A few days ago, Microsoft released PowerToys 0.29 for users of the stable application. The version contains improvements and corrections to the FancyZones, PowerToys Run and Color Picker tools. Since then, the company has internally tested versions 0.29.1 and 0.29.2 and finally released version 0.29.3.


What’s new in PowerToys 0.29.3.

  • #8808 – The Fantasy Zone was sometimes not displayed. This was caused by two uninitialized variables. There was a race condition during testing, so we avoided it. We hope that our efforts to add more code analysis tools will help detect these types of errors.
  • #8787 – PowerRename throws a regex error when it shouldn’t. For the time being, we have removed the error dialog and will add a more targeted error detection block later on.

So this is a small update with two corrections.

You can download PoweToys on GitHub.

Toys requests

Windows 10 PowerToys currently contains the following applications.

  • Screen Recoder is a new tool that allows the user to record the application part of the screen and save the recording in a . It will be possible to create a GIF animation of what the user has captured. Other functions include the ability to crop the recording and adjust the video/GIF quality. Video menu editor
  • Videoconferencing Mute is an experimental tool that allows you to mute audio and video on your computer with a single keystroke or mouse click. PowerToys Video Conference Mute Tool VcWindow PowerToys Video Conference Mute Tool Options
  • ColorPicker is a quick and easy color selection system that allows you to request a color value anywhere on the screen. PowerToys ColorPicker
  • PowerRename is a tool for renaming a large number of files using different naming conditions, such as. B. Search and replace part of a filename, define regular expressions, change case, and more. PowerRename is implemented as a shell extension for the file explorer (playback plugin). A dialog box opens with a number of options. PowerToys PowerRename
  • FancyZones – FancyZones is a window manager that allows you to easily organize and incorporate windows into efficient layouts for your workflow and restore these layouts quickly. FancyZones allows the user to define a set of window positions on the desktop that serve as targets for the windows. When the user drags a window into an area, the size of the window is resized and the window is repositioned to fill that area. Improvements to the MultiMy Fantasy Area
  • Windows Shortcuts List – Windows Shortcuts List is a full-screen overlay utility that provides a dynamic set of Windows shortcuts that apply to a specific desktop and a currently active window. When you hold down a Windows key for one second (you can adjust the duration of this action in the Preferences), a window appears on your desktop with all available Windows shortcuts and the action these keys perform, based on the current status of your desktop and the active window. If you hold down the Windows key after pressing it, the overlay remains in place and the new status of the active window is displayed. Overview guide for PowerToys
  • Image Editor, a Windows shell extension that allows you to quickly resize images. PowerToys Image Surveillance
  • File Explorer is a set of add-ons for File Explorer. Currently it contains two additions to the preview window to display the contents of *.MD and *.SVG files. PowerToys File explorer options
  • Window Walker is an application that allows you to search and switch between open windows from the comfort of your keyboard. Power windows 2
  • PowerToys Run, offers a new run command with additional options such as. B. Quick search for applications, files and documents. It supports extensions for functions such as calculators, dictionaries and online search engines. PowerToys Run
  • The Keyboard Manager is a tool that allows you to redirect any key to another function. It can be configured in the main PowerToys dialog box. PowerToys Keyboard management Allows you to restore a single key or a series of keys (shortcut).

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Sergei Tkachenko on 2 January 2021.

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