You can now keep any app on top of others on Windows 11, Windows 10

Windows 11 Always on Top

No more switching back and forth between windows when you need
a particular app pinned for quick reference! Microsoft’s
open-source tool PowerToys is getting a new update that enables
support for a few new features including “Always on Top” on
both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

As the name suggests, PowerToys new feature lets you have an
application window remain always on top on desktop, even when
you open another app.

This is particularly helpful when you’ve multiple apps windows
open and you want to keep a particular window always on top for
quick access or reference.
Windows Calculator is one of the few apps that have
built-in support for “Always on Top” and the same feature is
now available for all apps via PowerToys.

Windows Notepad app pinned

As you can see in the above screenshot, you can now easily have
certain windows stay on top of others even when the app is not
being actively used by you.

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

PowerToys Always on Top

That’s because PowerToys is not built into the operating system
and users must allow the app to run in the background and on

In our tests, we observed that PowerToys Always on Top tool
works very well.

If you want to customize the visual outline, head to PowerToys
settings. In settings, you can customize the outline of the app
window and use a different colour or turn off the outlines

You can disable “Always on top” when you’re playing games or
Windows’ Game Mode is activated. PowerToys advanced settings
page even lets you exclude some apps from this new multitasking

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

PowerToys Run

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 it has
been updated with support for web search.

PowerToys Run is faster than Windows Search and it is also able
to perform web searches accurately. If you only want to use the
web engine feature of PowerToys Run, just use ?? filter in your
search queries.

PowerToys Run

When you’ve ?? in the search query, PowerToys will only show
results from the web without sacrificing performance.

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

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