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  1. Microsoft recently published a new document on the official support website with a warning about PDF issues in Outlook in various scenarios. The company explained the problem affecting Adobe Acrobat and PowerToys users and provided temporary workarounds. According to Microsoft, Outlook shows the following error when the user tries to preview a PDF attachment in an email: This file cannot be preview because there is no previewer installed for it. Microsoft says that two things trigger the error message: mismatch of bitness in Outlook and Adobe Acrobat, and the PDF preview module in the PowerToys app. You can fix the first problem by ensuring you use the 32 or 64-bit version of Microsoft Outlook and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Launch Outlook and go to File > Office Account > About Outlook. Check whether it is 32 or 64-bit. Open the Adobe Acrobat Reader app and go to Help > About Adobe Acrobat Reader. Again, check its architecture, which should match the one in Outlook. In other words, if you use a 32-bit Outlook, Acrobat Reader should also be 32-bit (and the same with 64-bit versions). If the bitness matches or you do not use Adobe Acrobat, check your PowerToys settings. The document states that the PDF Previewer in PowerToys is the troublemaker. Open the PowerToys app and go to the File Explorer add-ons section. Find the Enable PDF preview module and toggle it off. Return to Outlook and try to open a PDF file. Microsoft says these two methods are workarounds so you can expect developers to release the needed fixes in the future. Earlier this month, Microsoft pushed a bugfix update for PowerToys with no new tools or features. Microsoft warns PowerToys users about PDF issues in Outlook
  2. Microsoft has released PowerToys v0.56.2 a week after releasing v0.56.1. However, this is just a patch release to address some issues, as shown below. Microsoft notes that the patch was needed to fix issues in v0.56.1 that they deemed important for stability based on incoming rates. #16252: We now pass in /norestart flag to .NET runtime installer for our installer #16155: FancyZones Template layout reset bug is fixed #16699: Dev File Preview handler files in use bug is fixed #16669: Added Find my mouse setting for shake distance to allow for adjustability #16712: PowerToys Run's Windows Terminal plugin didn't have localization setup correctly and is now correct. As such, there are no changes, you can view the ull set of changes in our v0.56.1 post here. PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS eventually. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.56.2 installer from the app's GitHub page. Microsoft releases PowerToys 0.56.2 to address FancyZone bugs and more
  3. Several days ago, Microsoft released PowerToys 0.56.1 with a hefty list of fixes and improvements. The latest version now offers 128 layouts for FancyZones and a new way to trigger the Find my Mouse utility. Future PowerToys updates will bring even more. According to pull requests on Github, Microsoft and other contributors work on adding a new Time and Date tool alongside improvements for the existing Window Walker module. “Time and Date” is a new plugin for PowerToys Run. It can show the specified date and time in various formats and copy each result to the clipboard. For example, you can “ask” PowerToys Run to display the current date and time, day of the week, day of the month, day of the year, etc. PowerToys will offer a set of customization options, such as including or excluding results from global results (you can trigger the plugin using a predefined hotkey), displaying time with seconds, or hiding an error message. Besides the new “Time and Date” module, PowerToys Run will get an improved Window Walker (a tool finding running apps and windows using the launcher). The upcoming version will let you close windows and kill processes without launching Task Manager or switching to the app you need. Also, if the user has more than one desktop, Window Walker will show the desktop name for the specified app alongside its process ID. In typical PowerToys fashion, the updated Window Walker will come with a few options for personalizing the user experience. Some of those include the ability to display processes only from a visible desktop, end a process with its child processes, request confirmation before “killing” an app, personalize tooltips, and others. New and improved modules for PowerToys Run will arrive as a part of future updates. Meanwhile, you can download PowerToys for Windows 10 and 11 from the Github repository, the Microsoft Store, or using winget. PowerToys is an open-source project, which means everyone can contribute and offer their ideas. Source: Github (1), (2) PowerToys will soon get a new tool and an option to end running processes
  4. Microsoft has released PowerToys v0.55.3 only a couple of days after releasing v0.55.0. However, this is just a patch release to address some issues, as shown below. Microsoft notes that the patch was needed to fix issues in v0.55.0 that they deemed important for stability based on user feedback. #15910 - Shortcut keys retain taken after disabled for Shortcut Guide, Mouse highlighter, Mouse pointer crosshair. This was a bug we had for a while but with the increased mouse utilities using the shared code path, it was just noticed. #15450 - Fixing a bug where settings wasn't properly saving. This bug was introduced with 0.53 installer update and now is fixed with 0.55.1. #15487 - After install, PT won't automatically start as admin unless dont-elevate arg is used. This bug was introduced with 0.53 installer update and now is fixed with 0.55.1. #15869 - Removed a dead code path and unused DLL #15885 - Mouse pointer crosshairs crashing race condition bug. #15348, #15488 - Small UX fixes for helping wayfind. As such, there are no changes, you can view the ull set of changes in our v0.55.0 post here. PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS eventually. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.55.1 installer from the app's GitHub page. Microsoft releases PowerToys 0.55.1 to patch issues with Settings not saving and more
