PowerToys 0.19 released

[German]Microsoft released version 0.19 of PowerToys for Windows 10 users a few hours ago, on June 30, 2020. These PowerToys are a collectionof free tools and offers additional features for Windows 10.


PowerToys Background

PowerToys were free programs under Windows 95/98, with which certain Windows features could be optimized or adapted. Inspired by the PowerToys project under Windows 95, some developers dared to restart. The intended was to give power users the ability to get more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for individual workflows. The announcement tool place at the beginning of May 2019 (Windows 10: PowerToys will come as Open Source). More information can be found in the articles linked at the end of this blog.

PowerToys settings UI.
(PowerToys Settings)

The PowerToys known from Windows 9x are also available in the version for Windows 10 Open Source and free of charge.

Update to version 0.19

The announcement of PowerToys version 0.19 was made on June 30, 2020 by developer Clint Rutkas – here is his tweet.


The new version of the PowerToys is a kind of bugfix update. Goals for the 0.19 release cycle were additional stability and quality fixes. Over 100 issues have been fixed in all PowerToys utilities. In addition, the installation program has been improved and parts of these changes go online in version 0.19 and later in version 0.20. In the current version, this will be the last time that users will see Windows Explorer flash briefly during the upgrade. For 0.20 it is planned that the installation of .NET Core should run much smoother. For details, including download and known issues, please visit this GitHub page. An overview of all PowerToys features can be found here.

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