The PowerToys started with Windows 95, continued with the Windows XP and now return as open source applications for Windows 10. They allow you to rename your files in bulk, resize images, get quick startups in applications and much more. Today we will show you how to download them PowerToys and how to use the tools they offer.
- CDAutoPlay to use Auto play on CD without sound
- Desktop menu to open desktop items from the taskbar menu
- Quick res for a quick change of screen resolution
The second edition of PowerToys was for Windows XP. Instead of being available in a single package, then they were separate downloads for each application. Various gadgets stopped during their lifetime Windows XP, but there were a total of 20 items, such as:
- Alt-Tab Replacement Task Switcher which the previous window displayed when switching to Alt-Tab
- Power Computer for complex and complex expressions
- Webcam Timershot to take photos with the webcam at specific intervals
In September 2019, Microsoft released the first version of PowerToys for Windows 10. These utilities are available in a single package. Although designed for experienced users, they can be used by anyone thanks to their easy display.
- File Explorer Preview
- image Resizer
- Keyboard Manager
- PowerToys Run
- Shortcut Guide
We will explore each of them in detail below.
The entry at the top will be the newest and will be labeled "Latest Release". Look at the list of items for this entry and you will see a file with the name PowerToysSetup-0.19.1-x64.msi or similar.
Just download them PowerToys, start them from the Start menu. To see their settings, find the icon on the taskbar and double-click it. The settings screen is very easy to use and looks like the rest Windows 10.
At startup, you must switch so that it always works as an administrator (Always run as administrator), and then click Restart as Administrator (Restart as administrator).
Also enable Automatic Updates (Download updates automatically) so that you do not have to manually download new versions from GitHub.
By default, all tools are enabled. You can use the menu on the left to edit the settings for each tool and turn off the ones you do not need.
In Windows 10, if you click and drag a window to the side or corner of the screen, it will resize according to a basic grid layout.
With FancyZones, you can create complex layouts for resizing multiple windows.
Go to the FancyZones section at PowerToys and click on Launch Zones Editor. Here you can select the window layout from some defaults or click the Custom tab to create your own.
Then, when you drag a window, hold down the Shift key to see the zones and drag your window into a section to resize it automatically.
You can edit many settings for FancyZones in PowerToys, including the removal of the Shift booking requirement, so familiarize yourself with them to take full advantage of this utility.
2. File Explorer Preview (File Explorer Preview)
File Explorer has a preview window so you can view the contents of certain file types without opening them, such as documents, spreadsheets, etc.
If you do not see the preview when you click on a file, go to the tab View (View) in File Explorer and click Preview panel (Preview Window) to enable it.
Preview File Explorer at PowerToys, this functionality is now being extended to SVG image files and Markdown documents.
3. Image Resizer
Just open File Explorer and select the images you want to resize. Right-click and click Resize pictures (Resize images).
This opens a window where you can select the new image size, along with options such as the original size (instead of making copies) and ignore the image orientation. When you are ready, click Resize (Resize).
In the settings of PowerToys, you can edit the default size defaults and add your own. You can also change the encoding settings and how the resized images are named.
4. Keyboard Manager
With Keyboard Manager, you can create your own keyboard shortcuts or reconfigure existing ones. This is done through their settings PowerToys, in unit Keyboard Manager (Keyboard Management).
For example, you could use unusual keys to control media playback or browser navigation. Alternatively, you could do something like change the shortcut Ctrl + C (which usually copies text).
There are two sections: Keyboard Reconstruction to assign a single key to another key, and Assign shortcuts to assign a shortcut to another shortcut.
Click Remap a key (Key rewording) or Remap a shortcut (Shortcut mapping). Click the plus icon to add a match. The left side is the existing key or shortcut, while the right side is the one you want to reassign. Use the trash can icon to remove any match. When done, click OK.
5. PowerRename (Bulk Rename)
In File Explorer, select the files or folders you want to rename. Right click and click PowerRename.
A window will open where you can choose which term to look for and what to replace. There are also useful options, such as renaming funds, excluding folders, and more.
6. PowerToys Run (Quick start of applications)
The PowerToys Run is a search tool for quickly launching applications, files and folders. You can also use it to jump to things you already have open.
By default, press Alt + Space to open it (you can adjust it to its settings PowerToys). Then just start typing to find something on your computer. Use the Up and Down keys to move between results and Enter to start.
If desired, use the icons next to each result to Launch As Administrator (run it as Administrator) or Open containing folder (Open the folder).
7. Shortcut Guide
In its settings PowerToys, you can change the click duration (900 ms by default), screen opacity, and color combination.
Become a Master of Windows 10
The PowerToys is still in development. So over time, existing tools could be changed and new utilities added. Some of them may become part of their core operating system Windows 10.