Windows 10 recently introduced its own converged search feature, PowerToys Run, to replace the previous Win-R. Apple’s macOS is known for its humannature, and there are several features that Windows users have always admired, such as the global aggregate search tool, Spotlight. In any interface, you can search for apps and files on your computer by typing keywords, efficiently and quickly. Recently, Windows 10 also introduced its own converged search feature, PowerToys Run, to replace the previous Win-R experience?
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This new feature is included in the PowerToys tool, a system toolset introduced by Microsoft in the Windows 95 era, and was originally intended to make it easier for technicians to test new features. In the era of Windows XP, Bill Gates removed the bug-free PowerToys from the system to enhance the security of the system. After years, Microsoft rebooted the project in Windows 10 in 2019 and opened it up to get more developers involved in the creation of gadgets.
In the latest version of 0.18, PowerToys added two tools, one of which is PowerToys Run. It starts with an Alt-plus space by default, can type in the input box for search, the program can be clicked/entered directly, the file is followed by the “Open folder” and “copy path” button, or can be operated with shortcuts.
PowerToys Run replaces the previous function of Win-R, can directly enter some shortcut instructions, support calculators and other plug-ins, in the future will be linked to more software, Microsoft’s goal is to make it like Spotlight, Alfred-like tools. However, because it’s a beta release, it’s not as sophisticated as Spotlight, for example, without previews, not by type, and so on. Windows users want a good file retrieval tool, and we prefer to use Everthing.
In addition to PowerToys Run, PowerToys offers a number of interesting little features, such as the Current Win shortcut that can be displayed when you press Win, similar to The Cheat Sheet on a Mac, but does not support third-party software.
Window management can customize the layout on the screen and automatically fill up after dragging the software past, making it suitable for users who use large/multi-screen slots.
The picture adjustment function allows you to modify the size of multiple pictures in bulk.
Microsoft’s launch of PowerToys Run in Windows 10 was a good start, and these features were previously available in the system, but not enough to be user-friendly, which is where many people are less likely to be as good as macOS. The integration of existing features, and then to be closer to the user’s way of introduction, Microsoft recently made an attempt to give a lot of user confidence.
While some of the features in PowerToys are problematic, we recommend that you take a look at this official toolset, and maybe a feature can cut your pain point.
Download address: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases