Tips, Tricks, and How-To's
The Tips and Tricks section includes quick tips, how-to guides, and introductions to interesting apps and websites. A special emphasis is placed on productivity tips and applications. These are generally posted every Tuesday and Friday.
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Having trouble moving a window from one side of the screen to the other? Want to be able to move your mouse cursor past the left side of the screen and have it appear on the right?
Here is a quick overview of Unlimited Mouse, a small and easy tool that lets you wrap the mouse cursor around the screen edges.
Do you frequently find yourself typing the same things over and over? It can be annoying and time consuming to constantly type the same thing multiple times, especially if that phrase is one that you use very often.
AutoText is a feature found in Microsoft Office. It automatically changes a string of characters to a commonly used symbol or phrase. But what if you wanted this feature everywhere?
With PhraseExpress, you can abbreviate any phrase and have it automatically expand. This can be your name, a signature, a greeting, or anything you want.
Do you want to customize the background of Windows 7′s login screen? Or edit the OEM information? Or possibly some other hidden Windows setting without having to go through the registry? WinBubble can help.
WinBubble puts many settings that normally can’t be configured without digging through registry entries into one unified interface.
Do you find the Windows Taskbar distracting? It is a crucial and useful part of Windows, but sometimes all the icons can become distracting. You can use the built-in Auto-Hide feature but that can become annoying with the taskbar moving up and down whenever your cursor moves towards the edge.
Here’s how to make the taskbar automatically fade and become more transparent.
In the last few years, Apple’s Macintosh operating system has captured significant market share.
Propelled in part by the popularity of Apple’s ubiquitous iPhones and iPads, more people than ever are giving up their PCs in favor of the Mac platform. While the Mac’s biggest selling points account for why many make the switch – near-invincibility from viruses, fewer crashes, etc. – there are some basic Mac features that many long-time users may still not be aware of.
A feature found in Windows 8 is the ability to automatically change the Windows Aero glass color based on the dominant color in the current wallpaper. This becomes a very neat feature when a rotating wallpaper is configured.
But what if you wanted this feature in Windows 7? Thanks to a free utility called AeroRainbow, you can have the glass colors change depending on either the wallpaper’s dominant color or the current window’s dominant color.
Do you frequently use keyboard shortcuts? Browser keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl+T (or Command + T on Mac) to open a new tab and Ctrl+W to close a tab are quite universally standard across all modern browsers, but suppose you don’t like these shortcuts. Maybe you rather have something like Alt+T to close a tab.
If you’re a Firefox user, an add-on called Customizable Shortcuts might be able to help you.
No browser restart is required to install this add-on.
You use copying and pasting everyday, but are you frequently finding yourself copying and pasting text to a certain app or website (like Google search or Notepad)? We have Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V on Windows, but it still requires clicking between applications and websites, so what if there was an app that could let you copy text and automatically paste it into your favorite application or website?
A free Windows utility called Click.to helps quickly paste any chunk of text that gets copied to your favorite app or website.