  5. Microsoft released PowerToys 0.55.0 today, marking already the third release of the year. In the release notes the firm added that the v0.55 release cycle is a continuation toward getting PowerToys ARM64 ready, fix some top issues and introduce new utilities. Work from last month helped enable the team to upgrade the code base to .NET 5 and next month onward to .NET 6 which should bring stability and speed improvements. In the vein of introducing new utilities, Microsoft announced three new Toys, which are described below. File Explorer add-on: Developer files for preview pane. This should add about 150 file extensions total. We are using the Monaco Editor to power this experience. Thanks @aaron-junker! File Explorer add-on: STL file format thumbnail and preview pane generation! Since STL is a common 3D file format, this allows a quick visual check. Thanks @pedrolamas! Mouse Utility: Crosshair over pointer via Ctrl+Alt+P. This feature was co-developed with the accessibility team at Microsoft. When the team told us about the idea and described trying to find your cursor by looking through a straw, we knew we could leverage code from the other mouse utilities to quickly enable this feature. Below is a quote from one of the testers with a rough validation build: "This will change my life and allow me to use any PC without constantly losing the pointer. This is huge! I will be able to work at my normal speed again. It is a total game changer for people with visual field impairments!" – Joanna A. With that being said, here is the full changelog: General .NET runtime is now on 5, our next release will be upgraded to .NET 6. Moving to .NET 5 and then 6 helped reduce our moving parts in a single release so we went this route. Why this is important is this is one of the major work items needed for ARM64 support. In addition, this should help provide a speed boosts once we are on .NET 6. @jsoref's spelling plugin help Always on Top Fixed one of two borders showing incorrectly bugs. Border defaults to OS accent color now. Thanks @davidegiacometti Reduced CPU / GPU activity. Not done improving, we know we can do better. FancyZones Bug fixed to not lose zones after update Fixed editor margin issue for Chinese language. Thanks @niels9001 File explorer add-ons GCode thumbnails now have transparency. Thanks @pedrolamas New Utility - Developer files for File Explorer preview pane. This should add about 150 file extensions total. We are using the Monaco Editor to power this experience. Thanks @aaron-junker! New Utility - STL thumbnail and preview panes added! Thanks @pedrolamas! Image Resizer Fixed bug with too much meta data. Thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper Fixed bug resizing bug for constant height while maintaining aspect ratio. Thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper Mouse utilities New Utility - Crosshair over pointer via Ctrl+Alt+P. This feature was co-developed with the accessibility team at Microsoft. Thanks @niels9001 for helping with the icon! PowerRename Files are sorted now how File Explorer sorts. PowerToys Run Improved speed and fixed bugs with Window walker plugin. Thanks @htcfreek Window Walker will now show path of elevated apps. Thanks @davidegiacometti Added UEFI command to system commands. Thanks @htcfreek Fixed crashing bug in EnvironmentHelper class. Thanks @htcfreek Fix URI plugin bug with ^:. Thanks @franky920920 VS Code plugin not showing workspaces with latest Code version was corrected. Thanks @ricardosantos9521 Fixed bug that caused plugins to not load. Thanks @davidegiacometti Fixed crash in Uri plugin and Web search plugin. Thanks @cyberrex5! Settings Fixed a regression with settings being reset when moving from admin to non-admin Video Conference Mute Fixed crashing bug with Zoom and other clients. We found someone we could remotely debug with and identify the actual crashing part. Change of behavior: When leaving a meeting, VCM will now leave your microphone in the state it was. This mimics behavior of applications if VCM was not present. Change of behavior: When you exit PowerToys, your current microphone state will remain. PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS eventually. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.55.0 installer from the app's GitHub page. Microsoft PowerToys 0.55.0 introduces three new utilities for File Explorer and Mouse
  6. PowerToys, Microsoft’s collection of utilities for Windows, is getting a new mouse module. Revealed by Microsoft’s Clint Rutkas, the accessibility option will help users find their mouse easily, using a cross-hairs-like design. The module was created with the help of Microsoft’s accessibility team and will show up in PowerToys 0.55 later this month. PowerToys is getting a new mouse utility
  7. Microsoft has released PowerToys v0.53.3 less than a week after releasing v0.53.1. However, this is just a patch release to address some issues, as shown below. Microsoft notes that the patch was needed to fix issues in v0.53.1 that they deemed important for stability based on user feedback. #15364 - PowerToys Run perf regression due to disabling list virtualization to improve scroll speed on some computers #15305 - PowerToys Run Uri plugin had an exception with a bad format. #15344 - PowerToys Run crashes due to duplicate key. This was due to community driven plugin having the same name as one of our plugins. As such, there are no changes, you can view the ull set of changes in our v0.53.1 post here. PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS eventually. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.53.3 installer from the app's GitHub page. Microsoft releases PowerToys 0.53.3 patch to address crash issue with Run toy
  8. Just over a month on from the previous 0.51.1 release, Microsoft has gone ahead and released 0.53.1 today. Microsoft notes that the v0.53 release cycle was designed for a maintenance sprint but with some "amazing community support" it ended up being loaded with greatness! Microsoft says they are still working on improving the installer, but this release should drastically improve things. The three main things to check out are G-code support in file explorer preview pane and thumbnails, the new web search plugin from PowerToys Run via ?? action phrase, and the new Always on Top utility via Win+Ctrl+T. The lead for Microsoft PowerToys Clint Rutkas shared on Reddit that this release has around 100 fixes in. With that being said, here is the full changelog: Things to be aware of The new installer currently has a visual quirk when upgrade if you have a custom install path. It will show the default install path but it will actually overwrite the current location. We are investigating how to fix this. Always on Top Welcome to the family! With a quick Win+Ctrl+T, the window in focus is toggled to be on top. Toggle again, and it reverts back to normal. ColorPicker HEX input improvements for adjust color menu including support for hex code without hashtag and short hex code like #CF0. Thanks @htcfreek! Better bottom right screen detection for overlay FancyZones Increased negative space margin Fix for not snapping child windows Fix for clearing keyboard focus on editor launch Fix to improve overlays to reduce brightness and hide numbers. Thanks @davidegiacometti File Explorer Added G-code support for thumbnails and preview pane. Thanks @pedrolamas Image Resizer Fixed regression from Metadata tag removal of ColorSpace. Thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper PowerRename Row highlighting + preview support now implemented. Thanks @niels9001 Fixed AltGR input issue Improved folder renaming support Opens on active monitor PowerToys Run Web searching has been added! ?? What is