Surviving Windows

  • Process Hacker

    Free Windows Website

    A free, powerful, multi-purpose tool that helps you monitor system resources, debug software and detect malware.


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  • QuickLook

    Free Windows Website

    Background :
    One of the few features I missed from Mac OS X is Quick Look. It allows user peek into a file content in a lightening speed by just pressing the Space key. Windows, on the other hand, does not has this handy feature ... until now.

    I am aware that several alternatives are already available on the Internet (e.g. WinQuickLook and Seer). Despite these options, I still decide to craft another one by myself, because they are either not being actively developed, lacks of variety, or asks for a amount of $$$.

    Highlights :
    Tons of supported file types (full list here)
    Fluent design (new in version 0.3)
    Touchscreen friendly
    HiDPI support
    Preview from Open and Save File Dialog
    Preview from 3rd-party file managers (see a list here)
    Easy extended by plugins
    Strict GPL license to keep it free forever


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  • cmder

    Free Windows clink ConEmu Windows Command Prompt PowerShell Website

    Cmder is an open-source replacement for the Windows command-line. It relies on Small ConEmu iconConEmu , extending it with the power of Small clink iconclink and some great looking defaults including a Monokai color scheme and custom prompt layout.


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  • CudaText

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Light enough to use as my go-to (non-IDE) editor, has python extensions. What more can you ask for?


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  • QTTabBar

    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser. It comes with a number of nifty features including a favorites function for launching folders and applications, groupings of folders that can be opened together, tooltip preview functions for a number of file types, and others. It is also highly customizable and hotkey-enabled.

    QTTabBar was written by a Japanese developer known as “Quizo” (hence the name QTTabBar) but because of lack of time, he gave the project over to Paul Accisano.
    Actually "Quizo" was resumed development.
    Open source branch of QTTabBar:


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  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    Firefox is a cross-platform web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is a popular product, used in over 50 languages and available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.


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  • Logitech SetPoint

    Free Windows Website

    The indicator popup/overlay for CapsLock changing is invaluable and is a feature missing in the apps claiming to replace this one. Being able to disable the Insert key is a bonus.


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  • GNU Bourne Again SHell

    Free Linux BSD Website

    Bash is the shell, or command language interpreter, that will appear in the GNU operating system. Bash is an sh-compatible shell that incorporates useful features from the Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh). It is intended to conform to the IEEE POSIX P1003.2/ISO 9945.2 Shell and Tools standard. It offers functional improvements over sh for both programming and interactive use. In addition, most sh scripts can be run by Bash without modification.

    The improvements offered by BASH include:

    * Command line editing
    * Unlimited size command history
    * Job Control
    * Shell Functions and Aliases
    * Indexed arrays of unlimited size
    * Integer arithmetic in any base from two to sixty-four


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  • KatMouse

    Free Windows Website

    Sends scroll events to the window currently under the cursor regardless of the currently selected window, just like MacOS.
    Does not suffer from WizMouse's bug of closing a reply in MS Outlook when the DEL key is pressed.


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  • git-cola

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Many other git clients want you to log-in, use lots of RAM, or other annoyances this clean and lightweight app avoids.


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  • Time-Sync

    Free Windows Website

    Time-Sync is a freeware software to synchronize the time of your system. The features of the software are:

    • Simple self-explanatory software
    • Configuration in a few steps
    • Runs as a windows service in the background without any tray-icons
    • Server & Client version according to RFC standards
    • Usable in LAN and/or in Internet
    • Uses system resources economically
    • Redundant time servers are available
    • Quick and clean install/uninstall


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  • dnGREP

    Free Windows Website

    dnGrep allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word documents, PDFs, and archives using text, regular expression, XPath, and phonetic queries. dnGrep includes search-and-replace, whole-file preview, right-click search in File Explorer, and much more.


    • Search across text files, Word documents, PDFs, and archives
    • Search using text, regular expressions (regex), XPath, and phonetics
    • Search-and-replace, including undo
    • Whole-file preview
    • Right-click to search in File Explorer
    • Move/copy/delete result files
    • Open line results in a custom editor, like Notepad++
    • Bookmark search patterns for later use
    • Try out complex searches in the Test window
    • Run from USB drive using the stand-alone distribution
    • Much more!


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  • Dual Monitor Tools

    Free Windows Website

    Dual Monitor Tools is a software package for Windows users with dual or multiple monitor setups.

    All the tools are open source and free, and each tool is independent so you only need to install or run what you want.


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  • Xpdf

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    This thing can open PDFs that would crash the likes of Acrobat like a champ!


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  • WinSCP

    Free Windows Wine Website

    WinSCP, a popular free SFTP and FTP client for Windows, copies files between a local and remote computer. It supports also FTPS, SCP and WebDAV. It offers easy to use GUI for all common file operations and a powerfull automation with .NET assembly.


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  • Ditto

    Free Windows Website

    Properly stores RTF unlike CopyQ


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  • Icecream PDF Editor

    Freemium Windows Website

    Excellent powerful tool to edit PDF, annotate PDF, redact, protect and more.

