Surviving Windows

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  1. Process Hacker icon

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

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    Process Hacker screenshot 1
  2. QuickLook icon

    Bring macOS “Quick Look” feature to Windows.

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    Preview of a shapefile (.shp) using the shapefile viewer plugin https://github.com/birderyu/QuickLook.Plugin.ShapefileViewer
  3. Cmder icon

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

    • Terminal Emulator
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • clink
    • ConEmu
    • Windows Command Prompt
    • PowerShell
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    Cmder screenshot 1
  4. CudaText icon

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

    • Text Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Flathub
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    Multi-selections, Replace dialog at bottom
  5. QTTabBar icon

    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...

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    Tabbed Explorer
  6. Mozilla Firefox icon

    A free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
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    Landing page
  7. Qalculate! icon

    Qalculate! is a multi-purpose cross-platform desktop calculator. It is simple to use but provides power and versatility normally reserved for complicated math packages, as well as useful tools for everyday needs (such as currency conversion and percent calculation).

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    Main window
  8. Logitech SetPoint icon

    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.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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  9. GNU Bourne Again SHell icon

    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.

    • Shell
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
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    Bash using the ls command
  10. USB Device Tree Viewer (UsbTreeView) icon

    USBTreeView is a Windows graphical user interface application that enables you to browse all USB controllers and connected USB devices on your computer.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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    USB Device Tree Viewer (UsbTreeView) screenshot 1
  11. LightBulb icon

    Replacement for f.lux, with configurable day and night temperature and brightness.

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    LightBulb screenshot 1
  12. KatMouse icon

    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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    KatMouse screenshot 1
  13. git-cola icon

    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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    git-cola screenshot 1
  14. Time-Sync icon

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

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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    Time-Sync: Log (german)
    Time-Sync: Options (german)
  15. Free Clipboard Viewer icon

    Allows you to view the 3 different clipboards of Windows, including the HTML one!

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    Free Clipboard Viewer screenshot 1
  16. dnGREP icon

    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...

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    Main Screen
  17. Dual Monitor Tools icon

    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.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    Dual Monitor Tools screenshot 1
  18. wxHexEditor icon

    Fills the void of Mac's Hex Fiend

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    wxHexEditor screenshot 1
  19. Bulk Crap Uninstaller icon

    Great for being able to clean up the registry mess left by a program

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    Bulk Crap Uninstaller screenshot 1
  20. Xpdf icon

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

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    Xpdf screenshot 1
  21. Winpatrol icon

    Good for finding and removing bloatware

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
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    Winpatrol screenshot 1
  22. WinSCP  icon

    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.

    • FTP Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • Wine
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    WinSCP  screenshot 1
  23. Ditto icon

    Properly stores RTF unlike CopyQ

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    Ditto allows you to easily view and search past entries
  24. Icecream PDF Editor icon

    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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    Add images and objects
  25. Types icon

    “Types” is a free and lightweight utility for Windows that allows you to edit program associations, icons, context menus and other properties of various file types displayed in Explorer.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    Types screenshot 1
  26. FileTypesMan icon

    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.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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    FileTypesMan screenshot 1
  27. Google Chrome icon

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

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • PortableApps.com
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    main window
  28. The PyPA recommended tool for installing Python packages.

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    pip screenshot 1
  29. WindowGrid icon

    WindowGrid is a modern window management program that allows the user to quickly and easily layout their windows on a dynamic grid.

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    WindowGrid screenshot 1
  30. 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.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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    Keyboard Notifier screenshot 1
  31. Zeal icon

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

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    Zeal screenshot 1
  32. JPEGView icon

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

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    Very simple. Only a title bar other than the picture.
  33. Notepad++ icon

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

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    Notepad++ screenshot 1
  34. LightShot icon

    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.

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    LightShot's site prnt.sc or prntscr.com
  35. Cygwin icon

    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.

    • Shell
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    Cygwin terminals running on Windows 7
  36. WinDirStat icon

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

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    Folder sorted after their foldersize
  37. Resource Hacker icon

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

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    Resource Hacker screenshot 1
  38. 7-Zip icon

    File archiver with a high compression ratio.

    • File Archiver
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
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    Main Window
  39. PeaZip icon

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

    • File Archiver
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
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    PeaZip
  40. DB Browser for SQLite icon

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

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
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    DB Browser for SQLite screenshot 1
  41. doPDF icon

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

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    doPDF Main Window
  42. Haroopad icon

    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.

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    Haroopad screenshot 1
  43. Cyberduck icon

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

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    Cyberduck screenshot 1
  44. Keypirinha icon

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

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    smart search

This list was created by rabbit5 Jan 24, 2018 and was last updated Nov 14, 2023. The list has 44 apps.

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Comments

armandaneshjoo
CommentDec 6, 2019

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?

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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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