Microsoft PowerToys is an incredibly powerful and extremely versatile set of utilities designed to enhance the functionality and productivity of Windows users. Originally introduced in the days of the vibrant Windows 95, PowerToys has been fantastically updated for modern Windows operating systems, offering a delightful mix of classic and new tools that greatly enhance the Windows experience. Let's take a look at the supported Windows versions and the wonderfully unique features that make PowerToys an indispensable tool for any enthusiast.

Supported versions of Windows

Microsoft PowerToys is perfectly compatible with the following versions of Windows:

  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10 (v1809 and later)

(Any subsequent versions of Windows released at the time of publication)

With this broad compatibility, users of the latest and most popular Windows platforms can take full advantage of PowerToys' innovative utilities.

Key Features

  1. FancyZones: This intuitive window manager allows users to create complex, customizable window layouts, making multitasking a breeze. With FancyZones, you can carefully organize your workspace and quickly pin applications to predefined zones, increasing your productivity in a surprisingly efficient way.
  2. PowerToys Run: This is an incredibly fast and versatile launcher that makes finding and launching applications, files and folders much easier. Simply press Alt+Space to bring up this dynamic tool and start typing to instantly see results, making your workflow much easier.
  3. Keyboard Manager: This feature provides an amazingly simple yet powerful way to reassign keys and create custom shortcuts. Whether you want to swap keys or create complex keyboard shortcuts, Keyboard Manager gives you the flexibility to personalize your keyboard layout according to your preferences.
  4. Color Picker: A perfect tool for designers and developers, Color Picker allows users to quickly select colors anywhere on the screen. This delightful utility provides accurate color values in a variety of formats, ensuring that the perfect shade is always at your fingertips.
  5. Image Resizer: Image Resizer is an extremely handy tool built into File Explorer. It allows you to resize images with a single right-click, supporting multiple sizes and custom sizes, saving your precious time and effort.
  6. PowerRename: This incredibly useful utility offers advanced batch renaming capabilities, allowing users to easily rename multiple files. With regular expression support and a preview window, PowerRename makes bulk renaming tasks simple and straightforward.
  7. File Explorer Add-ons: PowerToys extends the capabilities of File Explorer with additional preview features, including support for SVG and Markdown files. These additions allow you to view more file types directly in the preview pane, making file management more visual and efficient.
  8. Shortcut Guide: Presents an amazingly useful overlay that displays all available keyboard shortcuts for your current desktop state. Simply hold down the Windows key to bring up this intuitive guide, making it easy to learn and use powerful keyboard shortcuts.


Microsoft PowerToys for Windows 10 and 11 is a truly phenomenal toolkit that offers a host of dynamic utilities designed to improve productivity and customize the user experience. From the intuitive organization of FancyZones to the fantastically efficient PowerToys Run, each tool is carefully crafted to provide exceptional functionality. Whether you're a developer, designer, or power user, PowerToys offers the perfect combination of classic and innovative utilities to make your Windows experience much better.