Computer Corner #14
By Bob Habas
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Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP
PowerToys add fun and functionality to the
Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that
developers work on after a product has been released. Unless otherwise note,
these apps work only with Windows XP.
TweakUI allows users to access hidden system
settings that include Autologon details, default desktop icon placement,
Alt-Tab dialog display behavior, Taskbar button grouping, Start menu
frequently used programs, and a whole lot more.
With new sources of files coming from every
direction (such as digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media
players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops), SyncToy can help you copy, move, and
synchronize different directories.
Synchronize. Under this
method, files and folders are fully synchronized in both directions. If a file
is deleted in the right folder, it's also deleted in the left. and vice versa.
Echo. File operations, such
as file creation, rename, and deletion, that take place in the left folder are
automatically repeated in the right folder.
Contribute. This is the same as the Echo method, except file
deletions are not synchronized.
SyncToy runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista,
and Windows 7. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
Different size photos are used for different
purposes. For example, you might want to have a 1280 X 1024 version of a
picture for desktop backgrounds but need a scaled down version for use on the
Web. In this case, you'd want to maintain both size photo sets for these
different uses. The Image Resizer adds a shortcut menu shell extension to
Windows XP that gives you on-the-fly image resizing capabilities. A list of
image sizing options that range from 240x320 to 1024x768. If you need a
different size, simply use the Custom option.
The calculator included in Windows XP is
pretty limited in its capabilities. If you've run up against the limits of
this native tool, download the Power Calculator, which allows you to evaluate
functions and even graph the
results of your work. Just type simple expressions, and the Calculator will
evaluate them and display the results on the screen.
Virtual Desktop Manager
UNIX and Linux users have long enjoyed the
ability to use multiple desktop screens. With the Virtual Desktop Manager
PowerToy, Microsoft brings this capability to Windows by providing three
virtual desktops. If your
desktop is a mass of disjointed icons, you can use the Virtual Desktop Manager
to organize them into as many as four task-based groups.
This PowerToy lets you take pictures at
specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save
them to a location that you designate.
Get all your free toys here:
- Color Control Panel Applet
- RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
- ClearType Tuner
- HTML Slide Show Wizard
- Open Command Window Here
- Alt-Tab Replacement
- Tweak UI
- Power Calculator
- Image Resizer
- CD Slide Show Generator
- Virtual Desktop Manager
- Taskbar Magnifier
- Webcam Timershot