5 must-have Windows Utilities

If you use a Windows laptop, there’s a lot you can do to customize your experience and make it better. Tom Warren joins Dieter to talk about the best Windows utilities for searching, managing Windows, and clipboard history.

Links to all utilities (plus two bonus that were cut for time in the video) are here: https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/27/17509294/windows-10-utilities-groupy-sharex-redstone

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50 Comments

  1. Mohit on November 17, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Its great that now all these features are built into Windows. Except group tabs maybe. Microsoft is really listening.

  2. zeppelin1001 on November 17, 2021 at 11:48 am

    My favorites out of those which weren’t mentioned: Everything (by VoidTools), Agent Ransack, Chocolatey, Notepad++ (or Sublime).

  3. core2duo on November 17, 2021 at 11:49 am

    5 Real-Time Ram Eating Utilities for Windows

  4. N R on November 17, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Windows used to be better at what you’re asking for.
    But people like to be locked in, restricted, and treated like children. Especially if it means you can sit in Starbucks with your status symbol computer.
    That’s why Apple is so successful. And Microsoft looked at Apple and thought, _“I need to get in on this.”_
    And now we have the *new* Microsoft, who doesn’t really care about your productivity, and is more interested in cornering you.

  5. SP on November 17, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Amazing video. Thanks.

  6. Zach on November 17, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Will any of these Utilities cause a Virus on my machine?

  7. Neelesh Kumar on November 17, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Still no sets in Windows 10

  8. Samrat Babu Koirala on November 17, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Could this guy be like less interested in sharing the windows info? That guy on skype? Jesus christ mate, get a coffee or something.

  9. Igor Henrique on November 17, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Documents searching: MacOS – 9/10 Windows – 1/10

  10. The Verge on November 17, 2021 at 11:56 am

    What’s your favorite Windows utility? — Dieter

  11. moolcool on November 17, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Team Raddish

  12. grijesh ninama on November 17, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Well Window Has Improve so much since this video
    •The built-in clipboard is not the best but ok •The Search has improved 100 times
    • Windows screenshot is ok even snip took is good but not as functional as sharex
    •Power toy should be mentioned

  13. Ilya Savin on November 17, 2021 at 11:58 am

    thank you!!!

  14. liquidminds on November 17, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Sets? finally… I’ve been wanting that for at least a decade now…

  15. Ryan Maguire on November 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Watchin this in 2021, where is groupy Bill XD

  16. Vru Patel on November 17, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    I don’t use bing but i don’t care that it’s a thing that exists anything to break the google monopoly on search engines

  17. Pierrre on November 17, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    That device is dead slow

  18. Abhinav Vinod on November 17, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Crome and edge is great bruh I don’t find any difference on a day to day basis it both feels seamless,

  19. speckled jim on November 17, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    What about linux?

  20. SpectreDev on November 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I have the same exact surface pro, same color, same version, same size, same camera, same everything, and it is Awesome

  21. Şafak on November 17, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    These are not ‘must’ ones. Windows has all of them and it does not take much time.

  22. Thijs Philipsen on November 17, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Which laptop is that?

  23. Rombout Versluijs on November 17, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    I’m getting a Windows machine after 16 years osx. I’m hunting the web to find alike apps I use on osx. I can’t use my Mac without default folder X really hope this listary app has about same ease. One thing I wil miss is cycle through folders using a short cut or use shortcuts to access frequent used folders. Does anyone know an app which can do that on Windows?

  24. Mohit on November 17, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Its great that now all these features are built into Windows. Except group tabs maybe. Microsoft is really listening.

  25. Βασίλης Ξυλογιαννόπουλος on November 17, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Powertoys…

  26. Alexandre Schrammel on November 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Ditto is completely useless… try *Win + V* its native

  27. Dekoyy on November 17, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Oh my god I just saw who made this video….

  28. AltAccount on November 17, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Shift command v in Windows?

  29. FranklySean on November 17, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    This is exactly the kind of content I’ve come to expect from the Verge.

    Somewhere between useless and deliberately misleading.

  30. nobody on November 17, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    win+v still exists

  31. PeBoVision on November 17, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    [Better File rename (BFR)] allows custom renaming of GROUPS of files with the ability to create "droplets" of user defined parameters, on which you can drag folders and rename their entire contents with a single click. I’ve been using it since the early days of Windows 7. A MUST own utility!

    Running a close second is a TSR…Shellfolderfix, which remembers window size and placement (just like WindowsXP used to). Just drop it in your startup folder and it works invisibly with your system, placing windows at the exact size and location at which they were last opened.

    Since at least version 1809 of Windows 10, SHIFT-WINDOWS-S provides Windows with the best screen capture capabilities in its history. (w/basic image editing features available in the clipboard)

  32. Gold Holder on November 17, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    I thought Linux was about making people feel powerful? o.O Sweet vid.

  33. Lukas Krzyzanowski on November 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    4:26 Ditto. I used it forever. But finally it is possible directly in windows 10. Just press WIN+V … No need for extra app anymore

  34. Ryan O on November 17, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I recommend xyplorer. It’s amazing.

  35. Sarthak on November 17, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    4:44 It’s shift+ctrl+v not command

  36. ReznovOps143 on November 17, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Team Raddish

  37. Yahia Galhoum on November 17, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    I like your videos and reviews
    Thanks from Egypt

  38. Nikhil Paleti on November 17, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Did he just say Microsoft shouldn’t be thinking of its own revenue and search engine in its own OS, while Apple literally doesn’t let you have an Android in your house? My Mac just makes it a living hell if I have to use something as basic as Android Tethering too! And this Mac fan of a face has a problem with Cortana when it is going to become an "Optional Extra" for you to download while Siri is literally baked into every part of Mac OS 😂

    F*king toxic

  39. ScemEnzo Gameplays on November 17, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    The last part, starting from 6:10, is genuinely honest and so true. I recently got familiar with the Linux system because, as a developer, I found out that Windows was no more a system that prioritize dev-friendly tasks o procedure, lacking even the most essential quality of life features. In don’t think Microsoft is changing their twisted path any time soon and I don’t even care now that I’ve learnt Linux, but thanks a lot for these suggestions.

  40. Harshit Srivastava on November 17, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Anybody watching this after beebom video?

  41. Obi on November 17, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I think QuickLook is among the most useful apps to download, it lets you preview files like images, pdf, photoshop, illustrator…

  42. Sunil Tanwar on November 17, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    4:42 me looking for command key

  43. Sohaib Alam on November 17, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    most of these features are built into windows 🙂 Gald they listened.

  44. Rombout Versluijs on November 17, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Perhaps I’m not getting it, but what’s the use for tabbed applications in a single window!?! Seems pointless if you ask me

  45. Johannes Tscholl on November 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Pantherbar is amazing. Like PopClip on macOS

  46. Blake Abdel-Monem on November 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    windows now have alot of these:
    clipboard history – win + v (if enabled in settings)
    better screenshot – win + shift + s

  47. Emerson-Biggons on November 17, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    When I think Windows Expert I don’t think of a Senior Editor for the "Verge"

  48. Tucker Coffin on November 17, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    The moment when it’s 2020 and you don’t see any of these features yet lol

  49. menash on November 17, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    1. WindowTop
    2. Grammarly
    3. Stardock Fences

  50. Marius Du Plooy on November 17, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks, great ultities. I have found it very helpful.

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