Setup

How to install PowerToys on Windows 10

Microsoft's PowerToys app unlocks a lot of productivity enhancements for Windows 10, and here's how to install it.

PowerToys install on Windows 10

PowerToys is a free tool created by Microsoft that you can download and install on Windows 10 to further improve the experience with tweaks and tools to help you be a little more productive.

For instance, the application includes windows manager to make it easier to create different window layouts. You can use the image resizer to quickly resize images with a single click and the PowerRename tool to bulk rename files. The keyboard manager allows you to remap keys and create custom shortcuts, there is also a color picker to quickly find colors of anything on the screen, and much more. 

In this guide, you will learn the simple steps to download and install PowerToys on Windows 10.

Install PowerToys on Windows 10

To install the PowerToys app on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open PowerToys GitHub page.

  2. In the “Latest release” section, under Assets, click the PowerToysSetup-x.xx.x-x64.exe file to download the installer.

  3. Double-click the installer to launch the setup.

  4. Click the Next button.

    PowerToys setup
    PowerToys setup
  5. Click the Next button to agree to the license.

  6. (Optional) Select the destination folder. 

    PowerToys install customization
    PowerToys install customization
  7. (Optional) Check the Automatically start PowerToys at logon option.

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. Click the Install button.

  10. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the steps, the application will run in the background, and you can open it using the icon in the notification area or from the Start menu.

PowerToys features and tools

The app looks similar to the Settings app with the left navigation pane that lets you access and manage all the available tools to enhance the experience of Windows 10. 

Color Picker is a tool that allows you to use a keyboard shortcut (Windows key + Shift + C) to quickly find a color in the screen and copy it the clipboard as HEX, RGB, HSL, and many other codes. The interface even shows a history of colors that you have previously picked.

Color Picker
Color Picker

FancyZones is a manager that lets you predefined window layouts on the desktop. After creating a layout, you can simply drop windows in each zone, and they will resize automatically without you having to resize each window manually.

FancyZones
FancyZones

File Explorer includes enhancements you can add to the default file manager on Windows 10. Currently, the app offers the ability to preview .svg and .md files.

File Explorer
File Explorer

Image Resizer, as the name implies, is a tool that allows you to quickly resize images with a simple right-click on an image from File Explorer.

Image Resizer
Image Resizer

Keyboard Manager is another tool that allows you to remap keys and create custom shortcuts.

Keyboard Manager
Keyboard Manager

PowerRename makes it possible to bulk rename an extensive list of files using search and replace or regular expressions.

PowerRename
PowerRename

PowerToys Run is a new take on the legacy Run command on Windows 10. Once you enable this option, you can use the Alt + Space keyboard shortcut to search and start app quickly – just like Windows key + R.

PowerToys Run
PowerToys Run

Shortcut Guide is a simple on-screen display of the available shortcuts for the current state of the desktop. Once enabled, to invoke the guide, simply press and hold the Windows key.

Shortcut Guide
Shortcut Guide

Video Conference Mute is an experimental feature that may or may not be available for everyone at the time of this writing, but it introduces an option to mute the microphone and webcam using the Windows key + N keyboard shortcut.