Microsoft has published yet another minor update to the recently released version 0.19 of the PowerToys suite. It doesn't include new tools or new features, but further focuses on stability and quality fixes.
You may remember PowerToys, a set of tiny handy utilities which were first introduced in Windows 95. Probably, most users will recollect TweakUI and QuickRes, which were really useful. The last version of the classic PowerToys suite was released for Windows XP. In 2019, Microsoft announced that they are reviving PowerToys for Windows and making them open source. Windows 10 PowerToys obviously are completely new and different, tailored for the new operating system.
What's new in PowerToys 0.19.2
This version fixes a few items for 0.19 Microsoft deemed important for stability. PowerToys Run, FancyZones. Devs think the adjustment for adding / removing packaged apps perf fix may improve CPU.
if you continue to see issues, please make them aware.
There is no sign of the new Color Picker tool in this release yet.
This release will fix the following issues:
- #4578 - WinKey for launcher throws a lot of false positives
- #4521 - Improving performance of Adding and Removing Packaged Apps
- #4694 - FancyZone Windows Snap Behind Top Mounted Windows Task Bar
During testing, developers noticed that #4430 - Settings can not be opened after closing it while minimized from the taskbar started happening again. They will fix this in the full 0.20 release.
You can download the app from its Releases page on GitHub:
As of now, Windows 10 PowerToys include the following apps.
- PowerRename - a tool that is intended to help you rename a large number of files using various naming conditions like search and replace a portion of the file name, define regular expressions, change letter case, and more. PowerRename is implemented as a shell extension for File Explorer (read plugin). It opens a dialog box with a bunch of options.
- FancyZones - FancyZones is a window manager that is designed to make it easy to arrange and snap windows into efficient layouts for your workflow, and also to restore these layouts quickly. FancyZones allows the user to define a set of window locations for a desktop that are drag targets for windows. When the user drags a window into a zone, the window is resized and repositioned to fill that zone.
- Windows key shortcut guide - The Windows key shortcut guide is a full screen overlay utility that provides a dynamic set of Windows key shortcuts that are applicable for the given desktop and currently active window. When the Windows key is held down for one second, (this time can be tuned in settings), an overlay appears on the desktop showing all available Windows key shortcuts and what action those shortcuts will take given the current state of the desktop and active window. If the Windows key continues to be held down after a shortcut is issued, the overlay will remain up and show the new state of the active window.
- Image Resizer, a Windows Shell Extension for quickly resizing images.
- File Explorer - a set of addons for File Explorer. Currently includes two Preview Pane additions to show contents of *.MD and *.SVG files.
- Window Walker is an app that lets you search and switch between windows that you have open, all from the comfort of your keyboard.
- PowerToys Run, provides a new Run command with extra options like quick search for apps, files, and docs. It supports extensions to get features like a calculator, dictionaries, nd online search engines.
- Keyboard Manager is a tool that allows remapping any key to a different function. It can be configured in the main PowerToys dialog.It allows you to remap a single key, or a key sequence (shortcut).