Back up drives and partitions with MiniTool ShadowMaker Beta
June 28, 2017 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Back up drives and partitions with MiniTool ShadowMaker Beta

Shadow MakerMiniTool ShadowMaker Beta is a versatile tool for creating and managing backup images of all your storage devices.

The program supports full, incremental and differential backups of both local drives and other systems on your network.

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Save Gmail emails to PDF or ZIP with a click
June 27, 2017 – 09:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Save Gmail emails to PDF or ZIP with a click

Save Emails To PDFSave emails to PDF is a Chrome extension which enables saving any Gmail email to PDF in a couple of clicks.

Download options include saving individual emails to separate PDFs, merging all selected PDFs into one PDF, or saving conversations to CSV or Excel, apparently (the Excel option just saved to PDF for us).

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Spot malware and troubleshoot PCs with QuickDiag
June 26, 2017 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Spot malware and troubleshoot PCs with QuickDiag

QuickDiagQuickDiag is a portable tool which creates an in-depth and highly technical report on your Windows setup, running processes and installed applications.

It’s not for beginners, but if you’re looking for a quick way to collect key system information – maybe to troubleshoot problems on a friend’s PC – the program could be ideal.

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QuickViewer is a very, very, very fast image viewer
June 26, 2017 – 04:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on QuickViewer is a very, very, very fast image viewer

QuickViewerQuickViewer is a portable open-source image viewer which shows and navigates pictures with the maximum possible speed.

The developer has built in multiple optimisations, including reading images before they’re required and displaying them with OpenGL.

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Deep-clean your hard drive with atomiccleaner3
June 25, 2017 – 02:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Deep-clean your hard drive with atomiccleaner3

atomiccleaner3Atomiccleaner3 is a powerful and comprehensive tool for cleaning junk files, browser histories and assorted other leftovers from your hard drive.

Reviewing this kind of app is usually very easy. Check to see if it gets even close to CCleaner’s abilities, realise that it doesn’t, throw it away. But atomiccleaner is a little different.

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Securely encrypt single files with AES Protect
June 24, 2017 – 03:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Securely encrypt single files with AES Protect

AES ProtectAES Protect is a portable tool for encrypting single files using a passphrase and AES.

The program is written in x86 assembly language, which means there are no annoying dependencies, and the download is tiny: it’s a 32KB ZIP, but still manages to squeeze in three programs.

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Find and control Windows 10 privacy settings with WPD
June 23, 2017 – 15:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Find and control Windows 10 privacy settings with WPD

WPDWPD is a freeware tool for exploring, understanding and tweaking Windows 10 privacy settings.

We’ve seen many of these – we’ll bet you have, too – but the program does have some unusual extras which help it stand out from the crowd.

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Extract icons and create image thumbnails with Thumbico
June 22, 2017 – 15:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Extract icons and create image thumbnails with Thumbico

ThumbicoThumbico is a combination of an icon extraction and viewing tool, with a thumbnail viewer and creator.

The program is tiny, a 28KB download, and unsurprisingly there’s no installation required– just unzip and run Thumbico.exe.

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Free Dictate add-on allows you to, well, dictate to Microsoft Office
June 22, 2017 – 08:24 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Free Dictate add-on allows you to, well, dictate to Microsoft Office

DictateMicrosoft Garage – the Redmond behemoth’s R&D arm – has released Dictate 5.0, a free add-on for those running Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 or 365 on Windows 8.1 or later. Also available for 64-bit versions of Office, Dictate brings dictation capabilities to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The app uses the same speech recognition engine found in Cortana to convert user speech into editable text using whatever microphone has been configured as the user’s default.

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Colour Contrast Analyser is a versatile accessibility checker
June 21, 2017 – 12:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Colour Contrast Analyser is a versatile accessibility checker

Colour Contrast AnalyserColour Contrast Analyser is an unusual accessibility tool with a couple of useful but very different functions.

The first allows checking text foreground and background colours to determine its legibility. No need to judge by eye any more: the program gives you an objective pass/fail assessment using WCAG 2.0 color contrast success criteria.

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Display live system stats on your taskbar with XMeters
June 20, 2017 – 08:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Display live system stats on your taskbar with XMeters

XMetersXMeters is a free-for-personal-use system monitor which displays live CPU, RAM, network and drive stats directly on your taskbar.

The details include CPU utilisation by core, hard drive read and write rates, network upload and download speeds, and free and used RAM.

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