Microsoft Released PowerToys 0.16.1 with Bug Fixes

Shortly after the release of PowerToys 0.16, Microsoft has made a newer version available for download. PowerToys 0.16.1 fixes a number of issues found in the previous release.


You may remember PowerToys, a set of tiny handy utilities which were first introduced in Windows 95. Probably, most users will recollect TweakUI and QuickRes, which were really useful. The last version of the classic PowerToys suite was released for Windows XP. In 2019, Microsoft announced that they are reviving PowerToys for Windows and making them open source. Windows 10 powertoys obviously are completely new and different, tailored for the new operating system.

The company has resolved bugs that affect Window Walker. Zancy Zones, and localization. Here is the list of fixes:

  • New utilities are turn on by default for upgrades – (#1878)
  • Correct localization bug – (#1795)
  • RDP bug in FancyZones – (#1821)
  • Focus bug in Window Walker – (#1800)
  • Added telem to actually know if Window Walker was enabled (#1925)
  • Make user aware of dual MSIX and MSI install issue, partial solution (#1920)
  • fixed FancyZone crash with Unity (#1873)

The app has also got a piece of telemetry to learn if Window Walker is enabled by the user or not.

Download PowerToys 0.16.1

You can download the app from its Releases page on GitHub:

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Available Tools

As of now, Windows 10 PowerToys include the following apps.

    • PowerRename – a tool that is intended to help you rename a large number of files using various naming conditions like search and replace a portion of the file name, define regular expressions, change letter case, and more. PowerRename is implemented as a shell extension for File Explorer (read plugin). It opens a dialog box with a bunch of options.
    • FancyZones – FancyZones is a window manager that is designed to make it easy to arrange and snap windows into efficient layouts for your workflow, and also to restore these layouts quickly. FancyZones allows the user to define a set of window locations for a desktop that are drag targets for windows. When the user drags a window into a zone, the window is resized and repositioned to fill that zone. PowerToys FacyZones Layout
  • Windows key shortcut guide – The Windows key shortcut guide is a full screen overlay utility that provides a dynamic set of Windows key shortcuts that are applicable for the given desktop and currently active window. When the Windows key is held down for one second, (this time can be tuned in settings), an overlay appears on the desktop showing all available Windows key shortcuts and what action those shortcuts will take given the current state of the desktop and active window. If the Windows key continues to be held down after a shortcut is issued, the overlay will remain up and show the new state of the active window.PowerToys Key Shortcut Guide
  • Image Resizer, a Windows Shell Extension for quickly resizing images.PowerToys Image Resizer
  • File Explorer – a set of addons for File Explorer. Currently includes two Preview Pane additions to show contents of *.MD and *.SVG files.PowerToys File Explorer Options
  • Window Walker is an app that lets you search and switch between windows that you have open, all from the comfort of your keyboard.Powertoys Window Walker 2