PowerToys 0.51 brings new mouse highlighter tool for presentations

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Microsoft has released a new update for PowerToys that adds a presentation mode helper to highlight the mouse clicks for everyone looking at the screen. PowerToys version 0.51 also comes with a bunch of improvements for FancyZones, Color Picker, Image Resizer, and bug fixes.

The new mouse highlighter tool has been designed to help trainers make demonstrations easier to follow for their audience during presentations. To enable this tool, PowerToys users will need to press the Windows + Shift + N keys simultaneously. They can also customize the mouse highlighter color, radius, fade effects, opacity in Settings.

highlighter turned on while dragging mouse

Additionally, Microsoft has shipped a couple of improvements for the new Find My Mouse tool that specifically aims to address issues with virtual desktops. This PowerToys update also brings a new window switching option for FancyZones. This means that users can now assign two applications to the same zone and switch between them using a keyboard shortcut.

The PowerToys team is also planning to add a new “Always on Top” feature to let users select any specific window to remain on top of others. “We’ve been focusing work on “Always on Top” system to help make any window you want to be the top most. A lot of thought is currently going into interaction models to make sure it ‘feels’ right for toggling as well as visualizing,” said Clint Rutkas, Program manager lead on PowerToys.

If you are using PowerToys, you will need to head to the General tab in the app and click the “Check for updates” button. Meanwhile, those who have yet to try PowerToys can download version 0.51 from the official GitHub page.