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How to install PowerToys in Windows 11?

Microsoft PowerToys is a suite of utilities that allow experienced users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for increased 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 lets you pin 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 behavior can be useful when performing time-consuming tasks to ensure that the computer does not go into sleep mode or turn off screens.

3. Color Picker - look up HTML color codes

ColorPicker screenshot

ColorPicker is a system-wide color picker utility activated with Win+Shift+C. Choose colors from any currently active application, the picker automatically copies the color to your clipboard in a fixed format. Color Picker also includes an editor that displays a history of previously chosen colors, allowing you to refine the selected color 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 preview window display in Explorer to display SVG icons (.svg), 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 instantly resize one or more images. This code is based on Brice Lambson's Image Resizer.

7. Keyboard Manager

Keyboard Manager screenshot

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

8. Mouse utilities

Mouse utilities screenshot

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

9. PowerRename

PowerRename screenshot

PowerRename lets you bulk rename, search and replace file names. It includes advanced features such as using regular expressions, targeting specific file types, viewing 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 hotkey 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 shortcuts available for the current state of the desktop. You can also change this setting and hold down ⊞ Win.

12. Video Conference Mute

Video Conference Mute screenshot

Video Conference Mute 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. This requires Windows 10 1903 (build 18362) or higher.

Also read

How to use Tabs in Windows Explorer - Windows 11
The most common tips to make a slow Windows 11 computer faster
How to join a Windows 11 computer in 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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