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Windows PowerToys are back, Microsoft releases the first version and the source code

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During the last Build 2019, Microsoft conference aimed at developers, the company announced a series of interesting news that included from a new terminal for Windows 10, to the release of the code of its calculator, and in addition to this they also announced the surprising resurrection of the legendary PowerToys.

Famous in the era of Windows 95, these utilities that allow you to do things like play with internal Windows elements or use undocumented system features, are now available again and you can install them in Windows 10.

Not only that, but with the release of the source code the doors open for developers to create new “toys” that we can use in current versions of Windows.

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FancyZones and Shortcut Guide

With this initial release it is important to note that the PowerToys are still in preliminary version. Initially we will only have two utilities, their names are FancyZones and Shortcut Guide, and both offer us a very good idea of ​​the things that these tools can do.

FancyZones is used to create customized grids to better organize your windows and be more productive, it’s like Windows Snap on steroids, that is, it offers you many more options to adjust your windows to a predetermined space on the desktop.

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Shortcut Guide is another one that looks great, especially for those of us who have a bad memory and can’t remember all the Windows keyboard shortcuts.

The way it works is simple: by pressing the Windows key for about two seconds we will see a list with a wide variety of keyboard shortcuts that we can use to perform quick actions.

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Best of all, in the same PowerToys configuration window you can directly access a video tutorial that shows you the toy in action, so it will be easier for you to learn how to use it and configure it to your liking.

You can download the first preliminary version from GitHub, the files include both installers and packages with the source code.

Via | Microsoft Insider

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