Microsoft's PowerToys suite of utilities has added two new
features: Find My Mouse, and a new Video Conference Mute
capability. The updated suite is available from the Microsoft Store
app within Windows 10 and 11.
PowerToys debuted in 2020, and contrary to what the name
suggests, includes a suite of useful though niche utilities that
supplement Windows' own features. The suite debuted with FancyZones, a much more powerful
version of the Snap capabilities in Windows 10 or even Windows 11.
In it you'll find tools for batch resizing photos, batch renaming
files, a color picker, a tool to override your PC's power settings,
and so on.
One new feature, Video Conference Mute, is pretty self
explanatory. Although many PCs include dedicated mic mute buttons,
not all of them include dedicated controls to disable your camera,
too. If Video Conference Mute is on, you'll be able to tap the
WIN+N key to toggle your mic and video together on
and off, or else use the WIN+Shift+A key to turn
off your mic or Win+Shift+O to toggle your camera
on and off. In practice, this seemed a little wonky. In Zoom, for
example, the camera setting had to be set to PowerToys
Videoconference Mute for the toggle to work.
Find My Mouse is an assistive technology that may seem a little
superfluous, if you're simply used to twitching your mouse pointer
back and forth to locate it on a large screen or multiple displays.
For those who may have problems with that particular motion,
however, Find My Mouse can zoom in on the cursor simply by tapping
the left CTRL button twice. A spotlight of sorts
will then zoom in on the mouse cursor, highlighting it.
PowerToys can be downloaded via GitHub, though the project is
now part of the Microsoft Store app, too. Simply open the Store,
search for PowerToys and the app will download. You may have to
enter PowerToys' Settings menu to turn individual features on and
off and adjust their capabilities, however.