    PRO Version includes:
    Remove default watermark
    Combine PDF files
    Lifetime license - Windows
    Commercial use
    Priority Support.


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  • FileTypesMan

    Free Windows Website

    FileTypesMan is an alternative to the File Types tab in the Folder Options of Windows. It displays the list of all file extensions and types registered on your computer.


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  • Google Chrome

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Website

    Sometimes you just have to view it in Chrome because web developers don't design with any other browser in mind.


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  • pip

    Free Mac Windows Linux Python Website

    The PyPA recommended tool for installing Python packages.


  • WindowGrid

    Free Windows Website

    WindowGrid is a modern window management program that allows the user to quickly and easily layout their windows on a dynamic grid.
    WindowGrid gives functionality to the normally useless right mouse button when moving a window. Doing this will enable the grid snap mode.


    • Simple to control
    • Portable and Installable
    • Works with aerosnap
    • Unintrusive
    • Grid overlay can be customised (dimensions, opacity and color)
    • Can auto update
    • Supports Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
    • Supports x86 and x64
    • Written in C# and C++
    • Low memory usage


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  • f.lux

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Software that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.


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  • Keyboard Notifier

    Free Windows Website

    Keyboard Notifier sits in the system tray and notifies the user as to the state of the Caps, Scroll and Num lock keys. Designed for systems with ill-placed or non-existent hardware notification lights.


  • Zeal

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Zeal is a simple offline API documentation browser inspired by Dash (OS X app), available for Linux and Windows.

    • Quickly search documentation using Alt+Space (or customised) hotkey to display Zeal from any place in your workspace.
    • Search in multiple sets of documentation at once.
    • Don't be dependent on your internet connection.


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  • JPEGView

    Free Windows Website

    JPEGView is a lean, fast and highly configurable viewer/editor for JPEG, BMP, PNG, WEBP, TGA, GIF and TIFF images with a minimal GUI. Basic on-the-fly image processing is provided - allowing adjusting typical parameters as sharpness, color balance, rotation, perspective, contrast and local under-/overexposure.


    • Small and fast, uses SSE2 and up to 4 CPU cores
    • High quality resampling filter, preserving sharpness of images
    • Basic image processing tools can be applied realtime during viewing
    • Movie mode to play folder of JPEGs as movie


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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows Website

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.


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  • LightShot

    Free Mac Windows Chrome Wine Firefox Website

    Lightshot - easy screenshot tool, is screen capture tool for Windows and Mac platforms, with the added advantage of automatically uploading it online for sharing or editing.
    Available also as Firefox addon, Chrome extension and besides Desktop application. The program has short domain (or long one inspite, here they're soft options on this screenshot) where you can see all screenshots you've uploaded before.


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  • Cygwin

    Free Windows Website

    Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment.


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  • WinDirStat

    Free Windows Website

    WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool, inspired by KDirStat.


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  • Resource Hacker

    Free Windows Website

    Resource Hacker™ is a resource editor for 32bit and 64bit Windows® applications.

    It's both a resource compiler (for .rc files), and a decompiler - enabling viewing and editing of resources in executables (.exe; *.dll; .scr; etc) and compiled resource libraries (.res, *.mui).

    While Resource Hacker™ is primarily a GUI application, it also provides many options for compiling and decompiling resources from the command-line.


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  • 7-Zip

    Free Windows BSD ReactOS Linux ... Mac Website

    7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

    The main features of 7-Zip

    High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
    Supported formats:
    Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
    For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
    Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
    Self-extracting capability for 7z format
    Integration with Windows Shell
    Powerful File Manager
    Powerful command line version
    Plugin for FAR Manager
    Localizations for 87 languages

    7-Zip works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix and macOS.


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  • PeaZip

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects.


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  • DB Browser for SQLite

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    DB Browser for SQLite (DB4S) is a high quality, visual, open source tool to create, design, and edit database files compatible with SQLite.


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  • doPDF

    Free Windows Website

    Adds that "Print to PDF" ability that even handles files big enough to crash MS Word's PDF exporter!


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  • Haroopad

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating web-friendly documents. You can author various formats of documents such as blog article, slide, presentation, report, and e-mail as if experts did. Haroopad gives you same experiences in editing regardless of the platform you are working on. It runs on all three major operating systems—Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.


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  • Cyberduck

    Free Mac Windows Website

    A libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Backblaze B2, Azure & OpenStack Swift browser.


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  • Keypirinha

    Free Windows Website

    Good Spotlight-esque tool. Utilizes python, so it may be as extensible as Flashlight (the Spotlight mod platform).


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Comments on Surviving Windows

· Dec 2019 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Hi. Interesting list. What is this about? Is it for filling the holes inside Windows? Or about switching to Linux and still having the features that used to be in Windows? Or about saving Windows?


I believe Rabbit5's list is trying to fix windows by adding new apps that they feel were missing from windows.

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