Windows Essentials

What I need on all my Windows machines


  • Files & Explorer

  • Open Shell

    Free Windows Website

    Open Shell is a fork of the Classic Shell project for Windows that getting back the classic start menu to modern versions of Microsoft Windows.

     

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  • 7+ Taskbar Tweaker

    Free Windows Website

    Adapt the taskbar to your workflow, not the other way around.

    Designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

    (Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.)

    The tweaks are divided into three sections:

    TASKBAR ITEMS
    Controls taskbar items related stuff, like middle/right clicking, hovering, and dropping.

    GROUPING & COMBINING
    Disables grouping, allows to drag taskbar buttons between groups, forces or disables combining, and more.

    OTHER TASKBAR OPTIONS
    Provides mouse wheel options, taskbar empty space clicking options, and some other options.

     

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  • Everything

    Free Windows Website

    File and folder lookup tool that searches across local, removable, and network mapped drives.

     

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  • FileLocator

    Freemium Windows Website

    FileLocator Lite enables you to locate files on your pc. It performs a thorough and quick search for any file you want to find.

    It is a free reduced functionality version of FileLocator Pro. It is free for both personal and commercial use.

    FileLocator Lite is a rebranding of Small Agent Ransack iconAgent Ransack for corporate environments. It has exactly the same functionality but with a different name and logo.

    It includes these powerful features:

    Immediate results
    Found text is shown with highlighted keywords so you don't need to waste time opening each file looking for the right information.

    Boolean expressions
    Combine search terms using the familiar Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT.

    Office formats
    Support for popular Office formats including Office 2010 and OpenOffice.

    Perl regex
    Support for Perl compatible regular expressions.

    64-bit Version
    Natively compiled 64-bit version for improved compatibility.

    Fast searching
    Highly efficient search algorithms mean that you spend less time waiting for results.

    Printing and Exporting
    Results can be shared with others through printing and exporting.

    Please note the following from the Mythicsoft website:
    "FileLocator Lite is a rebranding of Small Agent Ransack iconAgent Ransack for corporate environments."

     

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  • WizTree

    Free Personal Windows Website

    Identify the data vacuums on your hard drive with pinpoint precision very, very quickly.

     

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  • SageThumbs

    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    SageThumbs is a powerful shell extension allowing to preview enormous amount of image formats directly in Windows Explorer by using Pierre-e Gougelet's GFL library (XnView's author).

    Features

    Extended thumbnail image view of Explorer folder
    Thumbnail image in explorer context menu (right-click menu)
    Extended info tips
    Support 162 image formats (224 extensions) via GFL Library
    Support additional 26 image formats via XnView plugins (if installed)
    Send by mail support
    One-click conversion to popular image formats support
    Wallpaper selection support
    Copy to clipboard support

     

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  • Icaros

    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    Icaros is a collection of lightweight, high quality, Windows Shell Extensions, which is capable of providing Windows Explorer thumbnails for essentially any video media filetype.

    Icaros can provide Windows Explorer thumbnails, for essentially any video media format supported by FFmpeg which includes popular filetypes such as: Mkv, Flv, Avi, Mp4, Mov, Rmvb, M2ts, Ogm etc.

    It is capable of thumbnailing just about any file by adding its extension(s) to the optional filetypes box and re-activating Icaros.

     

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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: http://qttabbar.sourceforge.net/

     

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  • System

  • Process Explorer

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

     

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  • Autoruns

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Autoruns shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. A "show non-Microsoft only" option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system. You'll probably be surprised at how many executables are launched automatically. Language only english.

     

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  • W10Privacy

    Free Windows Website

    The by default highly questionable set options concerning privacy and data protection in Windows 10 brought me to the idea for the development of this little program. Microsoft generously enables everybody to change the concerning settings, but hides them in countless menus, where a normal user does not want to search for!

    The program should therefore be a help, to display the available settings relatively clearly and to set the desired options if necessary.

    The primary focus is on settings for Windows 10 and its apps (for example the new browser "Edge"). The program will be expanded gradually, if possible and available, with the corresponding Windows 8.1 features in the future.

    W10Privacy is certainly no programming masterpiece, but meets my envisaged purpose. The software is still in an early development phase: suggestions and requests will be gladly accepted and considered, if necessary, in the further development!

     

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  • Wise Auto Shutdown

    Free Windows Website

    Schedule your PC to shut down, reboot, log off or sleep.
    Schedule the tasks at any time you want.
    Concise and effective user interface.
    Silent running mode.
    Low CPU usage and perfectly compatible with almost all Windows versions.

     

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  • Utilities

  • 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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  • CopyQ

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Clipboard manager with searchable and editable history.

    It's possible to save plain text, images, HTML and other formats, use plugins, filter out content by text, data format or window from which it is copied, use multiple tabs, control application using command-line interface and scripting, assign system-wide shortcuts, paste item into application just by selecting it in tray menu and more.

     

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  • X-Mouse Button Control

    Free Windows Website

    X-Mouse Button Control is a Windows application to remap your mouse buttons and expand the capabilities of your mouse!

    You are able to provide application or window specific mappings, which means an application or window can use the mouse buttons differently from another. For each profile you can optionally define up to 5 'layers' of different button configurations which you can switch between using hotkeys or mouse buttons.

    You can also alter the behaviour of the scroll and tilt wheel functions, fixing windows that don't normally respond to these controls.

    Profiles are automatically activated by moving the mouse over the defined window or alternatively, when the specified application is active.

    X-Mouse Button Control supports Windows 2000, XP, 2003, 2003 R2, Vista, 2008, 2008 R2, 7.
    It was originally designed to run natively on x64 editions of Windows but it is fully supported on 32bit editions too! The installation determines what version is required (x64 or x86) as you run it.

     

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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

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

     

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