Microsoft is updating PowerToys this week with a new Always On Top feature and web search functionality in its Spotlight-esque launcher. Version 0.53.1 includes the two much-requested features, along with a long list of bug fixes and improvements to Microsoft’s 12 PowerToys tools.
With Always On Top, as the name implies, any app can always be in front of others, even if you shift focus to another window. While many apps already support this, PowerToys now allows for everything to be pinned, which is especially useful for older apps that you may want to track on multiple monitors.
Since games typically run full screen and on top of other windows, the Always On Top PowerToy even includes a game mode switch so games can run full screen over pinned apps. Other settings include the ability to display a colored border around a pinned app and even play a sound when an app is pinned. You can also exclude apps from being pinned and activate Always On Top with the Windows key + Ctrl + T combination.
The second useful addition to PowerToys is web search in the Run launcher. Microsoft first debuted its Spotlight-esque launcher nearly two years ago, allowing Windows users to quickly search for apps and files across the operating system. It now finally has a web search so you can quickly search the web using your default browser and default search engine.
The default trigger for web results is “???”, or you will be presented with search results if Run cannot find a relevant file or app. In addition to these two additions, Microsoft and its open source developer community have also added support for G-code thumbnails in File Explorer.
PowerToys version 0.53.1 is available now from Microsoft’s PowerToys GitHub page or from the Microsoft Store.