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PowerToys v0.74.0 has been released.

PowerToys v0.74.0

In the  v0.74 release cycle, we focused on stability and improvements.

Installer Hashes

DescriptionFilenamesha256 hash
Per user - x64 PowerToysUserSetup-0.74.0-x64.exe1C4ECE9F11488BAFFAE6B76D2B0504FA18BFFEA11EBC38BCC87F5D86AEA87C7C
Per user - ARM64 PowerToysUserSetup-0.74.0-arm64.exe4F3842FAB0839A361A15A06B7720BA8A0FE7F9AF98EA94245C08DEF37678CA4A
Machine wide - x64 PowerToysSetup-0.74.0-x64.exe648992E8CEA08F3C63C7CCBD554ADDF500ECBC4560187310BC12E6CB9C2F38E3
Machine wide - ARM64 PowerToysSetup-0.74.0-arm64.exe2B6D92F1A0EA688C7EE882050AC9B030C8B3A18765163FB6D67E5E694A4D4FE3


  • Upgraded to Windows App SDK 1.4.1, increasing stability of WinUI3 utilities. Thanks  @dongle-the-gadget for starting the upgrade!
  • Text Extractor was upgraded to its version 2.0, with a new overlay, table mode and more Quality of Life improvements. Thanks  @TheJoeFin!
  • Improved FancyZones stability, fixing some layout resets and improving handling of newly created windows on Windows 11.
  • Fixed many silent crashes that were reported to Watson and the user's event viewer.


  • Turning animations off in Windows Settings will now also turn them off in PowerToys.
  • Upgraded the Windows App SDK dependency to 1.4.1. Thanks  @dongle-the-gadget for the original 1.4.0 upgrade!
  • Show in the thumbnail label and application titles when running as administrator. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!
  • Upgraded the Win UI Community Toolkit dependency to 8.0. Thanks  @niels9001!


  • Added down-sampled variants to the application's icon. Thanks  @morriscurtis!

Color Picker

  • After adding a new color in the editor, the history will scroll the new color into view. Thanks  @peerpalo!

Crop and Lock

  • Fixed a Crop and Lock crash that would occur when trying to reparent a window crashes the target application. An error message is shown instead.


  • Set the process and main thread priority to normal.
  • Fixed handling newly created windows on Windows 11.
  • Fixed scenarios where opening the FancyZones Editor would reset the layouts.

File Explorer add-ons

  • Optimized CPU usage for generating SVG thumbnails.
  • Improved handling of Gcode Thumbnails, including JPG and QOI formats. Thanks  @pedrolamas!
  • Better handled errors when sending telemetry, which were causing reported crashes.
  • Fixed some thumbnails not being shown centered like before the optimization.

File Locksmith

  • Shows files opened by processes with PID greater than 65535. Thanks  @poke30744!
  • Fixed a GDI object leak in the context menu which would crash Explorer.

Find My Mouse

Hosts File Editor

  • Ignore the default ACME sample entries in the hosts file. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!
  • Improved save error handling and added better error messages. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!
  • Corrected a check for an error when signaling the application to start as administrator.
  • Refactored the context menu. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed dialogs overlapping the title bar after the upgrade to Windows App SDK 1.4. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!

Keyboard Manager

  • Distinguish between the regular minus key and the numpad minus key.

Mouse Without Borders

  • Fixed a crash when trying to restart the application.


  • Using Peek on HTML files will show a white background by default, similar to a browser's default behavior.
  • Fix a white flash on Dark theme when switching file and improved the development file preview detection and adjustments.


  • Fixed a crash caused by big counter values on the new enumeration method.

PowerToys Run

  • It's now possible to select which shell is used by the Shell plugin.
  • A combobox option type was added to the plugin options.
  • Fixed a bug in the Calculator plugin that was causing decimal numbers to be misinterpreted on locales where the dot (.) character isn't used as a decimal or digit separator.
  • Improved the Program plugin stability when it fails to load a program's thumbnail at startup.
  • The use of Pinyin for querying some plugins can now be turned on in Settings. Thanks  @ChaseKnowlden!
  • Refactored option types for plugin and added number, string and composite types to be used in the future. Thanks  @htcfreek!
  • Fixed the entry for searching for Windows updates in the Settings plugin. Thanks  @htcfreek!

Quick Accent

  • The "All languages" character set is now calculated by programmatically querying the characters for every available language. Thanks  @dannysummerlin!
  • Added é to the Norwegian and Swedish languages. Thanks  @Aaron-Junker!
  • Added a runtime cache to the "All languages" character set, to only calculate accents once per key.

Registry Preview

  • Fixed focusing issues at startup.
  • Improved the data visualization to show data in a similar way to the Windows Registry Editor. Thanks  @dillydylann!


  • Fixed hanging when a bug report was generated from the flyout. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!


  • Improved the way the OOBE window reacts to Windows theme change.
  • Fixed an issue that made it impossible to change the "Switch between windows in the current zone" "Next window" shortcut for FancyZones.
  • Fixed a crash when entering a duplicate name for a color in the Color Picker page and improved clean up when cancelling a color edit. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!

Text Extractor

  • Text Extractor 2.0, with a new overlay, table mode and more Quality of Life improvements. Thanks  @TheJoeFin!



  • Fixed PowerToys Run DateTime plugin tests that were failing depending on locale, so that they can be run correctly on all dev machines.
  • Fixed PowerToys Run System plugin tests that were failing for certain network interfaces, so that they can be run correctly on all dev machines. Thanks  @snickler!
  • Fixed a markdown bug on the GitHub /helped command.
  • Switched build pipelines to a new agent pool. Thanks  @DHowett!
  • New .cs files created in Visual Studio get the header added automatically. Thanks  @davidegiacometti!

Release Release v0.74.0 · microsoft/PowerToys