So why will you disable the two most important keys, Windows key and Caps Lock key? One word, Gaming. During a game play if you sometimes hit any one of these keys by mistake, it might lead to desktop crash. In my case, I hit Windows key a lot(because it is close to Ctrl key) which leads to minimization of the game and at the same time the Start Menu is displayed. It can get quite annoying and out-of-hand if you hit them repeatedly by mistake. Read More
Do you want to perform some repeated tasks automatically? Instead of having to click a button many times manually, wouldn’t it be better if an application can handle it for you? Actionaz is a free utility that can handle various keyboard and mouse inputs automatically. You can either perform a new action or load a script.
It can come handy in situations where you have multiple applications open and have to click various buttons repeatedly. It can perform full tasks, such as, minimize/maximize window, mouse cursor to a location, click a button, execute an operation, stop script, input a text, close an app, copy from clipboard, etc. Read More
If you have a mobile and a laptop(or a PC with a wireless card/USB modem) but no Wifi, how would you connect to the internet? MWconn is a free handy utility that lets you connect to the internet using two mode of operations GPRS/3G(UMTS). It uses two speed ranges, EDGE/HSPA and supports various PC cards and USB modems, you can find the complete list here.
When you run this tool for the first time, you will have to configure various settings of your network provider. Settings for few network providers is already given which can be selected from the list. If your network provider is not listed, then you will have to call them and ask for the settings. Read More
Sharing files from one pc to another is quite tricky. There are various 3rd party tools that allow you create a VPN connection between two computers so that you can share the files easily between them. But what if you want to share files with multiple friends frequently without having to create a VPN connection?
g2Peer is a nice tool for Windows that uses GMail in order to share files from one computer to another. In order to use this tool, it must be running on all computers and should be configured to work with a unique GMail address through Gmail IMAP or POP3. In other words, you and your friends will have to use GMail account for login and sharing files. Read More
If you have multiple sub-folders full of files and you want to move them all into a single parent folder, what will you do? Moving them one by one, and deleting the empty sub-folders will definitely eat up your precious time, specially if you have lots and lots of sub-folders.
is a free portable tool for Windows that consolidates files and folders into one. There are two methods to use this program. Either you can load up the tool and drag & drop the folders inside after specifying the parent folder where the files will be saved, or you can enable the context menu and right-click on the parent folder in which all other sub-folders are present to consolidate them into one.
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.
Do you want to Schedule an event, make a to-do list, write some notes, or organize all contacts? PIMs, which stands for Personal Information Managers are programs designed to organize and manage all types of personal information, from tasks and notes to important contacts and emails.
EssentialPIM Portable is a free software for Windows that allows you to manage your personal information. It has five important features, Schedule, To Do, Notes, Contacts, and Mail. When you run it for the first time, you are taken to EPIM Today where you will find all information for a specific day. Read More
If you are looking for a freeware alternative to Nero CD/DVD burning software, give UU Discs Studio
a try. It is a free tool for Windows that has failed to gather attention among mainstream bloggers due to language barrier(software is made by a Russian developer). It was originally developed as a paid tool, but the latest version is now free with a whole new interface, HD/Blu-Ray burning support, and tons of new features.
It has three main features: Data burning
, Audio Burning
, and Video Burning
. The tabs to access them are given at the bottom of the main window. I have reviewed each of them in details below.
When I wrote about two tools that will remove all temp files
from Windows, reader Vadim pointed out another great tool. BleachBit
is a file and privacy cleaner that was originally developed for Linux only, but is now available for Windows too. What it does is fairly simple, the main objective is to remove all Cache, Cookies, Chat & System Logs, History, and Temp Files from commonly used software and services.
The full list of commonly used programs include: Adobe Reader, Chrome, Firefox, Flash, GIMP, Google Earth, Hippo OpenSim Viewer, Internet Explorer, Java, OpenOffice.org, Opera, Real Player, Safari, Second Life Viewer, Skype, System, Vim, Vuze, and XChat.
So you bought a new Intel processor and want to burn test it to check how it can handle the load stress? IntelBurnTest
is a free tool for Windows that checks for system stability much faster than Prime95. This is because it uses Intel’s own stress-testing tool called Linpack and simplifies it’s usage. Instead of taking 40 hours under Prime95, the stress test under Linpack takes less than 8 minutes. The tests are more accurate when performed under 64-bit Windows OS.
