PowerToys Run will soon get a UI redesign with Acrylic

A great user interface update is coming to PowerToys Run, the module that allows you to launch apps, to search for local files and online, work with Registry keys and so on. In the near future, it will get a better look powered by the Acrylic effect on Windows 11.

The main dialog now follows Windows 11's visual guidelines and looks home in the OS. Also, on launch, it will show keywords for available plugins, so you can go with a required task faster. They will also appear when the search box is empty.

Besides the new Fluent Design style of the main dialog that you see when press Alt + Spacebar, you will notice new action glyphs that come from the most recent Segoe font family.

Developers have stopped using transparency for the Run window. This change opens up the ability to resize the dialog box and other similar capabilities that were limited by the current implementation. Also, its default size is now smaller, but the when showing results, it displays more information than before.

Finally, here's a small visual comparison of the current version of PowerToys Run and its upcoming version.

The new PowerToys Run UI is on the right

Microsoft is yet to announce when the change is coming to the stable version of the app. Along with PowerToys Run, Microsoft is actively working on an updated homepage for PowerToys .

The latest release of PowerToys features a new tool that allows you to crop any window to a specific user-defined area. It is called Crop and Lock.

You can download PowerToys from the Microsoft Store or GitHub. The winget -s msstore powertoys command will also install the app suite on your Windows 11 PC.

You can track the progress on GitHub (via).


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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.

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