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Microsoft PowerToys - make a productive workflow on Windows 10

Microsoft's new open-source project

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for higher productivity - Microsoft

This project is aimed to boost productivity among the power users of the Windows platform. The most exciting thing I found using this particular tool is that it lets me configure custom tiling.

After seeing that feature, I was tempted to try it, and it's great. Props to Microsoft for making this tool, It has a lot of many features - listed down below.

Some prominent utilities

  • FancyZones - With a custom layout 🙌

FancyZones is a window manager that is designed to make it easy to arrange and snap windows into efficient layouts for your workflow and also to restore these layouts quickly. - Microsoft

  • Keyboard Manager

Custom global keymapping, remapping shortcuts, orphaning keys

  • PowerToys Run

Spotlight - like search and launcher utility

Inline calculator - I love this. ❤️❤️❤️

Other utilities

  • Image resizer
  • PowerRename
  • File Explorer Add-ons (Preview Panes)

The utilities mentioned above do batch image resizing, batch renaming — and an exciting feature added to the file explorer which lets you preview images, files etc.

Personal recommendation

Coming from Linux, I've been using tiling window managers for a decent amount of time. I thought to submit a recommendation (which got accepted by the team) of adding the ability to tie launch commands to certain keybinds manually.

For example, Win + W would launch your default web browser

Launch commands with keystrokes: i.e Default Web Browser #5098

Summary of the new feature/enhancement

Web browsers are used a lot, maybe add a special shortcut keybind for it?

Proposed technical implementation details (optional)

Pressing Win + W should launch the default web browser

Feel free to contribute to the project by code or ideas and recommendations.

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Windows system utilities to maximize productivity

Microsoft PowerToys

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Build status

Architecture Master Stable Installer
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Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows 10 experience for greater productivity. For more info on PowerToys overviews and guides, or any other tools and resources for Windows development environments, head over to!

Installing and running Microsoft PowerToys


  • Windows 10 v1903 (build 18362) or newer.
    • ⚠️ PowerToys minimum version of Windows 10 is v1903 starting with the 0.37 release
  • Have .NET Core 3.1.14 Desktop Runtime. The installer should handle this but we want to directly make people aware.

Via GitHub with EXE [Recommended]

Stable version


Have a great day! 💙💙

Discussion (2)

hectormm profile image

Awesome project!

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Sakshat Author

Yep, pretty handy!