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Microsoft’s PowerToys is a fun place for hardcore Windows users to mess around. The company has made the app available for the Windows 11 Store, which is a significant change, as it was previously only available through GitHub or by using a package manager.

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PowerToys is really useful, and it comes with nine utilities that power users tend to love. For example, there’s PowerRename, PowerToys Run, FancyZones, and even a helpful image resizer. FancyZones is so well-liked that Microsoft added some aspects of it to Windows 11. The operating system won’t have the full functionality, but the core window management features are there.

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Even though PowerToys is available in the Windows Store, it still uses its own installer. This is thanks to Microsoft allowing unpackaged Win32 apps onto the Store, which is a major departure from the Windows 10 store.

This is definitely a sign that Windows 11’s Store is quite a bit more useful. The desktop apps Windows users know and love are actually making their way to the Store, allowing apps like PowerTools and other Microsoft apps to be available. You might even actually use the Store when Windows 11 launches on October 5, but we’ll have to wait and see.

If you haven’t tried PowerTools, it’s definitely worth a look. Microsoft fully updated it to work with Windows 11, and it still performs some really cool functions that make using Windows a more enjoyable experience.

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