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Microsoft PowerToys v0.21.1

PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot provides power users with ways to squeeze more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for individual workflows. A great overview of the Windows 95 PowerToys can be found here.

Current PowerToy Utilities

Color Picker

ColorPicker is a simple and quick system-wide color picker with Win+Shift+C. Color Picker allows to pick colors from any currently running application and automatically copies the HEX or RGB values to your clipboard. This code is based on Martin Chrzan's Color Picker.


FancyZones is a window manager that makes it easy to create complex window layouts and quickly position windows into those layouts.

File Explorer Add-ons

File Explorer add-ons will enable SVG icon rendering and Preview Pane additions for File Explorer.

Preview Pane is an existing feature in the File Explorer. To enable it, you just click the View tab in the ribbon and then click "Preview Pane". PowerToys will now enable two types of files to be previewed: Markdown (.md) & SVG (.svg)

Image Resizer

Image Resizer is a Windows Shell Extension for quickly resizing images. With a simple right click from File Explorer, resize one or many images instantly. This code is based on Brice Lambson's Image Resizer.

Keyboard Manager

Keyboard Manager allows you to customize the keyboard to be more productive by remapping keys and creating your own keyboard shortcuts. This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or later.


PowerRename is a Windows Shell Extension for advanced bulk renaming using search and replace or regular expressions. PowerRename allows simple search and replace or more advanced regular expression matching. While you type in the search and replace input fields, the preview area will show what the items will be renamed to. PowerRename then calls into the Windows Explorer file operations engine to perform the rename. This has the benefit of allowing the rename operation to be undone after PowerRename exits. This code is based on Chris Davis's SmartRename.

PowerToys Run

PowerToys Run is a new toy in PowerToys that can help you search and launch your app instantly with a simple Alt+Space and start typing! It is open source and modular for additional plugins. Window Walker is now inside too! This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or later.

Shortcut Guide

Windows key shortcut guide appears when a user holds the Windows key down for more than one second and shows the available shortcuts for the current state of the desktop.

Video Conference Mute (Experimental)

Video Conference Mute is a quick and easy way to do an global "mute" of both your microphone and webcam via Win+N. Just set your webcam in the target application to the PowerToys VideoConference camera.

Note: This is only included in the pre-release version of PowerToys installer. This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or later.


Windows 10 1803 (build 17134) or later.

PDB symbols for the release are available in a separate zip file here.

August 2020 Update

Our goals for 0.21 release cycle was to focus on stability, localization and quality of life improvements for both the development team and our end users.

One of the longer term goal items we have made progress on is the Out of Box experience / initial onboarding experience (OOBE) improvements.@Niels9001 created a wicked awesome proof of concept of what the OOBE experience could be. We are pretty stoked about this since it handles one an important item, critical shortcut default adjustments.
Highlights from August

We shipped v0.21!
Video conference muting first public release

PT Run:

Removed need for space in action keywords. This means you now can type >ipconfig
Icon caches fixed and now has colored icons
Improved font rendering via ClearType (Shout out to @AnuthaDev doing the heavy lifting here)
Result speed improvements
URLs are supported
Fixed bugs including calculating bugs


Win+Arrow key is directional based on zone rect
Fixed bugs


Fixed toast notifications running elevated from non-admin account

Shortcut Guide:

Improved vkey catching which will fix some use cases of it not showing up

SVG in File Explorer:

Embedded image tags will now render in Explorer

Color Picker:

Fixed bug where it would launch via false positive keystrokes


Settings, PT Run and KBM undergoing improvements


Pipeline is now setup and will be doing a full E2E pass on all utilities shortly.

Dev quality of life improvements:

Continued warning count reduction. This release ~80 removed
StyleCop enabled E2E
FxCop starting to be added in E2E

New experiential PowerToys utility - Video conference muting:

Note: This is only included in the pre-release version of PowerToys installer. This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or later.

Back in the June timeframe, we started prototyping an idea. With COVID-19, we're all multi-tasking and trying to make the best of everything and being able to quickly mute while on a conference call is critical regardless of where you are on your computer and what application has focus.

The utility will mute not just your audio but your video as well with a single keystroke. You can do audio, video both. We knew this would impact our roadmap and goals but felt extremely strong that this is the right decision. We're all multi-tasking and trying to make the best of everything and being able to quickly mute while on a conference call is critical regardless of where you are on your computer.

We know we have some issues and we have a master tracking issue - #6246. We know a certain laptops currently the video forwarding does not work and are proactively working on fixing this.

To use:

Set your camera to the PowerToys Video driver in the target application
Win+N to toggle both Audio and Video at the same time
Win+Shift+O to toggle video
Win+Shift+A to toggle microphone

For a more information, head over to the Video conference mute overview
What is being planned for 0.23

For 0.23, we are proactively working on:

Improve interactions with elevated windows and keeping most of the PT utilities non-elevated so we still have a 'shell' like experience
OOBE work

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