Software update: PowerToys 0.31.1

Microsoft has released a new version of PowerToys. The PowerToys are a collection of small programs for power users. There were PowerToys for Windows 95 and Windows XP and since mid-2019 Microsoft has also been developing a version for Windows 10. At the moment there are only a small number of programs left in the collection, including FancyZones, Windows key shortcut guide, PowerRename, PowerToys Run and Keyboard Manager. The release notes for this release can be found below.

Release v0.31.1

Our goals for 0.31 release cycle were to focus on adding improving the FancyZones editor, adding in some new toys into PowerToys Run, some ARM64 work, and stability. 0.31.0 was tested internally but not publicly released due to discovering #9396. For the entire commit history, please look at the 0.16 release. Below are just a few of the bullet items from this release.

Where is the Video Conference utility?

We plan to roll out a DirectShow based version in February with the hope to merge the utility into the main PowerToys repository in February / March timeframe.

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Highlights from v0.31 General

  • Bug report tool and improved logging now added to our system tray.
  • Added in CodeQL and other CI improvements.
  • OOBE Spec should be finalized

ARM64 Progress

  • .NET Core upgrade for code bases the PowerToys team controls is complete. We still have two external dependencies that are .NET Framework that need to be updated.

Color Picker

  • Bug fixes in editor


  • Streamlined, simplified user interface (Massive thanks to @niels9001)
  • Dark mode for the editor
  • Certain settings (eg number of zones, spacing settings) can now be set on individual layouts.
  • Bug fixes

file explorer

  • Fixed OneDrive SVG Bug
  • SVG are scaled appropriately when viewbox is provided
  • SVG thumbnail quality improved

PowerToys Run

  • Service management plugin (restart, stop, …)
  • registry key plugin
  • System action plugin (Reboot, lock, …)
  • Hyperbolic functions added to calculator
  • Icon fixes when running in certain themes
  • Unneeded dependencies removed
  • Bug fixes


  • Default to .NET Core 3.1.11

Version number 0.31.1
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 10
Website Microsoft
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License type GPL