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PowerToys 0.74 brings Text Extractor 2.0, plus stability fixes for FancyZones, and more

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Stephen Parker
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Sep 26, 2023 6:20 PM EDT

It’s update time for those using PowerToys on Windows 10 and 11. Version 0.74 is now available for download with many fixes and improvements. This version includes a new utility called Crop And Lock, it allows you to select an application and crop it to a smaller window or thumbnail. Keyboard Manager now supports Numpad, FancyZones contains code improvements and a refactor and more.

Here are the main points of the update:

  • Upgraded to Windows App SDK 1.4.1, increases stability of WinUI3 utilities. Thanks @dongle-the-gadget About to start the upgrade!
  • Text Extractor has been upgraded to its 2.0 version, with a new overlay, table mode and other quality of life improvements. Thanks @TheJoeFin!
  • Improved the stability of FancyZones, fixed some layout resets and improved the handling of newly created windows in Windows 11.
  • Fixed many silent crashes reported to Watson and the user event viewer.

And the full changelog is below:


  • Turning off the animations in Windows settings will now also turn them off in PowerToys.
  • Upgrade Windows App SDK dependencies 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 an administrator. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Upgrade Win UI Community Toolkit dependencies to 8.0. Thanks @niels9001!


  • Added sampled versions below to the app icon. Thanks @morriscurtis!

The color picker

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

Cut and shoe

  • Fixed a cut and lock crash that would occur when trying to reframe a window, the target application course. An error message is displayed instead.


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

File Explorer add-ons

  • Optimized CPU usage for creating SVG thumbnails.
  • Improved handling of Gcode thumbnails, including JPG and QOI formats. Thanks @pedrolamas!
  • Better handled errors when sending telemetry, which caused reported crashes.
  • Fixed some thumbnails not being displayed in the center like before the optimization.

file lock

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

find my mouse

Hosts File Editor

  • Ignore the ACME default values ​​for example in the hosts file. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Improved save error handling and added better error messages. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed a check for an error when telling the application to start as an administrator.
  • Changed the context menu. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed dialog boxes overlapping the title bar after upgrading to Windows App SDK 1.4. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

keyboard manager

  • Differentiate between a normal minus key and a numeric minus key.

Mouse without borders

  • Fixed a crash when trying to restart the application.

take a peek

  • Using Peek in HTML files will default to a white background, similar to the default behavior of a browser.
  • Fixed white flash on dark theme when changing file and improved development file preview detection and adjustments.


  • Fixed a crash caused by large counter values ​​with the new counting method.

PowerToys Run

  • Now you can choose which shell is used by the Shell plugin.
  • A combined option type has been added to the plugin options.
  • Fixed a bug in the calculator plugin that caused decimal numbers to be misinterpreted in places where the dot (.character ) is not used as a decimal or digit separator.
  • Improved the stability of the program plugin when it fails to load a program thumbnail on startup.
  • You can now enable the use of Pinyin to query certain plugins in the settings. Thanks @ChaseKnowlden!
  • Re-typed options for plugin and added number, string and composite types for future use. Thanks @htcfreek!
  • Fixed the entry to search 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 each available language. Thanks @dannysummerlin!
  • Added é to the Norwegian and Swedish languages. Thanks @Aharon-Jonker!
  • Added a runtime cache to the “all languages” character set, to calculate accents only once per key.

Preview the listing

  • Fixed focus issues on startup.
  • Improved the data visualization to display data in a manner similar to the Windows Registry Editor. Thanks @dillydylann!



  • Improved the way the OOBE window responds to changing the Windows theme.
  • Fixed an issue that made it possible to change the “Switch between windows in current zone” “Next window” shortcut for FancyZones.
  • Fixed a crash when entering a duplicate name for a color on the color picker page and improved cleanup when undoing a color edit. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

text extractor

  • Text Extractor 2.0, with new overlay, table mode and other quality of life improvements. Thanks @TheJoeFin!



  • Fixed PowerToys running locale-failed DateTime plugin tests so that they can run correctly on all development machines.
  • Fixed PowerToys running failed system plug-in tests for certain network interfaces so that they can be run correctly on all development machines. Thanks @snickler!
  • Fixed a markup bug in the GitHub /helped command.
  • Changed build pipelines to a new agent pool. Thanks @DHoett!
  • New .cs files created in Visual Studio are labeled AutoAdd. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

You can download PowerToys from Microsoft Storewinget (command line as administrator and enter the command: winget install –id Microsoft.PowerToys, or its Repository on GitHub.

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