Powertoys v0.19.0 Is Out With Over 100 Bug Fixes

Rafia Shaikh
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Microsoft has released PowerToys 0.19 with a tons of bug fixes. While there are no new features in this release, the company says its goal with this release is to entirely focus on stability and quality fixes.

PowerToys v0.19.0 addresses over 100 issues across the entire portfolio of utilities. This is the second such release as version 0.15 had also focused on quality fixes. "We've improved our installer experience and parts will start coming online in 0.19 and 0.20," the company wrote. "In this release, it will be the last time during upgrade you'll see Windows Explorer flash on you. For 0.20, the .NET Core install experience much smoother."

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Here is what is being fixed with PowerToys 0.19

PowerToys Run

  • Now using low level hooks so can remap Alt+Space to a WinKey based shortcut
  • PWAs correctly reconginized
  • Dev mode apps can't be found
  • Duplicate results due to romaing profile data
  • Steam games not found
  • Hidden files not in results
  • Theming improvements
  • Missing icons
  • Supress Alt-F4
  • Network paths don't work
  • Search enivornment path by default
  • Search desktop by default
  • Can't find Terminal
  • Can't find ClickOnce apps
  • Start typing text is visible then disappears on cold start
  • Tabbing highlight issue for context menu
  • Context menu buttons showing up when hovering with mouse
  • Placement shutters with monitors
  • blank result box when there's nothing on search query
  • Result box sizing issue


  • Detect when pattern matching is used


  • Outlook new email windows snapped to last used zone
  • Teams notifications don't snap
  • Improved multi-thread design
  • Multiple Virtual Desktop Fixes

Keyboard manager

  • Key remappings stay active when flipping to Japanese IME
  • Tab fix when remap Ctrl/Alt
  • Fix remapping to alt-tab/win+space style shortcuts
  • Fixed remapping to Extended keys (Home, End, Ins, Del, Pg, Arrow keys)
  • Games having incorrect key mapping
  • Fixed numlock remap
  • Stability fixes


  • Settings v2 is blanked
  • "Check for update" actually checks for update vs goes to GH page
  • Docs point to redirection URL now so we can update without updating app
  • Multiple UX improvements
  • Start at login not being respected
  • Now using low level hooks so can remap Alt+Space to a WinKey based shortcut
  • Warning added for invalid input in hotkeys for FZ Settings


  • Can uninstall via control panel
  • After 0.19.0, Explorer won't restart
  • Multiple build system improvements to reduce conflicts


PowerToys v0.19: Known issues

  • Newly installed apps can't be found #3553
    • We have a fix but came in too late for 0.19
  • CPU / Memory, still investigating #3208
    • We fixed one item and have leads on other improvements
  • WinKey remapping for PT Run can be quirky #4578

For the entire commit history, head over to this link.

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