Author’s Caution: Not for beginning overclockers. This program WILL stress the CPU, Memory, North Bridge, and other system components to their highest extent! Make sure your PC is properly cooled and ventilated!
Removing all temporary files from Windows is not an easy task, even through you can remove files from some folders manually, still it is not enough. Windows hides the temporary files in all sort of locations, removing these temporary files manually can be quite a challenge. This is why today I present two simple tools that will clean all your temporary files without any fuss. Read More
is a free tool for Windows that is a bit similar to Screen2Exe
but does a very different job. Just as you can create an executable file after recording a screen cast using Screen2Exe. This tool allows you to create an executable file from any media files, it could a movie, a family video, or whatever.
The support of various video formats is astonishing, you can convert an .avi, .mov, .flv, or whatever video format to a self-playing .exe file. The first step is to choose a media file, also the output destination and file name. Second step is to choose the Splash file(should be in .gif format) and Icon file(should be in .ico format). You can also choose to add a personal URL, but it is not necessary. By benefits of adding the URL is that after the video playback is complete, your website can be shown in any default browser automatically.
Lan Explorer is a free tool for Windows that lets you browse all aspects of your local area network. Everything from Computers to Shared Folders and Printers are presented clearly. The bottom area is split into two windows, where one is your local computer while the other shows the remote computer. The files that are being transferred are shown in the last window at the bottom. The main layout is a bit similar to that of FileZilla FTP. Read More
Not everyone is familiar with PDF documents, take an example of my family members who know nothing about PDF documents but know everything about MS Word document. So when I have to share a document with them, first I will have to convert it to MS Word. Another need to convert it to MS Word arises when you need to edit something from the read-only PDF documents.
Last year I wrote about an online service that allows you to convert documents from PDF to Word format. The service instead of converting the file on-the-fly and showing you the download link, will actually send you an email after some time, which in my opinion is not productive. Another downside is that you cannot batch convert the files, instead you will have to repeat the process over and over again.
We have covered many ways to synchronize folders with each other, you can find some here and here. But most synchronization tools do not allow syncing of more than 2 folders. What if you want to sync more than 2 folders?
Horodruin(this name is quite difficult to remember) is a free synchronization tool for Windows that allows syncing of multiple folders. It supports multi-threading and is for advanced users only. Since the whole concept and user-interface is different, you will have to read the documentation that comes with it before you are able to fully utilize it. Read More
Do you want to share some files with your friends or co-workers and at the same time protect those files from intruders? You never know who is accessing your shared folder, there is no tool inside Windows that can help you determine who exactly accessed your files.
NetShareMonitor is a small portable tool for Windows that lets you protect your shared files from unauthorized access. It runs silently in the system tray and logs all active sessions, accessed files, and shared resources. Read More
has recently launched the first release candidate of version 3.2.5. By using the RC1 you can get a glimpse of what is coming in the latest release. So you must be wondering what’s new? Well, it includes the following four new features apart from various bug fixes:
- Remote file search
- Add option to hide identical files to directory comparison
- Remember SSH host keys for session duration if not trusting permanently
- MSW: Display full UNC path on drive-mapped network shares
I have reviewed two tools before that allow you to run an application at any date or time. Ka Firetask is a great tool but is too complicated for most users, while Rocket Launcher lets you launch an application at any day or time(date cannot be selected).
RunAsDate on the other hand is a free portable tool for Windows that can launch a program at both date and/or time without any fuss. It is a tool from Nirsoft, the guys behind many useful tools that we have covered before here, here, here, and here. Read More
Once in a while everyone needs a break, if you are looking to play an interesting game, give Flight Gear a try. It is a free multi-platform opensource flight simulator that anyone can download and play. It looks more like Microsoft’s Flight Simulator because it allows you to fly various types of planes, helicopters, and even airships.
The graphics are pretty impressive considering that it is an opensource game that was developed without a serious budget. It comes with a fully-functional 3D cockpit and various add-on support. You can add more planes, objects, cities, etc. You can perform a rescue operation, land/park a plane, refuel your plane during mid-flight, and much more. Just run the game, learn some basic controls, and you are good to go.