the answer to life will go to your favorite search engine via your browser. You can change the default action key too! Thanks @cyberrex5 for primary implementation and @franky920920 and @htcfreek for supporting VS Code workspace improvements. Thanks @ricardosantos9521 Binary and Hex number support. Thanks @gsuberland Ability to use factorials in calculations PT Run will not show in Window Walker results anymore. Thanks @davidegiacometti Fix log / ln calculations Fix to make previous results clear Fix to detect symlinks and prevent recursive loops Fix for trackpad scrolling being too fast Removed unneeded nuget package. Thanks @ChaseKnowlden Better detection for if a packaged app can be elevated Improve crash resiliency for Program plugin. Thanks @davidegiacometti Improved Windows setting results. Thanks @htcfreek Fixed a bug where some similar activation phrases aren't working as expected. Thanks @htcfreek and @cyberrex5. Video conference mute Disabled by default as this requires elevation to register the virtual camera. Changed (default) hotkey for mute camera & microphone from Win+N to Win+Shift+Q to not conflict with a Windows 11 keyboard shortcut Settings Multiple accessibility, layout, image, string and icons fixes. Thanks @niels9001 Runner Improved mutex support to prevent multiple PT Run instances from running There's also a few developer related changes to be aware of. Installer NOTE: The new installer currently has a visual quirk when upgrade if you have a custom install path. It will show the default install path but it will actually overwrite the current location. We are investigating how to fix this. Large progress toward user based installing vs machine wide. Upgrade scenario still needs additional work. Removed custom bootstrapper and now are using a WiX bundle. Removed unused image assets that were still being shipped. Thanks @niels9001 ARM64 support Setting WinUI3 proof-of-concept and validate we do need at least one more feature, elevation support from WinUI 3 unpackaged applications. Dev improvements New YAML based pipeline for building our signed installer. This will allow us to consolidate our CI to use same file. This was critical for us to unblock ARM64 and .NET 6 migration. Our submodules will no longer auto fetch to prevent locking issues. If you want a refresher on how to do this, head to our dev docs Localization system shifted to Touchdown from CDPx. This should remove many of the loc issues. Consolidated a lot of the naming of EXEs and DLLs along with projects Update to spell checker. Thanks @jsoref /dup response has been added /reportbug /bugreport will ask for a "report bug" zip PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS eventually. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.53.1 installer from the app's GitHub page. PowerToys 0.53.1 adds G-code support for thumbnails and preview pane in File Explorer
  9. No, you are not dreaming, you did not miss out on the news of PowerToys 0.50.0 release, Microsoft has skipped over that number entirely (even numbers are reserved for Experimental releases) and released 0.51.0. Release 0.49.1 really was the last release that happened just over a month ago. Back to this release, Microsoft has added in a presentation mode helper to highlight the mouse when you click. The Find my mouse toy also gained some additional settings to enable more customization. The PowerToys dev team further states that they've been focusing work on the "Always on Top" system to help make any window to be the top most. A lot of thought is currently going into interaction models to make sure it 'feels' right for toggling as well as visualizing. This release does not include any new PowerToys, so there's no 'What's new' section this time around, however, existing PowerToys did get some new features, fixes and improvements. You can view the full changelog below. Changelog Things to note We shifted our localization internal service and are working on adding automated integrations back in. PowerToys Awake System tray and settings use same language for turning things on. Color Picker New formats added to copy colors as a float or decimal value. Adjust color window now accepts lower-case HEX codes. FancyZones New window switching functionality! Now users can assign multiple windows to a zone and cycle between them using the Win + PgDn/PgUp commands by default. Thanks @FLOAT4! Added functionality for zones to adopt system accent color and theme. Thanks @davidegiacometti! Added visual preview of zone appearance in settings menu. Thanks @niels9001! Fixed bug where FancyZones crashes on launch. Image Resizer Fixed bug where resizing images creates empty folders. Added option to remove non-essential metadata. Helps significantly reduce the size of files. Thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper! Fixed bug caused by Image Resizer receiving an unexpected property type or value. Thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper! Mouse utilities Find My Mouse: Improved functionality to activate when user double click time configuration is set above 100ms. Find My Mouse: Fixed display on all virtual desktops as opposed to only the virtual desktop where it was created. Find My Mouse: New settings to enable a lot more customization based on your feedback. Minor UI tweaks for fluent icons, appearance, Ctrl usage, and utility descriptions. Thanks @niels9001! New Mouse Highlighter PowerToy! When enabled, activate mouse highlighting with Win + Shift + H by default to begin displaying visual cues on your display when either the left or right mouse buttons are clicked. There is a much more powerful tool called SysInternal ZoomIt that is very helpful as well. PowerRename Improved rename performance! This is now at parity (or better) with the prior version based on multiple tests. Added keyboard accelerators with Enter and Ctrl + Enter to execute rename. Thanks @niels9001! UI tweaks to now add number of items selected, grid-lines for improved readability, reduced font sizes & margins, and improved window resizing. Fixed UI focus issues. Thanks @niels9001! Added default window width and height. Thanks @niels9001! Added PowerRename event logging for BugReportTool PowerToys Run New entries added for settings plugin. Thanks @htcfreek! Added support for application URI handling like mailto: and ms-settings:. Thanks @franky920920! Added DevContainer workspaces to search results of the VSCode Workspaces Plugin. Thanks @JacobDeuchert! Fixes for crashing issues. Shortcut Guide Added rounded corners to keys and tooltips, and system accent colors for desktop backdrop. Thanks @niels9001! Settings Fixed default settings window size to prevent it from opening offscreen. Thanks @davidegiacometti! Video Conference Mute Minor UI tweaks for icon, clear button, and overlay image selection #14248. Thanks @niels9001! Prototype work Always on top prototype of being actively worked on. Right now you hit a key-combo and it enables it. We are investigating