PowerToys v0.12 Beta released

[German]Microsoft has released another preview version 0.12 of the PowerToys for Windows 10 users. As a new feature the PowerRename Windows Shell Extension has been added.


The PowerToys known from Windows 9x are Open Source and available for free on this GitHub page. I had reported about the first release in September 2019 (Windows 10: First Open Source PowerToys released).

New: PowerRename

PowerRename is a Windows shell extension to rename multiple files using search and replace or regular expressions. PowerRename allows easy searching and replaces or extends matching with regular expressions. As you type the Search and Replace input boxes, the Preview pane displays what the items are renamed to. PowerRename then calls the Windows Explorer file operations engine to perform the renaming. This has the advantage that the renaming process can be undone after PowerRename is exited. The following animation shows the use of the tool.

(PowerRename, Source: GitHub, Click to zoom)

A description of the functions can be found on the PowerRename page. The tool was integrated into the PowerToys by Chris Davis based on his SmartRename tool.

What's to come

In this GitHub Readme article, the developers have given a brief outlook on what they plan to do with other tools.


  • Maximize to new desktop widget – The MTND widget shows a pop-up button when a user hovers over the maximize / restore button on any window. Clicking it creates a new desktop, sends the app to that desktop and maximizes the app on the new desktop.
  • Process terminate tool
  • Animated gif screen recorder

Details may be read on GitHub.

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