What would you like to see in Vista Power Toys?

Microsoft has a long tradition of releasing power toys for Windows. These are invariably unsupported (although the batch written for Windows XP were pretty polished) and generally pretty darn useful.

Power toys tend to come out when you least expect them, often starting out as a hobby project for a Microsoft programmer (Raymond Chen, author of the original Tweak UI, would be the first member of my Windows Hall of Fame). I suspect it takes some pushing to get Microsoft's semi-official blessing and be released as unsupported code, so we might not see them until after SP1.

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ClearType Tuner, Open Command Window Here, Alt-Tab Replacement, Virtual Desktop Manager, Tweak UI wrapped into one tool.

Tweak UI:
Turn off the "are you sure" stuff

better management of multi-monitor systems (back grounds, icon placement, etc etc)

Adjust windows explorer default views..

rename my documents

turn off built in zip file options

adjust start menu/task bar

set background on boot-up screen

since it's ui, wrap windows sidebar, display properties, mouse/pen pointer properties into one location.

yeah you can do all these now but you can do everything in tweak ui manually somehow.. the idea is to consolidate

finally as a sys admin,
would be nice if a user with admin rights could apply settings to another profile on the machine, especially the default profile.
-or save settings to a file that can be loaded/reloaded

I'm surprised someone at Microsoft hasn't come out with powertoys for Vista yet, at least TweakUI. To have to wait until SP1 is a little ridiculous. Heck, we just want to get rid of the giganto arrow on shortcuts people!! Well, and tweak a few other things also...

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MaceX said,
Just hold down shift + right click and the Open Command Window Here option will appear.

Amazing! I don't suppose there's any way to show this option by default?

would like to see a Send To, similar to the Win95 Powertoy
(Send To X 1.2--an updated version of Send To Any Folder), this worked up until XP.

Auto Login, the Wife & I are the only ones who acesses the PC , The Arrows on the shortcut even though I removed them with the registry tweak.

Make it Free, I don't like Vista Mgr cause it's not Free, Tweak VI sucks !

I paid mucho peso's for Vista Ultimate + a I built New PC, So I can't afford to buy any other software.


autologin is already available. Simply click the Start button then click Run, and type this:

control userpasswords2

Untick the Users Must Login... box and click OK (or Apply).
Confirm your username (selecting a username from the list first saves typing) and your password.

If you temporary wish to cancel autologin at login, hold the shift key from when the cursor first appears to boot (GUI screen). To be honest, this method hasn't (thankfully) changed since Windows 2000. :P

A search gadget that lets you search your hard drive using Vista's search capabilities and display the results in a flyout window would be really nice.

hapbt said,
Make-run-fast powertoy?

Yes, nice idea. Especially for all the poor performing games x)
Or how about a Display Properties powertoy, with all the single tabs in one dialog? ... nah, that would be too hard for them to do

I think it goes without saying that people want TweakUI. Basically unlocking features which may be available through registry settings but do not have front-end GUI interfaces. (hopefully there is a way to make fast user switching work like it did on XP; so you didn't have to press Switch Users after pressing WindowKey+L).

I would like to see a utility (perhaps a part of TweakUI) to customize the way the logon screen looks; change wallpaper, add gadgets ext.

I would also like to see MS dive into end-user targeted GUI based scripting like Apple has added to its OS. Windows has a pretty powerful scripting language, but it’s completely useless if you don’t have at least an ancillary knowledge of programming.

MS should've just let the color of the taskbar change when you changed the glass color for windows etc. But noooo, it has to stay that dark color, which imo isn't bad, I like a darker look overall, but still. If you're going to let users change the colors of windows and so forth, why not the taskbar also?

GP007 said,
MS should've just let the color of the taskbar change when you changed the glass color for windows etc. But noooo, it has to stay that dark color, which imo isn't bad, I like a darker look overall, but still. If you're going to let users change the colors of windows and so forth, why not the taskbar also?

The taskbar does change color with the windows. Play with the hue/saturation slider and you'll see it. It's just much darker than what you see in the window borders.

Shortcut arrow options. The Vista one is too big if you switch to classic-sized icons

I'm sure it would exist. It's been in all the other versions. Right now I just use the little blank image tweak

And don't forget being able to stop the system from appending "Shortcut to -" to every shortcut you create. Like you wouldn't otherwise know it was a shortcut! Duuhhhh.... :mad:

Drives me bonkers.

Personally, I really miss the PowerToy calculator. It's a lot nicer than that built into Windows 9x - Vista. I don't care about the graphing part, I just like to be able to copy and paste and actually see my math like I do on my TI-89.

you can get powercalc.exe to work on Vista. Just copy powercalc.exe from an xp machine and run it in compatibility mode. I have it working just fine on vista.