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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Microsoft Useful Apps and Powertoys for Windows

I am listing some of very important utilities that Microsoft shares with people. These can be very useful in day to day job. Some of the tools are also reffered as PowerToys by Microsoft. (And some of the contents are directly fro Microsft website!!)

WinDbg is a tool for debugging any Crash in a program. This tool automatically syncs up the required pdb files ie. The symols file from the MSDN and enables your machine to debug the problems. Refer http:// You can have a dump of your crash and investigate, or contact your administrator. In addition, you can also log a radar (defect/bug) on the Microsoft. (Also See

ClearType Tuner: Dramatically improves font legibility on some LCD screens. For more details over this see

Image Resizer: This tool adds a new menu when you right-click a photo on your PC. Just click Resize Pictures to change an image's dimensions without opening an editor. (You may even try this tool to test how your photo looks in your Splash Profile at

CD Slide Show Generator: With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.

Virtual Desktop Manager: Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.

Taskbar Magnifier: Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.

Tweak UI: If you don't already have Tweak UI, get it. This essential OS tweaking tool offers more granular control over your privacy settings and operations, and even over the way you log in to your PC (plus much more). It should be one of the first things you install on any new computer.

Alt-Tab Replacement: Adds previews of each page when you switch between open applications using -.

SyncToy: Improves the task of synchronizing files among multiple machines, especially compared with Windows Briefcase.

These tools can really help incrrease your productivity!!
[not reproductivity ;)lol]

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