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PowerToys 0.65

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PowerToysMicrosoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows 10 experience for greater productivity.

For those who haven’t heard of PowerToys before, it’s a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot provides power users with tools to squeeze more out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for their individual workflows. On May 8, 2019, Microsoft relaunched PowerToys and made them open-source on GitHub.

PowerToys for Windows 10 comes with the following utilities:

Color Picker adds a tool for color identification (in HEX, RGB, CMYK, HSL and HSV, among others).
FancyZones adds a window manager that makes it easier for users to create and use complex window layouts.
File Explorer (Preview Panes) adds SVG and Markdown previews to File Explorer.
Image Resizer adds a context menu to File Explorer for resizing images.
Keyboard Manager adds options for remapping keys and shortcuts.
PowerRename adds an option for users to rename files using search and replace or regular expression in File Explorer.
PowerToys Run adds a Spotlight-like tool that allows users to search for folders, files, applications, and other items.
Shortcut Guide adds a full screen overlay that allows the user to view the windows key shortcuts available in the current window.
Awake adds a system tray tool to keep a device awake and prevent Windows from allowing a device to sleep or hibernate.

0.65
November 2022 Update

In this release, we focused on stability and improvements.

Highlights
The codebase was upgraded to work with .NET 7. Thanks @snickler!
Quick Accent can now show a description of the selected character. Thanks @Aaron-Junker!
ColorPicker now supports adding custom formats.

Known issues
The Text Extractor utility fails to recognize text in some cases on ARM64 devices running Windows 10.
After installing PowerToys, the new Windows 11 context menu entries for PowerRename and Image Resizer might not appear before a system restart.
There are reports of users who are unable to open the Settings window. This is being caused by incompatibilities with some applications (RTSS RivaTuner Statistics Server is a known examples of this). If you’re affected by this, please check the linked issue to verify if any of the presented solutions works for you.

General
Downgraded the ModernWPF dependency to 0.9.4 to avoid issues on certain virtualization technologies. (This was a hotfix for 0.64)
Upgraded and fixed the code to work with .NET 7. Thanks @snickler!

Always on Top
Added telemetry for the pinning/unpinning events.

Awake
Added telemetry.
Removed exiting Awake from the tray icon when starting from the runner. Utilities started from the runner should be disabled in the Settings to avoid discrepancies.

Color Picker
Fixed an infinite loop due to a looping UI refresh. (This was a hotfix for 0.64)
Added a feature to allow users to create their own color formats.

FancyZones
Fixed an issue that caused turning off spaces between zones to not apply correctly. (This was a hotfix for 0.64)
Prevent the shift key press from trickling down to the focused window. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
Fixed a bug causing FancyZones to try resizing hidden windows.
Fixed the focus layout preview being empty on first run in the editor.
Fixed UI margin in the “Create new layout” dialog.
Fixed window positioning issues when switching between virtual desktops.
Fixed snapping by hotkey in single zone layouts.

File explorer add-ons
Added .log file support to the Monaco preview handler. Thanks @Eagle3386!

File Locksmith
Query system and other users processes when elevated. (This was a hotfix for 0.64)
Icon and UI fixes. Thanks @niels9001! (This was a hotfix for 0.64)

Group Policy Objects
Removed a obsolete dependency from the admx file to fix importing on Intune. Thanks @htcfreek! (This was a hotfix for 0.64)

Hosts File Editor
Added a scrollbar to the additional lines dialog. Thanks @davidegiacometti! (This was a hotfix for 0.64)
Updated the plus icon. Thanks @niels9001! (This was a hotfix for 0.64)
Prevent the new entry content dialog from overlapping the title bar.
Updated the name for the additional lines feature. Thanks @htcfreek!
Added a workaround for an issue causing the context menu not opening on right-click. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

Image Resizer
Fixed a silent crash when trying to show the tier 1 context menu on Windows 11.

PowerToys Run
Added pinyin support to the search. Thanks @frg2089!
Fixed an error in the TimeZone plugin preventing searching for standard time zones. Thanks @Tantalus13A98B5F!
Added the English abbreviations as fallbacks in the UnitConverter plugin. Thanks @Tantalus13A98B5F!

Quick Accent
Added mappings for the mu, omicron, upsilon and thorn characters.
Added a setting to exclude apps from activating Quick Accent.
Fixed an issue causing the selector to trigger when leaving the lock screen. Thanks @damienleroy!
Added the Croatian, Netherlands, Swedish and Welsh character sets. Thanks @damienleroy!
Added support for more unicode characters. Thanks @char-46!
Shift-space can now navigate backwards in the selector. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
Added the Catalan accented characters. Thanks @ivocarbajo and @codingneko!
Added the Kurdish accented characters.
Added the Serbian accented characters. Thanks @damienleroy!
Added the Irish and Scottish accented characters.
Added the description for the currently selected character in the selector.
Fixed a bug causing the selector window to appear blank.

Runner
Fixed a crash on a racing condition accessing the IPC communication with Settings.

Settings
Fixed settings name in the QuickAccent page. Thanks @htcfreek!
Added a message indicating there’s no network available when looking for updates.
Fixed an error causing the backup/restore feature to not find the backup file. Thanks @jefflord!
Fixed localization for the “All apps” expression in the keyboard manager page.
UI refactoring, clean-up and bringing in modern controls. Thanks @niels9001!
Improved settings/OOBE screens text. Thanks @Jay-o-Way!
The backup/restore feature also backs up FancyZones layouts.

Shortcut Guide
Added a setting to make the shortcuts and taskbar icons have different configurable response times. Thanks @OkamiWong!

Video Conference Mute
Changed the warning about deprecating Video Conference Mute to saying it’s going to go into legacy mode, thanks to community feedback. (This was a hotfix for 0.64)

Documentation
Added the core team to COMMUNITY.md

Development
Fixed some errors in the GitHub issue templates. Thanks @Aaron-Junker!
Updated the Windows implementation library. Thanks @AtariDreams!
Added Hosts File Editor to the issue templates. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
Turned on C++ code analysis and incrementally fixing warnings.
Cleaned up unused dependencies. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
Fixed building on the latest MSVC.
Fixed multi-processor build on the latest MSBuild.
Added a message to suggest the feedback hub to the fabric bot triggers.
Optimized every png file with the zopfli algorithm. Thanks @pea-sys!
Updated the .vsconfig file for a quicker development setup. Thanks @ChaseKnowlden!
Fixed a language typo in the code. Thanks @eltociear!
Fixed wrong x86 target in the solution file.
Added a script to fail building when the nuget packages aren’t consolidated. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
Upgraded the Vanara.Invoke dependencies.
Upgraded and brought back the spell-checker. Thanks @jsoref!
Added a new dependencies feed and fixed release CI. Thanks @Aaron-Junker!

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