Winaero Tweaker 0.19 released

I have released Winaero Tweaker version 0.19. This release is very special. Besides the addition of new features and bugfixes, it also includes a number of useful user interface improvements. I have tried to sort out a number of long standing annoyances.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Information 1

Let's start with bugfixes.


First of all, I am happy to announce that I have finally found what was preventing Winaero Tweaker from exporting 16 tweaks. This issue had been reported several times by users , but I couldn't find the cause. However, it was a surprise for me that it was caused by a bug in Visual Studio. Now it is fixed.

Another bugfix worth mentioning is a fully-functional Settings cascading context menu for the desktop background once again. That was a bug accidentally caused by me.

Also, there are other fixes, but they are really minor.

User interface


The user interface of Winaero Tweaker is always subject to improvements. First of all, I have updated the toolbar, so it looks better on HiDPI screens.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Information 1

Next, I added the corresponding menu entries for all toolbar buttons, and assigned hotkeys to them. From now, you can use keyboard shortcuts and menus for the following actions:

  • Add/remove a tweak from FavoritesWinaero Tweaker 0.19 Favorites Menu 1
  • Open Favorites
  • Set a tweak as the app startup pageWinaero Tweaker 0.19 Actions Menu 1
  • Create a desktop shortcut for the tweak

Also, I have re-arranged the existing menu items a little. There is a new "Actions" menu, where you will find all the single tweak-specific actions.

Navigation history

There are plenty of Winaero Tweaker users who always ask for the "navigation history" option in the app. Well, I have implemented it. It looks and works similar to what you have in File Explorer on Windows. It stores a list of tweaks you have visited since the app start, and allows you to go through that list, as follows:

  • with Alt+left and Alt+right keyboard shortcuts;
  • using two toolbar buttons;
  • using the Navigation menu <-- this also displays the list of recently visited tweaks, so you can use it to directly go to any tweak from your history.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Navigation History 1

In addition to the navigation history, another thing you may like is recent changes.

Recent changes

The Recent changes option is a new feature of Winaero Tweaker that lists the tweaks you have applied, arranged by the modification time. Now you can recall what and when you have changed at a glance. By double-clicking on its entries, you can directly open the tweak and then revert or re-adjust it.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Recent Changes

The information page

Finally, there is one more minor change. The Information page of Winaero Tweaker now includes Windows edition and its build number.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Information 1

Now, let's see which tweaks are new to version 0.19.

New tweaks

All the below tweaks are supposed to work in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Change owner context menu

This option adds the 'change owner' context menu to files, directories, and drives. Using it, you can view the current owner of the file system object, set it to EveryoneSystem, TrustedInstaller, or Administrators.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Change Owner Menu 1

Change the number of Folder Views to remember

All Windows versions allow you to customize a specific folder's view to make it more suitable for the content in that folder. View changes are remembered by File Explorer/Windows Explorer or, all folders can be set globally to the same view via Folder Options. By default, Windows remembers the view options for first 5000 folders. This number can be increased up to 20 000 folders, now with Winaero Tweaker.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Folder View 1

Change the number of items in jump lists

Windows allows you to adjust the number of items visible in the jump list. This number is set to 12 by default. With Winaero Tweaker you can increase or reduce it.

Winaero Tweaker 0.19 Jump List Item Number 1

As always, I would like to say BIG THANKS to each and every Winaero Tweaker user. Your support, reports and suggestions are always helpful.

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24 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 0.19 released

  1. Phil

    thank you

  2. Stephen Bates

    Hi Sergey, I have been using “Winaero Tweaker” for years. Each year it gets better and better. In my opinion it is the best Windows Tweaker available Worldwide. Version 0.19 is looking very smart indeed. I just want to say, thank you very much. I can not do without it. Regards –

  3. Dave

    Sweet, you added Paypal to the donations page. I can finally toss a measley tp your way.

  4. KerryCo

    “preventing Winaero Tweaker from exporting 16 tweaks”

    Huzzah! I will check this out as I was one of the pain in the arse’s that reported them!
    Hopefully the CompactOS bug (desktop context menu option) I didn’t get around to reporting is resolved as well (IE despite not being selected, when imported it was selected, almost like an out of order issue).

    Will report once I have tested (new drives to provision arrive Friday!)

  5. Bob

    Hey glad to see this updated! Fantastic release. Keep up the great work.

  6. Alex

    Looking for Portable version. Would you?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Please continue looking.
      You are welcome.

    2. franci

      Launch the setup file, click the next button and read carefully what you see …

  7. throkr

    Hi Sergey,

    Great update: the addition of the “Navigation history” and the “Recent changes” are amazing; I’m gonna use these a lot ! ;-)
    And you finally made what I was asking for a long time ago: setting a time stamp on the comments.
    That’s fantastic !

    Thank you for your excellent work on this “must have” software.
    I wish you & your family all the best for this new year 2021; above all stay healthy …..

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you for your kind words!

  8. LeDragoX

    Thanks for all your hard work, without this Software i couldn’t customize Windows 10/8/7 on my taste. Thank you very much, i’m using this as a part of my script for Windows 10 on GitHub, but if you don’t want or want to tell something you can DM me.
    If you can, can you make a command line argument that accept the .ini file like on ShutUp10? This would help this script to be less interactive and great at all.

  9. Bill Woodruff

    Thanks Sergey for your continuing generosity in creating, and upgrading this excellent utility !

  10. matthiew

    These updates are fantastic! Thank you :)

  11. Mina

    Oh man, I’ve been using that software since 2019, an had forgot about it until my phone reminded me about it again by bringing me some news about it. The thanks goes to you for the BIG improvements to winaero tweaker, and goes to my phone for reminding me about it again! I use it when I have problems, but at the moment my computer is probably ok.

  12. bugg

    Winaero 0.19 was deleted from my computer by Kaspersky because it said it contained “PDM:Trojan.Win32.Bazon.a”
    Winaero 0.19 was downloaded directly from your website.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep, it is a false positive.

  13. Brett

    Love the program Ive been using it for ages unfortunately this version Kaspersky (Antiviral) deletes the WinaeroTweaker.exe can you check it out, probably just a false positive thanks.
    Keep up the great work

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I see. thanks for reporting.

  14. DADi590

    Hi! Thank you so much for such an amazing piece of software!!!

    Just something maybe you could improve there – or just explain if it can’t be improved. Why doesn’t Winaero Tweaker export ALL the settings? For example New Battery Flyout setting is not exported. Nor Folder View Number to Remember. Probably other settings too. Doesn’t make the export feature that good, since I still need to go and check for what’s missing from what I wanted (helps since it spares time, but could actually save every setting, I guess).

    In any case, thank you again for making this!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Must be some bug.
      I need to check this.

  15. Титан

    Something strange happened after I applied “no shortcut arrow” tweak:
    That’s happening not at the same moment, but after some time. Restarting explorer helps, but after some time this happens again

    1. Титан

      Hm, but I’m not sure that the reason is your app

  16. Steven Ridley

    Could you please direct me to download web address for a download of the latest version of WINAERO ?????

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


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