📢 Microsoft adds new Awake tool in PowerToys 0.41 to prevent Windows 10 from being entered into sleep mode

Microsoft releases PowerToys version 0.41 which adds a new feature to keep your computer awake. It also adds a number of improvements as listed here. - Story by Kunal Chowdhury on

After the Microsoft PowerToys version 0.37 released last month, Microsoft today released PowerToys 0.41. The latest version of PowerToys adds a new feature that will keep your PC awake by overriding the power plan set in the Windows settings app.


This build also includes stability updates and optimizations, general bug fixes, accessibility improvements, and more. For a detailed list of improvements (changelog), continue reading further.


Microsoft PowerToys 0.41 comes with a new feature to keep your computer awake on-demand


What's new and improved in PowerToys v0.41

  • The shortcut guide removed support for the long Win press to activate. Now supports Win + ? by default.
  • Turned off FancyZones canvas editor magnetic snapping to allow keyboard support
  • Updated Color Picker GIF for OOBE.
  • Removed outdated MSIX code
  • Upgraded all projects to Modern WPF 0.94
  • Dropped support for the module interface API to save settings
  • Removed Winstore dependency


  • Improved auto-update experience in PowerToys Settings
  • Updated general bug report information to be more robust
  • Improved settings layout for radio button groups. Updated images and menu for OOBE.
  • Localization updates


New Awake utility added to Microsoft PowerToys v0.41

  • New Awake utility added! Power-Users can now keep their computer awake on-demand without having to manage its power settings.

Color Picker

  • Improvements to Color Picker’s zoom functionality.
  • Prevent duplicate colors from appearing in the selection history
  • Improved UX to better support keyboard navigation.
  • Fixed OOBE hotkey description.


  • Full keyboard support for canvas editor's main window and context.
  • New support for faster layout selection by double-clicking a desired layout from the editor to automatically apply it and dismiss the editor.
  • New zone activation behavior allows users to snap a window to the zone whose center is closest to the cursor.
  • Added process icon for FancyZones.
  • Fixed issue with zoning minimized windows.
  • Fixed a bunch of accessibility bugs
  • Now an independent exe, detached from the runner process.

File Explorer Add-Ons

  • Adjusted Markdown newline behavior to be less strict so the add-on behaves more like GitHub implementations
    Image Resizer
  • Fixed bug with custom size option was leaving a height/width value blank caused the output to be a 1 x 1 square pixel. Now the blank value automatically adjusts to the height/width that was set.

Image Resizer

  • Fixed bug where specifying a width but no height generated a 1x1 px image instead of auto-adjusting the height.


  • Fixed File Explorer crash when running PowerRename

PowerToys Run

  • Multiple crashing bugs resolved.
  • New Unit Converter plugin! Activate in the query prompt with the default activation phrase %%. Ex: %% 10 ft in m
  • New Windows Settings plugin! Search for specific Windows settings from PowerToys Run by utilizing the default activation phrase $ followed by the desired setting. Ex: $ Add/Remove Programs or $ Device:.
  • Updated the URL plugin to enable quickly launching the default browser with the action keyword, which defaults to //.
  • Added remainder/modulo support for Calculator plugin via % operator.
  • Faster launching from improved Win32 program indexing.
  • Search text results now highlight matched characters from the input.

Settings / Welcome to PowerToys

  • Fixed Color Picker’s key-binding information

Shortcut Guide

  • Customize key-binding from the settings menu
  • Took Shortcut guide out of the runner process to remove unnecessary interdependencies


  • Updated .NET Core dependency to 3.1.15
  • Reduced the network traffic by making the updater not download files when they're already cached


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