PowerToys 0.68 released with two new tools, Paste as Plain Text and Mouse Jump

If you track PowerToys development, today's release could be the one you was waiting for. Besides various fixes and improvements, PowerToys 0.68 brings two new tools, Paste as Plain Text and Mouse Jump, to the stable branch of the app suite.

Powertoys 0.68

What's new in PowerToys 0.68

Paste as Plain Text

Paste As Plain Text


The new 'Paste as Plain Text' utility  was in the works for last 2 years. It latest version is heavily based on the TextExtractor component, and comes with the following highlights.

  • Default keys are ctrl+win+v.
  • Settings UI added and updated.
  • Added to "welcome to powertoys".
  • Tested with rebinded keys.

While it is a welcome change, it is worth mentioning that Windows 11 and Windows 10 have a built-in option for that in the Clipboard History (win+v) since Windows build 21318.

Mouse Jump

This new tool significantly improves users' mouse movements on hi-res displays, ultra-wide screens, and multi-monitor setups. It handles clicks of a hotkey or a mouse button that can be set in PowerToys' settings.

Mouse Jump

Once you call it, it will display a layout preview with all your screen(s) area. Click in that small preview where the cursor should go, and the app will take you where without doing centimeters of the display path.

You will find it under 'Mouse Utilities' in PowerToys.

Other changes

  • Added new GPO policies for automatic update downloads and update toast notifications.
  • Added support for MSC and CPL files in "Run command" results of PowerToys Run Program plugin.
  • Added support for log2 and log10 in PowerToys Run Calculator plugin.
  • A/B testing of PowerToys first run experience. There are current page which says "welcome" and a variant with direct instructions on how to use some of the utilities. Developers want to see if directly showing how to use PowerToys leads to more people using the features.

You can get PowerToys from the Microsoft Store, GitHub, or install it with winget. For the latter, use the following command: winget install powertoys -s msstore.

PowerToys Install With Winget

Note that winget uses Microsoft Store as a source for the PowerToys installer, but it will download it from GitHub. It will simply perform unattended/silent setup.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “PowerToys 0.68 released with two new tools, Paste as Plain Text and Mouse Jump”

  1. CTRL+Shift+V sometimes acts as paste as plain text though. Microsoft should just expand that, rather than making a new combo via Power Toys.

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