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Install the PowerToys in Windows 10.

Hi, how are you? If you’ve used the older versions of Windows, you may know the PowerToys. This is a collection of computer applications provided by Microsoft for the Windows operating system. Similarly, they are not integrated into Windows, as their release date was later than that of the operating system. There is also no specific technical support for the collection since they are not subjected to the same tests as the rest of the operating system components. But perhaps its most interesting feature is that they were available until Windows XP. However, since April 2019, the Microsoft team relaunched the project with the MIT license for Windows 10. So in this post, we will see how to install PowerToys on Windows 10.

Downloading and installing the PowerToys

As we will see, this is a simple procedure that will allow any user to enjoy some extra features. Additionally, it has the advantage of not having to modify the Windows registry. Well, please go to this link to download the tools.

Microsoft PowerToys download page
Microsoft PowerToys download page

Once the file is downloaded, just double click on it to start the installation.

Initial PowerToys installation screen.
Initial PowerToys installation screen.

You then accept the terms of the license. Press Next to continue.

PowerToys License
PowerToys License
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Then choose the installation folder. It is also possible to add a shortcut to the desktop. Finally, you can schedule the application to start automatically when Windows starts.

Choose the Windows installation folder.
Choose the Windows installation folder.

Once the preparations are done, the wizard will start the installation.

Start installing PowerToys
Start installing PowerToys

After a few seconds, PowerToys will be successfully installed. You can launch the program to test it.

Windows PowerToys successfully installed.
Windows PowerToys successfully installed.

Running PowerToys

Once the app is installed and launched, we can see its icon on the taskbar.

The PowerToys icon on the taskbar indicates that the program is running.
The PowerToys icon on the taskbar indicates that the program is running.

By clicking on the icon, you will enter the general configuration of the program. In addition, the available and installed PowerToys are shown.

PowerToys general settings
PowerToys general settings

Next, we will make a brief review of the installed apps.

FancyZones: is a tool for working with windows and arranging them in a complex way.

FancyZones settings
FancyZones settings

PowerRename: With this utility, we will be able to rename files or folders in a massive way in an easy way because it is also integrated into the context menu of Windows 10.

PowerRename settings
PowerRename settings

Shortcut Guide: is a guide that offers access to view the keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 10. To access the guide just hold down the Windows key and access all the shortcuts

Shortcut Guide settings
Shortcut Guide settings

From this moment on, it is possible to modify the operation of each App. For example, it is possible to set the time of keystroke for the Shortcut Guide. Also, the operation of other apps. Finally, we have seen how to install the PowerToys in Windows 10. Please check our post about DupeKill. This is all for now, see you in another topic!

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