PowerToys update gives Windows 11 users new tools to play with

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Microsoft has released the latest version of PowerToys for Windows 11 and thanks to the open source community, power users now have many new features to test out.

Although version 0.53 of the software giant’s utilities for power users was originally intended to be an incremental release, contributors to the project were able to add a number of features, including G-code support in File Explorer preview panes and thumbnails, a web search plugin. Were. And a new Always On Top utility.

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First introduced with Windows 95 and then brought back to Windows 10 three years ago, PowerToys is a set of tools designed to make it more convenient to use Microsoft’s operating system to its full potential. has been done. However, these tools are not for the average user, but for people who already know their way around Windows and want to be able to access core features and settings even faster.

PowerToys v0.53.1

The latest PowerToys release includes new features to help power users be even more productive when using Windows.

The first new feature is the Always On Top utility that allows users to toggle a window in focus with a quick press of Win + Ctrl + T. To bring the window back to normal, you just need to input this keyboard shortcut a second time on your Windows PC or laptop.

Opening your favorite search engine and browser is now even easier because it’s called “??” in PowerToys Run. This can be done by entering with a question. For example, typing “?? What is the answer to life” will bring up Microsoft Edge and Bing or Google Chrome and Google Search with search results that answer your question.

Microsoft changed the hotkey for mute your webcam and microphone from Win+N to Win+Shift+Q to avoid conflicts with existing Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts. Being able to mute your webcam and microphone with the press of a button can be especially useful when using the company’s video conferencing software.

While these are just some of the highlights of the latest version of PowerToys, you can check out the full release notes on GitHub to see all the changes and improvements.

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