A lot of us have an habit of throwing files on the desktop for quick access. What happens when the desktop gets cluttered and there is no more space to add files, shortcuts, and applications? One solution is to use Ctrl+ Mouse Wheel method to make icons smaller (read the tip here
) but there is another way which is equally (or better) effective. DeskView
is a small portable tool that will change the Windows desktop icons into Windows Explorer list view in just one click.
A while back we reviewed a tool called SmallWindows
that provided similar functionality as Mac’s ‘expose’ feature for the Windows platform. The application was no longer in active development and many of our readers reported problems using it. Thanks to our reader ‘John’ for pointing out, we have a much better alternate, a utility called Switcher
Other than the brilliance of aesthetics that Macs display, they also come with some really useful features, one of them being Expose. For those who are not familiar with it, Expose lets you quickly bring focus to one open window/application from the clutter that may be occupying your desktop, and such clutters are really inevitable when you’re performing your routine tasks. One may argue that Windows already implements this kind of feature through its Alt + Tab combination (or in recent versions, Windows + Tab for Aero Peek). However, even with these options you are still to sift through icons/thumbnails, and you can get only one Window focused at a time. So here’s where SmallWindows
comes into play.
So your desktop is cluttered with files and shortcuts that you don’t know what to do about, and they’re ruining your beautiful desktop background? Camouflage
is the tool you may want to check out. This application hides all your desktop icons and leaves nothing but the background wallpaper. Hidden icons can be easily toggled with hotkeys and right-click menu.
File Browser for Salesforce
is a desktop app for Windows that allow users to easily access their documents and other files stored in Salesforce. With it you can quickly view, print, and copy the files stored in Salesforce.
Windows 7 users are loving the great Aero Peak feature, you might have noticed that the peak button which is located in the right most side of the taskbar takes some time to display the desktop, you can increase/decrease this time. If you want to perform this task manually then you will have to make some modifications in the sensitive registry files.
Less than a week is left before Microsoft rolls out Windows 7 to the public. The first thing users do is try to keep their desktop organized
. One thing I like about Windows 7 is that it makes 3rd party application launchers feckless. Windows 7 taskbar
now acts more like an application launcher.
Earlier this year, we covered 3 ways to use Facebook chat on the desktop
. The next day we covered another important tip that integrates Facebook Chat inside Firefox
. Both posts will be beneficial to the readers. But what if you want a dead-simple Facebook Chat client on the desktop without having to use it inside browser
or inside any other IM client?
Windows 7 comes with various attractive wallpapers that will make you thinking as to which one to choose for your desktop. Now you can put all your favorite desktop background images by using Desktop Slideshow feature. Once you have set the Desktop Slideshow, it will begin cycling the selected desktop background image files at any given duration.
If you use MS Outlook to mark your calendar or note some tasks then there is a good news for you. DeskTask
is a free tool for Windows that displays all your Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Task items on your desktop. With this tool you can now now manage the Calendar and Tasks straight from the desktop instead of having to visit MS Outlook over and over again.
Are you a facebook addict who wants to get each and every type of notifications of your friend's activities? Instead of having to log into facebook after every few minutes you can know get all notifications on your desktop.
FBQuick is a free desktop notifications tool for Windows that will notify a user of each and every update instantly. Whether it’s Walls, Pokes, Messages, Photos Tagged, Friend Requests, Shares, Group Invites, or Event Invites, you will be notified instantly on the desktop. Read More
If you visit a website(forum, wiki, etc) quite often and it does not provide RSS feed facility then how will you know when it is being updated? Instead of visiting a website repeatedly, Specto
can solve the problem for you. It is a very useful desktop notification tool that lets you monitor changes to the wiki pages, blog posts, forum threads, your email inbox, and even files and folders in your system. It is a light-weight application that resides in system tray and only pops up notifications when it detects changes in your configured notifications (called watches).
Remember Rightload, a tool that adds an option to the windows right-click context menu allowing you to upload files directly to your FTP/SFTP server or some pre-defined HTTP upload servers. Well it has got a major update, now it can automatically resize the image to maximum dimensions, includes an option to add a server or folder to SendTo menu, and much more. The previous update also added support for uploading of photos to your Facebook, Flickr, TinyPic, and/or ImageShack account. Read More
is one awesome tool for Windows that has recently grabbed my attention. It not only allows you to take simple screenshots and save them to clipboard, rather it lets you upload the screenshot to multiple services online too. And if you have a server, it can upload it there too provided you have assigned the FTP credentials.
The feature that sets it apart from other similar tools is customizability, you can choose the type of image to be taken, use it with 3rd party editing tools, perform various quick actions, assign hotkeys for various tasks, view History and much more.
makes copy and move operations the way it should have been in Windows. Copying and moving multiple files/directories in one go is almost impossible in Windows, it is both time consuming and a headache. Suppose a situation where you want to copy some files and move the whole directory at the same time, and also want the computer to shutdown when the operation is complete? Windows cannot do this by default, but with Copy Handler it is possible.
Beagle is a desktop search application for Ubuntu. It is used to search files, folders, images, documents, emails, notes, and videos within your system. You can also search files using the default search feature of Ubuntu which is located in Places > Search For File
, but the advantage of Beagle is speed, reliability, and accuracy.
If you are uncomfortable with the default icons in Ubuntu Linux then you can change their size easily. There are two ways through which you can change size of icons in your Ubuntu Linux desktop. Let me explain both in details with necessary screenshots.
If you have to create visual communication documents for professionals or co-workers and you are not aware with graphic designing, then need not worry. You can still create very beautiful and attractive documents by using desktop publishing software. Scribus is a powerful cross-platform desktop publishing software with broad set of features. It is specially famous for its rich page layout features. It can import images, text, and supports almost every image formats. Further you can convert Scribus document to PDF format and distribute it more easily. By default, it will save all documents in .sla format.
Do you want to change background color of the desktop icons, change the text color of the these icons, save and restore the positions of your desktop icons, or simply want to reduce the clutter on your desktop?
is a free tool for Windows that gives a user complete control over all his/her desktop icons.
You can customize the color of your icons, hide them, select a background, position them easily, or do whatever you want.
A few days back I covered a tool named Google Translate Client
that translates any text to any other language instantly. But what if you want to translate a word and then find it’s meaning? Or perhaps, you simply want to research more about it on Wikipedia?
is a free portable tool for Windows that is a combination of four important online services, Google Dictionary, Translate, Suggest, and Wikipedia. In other words, it is also a multilingual dictionary.
After you have installed the tool, it will show an icon in the system tray. Right-click the system tray icon and select Options. Now under Dictionary+Translation, select the language that you commonly use to translate and click OK.