I’ve been a faithful Windows user for years. Throughout this lengthy period, Microsoft has come a long way with its desktop operating system – the interface has shifted from dull visuals to a lot more modern aesthetics, it can finally handle touch and traditional desktop applications without messing the navigation, and a whole lot more has been changed. However, for me, some things have remained perpetual primarily in terms of the utilities I use every day on my laptop. Here I discuss, three such software I can’t live without.
Windows 10’s default file explorer still doesn’t support multiple tabs, you’re stuck with juggling between multiple instances of windows. Thankfully, a free software called “Clover” has been in existence for years. Clover brings Chrome-style tabs to the fundamental file explorer, hence you can work in the same window by firing up numerous tabs concurrently. It even supports settings’ pages, bookmarks, and you get all the quick shortcuts for closing/opening folders. Clover is definitely a must-have utility if you regularly deal with various files and it’s entirely free of cost too, so go ahead and give it a try. You can thank me later.
Our lives have transitioned swiftly to staring at computer screens all day and night. While, it is mostly harmless to sit in front of a computer during the former, conditions aren’t as compatible when the sun goes down. Enters “f.lux”, a little desktop software that makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day i.e. warm at night and resembling sunlight during the day. All you as a user needs to do is input your location and the application takes care of the rest. Initially, you may not realize how benefiting this is but f.lux can truly improve your sleep if you work late and decrease the impact on the eyes. It even allows manually adjusting the hue levels, although I just left it to the auto mode which works absolutely fine. F.lux is completely free and it’s also available for Mac, and Linux.
Networx is an immensely comprehensive tool for monitoring your internet usage and bandwidth. You can either utilize it for merely checking the internet speed from time to time, measure ping or get a detailed summary based on a particular time period. For me, the most crucial highlight it brings is the neat taskbar widget that shows the upload and download rates in real-time. Furthermore, if required, you can export these reports in a bunch of formats including HTML, MS Word and Excel.