Microsoft PowerToys 0.57.2 fixes FancyZones rounded corners, Always on Top lost focus, and more

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Microsoft has released PowerToys v0.57.2 just over a week after releasing v0.57.0. However, you will not find the new 'Peek' PowerToy yet, as this is just a patch release to address some issues, as shown below. Microsoft notes that the patch was needed to fix issues in v0.57.0 that they deemed important for stability based on incoming rates.

  • #17332: AlwaysOnTop windows would lose their topmost status sometimes. It'll be reapplied when detected.
  • #17390: PowerToys Run would consume 100% of the CPU when many changes were done on settings. This is fixed.
  • #17406: FancyZones not restoring rounded corners after unsnapping bug is fixed.
  • #17367: Not everyone was happy with FancyZones removing rounded corners on Windows 11. This is now a setting.
  • #17318: Settings would get stuck in a loop checking for updates too frequently. This is fixed.
  • #1605: PowerToys Run can now run programs as a different user.
  • #17468: PowerToys Run WindowWalker crashed on startup on certain Virtual Desktop configurations. This is fixed.
  • #16283: New installations or updates of VS Code were not being picked up by PowerToys Run.
  • #17454: PowerToys Run was taking a long time to show queries on configurations with many network interfaces. This is fixed.
  • #17027: Some applications were not being resnapped to a Zone as they were restarted. This is fixed.
  • #17410: Sign the PowerToys .msi file bundled in the .exe installer.
  • #17513: Special shortcuts like Control Panel and File Explorer appear again in PowerToys Run.
  • #16552: Improve FancyZones Editor grid editor support for screen readers.
  • #17537: Update the .net core installed version to 3.1.23, containing security fixes.
  • #17493: Fix crash on Developer File Preview when the setting file is not created yet.
  • #17539: Fix FancyZones bug when restoring original size of windows when unsnapping on certain display scalings.
  • #17570: Additional logging for the Windows Terminal plugin in PowerToys Run.

As such, there are no changes, you can view the full set of changes in our v0.57.0 post here.

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PowerToys is Microsoft's open-source project that offers a collection of nifty tools that people can use to customize the Windows 10 or 11 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 eventually. A prominent example of this is Snap Layouts and Span Groups in Windows 11 which borrow heavily from the FanzyZones tool in PowerToys.

If you are using PowerToys in Windows 11, you can grab it in the Microsoft Store. For others on 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 0.57.2 installer from the app's GitHub page.

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