ways to highlight the window in some form as well. Installer Investigated how to fully shift to WIX bootstrapper and remove custom boot strapper Investigated how to fully shift to HKCU vs HKLM. Random helping out Spell check fix - Thanks @franky920920! Fix a URL - Thanks @JeffersonQin! There's also some development considerations that have been noted for this release which you can view below. Development relevant Focusing on cleaning up backlog of issues and developing a method to aid in prioritizing. @Dend and @crutkas are partnering to see if we can develop one signal to see what we are calling 'centers of gravity'. Our primary dev branch is now named Main. Adjusting plugin folder structure for PT Run #10796 Working on shifting our release pipeline onto same system that Windows Terminal uses. Improvements to environment variable usage/update process in PT Run. Thanks @htcfreek! Update .NET to 3.1.20. Centralized process list in the BugReportTool. Registry handling improvement for MSI and File Explorer add-ons. PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS eventually. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.51.0 installer from the app's GitHub page. Microsoft PowerToys 0.51.0 adds presentation mode to highlight the mouse, and more
  10. Microsoft released PowerToys version 0.49 yesterday with a new utility – Find my mouse and also a modernized new UI for PowerRename. It also merged Video Conference Mute into the stable releases and featured the usual bug fixes and improvements. The update also included some bugs which needed quick fixes, resulting in the release of PowerToys 0.49.1 today with the following patches: #14063 – After updating, the settings are not localized #14044 – [FindMyMouse] False positive on activation #14058 – Typo: the word english isn’t capitalized #14009 – Typo in logging PowerToys 0.49.1 otherwise includes the following new features and improvements: PowerRename’s new UI brings a refreshed experience that reflects the modern UI theming of Windows 11, along with helpful regular expression guidance and file formatting tips. With the new mouse utility, PowerToys introduces functionality to quickly find your mouse position by double pressing the left ctrl key. This is ideal for large, high-resolution displays and low-vision users, with additional features and enhancements planned for future releases. To learn more, check out our Mouse Utilities documentation on Microsoft Docs! Additionally, Color Picker’s HEX format will no longer have the # character. This addresses issues with various color inputs that only accept six characters cutting off the last value. Additional work in this release include stability updates and optimizations, installer updates, general bug fixes, and accessibility improvements. Change log General Find My Mouse utility added! Utilize the functionality to quickly locate the cursor on your displays! Learn more on our Mouse Utility docs. Accessibility and minor UI improvements to the settings page. Added deep links to the Settings menus for various utilities within their respective editors. Settings improvements to improve clarity for various options. Improved settings window to adjust size and position as needed when multi-monitor conditions change. PowerToys Awake Screen reader improvements for accessibility. Color Picker Color Picker’s HEX format was changed to remove the # character. Accessibility improvements for screen reader and UI to distinguish colors from the border when matching. FancyZones Fixed Color Picker and OOBE windows from being snapped by FancyZones. Fixed regression with layouts not being changed via shortcuts. Fixed crashing issue with FancyZones editor. Fixed zone layouts resetting after screen locking. Accessibility improvements for screen reader in editor. Keyboard Manager Fixed crashing issue when the editor is opened at high zoom on 4k monitors. PowerRename New UI update! We hope you enjoy the modern experience and take advantage of new tool-tips to describe common regular expressions and text/file formatting. PowerToys Run Windows Terminal Plugin added. Open shells through Windows Terminal via _ activation command by default. Added environment variables to Folder plugin search. Fixed certain schemas that were overwritten with HTTPS. Fixed issue with program plugin getting caught in infinite loops as certain file paths are recursively searched. Video Conference Mute VCM added to stable releases of PowerToys! You can download the latest version from Microsoft here. via Neowin Microsoft release PowerToys v0.49.1 with 4 fixes
  11. PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released PowerToys version 0.47.1 to address some bugs and provide stability updates. Today, the company has rolled out version 0.49.0 which primarily centers around modernizing PowerRename's UI, adding a brand new mouse utility. Perhaps notably, the Video Conference Mute is also merged back into the stable releases. What's new With the new mouse utility, PowerToys introduces functionality to quickly find your mouse position by double pressing the left ctrl key. This is ideal for large, high-resolution displays and low-vision users, with additional features and enhancements planned for future releases. Special thanks to Raymond Chen for providing the base code PowerToys used to develop this feature. To learn more, check out our Mouse Utilities documentation on Microsoft Docs! As Video Conference Mute becomes available in the stable releases, there are still known bugs that we are actively working to address. These bugs are tracked on our GitHub, and we welcome any and all feedback as we work to isolate and resolve the cause. Additionally, Color Picker's HEX format will no longer have the # character. This addresses issues with various color inputs that only accept six characters cutting off the last value. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes as we understand it impacts users who may prefer having # included. However, we believe this is the best solution while the custom string functionality (#8305) is in development. Additional work in this release include stability updates and optimizations, installer updates, general bug fixes, and accessibility improvements. Changelog General Find My Mouse utility added! Utilize the functionality to quickly locate the cursor on your displays! Learn more on our Mouse Utility docs. Accessibility and minor UI improvements to the settings page. Thanks [@niels9001](https://github.com/niels9001! Added deep links to the Settings menus for various utilities within their respective editors. Thanks @niels9001! Settings improvements to improve clarity for various options. Thanks @niels9001! Improved settings window to adjust size and position as needed when multi-monitor conditions change. Thanks @davidegiacometti! PowerToys Awake Screen reader improvements for accessibility. Color Picker Color Picker's HEX format was changed to remove the # character. Thanks @niels9001! Accessibility