Microsoft’s open source application that brings together a collection of utilities aimed at improving Windows functionality has just been updated. It introduces LockSmith Files as well as an editor for your hosts file.
Microsoft has just rolled out an update to its collection of utilities PowerToys. This new version, stamped 0.64.0, adds two new tools to the thirteen that the application already had. Microsoft thus introduces a hosts file editor as well as File Locksmith, a tool designed to identify running processes that use your files or directories.
Editing hosts files, child’s play
Until now, the procedure for editing a PC’s hosts file was somewhat complex for the uninitiated. It was first necessary to open the notepad in administrator mode, then to open the hosts file there to be able to edit it and finally to save it. You will now be able to get rid of this manipulation much more easily by using the dedicated editor introduced in this PowerToys update. Concretely, you just have to open the application, select the Hosts File Editor in the left column, then Launch the Hosts File Editor.
You will then see a Host File Editor window appear where you can create a New entry in your hosts file. Above all, the tool will allow you to activate or deactivate the various configured inputs on the fly. You will virtually no longer need to manually edit and save your hosts file to modify it.
As a reminder, the hosts file of a PC can be used to authorize or block access to certain websites. By associating the URL of a website to be blocked with a local IP address, for example, you can block access to it.
File Locksmith, the tool that knows which app is using your files
You have probably already happened to want to close a file or a directory without succeeding and to obtain an error message indicating that it is used by a program or a process in execution. To remedy this problem, until now it was necessary to review all the open applications in order to close the elements blocking the closing of your files or folders.
To simplify this thankless task, Microsoft has integrated into its PowerToys File Locksmith. This tool, activated by default, is accessible by right-clicking on the file or directory concerned, then in Show more options where there is a menu “What uses this file?” “.
You will then be able to view within an independent window the processes currently running which use the file or the directory. You will then only have to click on End task to close the process and free the file or directory.