Windows system utilities to maximize productivity (by microsoft)

PowerToys Alternatives

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  • GitHub repo kmonad

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  • GitHub repo plugins-extra

    These are highly unstable, buggy, incomplete plugins that are not included with Process Hacker by default.

  • GitHub repo hunt-and-peck

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NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts. Hence, a higher number means a better PowerToys alternative or higher similarity.


Posts where PowerToys has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects - the last one was on 2021-02-17.
  • FN lock
    I had wondered this too; turns out you can reprogram/remap some of the keys if you download Microsofts' PowerToys, which has a key-remapping feature (download here: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys).
  • How can I switch the Z and Y key?
    reddit.com/r/Windows10 | 2021-02-23
    Have you tried PowerToys?
  • Snapping/Window Management that works with Citrix apps.
    Does NOT work with FancyZones. You can drag windows to the zones, but they don't resize. Looks like the developers have given up on trying to fix it and basically said the problem is on Citrix's end
  • I recreated Microsoft PowerToys Run (like Spotlight for Windows) using Fluent UI’s acrylic material and the current search layout.
    reddit.com/r/Windows10 | 2021-02-21
    You should submit your idea to the powertoys community, they might implement it in a future update. PowerToys GitHub
  • Change Win + Shift + S default Snip & Sketch key bind?
    reddit.com/r/Windows10 | 2021-02-20
    I've never tried it but PowerToys has a keyboard shortcut editor, maybe try that, it's a Microsoft software.
  • PowerToys
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-02-20
  • Struggling to go fullscreen in games
    My problem was from Windows PowerToys: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/issues/8976
  • LPT we all know about CTRL + C, CTRL + V. But how about WIN + V instead of CTRL + V. It brings up the clippboard and lets you paste anything that has been copied previously. Super useful when copypasting different stuff multiple times.
    If anyone wants to know about windows shortcuts, the most commonly used ones. You can download a tool called powertoys. After installing it, long pressing windows button will display the shortcuts on the screen. https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys Powertoys is a great tool. It has other features too like image resizing, color picker, etc.
  • Bulk extension change help
    reddit.com/r/Windows10 | 2021-02-18
  • [HDTVTest] Cheaper 48-inch OLED TV Coming As LG Display Increase Production to 1 Million Panels
    reddit.com/r/hardware | 2021-02-17
    Heck, if you're OK with having a vertical resolution of "only" 1920p, then you could even use FancyZones combined with a black desktop background to configure things to primarily only use the bottom 1920px half of the screen, effectively resulting in an 9:8 ratio 2160x1920 display while still leaving you the option to use the upper half if you really need it.
  • Is there anything like KRunner on windows?
    reddit.com/r/kde | 2021-02-17
    There's PowerToys Runner. There is a detailed overview here of what it can do.
  • Visual shortcut interface
    reddit.com/r/software | 2021-02-16
    Repo link : https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest Direct Link : https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest
  • For those who use Windows on an everyday basis, what's stopped you from going over to Mac?
    reddit.com/r/windows | 2021-02-16
    I don't know why. I just seem to hate macOS and Linux. I started using Windows since I was 4 years old and I still don't have any major complaints. In fact they are already addressing my minor complaints with Windows Terminal, PowerToys and WinGet
  • If you weren't aware, you can now use the new Windows 10 color picker tool with Microsofts PowerToys
    Direct link: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/tag/v0.31.2
  • Easily Bulk Rename Files on Windows
    dev.to | 2021-02-15
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microsoft/PowerToys is an open source project licensed under MIT License which is an OSI approved license.