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Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

This is a small collection of tools and utilities that were released by Microsoft in the era of Windows 9x and XP. They are mirrored here. The descriptions are also mirrored from Microsoft's page, which is now only available through

Alt-Tab Replacement

This PowerToy is now a core Windows feature.

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.

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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.

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ClearType Tuner

This PowerToy is now a core Windows feature.

This PowerToy lets you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access.

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Color Control Panel Applet

This PowerToy is now a core Windows feature.

Professional-level photographers and designers know that getting consistent, accurate color from file to screen to print and beyond is a requirement for great results. This new tool helps you manage Windows color settings in one place.

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HTML Slide Show Manager

This wizard helps you create an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready to place on your Web site.

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Image Resizer

This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.

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Open Command Window Here

This PowerToy is now a core Windows feature.

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.

Download Open Command Window Here

Power Calc

This PowerToy is now a core Windows feature.

With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.

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With new sources of files coming from every direction (such as digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops), SyncToy can help you copy, move, and synchronize different directories. Learn more here.

Taskbar Magnifier

Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.

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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.

Version 2.10 requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003.

Virtual Desktop Manager

This PowerToy is now a core Windows feature.

Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.

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Webcam Timer Shot

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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