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Power Toys: tools to tweak the behaviour of Windows
Part two of a five-part series of blogs

You can use these hidden gems to reassign or disable keys on your keyboard, detect pixel colours in a website, display a Windows short-cut key guide … and much more!

  1. Power Toys: tools to tweak the behaviour of Windows
  2. Using the colour picker (this blog)
  3. The keyboard manager
  4. Using the mouse utilties to find your mouse
  5. The Windows key shortcut guide

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 January 2022

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Using the colour picker

This is a utility I will use from now on to find the hexadecimal code of any pixel on screen (when doing website development it's surprising how often you want to do this).  To activate the utility, press this key combination:

Enable colour picker

To enable the colour picker, hold down the Windows key and press Shift + C.


As you move around the screen, your mouse pointer will show the current colour:

Current colour

You can choose from a wide range of formats such as RGB, hexadecimal and HSL.


When you click anywhere, a colour palette appears:

Colour palette

You can click on the copy tool to the right of each line to copy the colour using that format (and customise which formats appear, and in which order).

There's even a built-in colour editor:

Colour editor

When you click on the colour bar, this editor appears.

This is a genuinely useful tool: now all I have to do is to remember the short-cut key!

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