We’ve already had a few updates for PowerToys this year, and Microsoft has even treated us to a selection of new utilities for 2022. Now the company had released PowerToys v0.56.1, and it’s another significant update.
Sadly, there are no new toys to play with in this particular release, but there have been some important changes, fixes and updates to existing utilities. Three especially noteworthy changes include a massive increase in the number of zones that can be created in FanzyZones, huge changes to Find My Mouse, and a switch to VS 2022 with the .NET 6 upgrade. There are also big changes for various other PowerToys utilities.
On the face of thing, PowerToys v0.56.1 might be seen as a minor release — after all, Microsoft has warned that “the v0.56 release cycle focused heavily on stability and improvements” — but there is actually a great deal to this version.
There is, for example, a new way to activate Find My Mouse, and a huge increase in the number of zones that can be created in FancyZones — up from 40 to an incredible 128.
Here’s the full changelog:
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Fixed excess GPU / CPU usage when enabledIf border has focus, not closable via F4Changing border sizes should resize correctly for existing windowsBorder goes away with Outlook modal windows
No longer crashes during theme change
Increased zone limit from 40 to 128.Child and Popup window support for FancyZones. To enable, go to Settings→FancyZones→Windows. These were bugs we fixed that without realizing it was a useful feature to most.
Fixes for Dev file preview: (Thanks @Aaron-Junker)Fix fix for object reference not set.Fix for encoding UTF-8.Fix for file is in use.Fix for saying the file is too big.
Find my mouse will now activate via shaking the mouse with a settings change!Find my mouse now can excludes apps.Fix for crosshair thickness looking odd due to anti-aliasingFix for a hard crash on crosshair (This was a hotfix for 0.55)
Will not spells check file names anymore. Thanks @niels9001Autocomplete result box to not obscure apply button. Thanks @niels9001Regex fix
Timezone conversion plugin for PowerToys Run! Thanks @TobiasSekanHexadecimal and binary numbers now are supported in the calculator plugin. This was added a bit ago and we’d like to extend a belated thanks to @gsuberlandTerminal plugin performance boost. Thanks @htcfreek!Terminal will now be found via the Program plugin again.Shutdown command is now using hybrid fast argument for shutting downSupport for VSCodium with VS Code workplace plugin. Thanks @makeProjectGreatAgain
Video conference mute
nVidia Broadcast software won’t crash anymore
Upgrade notes in OOBEFix for settings being lost (This was a hotfix for 0.55)UX improvements. Thanks @niels9001
Believe we have a fix for the long hated “app.dark.png is missing” error. Thanks to @robmen for having a great blog!Installer will launch PowerToys under appropriate elevation versus Admin only due to UAC prompt for installation (This was a hotfix for 0.55)PowerToys will now start if installed under different user
ARM64 – We removed the last .NET Framework dependency. Thanks @snickler for helping get this across the finish line!.NET 6 upgrade, now on the newest and hottest .NET runtimeCode analyzers have been upgraded! Thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper!Symbols are back!Code refactoring, thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper and @cyberrex5 for helping here!We are now on VS 2022 with the .NET 6 upgrade.
You can grab yourself the latest version of PowerToys here, or make use of the update option within the version you already have installed.