How do I install PowerToys in Windows 11?

How do I install PowerToys in Windows 11?

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities that allows experienced users to fine-tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

How can you install PowerToys in Windows?

  • Open PowerToys in Windows 11
  • Choose the desired PowerToy from the list

1. Always on Top

Always on Top screenshot

Always on Top allows you to lock windows to all other windows with a hotkey combination (⊞ Win+Ctrl+T)

2. PowerToys Awake - Better energy settings

PowerToys Awake screenshot

PowerToys Awake is designed to keep a computer awake without having to manage the power & sleep settings. This behaviour can be useful when performing time-consuming tasks, ensuring that the computer does not go into sleep mode or turn off its screens.

3. Color Picker - look up HTML colour codes

ColorPicker screenshot

ColorPicker is a system-wide colour picker utility activated by Win+Shift+C. Choose colours from any currently active application, the picker automatically copies the colour to your clipboard in a fixed format. Color Picker also includes an editor that displays a history of previously chosen colours, allowing you to refine the selected colour and copy different string representations. This code is based on Martin Chrzan's Color Picker.

4. FancyZones - Layout Manager

FancyZones screenshot

FancyZones is a window manager that makes it easy to create complex window layouts and quickly place windows in those layouts.

5. File Explorer add-ons

File Explorer screenshot

File Explorer add-ons enable the preview pane in Explorer to display SVG (.svg) icons, Markdown (.md) and PDF file previews. To enable the preview window, select the "View" tab in Explorer and then select "Preview Window".

6. Image Resizer

Image Resizer screenshot

Image Resizer is a Windows Shell extension for quickly resizing images. With a simple right-click from Explorer, you can instantly resize one or more images. This code is based on Brice Lambson's Image Resizer.

7. Keyboard Manager

Keyboard Manager screenshot

With Keyboard Manager, you can customise the keyboard to be more productive by reassigning keys and creating your own shortcuts. This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or higher.

8. Mouse utilities

Mouse utilities screenshot

Mouse tools add functionality to improve your mouse and cursor. Find My Mouse lets you quickly locate the position of your mouse with a spotlight aimed at your cursor. This feature is based on source code developed by Raymond Chen.

9. PowerRename

PowerRename screenshot

PowerRename allows you to rename, search and replace filenames in bulk. It includes advanced features such as the use of regular expressions, targeting of specific file types, viewing of expected results and the ability to undo changes. This code is based on Chris Davis' SmartRename.

10. PowerToys Run

PowerToys Run screenshot

PowerToys Run can help you search and launch your app instantly - just press the Alt+Space shortcut and start typing. It is open source and modular for additional plug-ins. Window Walker is now also included. This PowerToy requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or higher.

11. Shortcut Guide

Shortcut Guide screenshot

The Windows shortcut guide appears when a user presses ⊞ Win+Shift+/ (or, as we like to think of it, ⊞ Win+?) and shows the available shortcuts for the current state of the desktop. You can also change this setting and press and hold ⊞ Win.

12. Video Conference Mute

Video Conference Mute screenshot

Video conference muting is a quick way to globally "mute" both your microphone and camera with ⊞ Win+Shift+Q during a conference call, regardless of which application is currently the focus. Requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or higher.

Also read

How to use Tabs in Windows Explorer - Windows 11
The most common tips to speed up a slow Windows 11 computer
How to join a Windows 11 computer to an Active Directory domain?
How to install custom fonts in Windows 11?
How to install Outlook online as a PWA app in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge?



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