Microsoft releases PowerToys v0.62.0 with THREE amazing new utilities to play with

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Recent updates to PowerToys have focused on fixing bugs and improving stability, but now it is finally time for some new features. With the release of PowerToys v0.62.0, Microsoft has added not one, not two, but three new utilities.

If you have been following PowerToys news, you will probably be aware of the Text Extractor tool which can be used to grab text from images, and has been in development for a little while. Likewise, the self-explanatory Screen Ruler utility is one you may have heard of. Completely new, however, is Quick Accent which makes it quick and easy to type accented characters.

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Microsoft describes the new Screen Ruler utility as "a quick and easy way to measure pixels on your screen”. The incredibly useful Text Extractor "works like Snipping Tool, but copies the text out of the selected region using OCR and puts it on the clipboard". The third and final new utility, Quick Accent, is described as "an easy way to write letters with accents".

With this release Microsoft also draws attention to a new plugin that enables you to search in past query results.

The full changelog for PowerToys v0.62.0 is as follows:

General

  • Added a new utility: Screen Ruler.
  • Added a new utility: Quick Accent. Thanks @damienleroy!
  • Added a new utility: Text Extractor. Thanks @TheJoeFin!
  • Upgraded the Windows App SDK runtimes to 1.1.4.

Always on Top

  • Fixed a bug causing the border to linger when closing an Outlook popup window.

Color Picker

  • Fixed the HSB color format to correctly track HSV instead of HSL.
  • Fixed an issue where the zoom factor wasn't reset when reopening the zoom window. Thanks @FWest98!

FancyZones

  • Removed the button to open Settings from the FancyZones Editor, as it was opening behind the overlay.
  • Changed the Highlight distance control to a slider in the FancyZones Editor, to address accessibility issues with screen readers.
  • Fixed an issue where the FancyZones Editor would duplicate or edit the wrong layout.
  • Fixed an issue that caused canvas layout width/height to be changed without even opening the layout in FancyZones Editor.

File explorer add-ons

  • Quality of life improvements to Developer Files preview, including a progress bar while loading, performance improvements, an improved dark mode, and logs. Thanks @Aaron-Junker!
  • Fixed possible WebView related vulnerabilities in the SVG and Markdown handlers.
  • Fixed some race conditions in Developer Files preview causing the loading bar to hang.
  • Added localization support to the Developer Files preview messages.
  • It's now possible to configure default color for Stl Thumbnails. Thanks @pedrolamas!
  • Added an option to format JSON and XML files before rendering. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

PowerRename

  • Fixed an issue that was generating a silent crash when the context menu was triggered when not selecting any file or folder. (This was a hotfix for 0.61)
  • Improved performance when loading a big number of files.
  • Fixed a specific case in which PowerRename tried to rename a file to an empty string.
  • The UI now shows when a file can't be renamed due to its name being too long or containing invalid characters.

PowerToys Run

  • Added a fix to the VSCodeWorkspaces plugin to better support portable installations. Thanks @bkmeneguello!
  • The Folder plugin now expands %HOMEPATH% correctly.
  • Fixed a case where a previous result was being activated when searching for new results. Added a setting to better control input throttling. Thanks @jefflord!
  • Added support for port numbers in the URI plugin. Thanks @KohGeek!
  • Fixed query errors when the search delay option was turned off.
  • New History plugin to search for old search results. Thanks @jefflord!
  • Changed the default TimeDate activation keyword to ), as queries starting by ( are expected as Calculator global queries, and added information in Settings so users know that some activation keywords may conflict with normal usage of some plugins when trying to do a global query. Thanks @htcfreek!
  • The Unit Converter plugin updated its UnitsNet dependency and now supports plural units. Thanks @FWest98!
  • Improved the validation logic in the Calculator plugin. Thanks @htcfreek!

Runner

  • Improved: Clean up old install folders and logs at startup. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

Settings

  • Image and phrasing adjustments.
  • Icon and image updates for the new utilities. Thanks @niels9001!

Shortcut Guide

  • Fixed the Narrator shortcut to include the newly added Control key.

Installer

  • Fixed a regression that was causing the PowerToys shortcut to be deleted on update. (This was a hotfix for 0.61)
  • Updated the .NET dependency to 6.0.8.

Documentation

  • Fixed wrong links to installers in README. Thanks @unuing!

Development

  • Removed FXCop leftovers. Thanks @CleanCodeDeveloper!
  • Added version number to missing binaries and added a CI script to verify that all binaries have their version numbers set correctly.
  • Updated a dependency to fix building on Visual Studio 17.3 C++ tools.
  • Fixed and reactivated the CI unit tests for FancyZones.
  • Cleaned up and removed dead code from PowerRename code base.
  • Added a script for verifying the solution targets match the expected CPU architectures. Thanks @snickler!
  • Obsolete package Castle.Core was removed. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Language typos were corrected across the PowerToys assets. Thanks @pea-sys@eltociear and @obairka!

With this version of PowerToys, there are a handful of known issues as well:

You can find out more about this release over on GitHub where you can also download the software. If you already have an older version of the app installed, you should be offered PowerToys v0.62.0 as an update..

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