PowerToys 0.23 focuses on bug fixes, video conference tool coming later

Microsoft has released a new update for PowerToys, the collection of customization tools aimed at Windows 10 power users. The app is now at version 0.23, but this release is focused entirely on bug fixes and other smaller improvements, and nothing in the way of new features.

In fact, even the video conference tool, which allows users to set certain shortcuts to mute their microphone or turn off their webcam, isn't available yet. It debuted in the experimental release of PowerToys version 0.22, and it will come back in version 0.24, another experiemental release coming next week. The company says it needs to do some additional work before the feature can be rolled out to everyone.

With that being said, version 0.23 includes plenty of fixes, both for the PowerToys app as a while and for many of its sub-apps. Here's the list of highlights from this release:

General

  • Localization pipeline is flowing from our Github to the loc system and back. 0.25 should be localized now.
  • The EXE installer should be at parity now with the MSI. Please go to the wiki for (installer args)[https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/wiki/Installer-arguments-for-exe]

FancyZones

  • Fixed bug on not seeing a newly attached screen
  • Fixed spanning across monitors bug
  • Added in default layout for new users, a Priority Grid
  • Added keyboard support to grow / shrink to multiple zones
  • General bug fixes

PT Run

  • Multiple crash bugs fixed. Prioritized any users reported along with top hits from Watson reporting
  • Stopped PT Run from interfering with an install
  • Fixed folder bug if it had a # in it (Thanks @jjw24 for the PR!)
  • Fixed a screen flicker for
  • General bug fixes

Keyboard manager

  • Multiple crash bugs fixed. Prioritized any users reported along with top hits from Watson reporting
  • Fixed multiple accessibility issues.
  • General bug fixes

Preview Pane

  • Added in Frontmatter and better (but still basic) latex support.

Settings

  • Fixed scaling issue for responsive design on Image Resizer
  • Fixed crash on empty color value.
  • Fixed crash for toggling FancyZones on/off
  • Fixed 0x00 NFTS crash for settings
  • Fixed multiple accessibility issues.
  • Layout adjustments (Thanks @niels9001)
  • General bug fixes

Dev related

  • FxCop is being rolled out across all PowerToys. This should catch a lot of possible leaks.
  • Unified PT Run's log system
  • PT Run's calc plugin now has unit tests (Thanks @P-Storm)
  • Dev setup install script now supports VS preview (Thanks @TobiasSekan)

You can download the latest version of PowerToys from the GitHub page, and you can also contribute to the project there.

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