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PowerToys for Windows 10 will be back

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If you’re old enough to remember using Windows 95, then you’ve probably got fond memories of PowerToys and the enhancements this free set of tools allowed. Now, Microsoft has decided to resurrect PowerToys for Windows 10 and made it an open source project.



PowerToys for Windows 95 was an unofficial collection of free tools for the operating system created by Microsoft developers. They were so useful we all thought they should be a standard feature of Windows, but that wasn’t to be. That is, until now.

The first two utilities that Microsoft is working on for Windows 10 are a new maximize to desktop widget and a Windows key shortcut guide. The maximize to desktop widget places a pop-up button over the maximize button when you hover over it. It’s designed to let you quickly send an app to another desktop, utilizing Windows 10’s multi-desktop view. The Windows shortcut guide utility simply shows a keyboard shortcut guide when you hold down the Windows key.

Microsoft is also considering 10 other utilities for these new PowerToys for Windows 10:

Full window manager, including specific layouts for docking and undocking laptops
Keyboard shortcut manager
Win+R replacement
Better alt+tab including browser tab integration and search for running apps
Battery tracker
Batch file re-namer
Quick resolution swaps in task bar
Mouse events without focus
Cmd (or PS or Bash) from here
Contents menu file browsing

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