Software Update: PowerToys 0.61.0

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Microsoft has released version 0.61.0 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 and higher. The PowerToys currently consist of awake, Color picker, Fancy Zones, File Explorer Addons, Image Resizer, KeyboardManager, PowerRename, Power Toys Run, Shortcut Guide and the Video Conference Mute. The changelog for this release shows the following changes and improvements.


  • Quality of life improvements for Always on Top, FancyZones and PowerToys Run.

known issues


  • Upgraded the Windows App SDK runtimes to 1.1.2.
  • The new Windows 11 context menu entries are now correctly added to Windows 11 dev channel insider builds. (This was a hot fix for 0.60)
  • The old context menu entries are shown alongside the new Windows 11 context menu entries to be compatible with software that overrides the Windows 11 context menu behavior. (This was a hot fix for 0.60)
  • Consolidated C# language version across the solution.
  • Removed deprecated Segoe icon glyph codes and replaced them with the correct ones.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a random accent key to be pressed on certain keyboard layouts when enabling some modules.

Always on Top

  • Fixed border flickering when activating.
  • Fixed a bug causing Always on Top to activate and hang when exiting PowerToys.
  • Fixed black edges appearing on rounded corners.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing 100% CPU consumption.

Fancy Zones

  • Fixed a bug that caused layouts to not be applied correctly when many monitors reported having the same serial number. (This was a hot fix for 0.60)
  • Fixed a bug that caused layouts to not be applied correctly on some virtual monitor setups (This was a hotfix for 0.60)
  • A “Rows” default layout is now applied to vertical monitors, instead of a “Columns” layout.

Image Resizer

  • Screen reader now announces the size name instead of the class name.

File explorer add-ons

  • Fixed an issue when creating thumbnails for SVG files created using Inkscape.


  • Adjusted wording on the editor when keys are orphaned.

mouse utility

  • Fixed a bug that caused the current Find My Mouse spotlight to hang when activated in the top left corner of the screen. (This was a hot fix for 0.60)


  • The PowerRename window reacts to current dpi when created.

Power Toys Run

  • Fixed a typo in the WindowWalker plugin UI.
  • Improved performance by saving the search history files only on exit.
  • PowerToys Run no longer shows results for some plugins when querying for empty spaces in a global query.
  • Added support for showing localized names for some win32 programs in the programs plugin.
  • The program plugin will now consider settings changed directly in ProgramPluginSettings.json.


  • PowerToys Run settings page properly grays out the score adjustment setting when a plugin is not global.
  • PowerToys Run plugins score adjustment field accepts only numeric characters.
  • Will not run if started directly from its executable, as it was before the WinUI 3 upgrade.
  • Fixed a typo in a PowerToys Run settings page description.


  • Removed the dead code to make a msix installer.
  • Updated the .NET dependency to 6.0.7.
  • Won’t create a new PowerToys shortcut on update if it’s been removed manually by the user.


  • Updated the Windows Store Package submission script to show less UI while installing PowerToys. (This was a hot fix for 0.60)
  • Added more functionality to the Monitor Report Tool.
  • The release CI now includes the version number in the symbols artifacts.
  • GitHub should now show .vsconfig as a JSON file.
  • Centralized the configurations for NetAnalyzers and StyleCop.
  • Check-spelling has been upgraded to version 0.0.20.

Version number 0.61.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11
Website Microsoft
License type GPL
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