Microsoft has made PowerToys Version 0.66.0 available to users of Windows 10 and Windows 11. The most recent version includes a number of corrections, enhancements, and small adjustments. The addition of self-contained .NET 7 is the main enhancement of this build. Continue reading for a complete list of alterations and enhancements.


Microsoft PowerToys v0.66.0 - What's new and improved?
Microsoft PowerToys v0.66.0 - What's new and improved?


  • PowerToy utilities are now shipped with self-contained.NET 7, making it simpler to maintain and eliminating the need to install.NET as part of the installer.
  • By choosing it from the right-click context menu, Text Extractor lets you choose which of the installed OCR languages is utilized.
  • Quick Accent now has a parameter that allows the order of the accented characters to be sorted by how frequently they are used.


What's new and improved in Microsoft PowerToys v0.66.0?


  • Reduced resource consumption caused by logging. A thread for each logger was being created even for disabled utilities.
  • The .NET 7 dependency is now shipped self-contained within the utilities, using deep links to reduce storage space usage.

Color Picker

  • Fixed an issue where the custom color formats were not working when picking colors without using the editor.
  • Fixed a crash when using duplicated names for color formats.
  • Added two decimal formats, to distinguish between RGB and BGR.
  • Fixed color name localization, which was not working correctly on 0.65.


  • Fixed an editor crash caused by deleting a zone while trying to move it.
  • Reduce the time it takes the tooltip for layout shortcut setting to appear in the editor.

File Locksmith

  • Fixed an issue causing File Locksmith to hang when looking for open handles in some machines.

Hosts File Editor

  • Added a warning when duplicated entries are detected. Thanks @davidegiacometti!

PowerToys Run

  • Support drag and dropping for file results. Thanks @daniel-richter!

Quick Accent

  • Added support for dark theme. Thanks @niels9001!
  • Increased default input delay to improve out of the box experience.
  • Fixed a bug causing the first character to not be selected when opening the overlay. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed the positioning of the overlay when showing near the horizontal edges of the screen.
  • Added additional Pinyin characters. Thanks @char-46!
  • Added Macedonian characters. Thanks @ad-mca-mk!
  • Added a setting to sort characters by usage frequency.
  • Added a setting to always start selection in the first character, even when using the arrow keys as the activation method.


  • Fixed an error that hid the option to keep the display on when using the "Indefinitely Awake" mode.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue causing the navigation bar to not work with narrator in scan mode.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue where the name for the shortcut control was not being read correctly.
  • Tweaked the Color Picker custom color format UI. Thanks @niels9001!
  • Improved the shortcut control visibility and accessibility. Thanks @niels9001!
  • Fixed an issue causing the Settings to not be saved correctly on scenarios where the admin user would be different then the user running PowerToys.
  • Added a setting to pick which language should be used by default when using Text Extractor.

Text Extractor

  • Improve behavior for CJK languages by not adding spaces for some characters that don't need them. Thanks @AO2233!
  • OCR language can now be picked in the right-click context menu.

Video Conference Mute

  • Reduced resource consumption by not starting the File Watchers when the utility is disabled.


  • Updated the development setup documentation.
  • Improved the Markdown documentation lists numbering in many docs. Thanks @sanidhyas3s!


  • Turned on C++ code analysis and incrementally fixing warnings.
  • C++ code analysis no longer runs on release CI to speed up building release candidates. It still runs on GitHub CI and when building locally to maintain code quality.
  • Cleaned up "to-do" comments referring to disposing memory on C#. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Added a fabric bot rule for localization issues.
  • Fixed a CI build error after a .NET tools update.
  • Update the Windows App SDK dependency version to 1.2.
  • When building for arm64, the arm64 build tools are now preferred when building on an arm64 device. Thanks @snickler!
  • Updated the C# test framework and removed unused Newtonsoft.Json package references.
  • Updated StyleCop and fixed/enabled more warnings. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed a language typo in the code. Thanks @eltociear!
  • Improved code quality around some silent crashes that were being reported to Microsoft servers.
  • Moved the GPO asset files to source instead of docs in the repo.
  • Upgraded the unit test NuGet packages.



How to download the latest version of Microsoft PowerToys

You can download the newest version of Microsoft PowerToys from the Microsoft Store or from the official repository on GitHub. If you already have the Microsoft PowerToys installed on your computer, you can manually update it by navigating to the Settings page.


You can also download Microsoft PowerToys version 0.66.0 by clicking either of the following official links:


Please note that the links shared above to download the latest version of Microsoft PowerToys are official links hosted by Microsoft on the GitHub servers. It is still advisable to always scan with your antivirus software once you download something from the internet. Neither the author of this post nor the site will be responsible if something goes wrong.


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