Windows 8 is undoubtedly excellent in terms of its beautiful and touch friendly interface but if taken in terms of apps selection, Microsoft is still far behind its competitors iOS and Android. But I suppose this is natural – as the Windows 8 ecosystem is still relatively new. I got to know about Toolbox for Windows 8, which looked like a very interesting app in the Windows 8 store.
Toolbox app for Windows 8
Toolbox is a productivity app in the Windows 8 store. It has its own 10 productivity tools and one can arrange their shortcuts on the start screen. This app blends very well with the new tiled layout of Windows 8 start screen and thus it allows me to run my favorite apps and tools alongside.
The 10 productivity tools of the Toolbox include:
- Weather app
- Web browser
- A notifier
- Doodle, a drawing app
- A unit conversion tool
- Voice Notes
- Stop Watch
- World Clock.
You can select a custom layout for your toolbox and add a maximum of 6 tools in it. Toolbox is created by Vectorform and is being very well accepted by the Windows 8 users. This app had 336 ratings in the Windows 8 Store and now it has 337! I rated it with 5 stars!
How To Install Toolbox
- Go to the Windows 8 Store and then go to the productivity tools and click on ‘New Releases’. There are 96 productivity apps in Windows 8 and all are arranged alphabetically so you can easily locate ‘Toolbox for Windows‘. Click it.
- Toolbox will start downloading and installing as you click it. You would of course need an internet connection to install this app from the store.
- Once it is installed, go to the Start screen and scroll to end. You will see a tile of ‘Toolbox’ there. Click on the tile and your Toolbox will open.
- Select the layout according to number of tools you want to set on your start screen.
- Select the tools you want to arrange in the six tiles and you are done with it.
- Save the tool set from the tab in your lower left corner. There are some pre-saved toolsets in the toolbox.
You can save as many tool set as you want with different names. I have saved this toolset with name ‘Test Toolset’.
You can use all those six productivity tools simultaneously and this is what I like the most about this app. Check out the image below where I have used all those six tiles simultaneously on my Toolbox.
You can browse web while checking your notifications on Facebook account or while recording a voice note. This multi-tasking app will make it easy for you to use six different tools simultaneously without being swamped.
It is available for free in the Windows 8 store and it is very easy to install and use.
Have a look at Technicians Toolbox software too!