improvements for screen reader and UI to distinguish colors from the border when matching. Thanks @niels9001! FancyZones Fixed Color Picker and OOBE windows from being snapped by FancyZones. Thanks @davidegiacometti! Fixed regression with layouts not being changed via shortcuts. Fixed crashing issue with FancyZones editor. Fixed zone layouts resetting after screen locking. Accessibility improvements for screen reader in editor. Keyboard Manager Fixed crashing issue when the editor is opened at high zoom on 4k monitors. PowerRename New UI update! We hope you enjoy the modern experience and take advantage of new tool-tips to describe common regular expressions and text/file formatting. Thanks to @niels9001 for all the support on this redesign! PowerToys Run Windows Terminal Plugin added. Open shells through Windows Terminal via _ activation command by default. Thanks @davidegiacometti! Added environment variables to Folder plugin search. Thanks @davidegiacometti! Fixed certain schemas that were overwritten with HTTPS. Thanks @franky920920! Fixed issue with program plugin getting caught in infinite loops as certain file paths are recursively searched. Video Conference Mute VCM added to stable releases of PowerToys! If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.49.0 installer from the app's GitHub page. Microsoft PowerToys 0.49.0 adds new Find My Mouse tool and VCM is back
  12. PowerToys is Microsoft's open source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Snap Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. Last week, Microsoft released PowerToys version 0.47.1 to address stability issues and fix bugs. Today, the company has rolled out version 0.48.1 which inlcudes the Video Conference Mute utility and everything in 0.47.1. Microsoft does note in the changelog that they expect there may be issues with this Experimental release, so if you're not up for unexpected issues, stay on the stable 0.47.1 release. The change log for PowerToys 0.48.1 Experimental, can be seen below: Change log Fixed an issue with the first hotkey input in the settings being focused when the page loads. Prevents unintentional shortcut reassignment. Thanks @niels9001! To find out more about the Video conference mute utility, which is still in Preview, head over to the Video Conference Mute overview. There's also a bunch of known issues in this version, which can be viewed below: Current known issues and limitations: With some webcams, there is an incompatibility with Teams and the overlay image is not rendered, instead a corrupted frame is shown. If your camera has this quirk, please let us know the model in the [main tracking issue - #6246] The application preview (Teams, Meet, etc.) may show the overlay image flipped horizontally but that is expected, the image will show correctly to the other people on the call. In order to enable/disable the VCM, PowerToys should run as administrator Changes to some of the VCM settings require the application to restart to pick up the new values such as a new overlay image. In some cases, the overlay image can be shown flipped vertically (the workaround is to edit the image and flip it before selecting it). (#6246) If the PowerToys Video Conference Mute webcam doesn't show up in the video conference app, try restarting the app and if still doesn't show up try restarting Windows. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.47.1 installer from the app's GitHub page, but please note that this release is on the "Experimental" train, so only prerelease versions will be prompted for updates. In addition, this release will not be on WinGet. Microsoft is evaluating if this is something people would be interested in. PowerToys 0.48.1 Experimental includes Video Conference Mute utility and one fix
  13. PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys. At the end of September, Microsoft released PowerToys version 0.47.0 with a ton of bug fixes, a new Shortcut Guide and stability updates. Today, the company has rolled out version 0.47.1 which focuses on increasing stability based on user feedback. Changelog This is a patch release to fix issues in v0.47.0 we deemed important for stability based on user feedback. See v0.47.0 for full release notes. #11898 - PowerToys Run crashing when selecting search results #13553 - [Shortcut Guide] Suppress Windows Menu from appearing #13557 - [PT Run] Add setting to use centralized keyboard hook #13616 - [FancyZones] Change layout using a shortcut (another regression fix that the next commit depends on) #13703 - [FancyZones] Reset layouts after screen locking fix If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on "Check for updates" under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.47.1 installer from the app's GitHub page. Microsoft releases PowerToys 0.47.1 to address stability issues
  14. Microsoft today announced the release of PowerToys v0.47.0 with stability updates and optimizations, installer updates, general bug fixes, and accessibility improvements. Based on the feedback from the community, Microsoft has added back the ability to activate Shortcut Guide via holding the Win key. Find the full change log of this release below. PowerToys v0.47.0 change log: General Fixed issue with new updates changing the PowerToys install location. Fixed settings with NumberBox elements overlapping the delete button. Fixed issue with the bug report tool not generating .zip files. Updated the shortcut configuration experience in Settings. Fixed inconsistent width of sidebar icons. Fixed sidebar UI not scaling for longer text strings in certain localizations. Fixed issue with settings not displaying invalid keystroke assignments. Added user defined shortcuts when set to the “Welcome to PowerToys” instead of the default shortcuts. Color Picker Accessibility issues addressed. Added CIELAB and CIEXYZ color formats. Fixed bug where changing RGB values manually doesn’t automatically update the color displayed. FancyZones Fixed regression where restarting computer resets user defined layouts to the default selection. Fixed issues with Grid layout editor not showing the “Save” and “Cancel” buttons. Fixed accessibility issue where users could not add or merge zones using the keyboard. Added a flyout describe the prerequisites for the “Allow zones to span across monitors” option. Fixed various crashing bugs. File Explorer add-ons Added PDF Thumbnail Provider for Windows Explorer. Image Resizer Added default values for newly added sizes. Fixed regression where spaces in the filename format settings couldn’t be registered. Corrected scaling issues with Image Resizer Window. Fixed issue where PowerToys crashes when json settings are not formatted properly. Keyboard Manager Fixed crash when adding a shortcut. Fixed issue with Re-mappings window not displaying. Fixed issue when remapping a shortcut to Alt+Tab breaks the Alt+Tab navigation with arrow keys. PowerToys Run Improvements on subtitle layout for Settings plugin. Added path filters for Settings plugin via > key. Translation improvements for Settings plugin. Added translation support for Settings Plugin. Fixed issue with PowerToys Run not being in focus when launched. Fixed crash on empty/deleted environment variables when updating variables after a change. Corrected Registry Plugin query results. Fixed crash in Registry plugin queries. Fixed crash when Windows shuts down. Added better description in the global results settings for plugins. Added a confirmation box before running system commands. Added option to use system localization our universal terminology for system commands. Shortcut Guide Re-added the long Win key press to activate utility. Video Conference Mute Fixed an issue with the first hotkey input in the settings being focused when the page loads. Prevents unintentionally shortcut reassignment. Source: Microsoft PowerToys v0.47.0 available for download with stability updates and optimizations
