These utilities will beef up Windows so you can work more smoothly and effectively.
Windows comes packed with a host of features and programs that try to ease your life in front of the computer. But even after all these years and all these versions, Windows still lacks some key features that would make your work go even easier. That’s where third-party utilities come into play. Many such utilities compensate for the weaknesses or limitations in Windows. One such utility is ClipX, which can store multiple items at a time via the Windows clipboard. Another utility is EditPad Lite, which is more robust and flexible than Notepad or WordPad. And a third is VirtuaWin, which lets you create and bounce among multiple virtual desktops. Let’s look at some of my favorite utilities and see how they can help you.
The Windows clipboard, which stores items you’ve cut or copied so you can then paste them, has been around since the beginning. But even after all these years, the clipboard is limited. The major limitation is that you can only copy or cut and paste one item at a time. Add another item to the clipboard, and the previous item goes kaput. There are plenty of Windows clipboard utilities on the market that compensate for this weakness, but one of my favorites is ClipX. This free tool is an old one and hasn’t been updated in years but it still gets the job done. After installing ClipX, select text, an image, or another item in Windows and copy it. Then select and copy a few more items. Now hold down the Windows key and press Insert. A ClipX menu pops up with a list of all the items you copied. Click on an item to paste it into your current location.