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PowerToys 0.66.0 is out with a huge list of fixes and improvements

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Stephen Parker
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Jan 5, 2023 1:16 PM EST

It’s update time for those using PowerToys on Windows 10 and 11. Version 0.66.0 is now available for download with many fixes, improvements and minor changes. This release includes .NET 7 standalone, meaning it is no longer required to install it standalone before PowerToys will work. If you’ve been waiting for the fancy Quick Access Launcher, you’ll have to wait for a future version, as it hasn’t been added yet. But luckily, there are no known issues with the distribution.

Here are the main points of the update:


  • The PowerToy utilities now ship with standalone .NET 7, meaning that .NET does not need to be installed as part of the installation and is easier to update.
  • You can choose which of the installed OCR languages ​​the Text Extractor uses by selecting it in the right-click context menu.
  • Added a setting to sort the order of accented characters by frequency of use in Quick Accent.

There are no known issues with this release.

And here’s your in-depth changelog with improvements and changes to existing toys:


  • Reduced resource consumption caused by logging. A thread is created for each logger even for disabled utilities.

  • .NET 7 dependencies are now shipped independently within the utility, using deep links to reduce storage usage.

Choose colors

  • Fixed an issue where the custom color formats did not work when selecting colors without using the editor.

  • Fixed crash when using duplicate names for color formats.

  • Added two decimal formats, to distinguish between RGB and BGR.

  • Fixed color name localization not working properly in 0.65.


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Hosts File Editor

PowerToys Run

quick accent

  • Added support for dark theme. Thanks @niels9001!

  • Increased input delay set by default to improve the out-of-the-box experience.

  • Fixed a bug that caused the first character not to be selected when opening the overlay. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

  • Fixed the position of the overlay when displaying near the horizontal edges of the screen.

  • Added more pinyin characters. Thanks @char-46!

  • Added Macedonian characters. Thanks @ad-mca-mk!

  • Added definition for sorting characters by frequency of use.

  • Added a setting to always start the selection with the first character, even when using the arrow keys as the activation method.


  • Fixed a bug that hid the option to keep the display on when using “Awake Indefinitely” mode.

  • Fixed an accessibility issue that caused the navigation bar to not work with Narrator in scan mode.

  • Fixed an accessibility issue where the name of the shortcut control was not being read correctly.

  • Improved the custom color format user interface of the color picker. Thanks @niels9001!

  • Improving the visibility and accessibility of the shortcut control. Thanks @niels9001!

  • Fixed an issue that caused settings to not be saved correctly in scenarios where the admin user is different from the user running PowerToys.

  • Added setting to choose which language to use as default when using Text Extractor.

text extractor

  • Improve the behavior of CJK languages ​​by not adding spaces for certain characters that don’t need them. Thanks @AO2233!

  • You can now select an OCR language in the right-click context menu.

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  • Update the development setup documentation.

  • Improved the numbering of Markdown documentation lists in many documents. Thanks @sanidhyas3s!


  • Enabling C++ code analysis and patching warnings incrementally.

  • C++ code analysis no longer runs on CI version to speed up release candidate builds. It still runs on GitHub CI and when building locally to maintain code quality.

  • Cleaned up “assignments” comments related to memory disposal in C#. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

  • Added a cloth bot rule for localization issues.

  • Fixed CI build error after updating .NET tools.

  • Update Windows App SDK dependency version to 1.2.

  • When building for arm64, the arm64 build tools are now preferred when building on an arm64 device. Thanks @snickler!

  • Updated the C# test framework and removed references to unused Newtonsoft.Json packages.

  • Updated StyleCop and fixed/enabled more warnings. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

  • Fixed a language typo in the code. Thanks @eltociear!

  • Improved code quality around some silent crashes reported to Microsoft servers.

  • Moved GPO property files to source instead of docs in repo.

  • Upgrade NuGet packages for unit testing.

You can download PowerToys From the Microsoft Storewing, or Its repository on GitHub.

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