  15. PowerToys version 0.31.1 is now out with a bunch of fixes and improvements Microsoft has released a new version of its PowerToys suite of tools on GitHub that adds a bunch of fixes to the various utilities. The firm is also working on bringing native support for ARM64, advancements for which the company says are being made with each build. Today’s update bumps the version to 0.31.1. The company adds that it internally tested version 0.31.0 but did not release it due to a bug in the FancyZones Editor. As for those waiting on the Video Conference Mute utility, the wait might be longer than expected. The company says that it plans to roll out a version of the feature based on the DirectShow framework sometime this month, and will then merge the tool with the other utilities sometime this month of March. However, there seems to be no firm timeline as of yet. As for the changes in the release, there are a bunch of bug fixes to the most utilities such as the Color Picker, FancyZones, PowerToys Run, and other general improvements. There is a new dark mode for the FancyZones Editor, along with additional spacing settings for individual layout. As for support for ARM64, the company says that it still has two external dependencies that need to be updated. Here is the complete list of fixes: General Bug report tool and improved logging now added to our system tray. Added in CodeQL and other CI improvements. OOBE Spec should be finalized ARM64 Progress .NET Core upgrade for code bases the PowerToys team controls is complete. We still have two external dependencies that are .NET Framework that need to be updated. Color Picker Bug fixes in editor FancyZones Streamlined, simplified user interface (Massive thanks to @niels9001) Dark mode for the editor Certain settings (e.g. number of zones, spacing settings) can now be set on individual layouts. Bug fixes File explorer Fixed OneDrive SVG Bug SVG are scaled appropriately when viewbox is provided SVG thumbnail quality improved PowerToys Run Service management plugin (restart, stop, ...) Registry key plugin System action plugin (Reboot, lock, ...) Hyperbolic functions added to calculator Icon fixes when running in certain themes Unneeded dependencies removed Bug fixes Installer Default to .NET Core 3.1.11 As usual, the update should be available for download through the tool. Additionally, you can head to the GitHub page here to download the packages. You can also read through the entire list of fixes and commits on the Issues page here. The automatic update is being made available to those running the production version and not the experimental version. PowerToys version 0.31.1 is now out with a bunch of fixes and improvements [ Software Updates post here... Microsoft PowerToys for Windows 10 v0.31.1 ]
  16. PowerToys 0.35 with various improvements, still no video conference mute tool It's been almost a month since the last major stable release of PowerToys, and today Microsoft decided that was a long enough wait. The company has made PowerToys version 0.35 available for download, and with it come a few improvements, including new shortcuts to quickly swap between different layouts in FancyZones. One thing that still isn't included is the long-promised video conference mute tool. Microsoft announced this tool all the way back in September and has been release experimental builds of PowerToys ever since, but it still isn't ready for a stable release. The tool allows users to mute their microphone or camera on system-wide, so they don't have to do it manually for different video conferencing tools. Another experimental release, version 0.36, is planned for next week with support for the tool, and the team believes it's almost ready to ship it in the stable release after that. Aside from that, this release mostly consists of fixes and under-the-hood improvements. PowerToys Run has a couple of notable improvements, like the ability to specify where to show the launcher window and a new plugin to add support for opening previously-used Visual Studio Code works spaces. With this release, Microsoft has also announced that version 0.37, the next major stable release, will start requiring Windows 10 version 1903 or higher. Currently, while version 1903 is recommended, you should be able to run it on version 1803, but that will no longer be the case. The team says it may be able to increase version support again when it migrates to WinUI 3, but for now, users on older versions of Windows will be stuck with version 0.35. Source: PowerToys 0.35 with various improvements, still no video conference mute tool
  17. PowerToys version 0.27 out with a bunch of improvements and bug fixes After a hiatus of a little more than a month, Microsoft has released PowerToys version 0.27 with a bunch of new features and improvements to the suite of tools. The firm says it skipped version 0.26 for “higher priority work”. For those that were waiting for the Video Conference Mute utility, the wait will be slightly longer, as the team notes that it will be present in the upcoming experimental release and will make it to the general versions later. As for the additions and improvements made in this release, there are changes to many of the tools, including a new interface for the Color Picker and the Image Resizer, multi-monitor editor improvements in FancyZones that was teased recently, and more. The firm also notes that it fixed many accessibility issues and improved localization – for which the firm is still gathering feedback. The installer has also received some improvements. Here is the complete changelog for version 0.27: General Installer improvements including dark mode Large sums of accessibility issues fixed. Worked on localization effort. If you find issues, please [make us aware so we can correct them][loc-bug]. Color Picker Updated interface and new editor experience done by @martinchrzan and @niels9001 FancyZones Multi-monitor editor experience now drastically improved for discoverability. Zones being forgotten on restart Added in ability to have no layout Image Resizer Updated interface PowerToys Run Removed unused dependencies PowerRename Added Lookbehind support via Boost library Those interested to read through the entire list of commits and fixes can head to the Issues page on GitHub here. As usual, the update should automatically be downloaded or can be downloaded from the GitHub releases page here. The experimental version is expected to be released next with the Video Conference Mute utility along with the fixes included this week. PowerToys version 0.27 out with a bunch of improvements and bug fixes
