Winaero Tweaker 0.14 is here. I am happy to announce that this release features a number of usability improvements and bug fixes. Also, it comes with 16 new features. The installer now supports silent setup options which are useful for deployment and unattended installations.
I would like to start with bug fixes and improvements.
Fixes and improvements
First of all, I have fixed a bug that could cause the removal of the "Pin to Start" context menu entry. Thankfully, it was happening under certain conditions, so it should not affect many users.
Also, I have removed the G+ button. R.I.P. Google+.
I have fixed the Search feature (again and again). There was the following bug:
- You type a search condition into the search box.
- When you hit the Enter key, the app shows you a list of available tweaks. You select one and hit the Enter key to open it.
- Now, you press CTRL+F to bring the focus back to the search box, and hit the Enter key to repeat it.
- Expected behavior: You see the same search result. Instead, Winaero Tweaker was directly opening the first search result.
This bug is now fixed. The search now works properly when you need to repeat it.
Another change to the Search feature is navigation. Previously, you had to hit the Enter key twice to move the focus to the list of tweaks in the search results. Now, if you hit the Enter key the second time in the search box, it will open the first found tweak. Hitting the Down arrow key will move the selection down in the search results.
The "Open Registry Key" tool has got a list of previously visited entries. It keeps up to 15 recently opened Registry paths. Double-clicking on an element in the history will re-open it.
Create shortcut to any tweak or category
Have you ever wanted to open a tweak in Winaero Tweaker directly with one click? Well, it is now possible! There is a new toolbar button that allows creating a Desktop shortcut to any page of Winaero Tweaker, both for tweaks and categories of tweaks.
So, if you are using a tool or tweak all the time, just create a shortcut to reach it with one click.
The button with a green check mark next to the shortcut button will allow you to
Set any page as your default (home) page of Winaero Tweaker
The next time you open the app, you will see the selected page instead of "Information".
Click on the same button to unset your home page.
New Tweaks in version 0.14
Change Icon Cache Size
To show icons faster, Windows caches them into a file. This special file contains icons for many apps and file types, so File Explorer doesn't need to extract the icons for known file extensions and apps. This allows File Explorer to work faster. The icon cache file size is just 500 KB by default. Due to this restriction, folders with many files may open slowly. Increasing the icon cache size may resolve the issue and fix slow loading icons in the File Explorer app.
This blog post explains how the tweak works: Change Icon Cache Size in Windows 10
Windows Mode Context Menu
The options can be found on the 'Remove Default Entries' page.
For details, see the appropriate blog posts:
- Remove Create a New Video Context Menu in Windows 10
- Remove OneDrive Context Menu in Windows 10
- Remove Rotate Left and Rotate Right From Context Menu in Windows 10
Hide the People bar options in Windows 10
Starting with Windows 10 build 16184, Windows 10 includes the My People feature. It adds a special icon to the notification area of your taskbar and allows pinning your contacts directly to the taskbar, so you can start messaging, call or compose an email with just one click.
By using the option in Winaero Tweaker, you can disable the feature and remove its taskbar context menu entry in Windows 10. Here's how it works.
Clear Live Tile Cache in Windows 10
You might want to reset the Live Tile cache in Windows 10 if some live tiles display invalid contents. For example, imagine a situation where you deleted some photos from your Pictures folder, but the Live Tile of the Photos app continues to show them. This behavior is unexpected and very annoying. Or if you have any private information that you do not wish to disclose to anyone else looking at the screen, you might want to clear this data too. Sometimes, Live Tiles may not update and you might face issues with updated content on the Live Tiles in the Start menu in Windows 10. In any of these cases, you can try to reset their cache.
Attributes Context Menu
If you change file attributes frequently, you might find it useful to add a special context menu.
Enable the following option:
Speech Recognition Context Menu
For your convenience, you can add a special command to start Speech Recognition directly from the Desktop context menu.
Reset Permissions Context Menu
This context menu will allow you to quickly reset permissions for a file or folder in Windows 10. By resetting effective permissions, you will restore NTFS permissions of files and folders back to their default inherited permissions. See Add Reset Permissions Context Menu in Windows 10.
Inherited Permissions Context Menu
By adding a special context menu "Inherited Permissions", you'll be able to turn on or off the inherited permissions for files and folders quickly with one click, without opening the Advanced Security Dialog.
For details, see Add Inherited Permissions Context Menu in Windows 10.
View Owner Context Menu
In some cases, the Windows operating system prevents you from doing any operation on certain files and folders. It can be a system file or folder, or one which was created by a user account that no longer exists. By default, almost all system files, system folders and even Registry keys in Windows 10 are owned by a special built-in user account called "TrustedInstaller". By adding a special context menu command, you will be able to see the owner of a file or a folder quickly.
To add the menu, you need to enable the following option.
More details can be found HERE.
Starting in pre-release builds of Windows 10 version 1903 "April 2019 Update" a new item, Linux, appears in File Explorer to provide faster access to the Linux file system. If you are interested in removing it, use the tweak Navigation Pane - Default items to remove it.
Installer with silent setup options
This change will allow silently installing the app. The unattended installation hides all the installer windows and doesn't require user interaction. Here are the switches you have to use to get Winaero Tweaker installed or extracted from the installer (portable mode) silently.
WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT
Install the app silently using default options.
WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /DIR="c:\wt_normal"
Install the app to a custom directory.
WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE
Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to the folder c:\WinaeroTweaker.
WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE /DIR="c:\wt_portable"
Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to a custom folder.
You can create a batch file like this:
cd /d %~dp0 Set SetupApp=WinaeroTweaker-0.14.0.0-setup.exe : Install the app silently. %SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT : Install the app to a custom directory. : %SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT /DIR="c:\wt_normal" : Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to the folder c:\WinaeroTweaker. :%SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE : Portable mode: Silently extract the app files to a custom folder. :%SetupApp% /SP- /VERYSILENT /PORTABLE /DIR="c:\wt_portable"
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