PowerToys is Microsoft’s open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 UI and experience to their liking. As we know, depending upon feedback and general stability, some of the utilities also make their way to the OS. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys.
At the end of September, Microsoft released PowerToys version 0.47.0 with a ton of bug fixes, a new Shortcut Guide and stability updates. Today, the company has rolled out version 0.47.1 which focuses on increasing stability based on user feedback.
This is a patch release to fix issues in v0.47.0 we deemed important for stability based on user feedback. See v0.47.0 for full release notes.
- #11898 – PowerToys Run crashing when selecting search results
- #13553 – [Shortcut Guide] Suppress Windows Menu from appearing
- #13557 – [PT Run] Add setting to use centralized keyboard hook
- #13616 – [FancyZones] Change layout using a shortcut (another regression fix that the next commit depends on)
- #13703 – [FancyZones] Reset layouts after screen locking fix
If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others in Windows 10, you can open the app and click on “Check for updates” under the updates section on the General tab. Those who would like to try PowerToys for the first time can grab the version 0.47.1 installer from the app’s GitHub page.