Are you tired of using Windows Search to find files on your computer? Windows Search has come a long way, but it lacks some decent features. It runs on the principle of indexing, every time you copy a new file to your computer it is indexed. If the file is not indexed, then you will have no luck in finding it. Also note that when a user performs a search, Windows first scans the whole index and then displays the result, this scanning can take a long time if your index is huge.
Super Finder XT is a free search tool for Windows that is both quick and robust. There are two modes: Simple(for starters) and Advanced(for pros). On the main window in advanced mode, you will find option to search for text(Text, Unicode, or Hex), exclude specified extensions or file/folder name, and other useful options. Read More
If you are one of those users who tested Windows 7 beta, you will know that one of the most handy feature is that we can reorganize the tabs in the taskbar. Sadly this important feature(that increases productivity) lacks in older version of Windows, i.e XP, Server 2003/2008, and Vista.
Taskix is a free tool that adds the ability to move and reorder the taskbar tabs easily. Simply drag the tab that you want to move and it will reorganize itself. It is a robust program that has a very small memory footprint. And yes, it supports multiple monitors too.
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If you change the screen resolution a lot, you must have noticed that the icons get mixed up and you have to manually rearrange them all over again. While playing a game at lower resolution or connecting you laptop to an external display, the icons change their position according to the resolution.
Take my example for instance, most of the time my laptop is connected to an external display whose resolution is 1680 x 1050, whenever I disconnect the external display all my icons get mixed up which is very frustrating. I have found two tools that can help solve this problem DesktopOK and DeskSave.
DesktopOK is a free portable tool for Windows that lets you restore different icon layouts for different resolutions. Since it supports different icon layouts for different resolutions, you can also set different desktop icon layouts for same resolution.
Arrange your desktop icons and run this tool. Click Save and it will save your current desktop icon layout for this resolution. Read More
Do you have tons of work and want to manage them easily? When you open multiple programs, the desktop gets cluttered which effects the workflow. This is where Dexpot comes in, it is a free virtual desktop manager that lets you create up to 20 different virtual desktops. For example, by default there are four virtual desktops, you can use one for browsing, one for presentation, one for chatting, and one for some important office work. You can switch between these desktops easily with a simple hotkey.
Below is an example of four different virtual desktops running on my computer. Read More
Note: It is a very sensitive software and can screw your computer if you disable the wrong system services, so be careful.
If you are using Windows you can check which programs load during startup by going to System Configuration or Windows Defender. What will you do if you want to disable a system service or a program that cannot be disabled by using System Configuration or Windows Defender? This is where Autoruns come in, it is a free portable tool (developed internally at Microsoft) that gives you a complete picture of every startup program and service that run when your Windows boot up. Read More
Did it ever happen to you that while installing or uninstalling a program, the process suddenly failed? You try to retry it again but with no luck. How about the apps that install but have no option to uninstall themselves in Add/Remove Programs? This does not just happen with apps from indie developers but also from large corporations. Recently, I came across an app from a large laptop manufacturer which was pre-installed on their laptop. Upon removing the app using Add/Remove programs, it did not uninstall properly and thus I had to resort to using Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
tool. It is a free tool that removes a program's configuration information when you are experiencing Setup problems. This can also come handy when you are trying to uninstall a program and it gives “file missing” errors.
I visit multiple websites, multiple times daily. Typing the names of these websites over and over again becomes too time consuming and obviously, boring. I figured out a way to create a desktop shortcut for it through which you can open unlimited number of websites in multiple browser tabs.
Basically we have to create a batch file to open multiple websites. If you have read the post in the link above you will learn to make batch file for opening multiple applications, but for the sake of convenience I am going to teach you to make a batch file to open multiple websites at once. The method is almost same, but instead of application target, we will enter website URL. Read More
Suppose you copied an important information from some website and forgot to paste somewhere, in the meantime you copied another important information and the previous one got lost. By mistake you also closed the website from where you copied the information, now what? This happens with me a lot too so there is nothing to freak out. Clipdiary
is a free little app that runs on the background and resides in the system traybar, it records all clipboard activity and saves them in the database automatically. In other words it is an easy-to-use clipboard manager
I have to lock my computer every time I need to go somewhere, since going to Start > Arrow >Lock takes a lot of time, I have made a desktop shortcut for it to make things easy. Here is how you can make one too.
Do you want to share large files with your friends or co-workers? Or maybe you are looking for a way to access your files while you are away from your computer(remote access)? Zapr is a great utility that does both of it and is very little known to the people. You won’t believe how easy it is to set up a file server in your Windows operating system. Read More
Do you want to check the speed of your internet connection, monitor the network bandwidth, or check the time it will take to download a specific file? BitMeter 2 is a great little application that keeps track of your internet or network bandwidth. It counts the total download and upload speed every seconds, you can keep track of your bandwidth for the whole week or months. This can come handy if you are using broadband with limited bandwidth. Read More
Do you want to save some important files inside your USB Flash Drive? The best way is to make a secure partition using Rohos Disk. It makes a partition inside the USB Flash Drive where you can save all your important files and folders. You can protect this partition by assigning a password, which makes it impossible for intruders to access it. Read More
Do you like the Breadcrumbs address bar in Windows Vista? The usability of breadcrumbs navigation is better than the old classic form of navigation. If you don’t want to install Vista because you have a low-spec computer, you can add the breadcrumbs navigation in Windows XP.
QTAddressBar is an awesome application that adds the full Vista breadcrumbs navigation address bar in Windows XP. It is small zip file and does not take much memory resources to run. Read More
Do you want to speed up the boot time of Windows XP because its too slow? You are not alone, this is the first problem everybody try to solve. The time it takes to boot up Windows XP is the most tiring process that no one likes.
BootVis is a software developed by Microsoft specifically for the purpose of speeding up the boot time of your Windows XP operating system. BootVis was originally made for testing the boot time and then to optimize it so that it takes less than 30 seconds to boot up even on a low-spec computer. This tool is no longer available on Microsoft’s website but you can download it from here. Read More
Do you want to hide your files and folders securely so that it cannot be accessed by anyone with any software? There is a freeware security software called Free Hide Folder that hides your folder and makes it fully secure from unauthorized access.
There are many software out there which can hide your private folders, but there are equal number of software available that makes it possible to access such hidden folders, thus making your hidden folders vulnerable. Free Hide Folder is a great tool that I have been using to keep my folders hidden in a very secure manner, it makes it impossible for people to find your hidden folders, let alone accessing it. Read More
There is a build-in feature to quick launch any application using a shortcut key. This feature can be easily accessible and has long been a part of Windows, very few people know about this handy little feature that can increase their daily productivity. Read More
How many times have you seen a driver, system update, or an application restarting or shutting down your computer after installation without even asking for your permission? Automatic restart or shutdown has always annoyed me since the day I started learning to use Windows(that was almost a decade back).
Does your computer keeps freezing and crashing all the time? Sometimes it is better to find the root cause of all problems, once the root problem that is causing such system crashes and freezes is determined, it becomes easier to solve it. Read More
Do you want to remove Norton anti virus
or any other security software that you may have installed? Security software like antivirus and antispyware are not easy to uninstall. If you uninstall them using Windows build-in tool, it is not enough. There are still files deep inside your system such as registry files that have not been removed properly, that is because it can’t be removed using the Windows build-in Uninstall Program
One tool that I use on daily basis is Microsoft Office Picture Manager. If you want to crop or resize the image immediately, then this is the best application to do it. I am not a big fan of Microsoft Office products, but this tool comes really handy when you want to edit a photo quickly. When you install Microsoft Office 2007, make sure that you install this tool too which comes pre-packed. Read More