Hello, Internet Neighbors!
This post runs through my favorite free applications for Windows, I’ll do a quick intro for each program and let me know which ones you’ve used down in the comments below.
Here is the list of programs I’ll be covering in the video:
Classic shell – Brings back a clone of the Windows 7 start menu
Everything – Find your files
Windir stat – See which folders are taking up all the space
notepad++ – notepad on steroids
These are not in this particular video, but are in the blog
Keepass – Keep your passwords organized and random.
Teamviewer – If your machines have Internet access, you can control them remotely
If you’re not using these utilities, you’re doing it wrong!
7-zip – Freeware and ad-free zip/rar utility – the best compression utility, hands down
Google Drive – You can synchronize online files (and choose which folders you want to sync offline) – I’ve never had a synchronization issue with Google Drive like I did with OneDrive.
Sumatra PDF – The most lightweight PDF reader – it has tabs and it saves the page where you last closed – uninstall Adobe Reader now!
The best part is that you can install all these from Ninite.com without clicking next, next, next…
Here are some others that aren’t in Ninite:
FileLocator Lite (contributed by Marty): It is powerful at letting you choose which filenames (with regexes), text in files to search for, more accurate than the default File Explorer, but does not index filenames or contents. It’s still faster than File Explorer, Notepad++, or Visual Studio. Searching my whole C:\ drive for the filename “test” with FileLocator Lite took only 6 seconds, and this is without an index.
You can search files by extension, filename, what folder they’re in. Once it’s indexed, all files can be searched so quickly (much faster than the start menu)
The query I’m using here is:
*.jpg asp path:appdata
If you’re not using Notepad++ to edit text files on Windows, you’re doing it wrong. One common thing I use it for is to find and replace those newline characters to make a comma separated list.
To do this, press Ctrl+H.
Find What: \r\n
Make sure Search Mode is ‘Extended’
Now, [Replace All]
Remember to use different strong passwords for each online account that you care about! You can set this to use a password AND a key file. What I do is put the .kdbx file on Google Drive so that my passwords are in sync. I keep my .key file on my local hard disk and make sure it’s not uploaded anywhere.
Don’t want to open up your home machine to the Internet? You can use TeamViewer to access it from your phone or other computer. This is what I use for my DIY Home Security system. If the system you want to control has multiple monitors, TeamViewer allows you to easily switch between monitors.
Make sure you enable 2FA and have a strong password (generated with KeePass). Also make sure to whitelist the machines that are allowed to connect in. There are reports that many TeamViewers got compromised, so use this program with caution.