Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
Free Opener truly can open a large amount of formats, including documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDFs, media, and code. Sadly, it can’t edit most of them.
Cubiez takes Web apps out of the browser and brings them to your desktop, to be enjoyed at any time.
If you send images over the Internet, you know how much of a pain it is to have to keep shrinking them, especially in email. Robosizer is a free app that sits in your Windows tray and automatically resizes images to your pre-set specifications as they are being sent.
Krento is a feature-rich launcher, widget manager, and Start-menu replacement that can launch any file, folder, program, or website you can think of.
If you want to broaden Windows' preview capabilities, try this this file-viewing utility. It integrates into Explorer and supports over 300 file types, including many you may no longer own the software for.
Process Hacker provides information on running processes, system resource use, and so on, with many options for customization... and it's free.
Isobuster's name is only a partial clue to its functionality. It opens and extracts files from images files, but it also recovers data from any type of media.
SyncUp is easy to use, but has nearly all the sync features you need. Online backup, however, is limited to Google Drive.
BleachBit isn't as polished as some of its commercial rivals, but for business users on a budget, it gets the job done.
PC Booster is not going to cure everything that ails your PC, but it can give you a good idea of its overall health.
Skitch ties in tightly with its parent, Evernote, but can also be installed on its own. It's great for quickly marking up images and screenshots and sharing with friends, colleagues, or customers.
PerfectRegistry is an inexpensive program that's designed to speed up your PC by optimizing your registry. It's not a perfect fix for all PCs, but it does offer some useful tools.
No laptop load-out is complete without these handy software tools for expanding screen real estate, collecting battery data, creating hotspots, and more.