Windows utilities roundup
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Here are a few essential utilities I've found for Windows:
This makes the mouse scroll wheel actually scroll in most software. The part I like the best is the ability to scroll any window the mouse pointer is over, even if that window doesn't have focus.
It's hard to remember how much I hated the default Windows file open dialog, because File-Ex replaces that dialog with something so much better. It reopens the dialog to the last folder you were in, provides quick access to your most-used directories, and adds a few other file utilities right in the dialog.
If you love Firefox's "find as you type" feature, and miss it when you have to use Internet Explorer and other apps, you'll like HandyFind.
If you've ever had to switch between mail clients on Windows, you know this can be a nightmare (especially if Outlook is part of the equation). Aid4Mail provides easy conversions from a number of popular mail formats and also gives the ability to create standard zipped mbox archives for long-term storage. Operations can be performed on files located on CD/DVD, and there is a filtering/extraction mechanism which can be useful for retrieving select messages off of backup media.