Microsoft is working on a tool that will let you replace the
Windows Run feature on Windows 10. The Spotlight-like launcher
for Windows 10 will be released later this year, as part of the
company’s effort to customize Win+R and give users numerous
features but keep the handling as easy as possible at the same
Microsoft’s Spotlight-like launcher for Windows 10 is said to
be part of PowerToys upcoming update. According to Microsoft,
PowerToys Run is designed to replace Win + R shortcut.
Unlike Windows Run, the new launcher will feature a modern UI
and it will let you quickly search apps and files across
Windows. Microsoft is also working on support for plugins to
enhance the experience with search engines and dictionaries.
For now, Microsoft plans to offer the feature on Windows 10
only and the company promises to make the experience faster
than Start menu’s search bar. Microsoft describes PowerToys’
upcoming tool as a ‘fast launcher’ with additional capabilities
that users may need.
“It’s fast… It’s customizable… It’s PowerLauncher, a new toy in
PowerToys that can help you search and launch your app
instantly! It is open-source and modular for additional
plugins,” Microsoft said.
In search results, users will be able to see shortcuts such as
run as administrator, open file location, copy path location,
and open in the console.
PowerToys’ Run replacement will be customizable and you’ll be
able to expand its capabilities with optional plugins. For
example, the Calculator plugin will let you use Win+R as a
calculator. Similarly, web search plugin will let you browse
results from search engines such as Bing.
Unlike Windows Search, PowerRoys Run feature would not push
users into Bing and the Edge browser. Instead, Microsoft will
let you control the experience, add plugins to modify the
search bar, and quickly launch Regedit or PowerShell instances.
Microsoft’s PowerToys will add this new launcher later this
year and a public beta is planned to roll out this May.
PowerToys was originally announced with Windows 95 and
Microsoft recently relaunched it for Windows 10 with features
for power users.