How to Use PowerToys on Windows 10/11
If you’ve been using the run command a lot, PowerToys modifies the way it looks. Microsoft just released this open-source program that serves as a replacement for the usual Run command (Win + R) that you have been using.
This PowerToys run launcher allows you to easily find apps and files, search for plugins, and run processes. While it will handle all of the commands currently supported by the Run, it will also include many additional capabilities, making it more powerful.
So, how do you use the all-new PowerToys in Windows 10 to open the run command? Let’s see how it goes.
How to Use PowerToys to Open Run Commands in Style
Step 1: Open your browser, paste the below web address in the address bar and hit Enter:
Now, scroll down and under the Assets section, click on the 1st link, PowerToysSetup-0.18.1-x64.msi to download the PowerToys setup file.
Step 2: Now, follow the instructions on the Setup wizard to install PowerToys.
Step 3: Once installed, you can now open PowerToys from the desktop shortcut or simply click on the Start button on your desktop, type PowerToys in the search box, right-click on the result, and click on Run as administrator to open it in Admin mode.
*Note – to run PowerToys you must have .NET Core installed in your system. If you don’t have it already, download it from this link for Windows:
Step 4: When the PowerToys app starts, you’ll notice a lot of options on the left, but the primary one is the PowerToysRun. When you click on it, the Shortcuts section will appear on the right side of the screen. This demonstrates the Alt + Space shortcut for opening PowerToysRun (you can change this to your preferred keys).
Step 5: Return to your desktop and hit the Alt + Space buttons on your keyboard simultaneously to activate the search box, where you may search for all of the instructions and more. Simply type the command’s first few letters, and it will display a list of related commands. To launch the software, press Enter.
Step 6: You can explore other features by selecting the Keyboard Manager option on the left and then selecting Remap keyboard or Remap shortcuts on the right. For example, if you select Remap keyboard, you can select and configure the keys to your liking.
Step 4: You can resize images, by clicking on Image Resizer on the left, and then on the right side of the screen, you can set your values.
Step 5: Click on File Explorer Preview and on the right side of the screen turn the options – Svg Preview Handler and Markdown Preview Handler on or off based on how you want to preview your File, Explorer.
That’s it. You can try the other features of PowerToys and access the Run launcher in a new way altogether.