Utility Spotlight: Microsoft PowerToys

by Rafael Hernandez on July 29, 2009 · 0 comments

Utility SpotlightMicrosoft PowerToys

Developer: Microsoft
Usage: A myriad of uses
PowerToys Website

Microsoft’s Windows XP has been a solid operating system foundation for years now but it seems that it lacks those little things that make an OS shine. Given it was released in 2001 and the expectations at the time that’s completely understandable but lets liven things up a little bit shall we?

Microsoft Tweak UI

Microsoft has maintained a suite of applications and utilities dubbed “PowerToys” for a number of years. The helpful apps add functionality and, in some instances, clears up some of the annoyances you run into when using your computer.

Take for example TweakUI. The utility doesn’t seem like much but it allows you to change such “frivolous” things as the arrow overlay on to your shortcut icons, set those special keys on your keyboard to launch things other than being used as a back button, and a myriad of other useful settings that can be changed which you didn’t know about or never really cared enough to try and figure out.

If that’s not to your liking they have a total of 14 programs and utilities to try out, from virtual desktops to alt-tab visual replacements to adjusting ClearType onscreen font anti aliasing, you’re sure to find something useful for your Windows XP machine.

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