Microsoft PowerToy ( OCR-Color Picker)


Included components

PowerToys for Windows 10 comes with the following utilities:

  • Always On Top adds the ability to quickly pin windows on top of all other windows with a quick keyboard shortcut.[23]
  • PowerToys Awake adds an ability to keep a computer awake without managing its power & sleep settings.[24]
  • Color Picker adds a tool for color identification (in HEXRGBCMYKHSL and HSV, among others).[25]
  • FancyZones adds a window manager that makes it easier for users to create and use complex window layouts.[26]
  • File Explorer (Preview Panes) adds SVGMarkdown and PDF previews to File Explorer.[27]
  • File Locksmith adds the ability to check which files are in use and by which processes.[28]
  • Host File Editor adds the ability to edit the ‘Hosts’ file in a convenient way.[28]
  • Image Resizer adds a context menu to File Explorer for resizing images.[29]
  • Keyboard Manager adds options for remapping keys and shortcuts.[30]
  • Mouse utilities adds tools that enhance mouse and cursor functionality on Windows. Currently, the collection consists of Find My Mouse, which focuses on the cursor’s position; Mouse Highlighter, which indicates mouse clicks on the screen; and Mouse pointer Crosshairs, which displays crosshairs centered on the mouse pointer[31]
  • Mouse Without Borders adds a tool which allows a user to move their cursor across multiple devices.[32]
  • Paste as Plain Text adds a customizable keyboard shortcut to paste text stripped of text formatting.[33]
  • PowerRename adds an option for users to rename files using search and replace or regular expression in File Explorer.[34]
  • PowerToys Run adds a Spotlight-like tool that allows users to search for folders, files, applications, and other items.[28]
  • Quick Accent adds the ability to type accented characters in an alternative way.[28]
  • Registry Preview adds a tool to preview, compare and edit registry file contents before writing to the Windows Registry.[35]
  • Screen Ruler adds the ability to measure pixel distances on-screen with image edge detection.[28]
  • Shortcut Guide adds a full screen overlay that allows the user to view the windows key shortcuts available in the current window.[26]
  • Text Extractor adds the ability to copy text from anywhere on your screen.[28]
  • Video Conference Mute adds tools to disable/enable the camera and microphone.[36]


Microsoft PowerToys is a set of freeware system utilities designed for power users developed by Microsoft for use on the Windows operating system. These programs add or change features to maximize productivity or add more customization. PowerToys are available for Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 10/11/12


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