  18. Microsoft releases PowerToys version 0.27.1 with bug fixes Last week, Microsoft released PowerToys version 0.27 that brought with it a bunch of improvements to the suite of tools, including a new interface for Color Picker and Image Resizer, a host of fixes for general reliability, and more. Today, the firm is releasing a minor update to fix a few issues in the tools, bumping up the version to 0.27.1. The company says that the patch aims to fix five issues that it “deemed important for stability”, especially for FancyZones and Color Picker, which received enhancements in the previous major release. These issues include crashes and other performance hiccups that make the tools difficult to use. Here is the complete list of fixes, along with links to the corresponding issue trackers: #8330 - FancyZones not waiting for me to release Shift. The primary bug is fixed. We discovered an edge case #8511that is not resolved in this larger fix. We felt the larger fix was worth getting out without the edge case being solved. #8378 - Memory leak in FancyZones. Our fix actually improved performance when showing the zones on high res and high DPI scaling screens #8339 - FZ editor is correctly handling multi monitor when the laptop built-in display is turned off. #8322 -Editor Crash on removing colors from the history where there is none #6594 - Color Picker hangs while holding activation keystroke The firm adds that the next major version of the suite of tools, version 0.29, is expected to be released by the end of this month – presumably before the holidays – which should also contain the Video Conference Mute utility that the firm added to the experimental version. As usual, this release can be downloaded from the GitHub page here, or directly through the tool. It must be noted, however, that users running the experimental version will not receive this update. The next release for those users will contain all the fixes made to the tools in version 0.27.1. Microsoft releases PowerToys version 0.27.1 with bug fixes
  19. PowerToys pre-release version 0.28 out with a minor addition to the Video Conference utility As promised earlier this week, Microsoft has released a new version of its PowerToys suite of tools to users running the experimental releases, bumping up the version to 0.28. The update contains all the additions and fixes that were introduced in version 0.27, along with the Video Conference Mute utility that helps users globally mute audio in video calls. The company plans to integrate the tool into the regular release in the coming weeks and is currently fixing bugs and finalizing the offering. The company adds in today’s notes that it is currently “looking into changing the virtual webcam driver into a DirectShow filter” for ironing out issues and "quirks". The change, however, is not part of this release. The firm has also added an optional image overlay for video in the utility. Additionally, the company notes that the release cannot be installed through WinGet and that the release will only be automatically offered to users running the experimental version. For those interested, the team is also maintaining an issue tracker for the Video Conference Mute utility here. There is no information on the possible timeframe for the launch of the tool. You can check the release notes and download the update package from the GitHub page here. PowerToys pre-release version 0.28 out with a minor addition to the Video Conference utility
  20. Microsoft updates PowerToys with bug fixes and stability improvements Microsoft has released a new update for PowerToys users. The latest update brings bug fixes and improvements to the app. The new PowerToys update also bumps the app to version 0.29.3. Microsoft has noted that the company tested version 0.29.1 and 0.29.2 internally but they were not publicly released. Here is the full changelog for the update: #8808 - FancyZone zones would occasionally not appear. This was caused by two uninitialized variables. During testing, there was a race condition so we missed it. Our push on adding in additional code analysis tools will hopefully catch these types of bugs. #8787 - PowerRename would throw regex errors when it shouldn't. We removed the error dialog for now and will add in a more targeted error catching block at a later time. Just a couple of days back, PowerToys received version 0.29 update that brought improvements and bug fixes to the Color Picker, FancyZones and PowerToys Run. Furthermore, it also added an option to extract the MSI from the .exe. If you are interested in trying out PowerToys on Windows 10, you can download the version 0.29.3 update from the GitHub page. Existing PowerToys users will get the update automatically but they can launch PowerToys and click on "Check for updates" to download the latest update manually. Microsoft updates PowerToys with bug fixes and stability improvements
  21. PowerToys gets updated to version 0.29 with bug fixes and quality of life improvements Microsoft has released a new update for PowerToys that brings improvements and fixes to the app. The company has noted that due to the holiday season PowerToys will get general improvements in this week's update. However, Microsoft has features like new plug-ins for PowerToys Run in the pipeline but they will show up in future releases. This week's version 0.29 update brings improvements and bug fixes to the Color Picker, FancyZones and PowerToys Run. Furthermore, it also adds an option to extract the MSI from the .exe. Here is the full changelog for the update: General Bug report tool and improved logging. Various localization improvements. CodeQL added. Triggered via a cron timer twice a day. "How to use" docs moved to https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/powertoys/ This will allow the community to do direct PRs against those documents ARM64 Progress .NET Core upgrade for code bases the PowerToys team controls is complete. We still have two external dependencies that are .NET Framework that need to be updated. Color Picker General bug fixes Added ability to provide the name of the color at parity with Office and WinUI Color Picker. FancyZones Allows to use Windows Snap on desktops that don't have a layout applied and for apps that are in the excluded list. Bug fixes PowerToys Run Improved performance PT Run now supports accented characters. Installer Option to extract the MSI from the .exe for enterprise scenarios and more options to do unattended installations. Removed toast notifications during installation. If you are interested in trying out PowerToys on Windows 10 then you can download the version 0.29 update from the GitHub release page. Existing PowerToys users will get the update automatically but they can launch PowerToys and click on "Check for updates" to download the latest update manually. PowerToys gets updated to version 0.29 with bug fixes and quality of life improvements
