I get lots of e-mail asking if I have a smart fix for a dumb computing hassle. Boy, do I--times six. Here are my freebie favorites.
Diagnose faulty RAM
The hassle: My PC crashes abruptly, up to a dozen times a week. I've tried every troubleshooting trick I can think of. Any ideas?
Fix right-click messes
The hassle: The context menu that appears when I right-click a file in Explorer or on the desktop is full of items I never use.
The fix: Why don't you give FileMenu Tools a try? The program lets you customize the context menu By removing unused commands that other programs have added; ditto for entries on the 'Send-to' submenu.
Open apps in a jiffy
The hassle: My Start menu is jammed with shortcuts I don't need, and I can never remember where the ones that I do use are hiding. I spend more time shortcut-hunting than working.
The fix: Quick, get a copy of Josh Karlin's Launchy, a clever little keyboard-shortcut maker. Press
The tool has more cool tricks. For example, you can send a search request to Google, MSN, or Yahoo. To search Google, type google, press
To open a Control Panel applet, type the first few letters of its name--mouse, sound, or add-remove, for instance. For fast access to a Command box, add cmd To Launchy's Runny plug-in. The Weby plug-in automatically loads Firefox bookmarks and keywords.
File-name case fixer
The hassle: It's a small issue, but it bothers me: The files I import from my camera are all uppercase. I want them all lowercase.
The fix: Recase to the rescue. Highlight one or all of the files--whether upper-, lower-, or mixed case--and Recase will change them to the case that's just right for you.