Microsoft releases two new builds of PowerToys and adds new utility ‘Global Mute Video Conference’


It looks like it has been a short time since Microsoft made any vital modifications to PowerToys for Home windows 10, however now the corporate has pushed out a pair of recent releases.

For individuals who wish to follow the extra secure releases, there’s PowerToys v0.21.1 which is essentially about bug fixes and addressing stability points. For anybody searching for new PowerToys utilities, nevertheless, there’s the “experimental” model 0.22.Zero which includes a new ‘Video convention world mute’ instrument.

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Anybody sticking with the secure launch of PowerToys has little to get notably enthusiastic about, however there are a sequence of bug fixes which is able to please those that have skilled issues. However anybody who feels extra keen to dwell on the leading edge, the experimental v0.22.Zero construct is somewhat extra fascinating.

The brand new “Video convention world mute” instrument has been developed in recognition of the truth that so many individuals at the moment are working from house due to the coronavirus pandemic and utilizing video conferencing apps. Whereas many of those apps supply a fast a straightforward solution to mute audio, the “Video convention world mute” goes additional, making it doable to mute video in addition to audio throughout a number of apps, as Microsoft explains:

The utility will mute not simply your audio however your video as nicely with a single keystroke. You are able to do audio, video each. We knew this may influence our roadmap and objectives however felt extraordinarily robust that that is the fitting resolution. We’re all multi-tasking and attempting to make the very best of every part and having the ability to rapidly mute whereas on a convention name is vital no matter the place you’re in your laptop.

As that is an experimental construct, it ought to come as little shock that there are just a few points with this model of PowerToys. The checklist of at the moment acknowledged issues could be seen right here.

Microsoft shares the next launch notes for PowerToys v0.21.1:

PT Run:

  • Eliminated want for area in motion key phrases. This implies you now can kind >ipconfig
  • Icon caches mounted and now has coloured icons
  • Improved font rendering through ClearType (Shout out to @AnuthaDev doing the heavy lifting right here)
  • Consequence velocity enhancements
  • URLs are supported
  • Fastened bugs together with calculating bugs


  • Win+Arrow key is directional primarily based on zone rect
  • Fastened bugs


  • Fastened toast notifications working elevated from non-admin account

Shortcut Information:

  • Improved vkey catching which is able to repair some use circumstances of it not exhibiting up

SVG in File Explorer:

  • Embedded picture tags will now render in Explorer

Coloration Picker:

  • Fastened bug the place it could launch through false constructive keystrokes


  • Settings, PT Run and KBM present process enhancements


  • Pipeline is now setup and might be doing a full E2E move on all utilities shortly.

Dev high quality of life enhancements:

  • Continued warning rely discount. This launch ~80 eliminated
  • StyleCop enabled E2E
  • FxCop beginning to be added in E2E

PowerToys Experimental v0.22.Zero is accessible to obtain right here, whereas the extra secure v0.21.1 could be downloaded right here.

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