Microsoft Updates PowerToys, Adds 'Find My Mouse' Utility – PCMag

The PowerRename feature gets a Windows 11 user interface update, too.
Microsoft continues to update PowerToys for Windows 11, and the latest version includes a new mouse utility and user interface update.
PowerToys for Windows 10 arrived in 2019, and Microsoft has slowly been updating it for Windows 11. This week, version 0.49.0 was released with a trio of key updates. The first is a new user interface for PowerRename—a tool that makes it easy to bulk rename files. Microsoft refers to PowerRename as having a “refreshed experience that reflects the modern UI theming of Windows 11.”
Microsoft MVP Niels Laute tweeted a comparison image showing the old and new UI for PowerRename, and the difference is clear:
Next up is a new mouse utility called “Find My Mouse.” It makes locating where your mouse pointer is on screen easy by allowing you to double press the left CTRL key to activate a spotlight. The spotlight takes the form of a circle that starts out large before quickly focusing in on your cursor and remains hovering around it for a few seconds and until mouse movement ceases.
Finally, Microsoft has merged the Video Conference Mute feature into the stable release of PowerToys. There are still a few bugs hindering its functionality, but Microsoft says it’s “actively working to address” them. Version 0.49.0 also contains a number of “stability updates and optimizations, installer updates, general bug fixes, and accessibility improvements,” and can be downloaded from the PowerToys GitHub page (scroll to the bottom of the page for the link).
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