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Take Windows 10 to Next Level with PowerToys 🔥

manitej profile image Manitej ⚡ ・2 min read

I'm a lifetime windows 10 user, not because I like it. It's because I can only afford this. But Windows has never been an issue for me. I really like its aesthetics and features. in this article I'll show you how you can take your windows 10 to next level.

What is PowerToys?

In a nutshell, PowerToys is a collection of some tools that makes your experience better, and yeah it's by Microsoft.

Installation

The installation is pretty easy,
Go to the this link and download and install the latest version.

This is the first screen you'll see when you open it for the first time.

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It has 8 features

  1. ColorPicker
  2. FancyZones
  3. File Explorer Add ons
  4. Image Resizer
  5. Keyboard Manager
  6. PowerRename
  7. PowerToys Run
  8. Shortcut Guide

1.ColorPicker

When you hover your mouse cursor over the color you would like to copy, press the left mouse button. If you want to see the area around your cursor in more detail, scroll up to zoom in. The copied color will be stored in your clipboard in the format that is configured in the settings (HEX by default)

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2. FancyZones

FancyZones takes the multitasking experience to a whole new level. Basically what is do is you can split your screen into portions of fixed width and height. All the apps will be auto-scaled to that size.

For example, I'm going to split my screen into 3 portions.

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To use this feature simply press shift and drag the window and throw it into the box you want

3. File Explorer Add ons

It allows us to see the previews of SVG and MD files

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4. Image Resizer

It allows us to resize images of our choice by simply right-clicking on the image

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5. Keyboard Manager

It helps to remap keys and shortcuts

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6. PowerRename

It enables us to bulk rename files

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7. PowerToys Run

This is my favorite feature, it allows us to use Windows search from any screen without covering the entire screen. It is similar to Spotlight on Macs. And the best thing is you can customize it to any key combination

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8. Shortcut Guide

It shows all the shortcuts when the windows key is pressed

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