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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Are you a Windows user? Do you find the plain white background of Windows Explorer too boring? Want to add a bit of color to Windows Explorer or possibly even have a different color or background for each folder?
With a free utility called Windows 7 Folder Background Changer, you can.
Despite the name, the application works with both Windows Vista and Windows 7. In both systems, the program must be run as an administrator through the right click menu.
Have you ever been browsing a webpage that used a font that you wanted to use for yourself? Is digging through CSS or using the browser’s developer tools too complicated for you because, as the name implies, they’re for developers? If so, then here’s a way to easily find out the name of the font being used on a webpage in a second without having to know any code.
Are you tired of having empty folders scattered throughout your hard drive? While these folders don’t do much harm as they don’t take up much space at all, they can become very annoying as they clutter up the parent directory and make it harder to find other files and folders.
However, finding them on your hard drive and then manually deleting them can be pretty difficult and time consuming. A free utility, RED, can help.
Do you find yourself on the computer all night trying to do work, but even when the sun is out, your work is still not done? Perhaps you are getting too distracted, but how can you figure out which programs are wasting the most of your time?
A free little utility called Personal Activity Monitor …
Have you found an interesting website that you want to keep track of or constantly refer back to while browsing the web? Yesterday, we showed you how to split your content area into multiple tabs in Firefox so you can browse multiple sites at once. Today, let’s do the same, but in Google Chrome.
An extension called ChromeSplits should be able to do the job.
Have you ever found an interesting website that you want to keep track of while you browse for other things on the web? Or perhaps you want to always see your online calendar without having to open another app? How about comparing multiple websites?
If you’re running Firefox, an add-on called Tile Tabs can help with that.
Is your PC using too much CPU? Are you background processes randomly hogging up CPU, often at the worst times? Do you need something that will alert you when your CPU usage is high so you know before you start another CPU intensive application? Or perhaps you need to limit the CPU to save battery power?
A free utility called ResLoad Notifier from Sharp Mind Projects might be able to help with that.