Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot provides power users with ways to squeeze more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for individual workflows. A great overview of the Windows 95 PowerToys can be found here.
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Current PowerToy Utilities
Awake is designed to keep a computer awake without having to manage its power & sleep settings. This behavior can be helpful when running time-consuming tasks, ensuring that the computer does not go to sleep or turn off its screens.
ColorPicker is a simple and quick system-wide color picker with
C. Color Picker allows you to pick colors from any currently running application and automatically copies the HEX or RGB values to your clipboard. This code is based on Martin Chrzan’s Color Picker.
FancyZones is a window manager that makes it easy to create complex window layouts and quickly position windows into those layouts.
File Explorer Add-ons
File Explorer add-ons will enable SVG icon rendering and Preview Pane additions for File Explorer.
Preview Pane is an existing feature in the File Explorer. To enable it, you just click the View tab in the ribbon and then click “Preview Pane”. PowerToys will now enable two types of files to be previewed: Markdown (.md) & SVG (.svg)
Image Resizer is a Windows Shell Extension for quickly resizing images. With a simple right-click from File Explorer, resize one or many images instantly. This code is based on Brice Lambson’s Image Resizer.
Keyboard Manager allows you to customize the keyboard to be more productive by remapping keys and creating your own keyboard shortcuts. This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or later.
PowerRename is a Windows Shell Extension for advanced bulk renaming using search and replace or regular expressions. PowerRename allows simple search and replace or more advanced regular expression matching. While you type in the search and replace input fields, the preview area will show what the items will be renamed to. PowerRename then calls into the Windows Explorer file operations engine to perform the rename. This has the benefit of allowing the rename operation to be undone after PowerRename exits. This code is based on Chris Davis’s SmartRename.
PowerToys Run is a new toy in PowerToys that can help you search and launch your app instantly with a simple
Space and start typing! It is open source and modular for additional plugins. Window Walker is now inside too! This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or later.
Windows key shortcut guide appears when a user holds the Windows key down for more than one second and shows the available shortcuts for the current state of the desktop.
Installing and running Microsoft PowerToys
- Windows 10 1803 (build 17134) or later.
- Have .NET Core 3.1 Desktop Runtime. The installer should handle this but we want to directly make people aware.
0.18 users for updating via notifications
- We adjusted how upgrading works in 0.20. In 0.19 we accounted for this upcoming change but if you are going from 0.18 to 0.20, please directly use the installer file.
Via GitHub with EXE [Recommended]
Install from the [Microsoft PowerToys GitHub releases page][github-release-link]. Click on
Assets to show the files available in the release and then click on
PowerToysSetup-0.20.1-x64.exe to download the PowerToys installer.
This is our preferred method.
Via WinGet (Preview)
Download PowerToys from WinGet. To install PowerToys, run the following command from the command line / PowerShell:
WinGet install powertoys
Other install methods
There are community driven install methods such as Chocolatey and Scoop. If these are your preferred install solutions, this will have the install instructions.
- Color Picker at times won’t work when PT is running elevated - #5348. We are currently working on a fix now for this.
We currently support the matrix below.
Please read the developer docs for a detailed breakdown.
This project welcomes contributions of all types. Help spec’ing, design, documentation, finding bugs are ways everyone can help on top of coding features/bug fixes. We are excited to work with the power user community to build a set of tools for helping you get the most out of Windows.
We ask that before you start work on a feature that you would like to contribute, please read our Contributor’s Guide. We will be happy to work with you to figure out the best approach, provide guidance and mentorship throughout feature development, and help avoid any wasted or duplicated effort.
⚠ State of code ⚠
PowerToys is still a very fluidic project and the team is actively working out of this repository. We will be periodically re-structuring/refactoring the code to make it easier to comprehend, navigate, build, test, and contribute to, so DO expect significant changes to code layout on a regular basis.
Most contributions require you to agree to a [Contributor License Agreement (CLA)][oss-CLA] declaring that you have the right to, and actually do, grant us the right to use your contribution.
Code of Conduct
This project has adopted the [Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct]