Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP / TweakUI for XP

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Microsoft has finally released the XP version of the Powertoys . The tools include:
  • Super-Fast User Switcher
    With this PowerToy you can switch between users without having to go through the Logon screen.
  • Open Command Window Here
    This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.
  • Alt-Tab Replacement With this PowerToy, in addition to seeing the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.
  • Tweak UI
    This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.
  • Power Calculator
    With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.
  • Image Resizer
    This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.
  • CD Slide Show Generator
    With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.
  • Virtual Desktop Manager
    Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.
  • Taskbar Magnifier
    Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.
  • HTML Slide Show Wizard
    This wizard helps you create an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready to place on your Web site.
  • Webcam Timershot
    This PowerToy lets you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.

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