build.

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