Looking for new features in Microsoft PowerToys? Discover the latest additions in version 0.68

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 2, 2023
Updated • Mar 2, 2023
Windows software

Microsoft released a new version of its open source tools collection PowerToys for Windows. PowerToys 0.68 is a big new release that introduces two new utilities to PowerToys, which brings the total number of tools that it supports to 18.

microsoft powertoys 0.68

The latest version of PowerToys is available on GitHub. It supports Windows 10 and 11 devices and installers are provided for 64-bit and ARM architectures. Most PowerToys installations should receive the update automatically, thanks to the built-in updating functionality of the application.

The growing number of tools has boosted the file size of the collection. It is now a 169 megabyte download for x64 devices. Microsoft did cut the installer to 83 megabytes back when it released PowerToys 0.63, but the collection has grown since then again.

Paste unformatted text

powertoys paste unformatted text

Paste Unformatted Text is a helper tool that is enabled by default. When Windows users copy text, formatting is usually included in the copy. Depending on where the text is pasted, the formatting may be pasted along with it, which may not always be wanted.

Some programs and applications support plain text pasting already; this is often done with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-V. Most web browsers support the shortcut.

The PowerToys tool adds system-wide paste as plain text support. It introduces a new keyboard shortcut, Windows-Ctrl-V, to paste clipboard data as plain text into applications. Any formatting is removed in the clipboard when the keyboard shortcut is invoked on the Windows device.

Mouse Jump

mouse jump

The second new feature is disabled by default. It has been added to the mouse utilities, which already support mouse finding and mouse highlighting options.

Mouse Jump enables users to move the mouse cursor quickly across multiple screens or a single screen.

To make use of it, PowerToys users need to flip the Mouse Jump preference under Mouse Utilities in the PowerToys configuration window. Once done, the may use the feature anytime through the keyboard shortcut Windows-Shift-D.

When invoked, PowerToys displays a screenshot of the entire screen in a smaller format on the desktop. A click on any location there moves the mouse to that location. This works similarly with multiple screens connected to a PC.

Other improvements in PowerToys 0.68

PowerToys 0.68 features other improvements, including smaller feature additions, bug fixes and the like.

Here is a short overview of the highlights:

  • PowerToys Run Calculator plugin supports log2 and log10 now. Also shows Steam open shortcuts now in the Program plugin.
  • New GPO policies for automatic update downloads and toast notifications.
  • Run command supports MSC and CPL files.
  • FanzyZone crash fix.
  • Hosts file editor hosts loading improved.

Closing Words

PowerToys is a big collection of utilities for Windows that seems to grow with every release. Windows users who need only a single tool may want to check if a leaner alternative is available.

PlainPaste is such a tool. It supports plain text pasting, and is dedicated to that task. It is much smaller and faster as a consequence. Not all PowerToys tools may be replaced though.

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Microsoft PowerToys 0.68 released with two new tools
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Microsoft PowerToys 0.68 released with two new tools
Microsoft PowerToys 0.68 includes two new tools: paste as plain text and mouse jump, which add to the large list of tools provided by the open source application.
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  1. John G. said on March 2, 2023 at 8:10 am

    These utilities should be merged between Windows or at least it should allow us to choose those utilities that we want to install if we need only a few of them. Currently you must install all entire package that imho is a total waste of time, disk space and resources. And why I have said that these powertoys should be merged inside Windows itself? I will tell you the reason: it hurts when you are used to these utilities in your own computer and then someone let you another computer with no powertoys at all… damm it, where are the powertoys, that’s the problem! You miss the external funcionality provided by these powertoys and you have to work like in the past, when you didn’t have them installed. When the teacher say us to go in teams to the forest to collect some plants or to observe the trees and so forth for agricultural engineer projects, we all have our smartphones (Android widely use) and all we use the same app. However when we share our laptop if needed due the empty batteries, everyone has different configurations at their laptops and it’s impossible to achieve the same productivity that using your own computer. That’s the reason I drop the Powertoys in the past, because I was used to certain procedures that obviously you can’t find in other person computer without them installed. Thanks for the article.

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