Software update: PowerToys 0.37.0

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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 following changes and improvements have been made in this release:

Change log

  • PowerToys now requires Windows 10, version 1903 or higher
  • 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!


  • Editor UX bug fixes.
  • 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.

PowerToys Run

  • Changed XAML to improve rendering.
  • Disabled plugins are no longer loaded
  • VS Code plugin workspaces showing up now.

keyboard manager

  • 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

Color Picker

  • uses a centralized key hook. This should improve activation
  • Esc for closing will no longer bubble through.

Settings / Welcome to PowerToys

  • Shortcuts will stand out more
  • Few accessibility bugs fixed.

Shortcut Guide

  • Excluded apps for Shortcut Guide.


  • new arg for starting PT after silent install

Developer quality of life

  • Ability to directly debug against Settings

Version number 0.37.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 10
Website Microsoft
License type GPL
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