PowerToys 0.60 released

Windows[German]Microsoft has released version 0.6 of its free PowerToys for Windows 10 and Windows 11 on July 7, 2022. I haven't reported about these tools and the weekly water levels here on the blog for a while, especially since the software often came along with bugs and then caused problems. With version 0.6, Clint Rutkas, the developer of the tools, promises quantities of bug fixes and some new features.


PowerToys 0.60 available

The announcement of PowerToys version 0.60 is made on July 7, 2022 via the following tweet, which points to this Github page with the details. In the release cycle of PowerToys v0.60, Rutkas focused on stability and improvements.

PowerToys 0.60

In the GitHub changelog, Clint Rutkas lists the following new features and changes:

  • PowerRename and Image Resizer now appear in the new Windows 11 context menu.
  • There is a new PowerToys Run plugin for OneNote.
  • FancyZones uses new zone identification with monitor id to increase stability and avoid zone resets.
  • AlwaysOnTop now uses rounded corners to highlight round windows on Windows 11.
  • Added settings for PowerToys Run to better control the order of query results.

The post on GitHub lists some known issues and more details about the new release of PowerToys v0.6. The program is available in a 64-bit version for ARM and X64 CPUs on GitHub.

The PowerToys, what's that?

The PowerToys were free programs under Windows 95/98, with which certain Windows functions could be optimized or adapted. Inspired by the PowerToys project under Windows 95, some developers dared to reboot. This restart is supposed to offer power users possibilities to get more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and to adapt it for individual workflows. More information can be found in the blog post Windows 10: First Open Source PowerToys released.


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.

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