Start10 brings the Windows 7 Start menu back to Windows 10
September 3, 2015 – 08:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Start10 brings the Windows 7 Start menu back to Windows 10

Start10Windows 10 may have restored the Start menu, but its Windows 8-style redesign isn’t too everyone’s taste.

If you’re not happy with the new look then Stardock’s Start10 ($4.99) gives you some stylish and configurable alternatives.

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The world’s most efficient PNG file?
September 2, 2015 – 15:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on The world’s most efficient PNG file?

ZIPYou probably already know that PNG is a great lossless compression format, but have you ever wondered just how efficient it can be?

Developer David Fifield decided to find out, and the results are impressive: a 420-byte bzip2 file, which decompresses to a 5.8MB PNG, and holds a 225,000 x 225,000 pixel image.

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Migrate your data to a Windows 10 PC with free PCmover Express
September 2, 2015 – 09:42 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Migrate your data to a Windows 10 PC with free PCmover Express

PCmover ExpressMigrating to a new PC can be a complicated and tedious process, especially if you’ve a large number of files and folders to transfer.

Microsoft and Laplink have teamed up to offer a simple, free solution.

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Play Android games on your Windows desktop with Nox APP Player
September 1, 2015 – 08:41 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Play Android games on your Windows desktop with Nox APP Player

Nox APP PlayerChinese tech startup Duodian Network has released an English version of Nox APP Player, an emulator which allows users to run Android apps on their Windows desktop.

The package took a while to download on our test PC, but installation was easy, getting us a virtual Android 4.4.2 tablet in a near full-screen window.

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“Send To Toys” updated for Windows 10
September 1, 2015 – 04:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on “Send To Toys” updated for Windows 10

Send To ToysAfter years with no activity at all, Gabriele Ponti’s classic Explorer extension Send To Toys has been updated to version 2.71 with improved installation, various bug fixes and Windows 10 compatibility.

That’s good news, as it’s still a time-saving tool, extending the right-click Send To menu with options to copy a file’s contents to the clipboard, open them in the command prompt, enter their name in the Run box, copy or move them, send them via email, and more.

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Document your desktop activity with StepsToReproduce
August 31, 2015 – 07:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Document your desktop activity with StepsToReproduce

StepsToReproduceWhether you’re asking for help with a PC problem, or trying to explain a point to someone else, it’s often important to clearly document a series of steps.

StepsToReproduce is a free application for Windows Vista+ which makes it easy to record, annotate and share a sequence of screenshots.

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How to view the source of Chrome extensions
August 29, 2015 – 07:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on How to view the source of Chrome extensions

Chrome Extension Source ViewerYou’ve found a great new Chrome extension. Installing it only takes a click, but if you’re not quite sure what it’s doing, whether it’s safe, you might want to take a look at its source code, first.

Chrome Extension Source Viewer (CSEV) is a free extension which makes it easy to inspect the innards of other Chrome add-ons.

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Mixmax upgrades Gmail with email tracking, previews, surveys, more
August 28, 2015 – 06:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Mixmax upgrades Gmail with email tracking, previews, surveys, more

MixmaxMixmax is a free Chrome extension which upgrades Gmail with a host of useful extras.

You get instant visual previews for YouTube videos, Google Maps, Twitter timelines, Pinterest pins, and other links and attachments.

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Easiest malware removal trick. Ever.
August 27, 2015 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Easiest malware removal trick. Ever.

Antimalware tricksRemoving malware is often a complex and time-consuming task, even for security experts. But as Bitdefender has reported, sometimes, just occasionally, the most effective technique can be extremely simple.

Like, turn your PC off, and on again.

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Insert special characters into any document with WinCompose
August 27, 2015 – 03:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Insert special characters into any document with WinCompose

WinComposeNumbers, letters, basic symbols and punctuation – your keyboard covers all the typing basics. But what if you need to enter accented characters, math symbols, superscripts, or anything else a little less standard?

WinCompose is an open source tool for Windows which can insert special characters and symbols into just about any document or application.

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Translate website text by pointing at it with TransOver
August 26, 2015 – 08:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Translate website text by pointing at it with TransOver

TransOverIf you need to translate website text then there are plenty of services and apps available, most of which have piled on the features as they try to stand out from the crowd. But while that sounds great in theory, in practice it can mean wasting time navigating a bulky interface to get what you need.

TransOver is a Chrome extension with more of a back-to-basics approach. There’s no copying URLs, no opening new tabs or panes – you’re able to translate text by selecting, clicking or just pointing at it.
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