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Launch Applications Easily in Windows Using Launchy

Posted by Sudesh On June - 5 - 2012Comments Off on Launch Applications Easily in Windows Using Launchy

Everybody knows how to start applications in Microsoft Windows through the Start Menu. You can click on the Start Menu button, grapple with the sub-menus until you find the program you wanted to launch and then you can run it. Using the Start Menu in Windows to run an application is not only cumbersome but also a tad slow for most of us. If you have ever wished for a quicker and neater looking method to launch programs, then the open-source program Launchy can make those wishes come true.

Launchy is an open-source cross-platform application that can be used to quickly launch desired programs with only a few keystrokes. It stays inactive in the background until you invoke it using the Alt + Space keyboard combination. This would pop up a tiny Launchy window where you can type in the name of a program or shortcut present in your Start Menu, a program or file in specified folders or a website name present in your Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox bookmarks. Launchy quickly displays possible targets in the drop-down list. When you see the program or website you want to launch, select it using arrow keys on your keyboard and then just hit Enter and it would start that application.

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Keep any Window Always on Top [How to]

Posted by Sudesh On May - 21 - 20121 COMMENT

Some of the programs that we use in Windows, have a system menu containing an option – Always on top.  If selected, this feature sets a window to be always on top of other windows. This is very useful if you want to work across multiple windows but want to focus more of your attention on a particular window. You can set that window to be always on top and keep an eye on it. I personally use this feature to set my TV Tuner window to be always on top so that I can enjoy TV programs while doing work at the same time.

 

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TuneUp Utilities 2012 [Windows Guides Review]

Posted by Rich On November - 13 - 20114 COMMENTS
Windows Guides’ RatingCompatible withSystem
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star 5 out of 5Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROS: Tuneup Utilities 2012 is built upon years of tweaking and re-tweaking to get the most out Windows with all types of hardware. The Program Deactivator removes overhead from your system by temporarily disabling applications (and their associated processes and services) while you enjoy the benefit of more system resources–for your important tasks. Economy Mode saves battery while you’re on the go.

CONS: An upgrade is required each year to get the latest features (like Economy Mode in 2012 and the Program Deactivator in 2011.)

VERDICT: If TuneUp released a product for cars, mechanics would go out of business. TuneUp Utilities makes PC maintenance easy–very easy. I recommend this program for users who are not comfortable tweaking and maintaining their PC and would like an easy way to keep things in check and have a PC that runs without unnecessary interruption.

PRICE: $29.95 (Upgrade) $34.95 (Full Version as of 11/13/2011)

VERSION REVIEWED: TuneUp Utilities 2012

DOWNLOAD: TuneUp Utilities 2012 15-day Trial (aff)

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Every time you create a new workbook in Excel, you get a document containing three blank sheets. Do you ever use more than one ? Or, do you always use more than three ? In this Quick-Tip I’ll show you how to set Excel to create new workbooks containing the number of sheets you require, whether it’s one or ten.

Here’s How

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Hide accounts from welcome screen [How To]

Posted by Thomas On June - 30 - 20113 COMMENTS

This is a neat little trick for those spy wannabes, or those of you who are paranoid wanting a secret user account on your system. Okay it may not be a totally secret account, as the user folder will be visible after login anyways… Jokes aside, if you have a public available computer, you may want to make sure users log on, using the proper account(s). This can be achieved with a little tweak of the registry. The hidden accounts are of course available for log in, when you know where to look. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently, Thomas reviewed a program called InputDirector, which lets you use a single keyboard and mouse across multiple computers. For some time, I’ve been using Synergy, which does the same thing. In this review, I show you the features of Syngery and show you how to use it.

Windows Guides’ RatingCompatible withSystem
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star0 Star 4 out of 5Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROS: Lightweight, does what it claims, can be very useful for Home Theater PC setups as well as multi-PC offices etc.

CONS: Can be a little difficult to get working as you expect it to. Cannot link computers on different subnets or networks.

VERDICT: If you find you don’t like InputDirector and want to give Synergy a try, I think you’ll find you really like it.

PRICE: Free

VERSION REVIEWED: 1.3.4

DOWNLOAD: Synergy

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