Microsoft has released a new update for its PowerToys suite of tools, bringing version 0.37 to all users. This release includes a handful of fixes and a few improvements to features such as PowerToys Run and changes to keyboard shortcuts in FancyZones, and more.
In addition to this, the company has removed the legacy Settings app and converted the Keyboard Manager tool into a separate executable process. PowerRename now has some capitalization options, too.
One important feature that still isn't included in this release is the much-awaited Video Conferencing Mute utility, which is still available in the experimental builds. The team noted that it needs more work before it can be released to the general public. “Our goals for v0.37 release cycle Video Conference Mute work so we can bring it into the stable branch,” said Clint Rutkas, Program manager lead on PowerToys.
Here’s the full list of improvements and fixes in PowerToys version 0.37:
- FancyZones editor default launching key is Win+Shift+`
- Windows Terminal's new Quake mode will use Win+`. We feel this is a far better use of the keystroke.
- Current PowerToys users can update this in our settings in the FancyZone section.
- Removed our v1 HTML based settings system
New Spec - Feedback please!
- What is new in PowerToys (SCOOBE) - Pull Request
- Editor UX bug fixes. Thanks @niels9001
- Monitor resolution is added to the top to directly infer the boxes on top are your monitors
- Fix for editor crash when editing a custom layout
- Option added for capitalization.
- Improved loading responsiveness with large sums of files.
- Changed XAML to improve rendering. Thanks @niels9001
- Disabled plugins are no longer loaded
- VS Code plugin workspaces showing up now. Thanks @ricardosantos9521
- Now an independent exe. This now runs high priority in its own process. When your CPU is under load, this should allow the process to continue to be prioritized
- uses a centralized keyhook. This should improve activation
- Esc for closing will no longer bubble through. Thanks @DoctorNefario
Settings / Welcome to PowerToys
- Shortcuts will stand out more
- Few accessability bugs fixed. Thanks @niels9001
- Excluded apps for Shortcut Guide. Thanks @davidegiacometti
- new arg for starting PT after silent install
Developer quality of life
- Ability to directly debug against Settings
It is worth noting that PowerToys version 0.35 is available for users running Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) or higher. This means that users on older versions of Windows will not be able to install the latest update. However, most users will probably already be running a newer version of the OS, so it shouldn't make a difference. As always, those who are interested in installing the tool can head to the official GitHub page to download it.