Users can now place any app on top of other apps on Windows 11/10

No more switching back and forth between windows when you need to pin a specific app to it for quick querying. It is reported that the new update of Microsoft’s open source tool PowerToys can support some new features, including the “Always on Top” function on Windows 11 and Windows 10.

The new feature of PowerToys, as the name suggests, is to keep the user’s app window on top of the desktop, even when another app is open.

This is especially helpful when you have multiple application windows open but want to keep a particular window always on top for quick access or query. Windows Calculator is one of the few apps that has built-in support for “always on top,” and now with PowerToys, Microsoft offers this feature for all apps.

As you can see in the screenshot above, users can now easily make certain windows stay on top of others, even if the app isn’t actively being used.

This new feature, introduced with PowerToys version 0.53.1, can be activated with the Win + Ctrl + T shortcut, but only works when PowerToys is running in the background.

This is because PowerToys are not built into the operating system and the user must allow the app to run in the background and at startup.

In the test of foreign media windowslatest, they observed that the PowerToys Always on Top tool works very well.

If you want to customize the visual outline you can go to PowerToys settings. In the settings, the user can customize the outline of the app window and use a different color or turn the outline off entirely.

“Always on top” can be disabled when playing a game or when Windows’ Game Mode is activated. The PowerToys advanced settings page even lets users exclude some apps from this new multitasking feature.

If you want to exit PowerToys Always on Top, then close the app window or just use the keyboard shortcut highlighted above.

PowerToys Run

PowerToys’ macOS Spotlight-like search function “PowerToys Run” finally supports web search. Currently, PowerToys Run is limited to local search results, but it has been updated with support for web searches.

PowerToys Run is faster than Windows Search, plus, it is also capable of accurate web searches. If you just want to use PowerToys Run’s web engine capabilities, just use the ?? filter in your search query.

When ?? is used in a search query, ownerToys will only display results from the web.

PowerToys v0.53 is now available for download from GitHub and the Microsoft Store.

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