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Microsoft PowerToys for Windows 10



  New open source logo for Microsoft PowerToys for Windows 10
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Microsoft promised that Windows will get 1

0 PowerToys, and now it's finally time! The first preview version includes a Windows keyboard shortcut and a desktop window manager that lets you perform more than 2 × 2 snapshots.

You can download the PowerToys from GitHub. Select the file PowerToysSetup.msi. They are free and open source!

After downloading and installing the PowerToys, a PowerToys logo appears in your notification area. Click to open the PowerToys Settings window.

Unlike the old PowerToys for Windows XP, these are not separate downloads. There is a large PowerToys package that you can download and install. You can select which PowerToys to activate in the settings window.

 Launching PowerToys from the Notification Area

The Shortcut Guide provides context-sensitive help for Windows keyboard shortcuts. To activate, hold down the Windows key on your keyboard for a moment. You will see an overlay with the Windows shortcuts that you can use. For example, numbers appear above the application icons in the system tray. You can press Windows + 1 to activate the first taskbar shortcut as if you had clicked on it.

These keyboard shortcuts are always available. However, with PowerToy, if you use Windows without first reading it, you'll be able to recognize it first.

 PowerToys Windows Shortcut Overlay

FancyZones lets you create a window layout and quickly assign windows to that layout. Do you want to see three windows next to each other on your screen? The normal snap feature of Windows 10 does not help here, but FancyZones does.

You can configure them in the FancyZones section of PowerToys Settings. Click the Edit Zones button or press Windows + ~ (tilde) to open them.

To simplify the arrangement of the windows, you can activate the option "Hold down to activate zones while dragging" and then hold down the Shift key as you drag to move the windows around the screen to quickly snap them into the selected areas to let.

 FancyZones Window Manager in PowerToys

This is the first preview version of the new PowerToys. They seemed to be alright, but you might encounter some problems. For example, FancyZones does not work well if you have multiple monitors.

Microsoft will improve these PowerToys and add more PowerToys in the future.

Here is the video demo to which Microsoft refers FancyZones settings screen:


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