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System Tools: Microsoft releases Preview of PowerToys

Systemtools: Microsoft veröffentlicht Preview der PowerToys

System Tools: Microsoft releases Preview of PowerToys
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Microsoft revives the well-known Windows 95 collection of tools and publishes the first preview of the PowerToys for Windows 10. The company from Redmond mentioned in a post on his Windows insider blog first details about the first two functions available Fancy Zones and Shortcut Guide,

In order to be able to use the admittedly still very clear collection of tools, only the download of the installer via GitHub and a short installation routine is necessary. Interested users can also look at the source code, because the PowerToys is an open source project.

After a short installation routine ...
After a short installation routine …
... the PowerToys are ready for use
… the PowerToys are ready for use

FancyZones adjusts program windows to desktop zones

The first PowerToys tool is FancyZones, which allows users to quickly customize program windows to predefined zones on the desktop.

The “Edit Zones” button opens a selection of templates with which the user can assign the corresponding program windows to the screen zones. The assignment is accepted via the “Apply” button. If the user now presses the Shift key while dragging an open window over the displayed zone on the desktop, the tool automatically adjusts its size and arrangement as soon as the user releases the mouse button. The advanced settings also make it possible to create user-defined and customized templates.


FancyZones offers five templates for desktop zones ...
FancyZones offers five templates for desktop zones …

... and automatically adjusts the selected window
… and automatically adjusts the selected window

The Shortcut Guide displays keyboard shortcuts via overlay

The Shortcut Guide is a small helper that overlays all keyboard shortcuts defined under Windows. This happens as soon as the user presses the Windows key for more than one second. As soon as the Windows key is released, the overlay disappears. In addition to the active window, the tool displays all open programs, between which the user can also quickly switch back and forth.

The Shortcut Guide overlays all shortcuts defined under Windows
The Shortcut Guide overlays all shortcuts defined under Windows

More PowerToys are to follow

FancyZones and the Shortcut Guide are the beginning, further mini-applications in the tradition of the classic Windows 95 times to follow. The PowerToys are currently in a very early stage of development (version 0.11.0), which is why it has yet to be proven that the collection of system tools can once again enjoy as much popularity as it did over 20 years ago.

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