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Microsoft PowerToys users are getting a new update, moving to version 0.23. Redmond’s collection of customization tools for Windows 10 is unfortunately not getting any new features. Instead, this update is focused on making minor improvements and squashing bugs.

Since rebooting PowerToys, Microsoft tweaked existing tools and added new ones like Keyboard Configuration. As the development team moves towards version 1.0 of the suite, there are constantly new features coming.

Users were hoping the shortcuts to mute microphones and turn off webcams in Windows 10 would return. This feature debuted on PowerToys 0.22, but Microsoft admitted it was an experimental tool. The company now says the feature will return on the next experimental release, version 0.24.

Official Changelog

“General

  • Localization pipeline is flowing from our Github to the loc system and back. 0.25 should be localized now.
  • The EXE installer should be at parity now with the MSI. Please go to the wiki for (installer args)[https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/wiki/Installer-arguments-for-exe]

FancyZones

  • Fixed bug on not seeing a newly attached screen
  • Fixed spanning across monitors bug
  • Added in default layout for new users, a Priority Grid
  • Added keyboard support to grow / shrink to multiple zones
  • General bug fixes

PT Run

  • Multiple crash bugs fixed. Prioritized any users reported along with top hits from Watson reporting
  • Stopped PT Run from interfering with an install
  • Fixed folder bug if it had a # in it (Thanks @jjw24 for the PR!)
  • Fixed a screen flicker for
  • General bug fixes

Keyboard manager

  • Multiple crash bugs fixed. Prioritized any users reported along with top hits from Watson reporting
  • Fixed multiple accessibility issues.
  • General bug fixes

Preview Pane

  • Added in Frontmatter and better (but still basic) latex support.

Settings

  • Fixed scaling issue for responsive design on Image Resizer
  • Fixed crash on empty color value.
  • Fixed crash for toggling FancyZones on/off
  • Fixed 0x00 NFTS crash for settings
  • Fixed multiple accessibility issues.
  • Layout adjustments (Thanks @niels9001)
  • General bug fixes

Dev related

  • FxCop is being rolled out across all PowerToys. This should catch a lot of possible leaks.
  • Unified PT Run’s log system
  • PT Run’s calc plugin now has unit tests (Thanks @P-Storm)
  • Dev setup install script now supports VS preview (Thanks @TobiasSekan)”

Recent Updates

This year, Microsoft updated the suite to include the following tools: Image Resizer, Window Walker, File Explorer previews for Markdown (.md) files, and PowerRename. Elsewhere, Microsoft has also brought multi-monitor support to FancyZones.

As we reported in April, a new Launcher is also available in PowerToys

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