PowerToys for Windows 10

Back when I was using Windows 98 and then XP, I installed Microsoft PowerToys—utilities that added new features to maximise power users’ productivity or add more customization.

The good news is that PowerToys for Windows 10 is now available and it offers some great little utilities:

  1. FancyZones
  2. File Explorer preview
  3. Image resizer
  4. Keyboard manager
  5. PowerRename
  6. PowerToys Run
  7. Shortcut guide

These are the PowerToys that I have been enjoying over the last few weeks.

FancyZones

I’ve been using FancyZones for a few weeks now. It is a window manager that allows you to define preset areas of the screen that you can drag and drop windows to.

So, for example, you might want to define four columns or rows, or a more complex arrangement.

PowerToys Run

This is a launcher app. Press Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar then immediately type in the search box to find and quickly launch anything installed on your PC.

File Explorer (Preview Panes)

Another welcome addition are the two new preview options for File Explorer: SVG and Markdown. I read and write a lot of documentation in Markdown, so to be able to preview files within File Explorer without needing to open them is a useful addition. It will be interesting to see if (and what) they add to this.

Image Resizer

Imagine being able to right-click a photo in File Explorer and then quickly resize it to one of your favourite presets. That’s what this PowerToy does.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot. Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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