Microsoft releases PowerToys 0.60 focusing on stability and improvements

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July 7, 2022 1:16 p.m. EDT

Microsoft released PowerToys 0.60 for all users today. The project remains in public preview, but the latest version adds several notable changes and improvements. Microsoft says version 0.60 focuses on stability and improvements.

Here are the release highlights in PowerToys 0.60:

  • PowerRename and Image Resizer now appear in the new Windows 11 context menu.
  • There is a new PowerToys Run plugin for OneNote. Thanks @palenshus!
  • FancyZones uses a new zone ID with a monitor ID to increase stability and prevent zone resets.
  • AlwaysOnTop now uses rounded corners to highlight rounded windows on Windows 11.
  • Added parameters to PowerToys Run to better control the order of query results.

And here is the complete changelog for version 060:

General

  • Upgraded Windows App SDK runtimes to 1.1.1. (It was a fix for 0.59)

Always on top

  • Added support for more diverse keyboard shortcuts with a return to low-level keyboard hooks. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Added rounded corner highlights for rounded corner windows on Windows 11.

FancyZones

  • Fixed a bug where windows displayed on all desktops did not work with FancyZones. (It was a fix for 0.59)
  • When changing the layout of the zones, the windows will correspond to a new size/position if the option is activated. (It was a fix for 0.59)
  • Minor UI fix in FancyZones editor. Thanks @ZetaSp!
  • Fixed canvas layout rendering correctly in FancyZones editor and unscaled monitor resolution is now displayed.
  • Fixed a transparency issue in some windows that caused the window to appear blank.

Image resizer

  • The Image Resizer entry is now displayed in the new Windows 11 context menu.

File Explorer Add-ons

  • Add a viewBox attribute to thumbnails of svg files so that it tries to show the whole image, similar to what was done in the preview manager.
  • Removed access to a remote image in tests for markdown preview.
  • Fixed flakiness in the Markdown preview test suite with proper component initialization delays.
  • Fixed WebView2 resource leaks caused by svg thumbnails.

keyboard manager

  • The editor title bar now displays in the Immersive Dark Mode theme. Thank you @WilliamABradley!

Mouse Utility

  • Changed the default Crosshairs mouse pointer hotkey to not collide with a combination of special characters on some international keyboards.

PowerRename

  • Fixed file enumeration logic to only change enumerations at the end of the filename.
  • Clicking on the regex/date and time cheat sheet adds that item to the selected search or replace text field.
  • The PowerRename entry is now displayed in the new Windows 11 context menu.
  • The title bar is now displayed in the Immersive Dark Mode theme. Thank you @WilliamABradley!

PowerToys Race

  • A setting has been added to disable and configure the input delay on search queries. (It was a fix for 0.59)
  • Fixed and added logs for default web browser detection. (It was a fix for 0.59)
  • The program plugin can now search for .lnk shortcuts by their executable name. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • A new plugin for OneNote has been added. Thanks @palenshus!
  • Query caching and deferred execution have been added to the OneNote plugin. Thanks @palenshus!
  • Quality of life fixes for the TimeZone plugin, including fixes for empty subtitles, missing time zones, and results not found when expected. Thanks @TobiasSekan!
  • Calls to the deprecated WebRequest API have been removed. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Added common names for share settings in settings plugins. Thanks @htcfreek!
  • The Calculator Mages engine has been updated to 2.0.1, for greater accuracy. Thanks for testing and for pushing the changes @htcfreek!
  • Translation fixes for Calculator and TimeDate plugins. Thanks @htcfreek!
  • An entry for “Search Parameters” has been added to the Parameters plugin. Thanks @jefflord!
  • Removed uses of the deprecated BinaryFormatter, which contained vulnerabilities. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Added parameters to better control the order of query results. Thanks @jefflord!
  • The Terminal plugin now uses a better API to detect installed Terminal packages. Thanks @htcfreek!

Settings

  • Fixed a bug that an update failed even though PowerToys was fully updated. (It was a fix for 0.59)
  • The OOBE window is resizable. (It was a fix for 0.59)
  • OOBE can now display release notes through authenticated proxies.
  • OOBE now hides hashes for x64 and ARM64 installers on the What’s New page.
  • Minor UI fix in Keyboard Manager page. Thanks @ZetaSp!
  • Fix in internal data type of CheckBox controls. Thanks @ghost1372!
  • The title bar is now displayed in the Immersive Dark Mode theme. Thank you @WilliamABradley!
  • Fixed a crash when accessing the System.Management API load on ARM64 versions of Windows.

Fitter

  • Fixed signature of configuration custom actions DLL in new pipeline.
  • The Visual C++ redistributable has been updated to 14.32.31332 and fixed an installation error when installing a newer version. Thanks @snickler!
  • Updated .NET dependency to 6.0.6.

Development

  • Cleaned up removal of CA1031 warnings. Thank you @davidegiacometti!
  • Support for ARM64 binaries has been added to the Microsoft Store submit task. Thanks @azchohfi!
  • Added code for a tool to identify monitor IDs.
  • Support for ARM64 binaries has been added to the winget package creation task.
  • Updated pull request template to better reflect project changes.
  • Component governance controls have been re-enabled on the new master branch.
  • CI fails to run tests calling the new version of WebView 2, so they have been disabled until a fix is ​​found.
  • Updated Testing SDK to 17.2.0.
  • Nuget package versions used in the solution have been consolidated.
  • The CodeQL CI task was disabled in the repository, but was causing issues on forks, so it was removed.
  • A specific version of Newtonsoft.Json was specified in the tests to avoid a vulnerability present in previous versions.
  • FabricBot configurations have been added to the repository.
  • Added dependabot configuration for updating GitHub actions dependencies. Thank you @naveensrinivasan!
  • Updated spell check action and added quality of life fixes to workflow. Thanks @jsoref!

PowerToys 0.60 comes with a few known issues:

powertoys screenshot

You can download PowerToys 0.60 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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