are those tools that make your system easier to use. I spend a lot of time
on my system and any utility which truly helps ultimately finds its way
here. One of the neat things about these utilities is that most are freeware,
postcardware, or shareware. If you want your system to shine and assist
you at all times, then check these out.
Topdesk version 3.0 solves the desktop clutter problem created by those of us who must have multiple utilities a click away and still want to see our wallpaper. How? Topdesk creates a small icon on your system tray, hides all your desktop icons and then displays them as a menu whenever you want with just a single click. Topdesk is freeware from Snadboy Software at http://www.snadboy.com or on the Alamo PC BBS.
Fastexit is another system tray utility. Instead of clicking on your start button, then clicking shutdown and then clicking on close all applications and shutdown to get your system to finish, you can just double click this icon and you're done. Fast, safe, simple and effective.
Hard Disk LED is a great utility if your cpu does not sit on your desktop or is out of your line of site. It simulates a hard disk light that flashes every time disk activity occurs. Hard Disk LED appears on the Windows 95 task bar and flashes every time the system accesses physical, direct access devices (ie. your hard drives).
Explorer Notes is another PC Magazine / Ziff-Davis freeware utility which appeared in the November 5 1996, edition. It sets an icon in the system tray. When enabled it adds an option when you right-click a file or folder in explorer which permits you to add a note to the file. I use this for descriptive comments about files on my system. It has it's own search feature for all notes posted on your system and extensive help.
Quick-Res is one of the Microsoft free power tools. It is another system tray icon which with a single click will allow you to change monitor resolutions from 640 to 800 to 1024 provided your monitor supports those resolutions. It also gives you a quick resource monitor. It's available at microsoft.com as well as throught the PC-Mag shareware site search under both quick-res and powertools.
Edit Pad is a notepad postcardware replacement from Jan Goyvaerts of Belgium. It allows multiple file use and is not limited in size as is notepad. You can get the latest version at http://www.tornado.be/~johnfg/ If you like it, send him a postcard.