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PowerToys 0.25 out with many fixes, Video Conferencing Mute utility coming next week

Microsoft has released a new version of its PowerToys suite of tools, bringing version 0.25 to all users. Today’s release is heavy on bug fixes and stability improvements and does not bring the much-awaited Video Conferencing Mute utility that the firm has been working to add to the tool. The team states that the utility will be added in “about a week’s time” as it needs more work before it can be shipped to all users.

It also adds that the focus of version 0.25 has been on “stability, localization, and quality of life improvements for both the development team and our end users”, and to that end, there is a long list of fixes. The firm says it is adding 17 languages to the tool and is requesting feedback on the rough edges and issues. Other improvements include new color styles for the Color Picker tool, a host of improvements and fixes to Run, and much more.

Here is the complete list of fixes and improvements being made in version 0.25:


  • First pass on localization complete. 17 different languages. We know there will be some rough areas, please make us aware so we can correct them.
  • Logging added into the installer
  • Large sums of accessibility issues fixed.
  • Less notifications for installing
  • FxCop work is almost fully wrapped up

Color Picker

  • Additional color style selections such as CYMK and HSL


  • Multiple bugs fixed
  • Better zone drawing improvements

Keyboard manager

  • Fixed terminal input map failure
  • Better app compat
  • Multiple bug fixes
  • Ability to directly disable keys/shortcuts

PowerToys Run

  • expanded environment var searching such as %windr%
  • multiple crash bug fixes
  • Improvements on calculator plugin
  • Directly able to override theming
  • Windows will open to what shell you want
  • Better action key support
    • = for direct calculator
    • ? for direct file searching
    • . for direct for applications
    • // for direct URL
    • > for shell processes

Dev docs

  • Added multiple developer related docs.

It must be noted that version 0.25 will roll out to users running the stable version of PowerToys, which is currently on 0.23.2. Users on the experimental version will receive a new build of the tool with all the fixes in 0.25 later.

If you are interested in looking at the complete list of commits and bug fixes made in this version, you can head to the issues page here. You can also head to the GitHub page here if you prefer to download the tool manually.

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