No longer will you have to switch from one window to another when you need to pin a particular application for quick reference! Microsoft’s open source tool, PowerToys, is receiving a new update that enables support for some new features, including “Always On Top” in both Windows 11 and Windows 10.
As the name suggests, the new PowerToys feature allows you to have an application window always visible on your desktop, even when you open another application.
This is particularly useful when you have multiple application windows open and you want to keep a particular window always at the top for quick access or reference. Windows Calculator is one of the few applications that has built-in support for “Always On Top” and the same feature is now available to all applications through PowerToys.
As you can see from the screenshot above, you can now make certain windows stay on top of others, even when you are not actively using the application.
This new feature is implemented with PowerToys version 0.53.1 and can be activated with the Win + Ctrl + T shortcut, but it only works when PowerToys is running in the background.
This is because PowerToys is not built into the operating system and users must allow the application to run in the background and at startup.
In our tests, we found that the PowerToys Always on Top tool works very well.
If you want to customize the visual outline, go to PowerToys settings. In settings, you can customize the outline of the application window and use a different color or disable outlines entirely.
You can disable “Always On Top” when you are playing games or Windows game mode is on. The PowerToys advanced settings page even allows you to exclude some applications from this new multitasking feature.
If you want to exit PowerToys Always on Top, close the application window or just use the keyboard shortcut highlighted above.
PowerToys macOS Spotlight-like search feature called PowerToys Run is finally getting support for web searches. At the moment, PowerToys Run is limited to local search results, but has been updated with support for web search.
PowerToys Run is faster than Windows Search and can also perform web searches accurately. If you just want to use the PowerToys Run web engine feature, just use ?? filter in your search queries.
when you have ?? In the search query, PowerToys will only return results from the web without sacrificing performance.
PowerToys v0.53 is available for download from GitHub and the Microsoft Store.