Microsoft PowerToys for Windows gets new Taskbar quick access feature

PowerToys flyout
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What you need to know

  • PowerToys Preview version 0.67.0 is now available.
  • It includes a new Taskbar quick access flyout for PowerToys shortcuts.
  • There are also bug fixes and quality of life updates. 

Microsoft has released a new version of PowerToys for Windows 11 and Windows 10 that brings with it a new quick access feature, which lets users quickly jump in to common PowerToys functions directly from the Taskbar via a new flyout in the System Tray.

Previously, clicking on the PowerToys icon in the System Tray would simply launch the main PowerToys app window, which would let you configure different features. Now, you can jump quickly into the most commonly accessed PowerToys functions from a flyout that's designed to look native to Windows 11.

This latest release, version 0.67.0 also includes a new option for PowerToys Run, which lets users tab through results instead of context buttons. There's also a ton of bug fixes and quality of life updates, as usual.

PowerToys is still in preview, but is a fully fledged suite of features and enhancements for Windows 11 and Windows 10, built by Microsoft and the community as an open-source effort. Check out the full changelog for this PowerToys release below, and grab the installer from GitHub.

PowerToys v0.67.0 release notes:

  • Highlights: Added an option for PowerToys Run to tab through results instead of context buttons.
  • Highlights: All PowerToys registry entries are moved from machine scope (HKLM) to user scope (HKCU).
  • Highlights: Quick access system tray launcher.
  • Awake: Disable instead of hiding "Keep screen on" option.
  • FancyZones: Refactored and improved code quality.
  • File Explorer: Fixed escaping HTML-sensitive characters when previewing developer files.
  • Image Resizer: Improved code quality around a silent crash that was being reported to Microsoft servers.
  • PowerToys Run: Add option to tab through results only. 
  • PowerToys Run: System plugin - Updated Recycle Bin command to allow opening the Recycle Bin. 
  • PowerToys Run: System plugin - Improved Recycle Bin command to not block PT Run while the deletion is running. 
  • PowerToys Run: System plugin - Small other changes to improve the usability of the Recycle Bin command. 
  • PowerToys Run: WindowWalker plugin - Show all open windows with action keyword.
  • Quick Accent: Added dashes characters.
  • Quick Accent: Added Estonian characters. 
  • Quick Accent: Added Hebrew characters. 
  • Quick Accent: Added diacritical marks.
  • Quick Accent: Added Norwegian characters.
  • Settings: Fixed URL click crash on the "What's New" screen.
  • Settings: Added quick access system tray launcher.
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