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Microsoft PowerToys could soon feature a ruler for measuring objects on your PC

PowerToys Screen Ruler
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What you need to know

  • Microsoft PowerToys has a new Screen Ruler utility in the works.
  • The tool can measure a rectangular area, a crosshair to two borders, or the vertical or horizontal distance to an object.
  • The PowerToys Screen Ruler is in its early stages, so it could be a while before it rolls out to general users.

Microsoft PowerToys is a handy little collection of tools aimed at power users on Windows. Soon, it could feature a Screen Ruler that allows people to measure the distance between objects on a screen. The feature, which is outlined on the PowerToys GitHub page, was first spotted by Neowin.

Screen Ruler has four different modes for measuring distance. It can swap between measuring a rectangular area, using a crosshair, or showing the vertical or horizontal distance between objects. A brief video from the GitHub page for the feature shows off each mode.

PowerToys Screen Ruler

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When the Screen Ruler is used to measure a rectangular area, a user can select any given space, including those that span across multiple windows. The crosshair option, horizontal option, and vertical option detect elements on the screen and measure between them. For example, the ruler can tell a person how many pixels a specific menu bar is across.

Clint Rutkas, the lead for Microsoft PowerToys, highlighted the feature on Twitter.

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As the Screen Ruler tool is in its early stages of development, it might be some time before it rolls out to general availability. You can read more about the feature or contribute to it through the GitHub page for its pull request.

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This utility includes a collection of tools aimed at power users on Windows. Features include FancyZones for managing windows, a color picker, a tool for bulk renaming files, and the option to mute your microphone across all apps.

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