  22. Microsoft releases PowerToys v0.33.1 update with new onboarding experience and more Microsoft today announced the release of PowerToys v0.33.1 with improved localization, new onboarding experience and quality improvements. Microsoft mentioned that the Video Conference utility is coming in the next release. Find the full change log of PowerToys v0.33.1 release below: General Updated overview links to be language agnostic to the docs site. ‘First time load’ experience. The hope is a quick, light way to learn about basic functionality. We have some more work to do and want to also use the same framework for teaching about updates as well. Localization corrections FancyZones Adjusted editor UX based on feedback. New options to change zone activation algorithm. File Explorer Improved how SVG images are previewed in the preview pane. Proof of concept for using Monaco editor for previewing dev files. This will enable over 125+ file types. PowerToys Run Plugin Manager now is in settings. You can directly turn on / off, include items in general search, and change the action key! Improved support for additional window managers by abstracting out shell process calls. Fix for PT Run registering the hotkey on non-supported OS versions. ~ will now act as the user home directory in Folder plugin. Service plugin has adjusted status messages Video Conference Mute (Experimental) Adjust video muting to leverage DirectShow. Goal is to have 0.34 experimental release week of March 8th. Settings When restarting as admin, the settings now will reopen. ARM64 Progress Investigation on how we’ll accomplish Settings with the XAML Island and WPF app. Source: Microsoft Source: Microsoft releases PowerToys v0.33.1 update with new onboarding experience and more
  23. PowerToys 0.37 out with a bunch of improvements, no Video Conference Mute tool yet Microsoft today released a new version of the PowerToys suite of tools, bumping the version number to 0.37. The team says that the focus of this version was to further ready the Video Conference Mute tool for a stable release, which is currently being tested in the experimental releases. Additionally, the update also focuses on removing the legacy settings app and moving the Keyboard Manager into an independent process, along with the usual crop of bug fixes and improvements to the rest of the tools such as improvements to the first-run experience. The FancyZones editor default shortcut key is also being changed to Win + Shift + `. Another thing to note is that the suite now requires users to be on Windows 10 version 1903 or newer. However, considering that the said version is already out of support, it will not be an issue for most users. Here is the complete changelog detailing the various fixes and enhancements made to the various tools: FancyZones Editor UX bug fixes. Thanks @niels9001 Monitor resolution is added to the top to directly infer the boxes on top are your monitors Fix for editor crash when editing a custom layout PowerRename Option added for capitalization. Improved loading responsiveness with large sums of files. PowerToys Run Changed XAML to improve rendering. Thanks @niels9001 Disabled plugins are no longer loaded VS Code plugin workspaces showing up now. Thanks @ricardosantos9521 Keyboard manager Now an independent exe. This now runs high priority in its own process. When your CPU is under load, this should allow the process to continue to be prioritized Color Picker uses a centralized keyhook. This should improve activation Esc for closing will no longer bubble through. Thanks @DoctorNefario Settings / Welcome to PowerToys Shortcuts will stand out more Few accessability bugs fixed. Thanks @niels9001 Shortcut Guide Excluded apps for Shortcut Guide. Thanks @davidegiacometti Installer new arg for starting PT after silent install Developer quality of life Ability to directly debug against Settings As usual, users can head to the GitHub page here to download the packages for this release. Alternatively, they can update the tool directly from the settings. Those interested can also read through the entire list of fixes and commits made for this version on the Issues page here. As for the highly awaited Video Conference Mute tool, there is no concrete information on when it will be included in the stable releases. With the tool now based on the DirectShow framework reintroduced in the experimental version, it might be released sooner rather than later. Source: PowerToys 0.37 out with a bunch of improvements, no Video Conference Mute tool yet
  24. PowerToys Spotlight-like search reportedly coming in May It's no secret at this point, but Microsoft is working on something similar to Spotlight Search on Apple's Mac. It's a refined way to search for apps and documents, and it will even be extensible. It's been working on what's currently called Power Launcher since January, and according to the roadmap, it's going to arrive in May. Power Launcher, which isn't its official public name, is a replacement for the Win + R and will ship as part of PowerToys. And like everything in PowerToys, it's meant for power users. The new Power Launcher will support all of the commands that you get from the Win + R dialog, and it will do a lot more. As mentioned, Power Launcher isn't the official name. That's just what it's being called internally. Microsoft's Clint Rutkas says that since it can do more than just launch apps, the PowerToys team wants your help in naming it. You can vote in the Twitter poll, or you can suggest your own. The feature will arrive soon, and if you want to check out the progress, you can head over to PowerToys on GitHub. Source: PowerToys Spotlight-like search reportedly coming in May (Neowin)
  25. Microsoft introduce new PowerToy – PowerLauncher Microsoft has added a new PowerToy to their collection of power user apps. PowerLauncher is a quick launcher with search features that also supports plugins. Created by Jessica Yuwono, Microsoft Program Manager, PowerLauncher is designed to let you search and launch your app instantly. It features auto-complete and is aimed to be faster than start menu/Win+S for showing the search result and launching applications, and would be able to take over the Win+S and Win+R keyboard shortcut. The PowerToy is currently under review, and can be seen in detail on GitHub here. Source: Microsoft introduce new PowerToy – PowerLauncher (MSPoweruser)
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