PowerToys 0.62 released

Windows[German]Microsoft has released version 0.62 of its free PowerToys for Windows 10 and Windows 11 on September 6, 2022. I haven't reported about these tools and the weekly water levels here in the blog for a while, especially since the software often came along with bugs and then caused problems. With version 0.62 three new tools (Screen Ruler, Quick Accent and Text Extractor) were released.


PowerToys 0.62

The announcement of PowerToys version 0.62 is made on September 6, 2022 via the following tweet, which points to this Github page with the details. The following notes on new features and changes can be found there: 


  • A new Screen Ruler can be used to measure distances in pixels on the screen.
  • The new utility Quick Accent offers an easy way to write letters with accents.
  • Another new utility is Text Extractor. This works like the Snipping Tool, but copies the text from the selected area with OCR and places it on the Windows clipboard.

In addition, PowerToy Run comes with a new plugin that lets you search past query results. However, the change log also lists some known issues (Text Extractor does not recognize text on ARM64 devices running Windows 10 in some cases, there are difficulties with the new Windows 11 context menu items, etc.). 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 / 11 Open Source and free of charge.

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