Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.

Note: We take great care to ensure that PowerToys work as they should, but they are not part of Windows and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. PowerToys are for Windows XP only and will not work with Windows Vista


AbiWord allows you to collaborate with multiple people on one document at the same time. It is tightly integrated with the web service, which lets you store documents online, allows easy document sharing with your friends, and performs format conversions on the fly.

It's available for a number of languages and operating systems.


• If you installed PowerToys prior to April 23, 2002, you must uninstall your old PowerToys
before installing the versions available here.

• PowerToys only work with U.S. English regional settings.

Current PowerToy options:

Color Control Panel Applet
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. Download

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. Download

RAW Image Thumbnail and Viewer
Are you a serious photographer? Now you can organize and work with digital RAW files in
Windows Explorer (much as you can with JPEG images). This tool provides thumbnails,
previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images. Download

ClearType Tuner
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. Download

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

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. Download

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. Download

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. Download

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

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

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

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. Download

Virtual Desktop Manager
Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy. Download

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

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. Download

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