Microsoft has updated PowerToys with two new tools that allow you to control multiple Windows systems with the same keyboard/mouse and quickly preview different file types.
New Power Toys 0.70 The version released today also includes improvements for several other PowerToys and fixes a bug that sometimes causes settings to be erased during the upgrade process.
As its name suggests, the new Mouse Without Borders utility can allow users to control up to four computers using a single mouse and keyboard.
It also lets you transfer files under 100MB between devices via drag-and-drop and share text and image clipboard content across all controlled PCs.
To configure the utility, you need to go to Mouse Without Borders in the PowerToys settings and generate a new security key on the main computer.
On the secondary computer, enter the security key and the name of the control computer, then click “Connect”. After connecting the computers, you can seamlessly transition between them by moving the mouse cursor over the edges of the screens.
“To allow Mouse Without Borders to control elevated applications or the lock screen from another computer, it is possible to run Mouse Without Borders as a service under the system account”, Microsoft said.
“To enable service mode, run PowerToys in administrator mode and enable the Use Service setting in the Borderless Mouse settings page.”
PowerToys 0.70 also adds a new Windows utility named Peek which will allow you to preview a wide range of file types without opening them with associated files, just like the built-in macOS A look quick preview function.
Once enabled through the PowerToys settings, Peek will show a preview of the currently selected file in the File Explorer app when you press the Ctrl + Space keyboard shortcut.
You can use the left and right keys to navigate between files in the current folder. To switch between a limited number of files, first select them in File Explorer.
You can also open the currently previewed file in the default program by pressing Enter.
Microsoft PowerToys released at the time of Windows 95 as small free tools developed by Windows developers as personal projects.
In September 2019, Microsoft resurrected the toolset as modern, open-source utility pack designed to improve Windows functionality and streamline various tasks that previously required the installation of third-party tools.