Microsoft PowerToys 0.61.0 brings improvements to Always on Top, FancyZones and more

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Aug 1, 2022 5:28 p.m. EDT

Microsoft released PowerToys 0.61.0 for all users today. The project remains in public preview, but the latest version adds several notable changes and improvements. Microsoft says version 0.61 focuses on stability and improvements.

Here are the highlights of PowerToys version 0.61.0:

  • Quality of life improvements for Always on Top, FancyZones, and PowerToys Run.

And here is the full changelog for version 0.61.0:

General

  • Upgraded Windows App SDK runtimes to 1.1.2.
  • New Windows 11 context menu entries are now correctly added to Windows 11 Dev Channel Insider builds. (This was a fix for 0.60)
  • Old context menu entries are displayed alongside new Windows 11 context menu entries to be compatible with software that overrides Windows 11 context menu behavior. (This was a fix for 0.60)
  • C# language version consolidated throughout the solution. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Removed outdated Segoe icon glyph codes and replaced with the correct codes. Thanks @niels9001 and @Jay-o-Way!
  • Fixed an issue that caused a random accent key to be pressed on certain keyboard layouts when activating certain mods.

Always on top

  • Fixed border flickering when activating. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed a bug causing Always on Top to activate and freeze when exiting PowerToys. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed black edges appearing on rounded corners.
  • Fixed a bug that caused 100% CPU consumption.

FancyZones

  • Fixed a bug that prevented layouts from applying correctly when many monitors reported having the same serial number. (It was a fix for 0.60)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented layouts from applying correctly on some virtual monitor configurations (this was a fix for 0.60)
  • A default “Rows” layout is now applied to vertical monitors, instead of a “Columns” layout. Thanks @augustkarlstedt!

Image resizer

  • The screen reader now announces the size name instead of the class name.

File Explorer Add-ons

  • Fixed an issue when creating thumbnails for SVG files created with Inkscape.

keyboard manager

  • Adjusted label on editor when keys are orphaned.

Mouse Utility

  • Fixed a bug that caused Find My Mouse’s current spotlight to become stuck when activated in the upper left corner of the screen. (It was a fix for 0.60)

PowerRename

  • The PowerRename window reacts to the current dpi when it is created.

PowerToys Race

  • Fixed a typo in the WindowWalker plugin UI. Thanks @rohanrdy!
  • Improved performance by saving search history files only on exit. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • PowerToys Run no longer shows results from some plugins when searching for blanks in a global query. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Added support for displaying localized names for some win32 programs in the programs plugin. Thanks @htcfreek!
  • The program plugin will now take into account the modified settings directly in ProgramPluginSettings.json. Thanks @bezgumption!

Settings

  • The PowerToys runtime settings page correctly grays out the score adjustment setting when a plugin is not global. Thanks @jefflord!
  • The PowerToys Run plugins score adjustment field only accepts numeric characters. Thanks @jefflord!
  • Will not run if started directly from its executable, as it did before the WinUI 3 upgrade.
  • Fixed a typo in a description on the PowerToys Run settings page. Thanks @eltociear!

Fitter

  • Removed dead code to create an msix installer.
  • Updated .NET dependency to 6.0.7.
  • Will not create new PowerToys shortcut on update if manually deleted by user.

PowerToys 0.61 comes with a few known issues:

powertoys screenshot

You can download PowerToys 0.61.0 from the Microsoft Store using this link or the official repository on GitHub. If you already have PowerToys installed on your computer, the app will notify you of available updates, or you can update manually from Settings.

If you are unfamiliar with PowerToys, it is a collection of advanced utilities provided by Microsoft and the open source developer community. It contains various tools, such as an application launcher, a bulk file renamer, a color picker, a utility to customize shortcuts, and more. Microsoft frequently updates PowerToys with new features and fixes.

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