Author Microsoft
Downloads Count 564,093
License Type Free
Date Added Jan 17, 2007
Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows XP
Description Microsoft's overhaul of Windows may have given most people everything they need to personalize their computing experience, but what about those of us who want to delve deeper under the hood? PowerToys for Windows XP is a suite of separately offered tools that lets you do things like view images burned to a CD as a slide show and create a Web-ready slide show of your digital pictures. The useful Alt-Tab Replacement displays the icon of the application window you are switching to, as well as a preview of the page. This is particularly helpful when multiple windows of an application are open. You can also take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.

Another tool, Tweak UI, gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default interface, including settings for the mouse, Explorer, the taskbar, and more. Other tools let you resize images with a right-click, manage four virtual desktops, and switch users without going through the log-on screen.

This suite also lets you magnify parts of the screen from the taskbar, and to open a command window (cmd.exe) by pointing to a selected folder. The Power Calculator can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform conversions.

Note: Microsoft has tested PowerToys, but does not offer technical support on them.

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