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This tutorial will show you how to install the Microsoft PowerToys app in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

Microsoft PowerToys requirements:
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Windows 11 (all versions)
    • Windows 10 v2004 (19041) or newer
  • System architecture
    • x64 and Arm64 architecture are currently supported.
Utilities included in PowerToys​
Description​
Always on TopA system-wide utility for Windows that allows you to pin windows to the top of all your windows.
PowerToys AwakePowerToys Awake is a utility tool for Windows designed to keep a computer awake without having to manage its power & sleep settings. This behavior can be helpful when running time-consuming tasks, ensuring that the computer does not go to sleep or turn off its screens.
Color PickerA system-wide color picking utility for Windows that enables you to pick colors from any currently running application and can copy it in a configurable format to your clipboard.
Crop And LockAllows you to crop a current application into a smaller window or just create a thumbnail. Focus the target window and press the shortcut to start cropping.
Environment VariablesEnvironment Variables offers an easy and convenient way to manage environment variables. It also allows you to create profiles for managing a set of variables together. Profile variables have precedence over User and System variables. Applying the profile adds variables to User environment variables in the background. When a profile is applied, if there is an existing User variable with the same name, a backup variable is created in User variables which will be reverted to the original value on profile un-apply.
FancyZonesFancyZones is a window manager utility for arranging and snapping windows into efficient layouts to improve the speed of your workflow and restore layouts quickly. FancyZones allows you to define a set of zone locations to be used as targets for windows on your desktop. When you drag a window into a zone, or enter the associated keyboard shortcut, the window is resized and repositioned to fill that zone.
File Explorer Add-onsFile Explorer add-ons currently include:
  • Preview Pane rendering for:
    • SVG icons (.svg)
    • Markdown files (.md)
    • Source code files (.cs, .cpp, .rs, ...)
    • PDF files (.pdf)
    • G-code files (.gcode)
    • QOI images (.qoi)
  • Thumbnail preview for:
    • SVG icons (.svg)
    • PDF files (.pdf)
    • G-code files (.gcode)
    • STL files (.stl)
    • QOI images (.qoi)
File LocksmithFile Locksmith is a Windows shell extension for checking which files are in use and by which processes.
Hosts File EditorThe Hosts File Editor provides a convenient way to edit the hosts file configuration.
Image ResizerImage Resizer is a Windows shell extension for bulk image-resizing. After installing PowerToys, right-click on one or more selected image files in File Explorer, and then select Resize pictures from the menu.
Keyboard ManagerThe PowerToys Keyboard Manager enables you to redefine keys on your keyboard.
Mouse utilitiesMouse utilities is a collection of features that enhance mouse and cursor functionality on Windows.
Currently, the collection consists of: Find my mouse, Mouse highlighter, Mouse jump, and Mouse pointer crosshairs
Mouse without BordersMouse Without Borders enables you to control up to 4 computers from the same machine.
Paste as Plain TextPowerToys Paste as Plain Text enables you to paste text stored in your clipboard, excluding any text-formatting, using a quick key shortcut. Any formatting included with the clipboard text will be replaced with an unformatted version of the text.
PeekA system-wide utility for Windows that allows you to preview file content without the need to open multiple applications or interrupt your workflow. It offers a seamless and quick file preview experience for various file types, including images, web pages, Markdown files, text files, and developer files.
PowerRenamePowerRename is a bulk renaming tool that enables you to:
  • Modify the file names of a large number of files, without giving all of the files the same name.
  • Perform a search and replace on a targeted section of file names.
  • Perform a regular expression rename on multiple files.
  • Check expected rename results in a preview window before finalizing a bulk rename.
  • Undo a rename operation after it is completed.
PowerToys RunPowerToys Run is a quick launcher for power users that contains some additional features without sacrificing performance. It is open source and modular for additional plugins.
Quick AccentQuick Accent is an alternative way to type accented characters, useful for when a keyboard doesn't support that specific accent with a quick key combo.
Registry PreviewRegistry Preview is a utility to visualize and edit Windows Registry files.
Screen RulerScreen ruler allows you to quickly measure pixels on your screen based on image edge detection.
Shortcut GuideThis guide uses PowerToys to display common keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows key.
Text ExtractorText Extractor enables you to copy text from anywhere on your screen, including inside images or videos.
Video Conference MuteQuickly mute your microphone (audio) and turn off your camera (video) with a single keystroke while on a conference call, regardless of what application has focus on your computer.

Reference:


You must be signed in as an administrator to install the all users "machine wide" version of the Microsoft PowerToys app.




Contents

  • Option One: Install Microsoft PowerToys from GitHub
  • Option Two: Install Microsoft PowerToys from Microsoft Store
  • Option Three: Install Microsoft PowerToys using Command with Windows Package Manager


EXAMPLE: Microsoft PowerToys

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Option One

Install Microsoft PowerToys from GitHub


1 Go to the Microsoft PowerToys GitHub releases page.

2 Scroll down to the Assets section for the latest version, and click/tap on the 64-bit or ARM64 EXE file to download the appropriate "Per user" (current user only) or "Machine wide" (all users) PowerToys executable installer for your system. (see screenshot below)

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3 Save the PowerToysSetup-0.##.#-x64.exe/PowerToysUserSetup-0.xxx.x-x64.exe (64-bit) or PowerToysSetup-0.##.#-arm64.exe/PowerToysUserSetup-0.##.#-arm64.exe (ARM64) file to your desktop.

4 Run the PowerToysSetup-0.##.#-x64.exe/PowerToysUserSetup-0.xxx.x-x64.exe (64-bit) or PowerToysSetup-0.##.#-arm64.exe/PowerToysUserSetup-0.##.#-arm64.exe (ARM64) file.

5 Check I agree to the license terms and conditions, and click/tap on Install. (see screenshot below)

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6 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes to approve. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on Close when PowerToys installation has successfully completed. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Install Microsoft PowerToys from Microsoft Store


1 Go to the Microsoft Store Microsoft PowerToys page.

2 Click/tap on Get in Store app. (see screenshot below)

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3 If prompted, click/tap on Open Microsoft Store app on your device. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Install in Microsoft Store app. (see screenshot below)

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5 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes to approve. (see screenshot below)

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6 You can Close the Microsoft Store app when PowerToys shows as Installed. (see screenshot below)

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Option Three

Install Microsoft PowerToys using Command with Windows Package Manager


Windows Package Manager winget command-line tool is bundled with Windows 11 and modern versions of Windows 10 by default.


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

winget install Microsoft.PowerToys --source winget

3 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes to approve.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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@Brink
Looks as though they've started listing two different installers for each system type: one is just the installer, and one is "User." I'd guess that means the plain installer installs for All Users and the User installer ..., well, you know. Just a guess, though.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
@Brink
Looks as though they've started listing two different installers for each system type: one is just the installer, and one is "User." I'd guess that means the plain installer installs for All Users and the User installer ..., well, you know. Just a guess, though.
Thank you. That would be my guess as well. Now updated. :shawn:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
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    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

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