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Everyone needs to take screenshots from time to time. Whether you want to grab a shot of an error message, want to copy an image from a web site, or want to record a high score in your favorite game, it’s handy to be able to capture what is displayed on your screen.

For basic screen grabbing, you need look no further than the PrtScr key on your keyboard, but if you want more control over the capturing process, you should take a look at PicPick, a powerful free tool that includes a huge number of capturing options as well as a built in image editor.

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To make it easier and faster to pick up from where you left off with your work, it is possible to place your computer into sleep or hibernation mode. This not only gives you faster start times for Windows, but also ensure that the programs you were using are available just as you left them.

But when you need to restart your computer, you have to manually reopen all of the files you were using; this is, until you install Cache My Work web site .

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Anyone who has used Windows for a number of years will remember the occasional requirement to work with DOS. Although Windows has a rich and powerful graphical user interface, there are still times when the command line, if not DOS from the days of old, is still useful.

But the command prompt that is available by default is both limited and restricted, and this is where PowerCMD comes to the rescue.

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When you need to share files with other people, you can attach them to an email, and links can be shared in the same way or through social networks.

Or you can step in this century and use cloud storage services such as Dropbox. FluffyApp is a particularly fast method of sharing files and links that reduces the entire process to a simple drag and drop exercise.

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Computers are all about multi-tasking and this usually means having a large number of programs running at the same time, and having numerous windows open simultaneously.

WindowMenuPlus is a free tool that places you firmly in control over how these windows are positioned, how they look and much more, including enabling you to free up system memory and kill troublesome processes.

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When taking photos, the wonderful range of the eye becomes obvious compared to the limitations of even the best digital cameras. The human eye works in a wide range of environments from midday sun to the faint glow of moonlight, but our cameras do not see this same range. This means a scene containing very dark and light areas that all appear to eye normally can in a photo loose part of the scene with areas either washed out or lost in shadow.

HDR attempts to compensate for the lesser dynamic range of a camera by taking multiple images that together cover the entire dynamic range of the scene and combining them together to produce a photo that better presents the full dynamic range in the original scene. Many high end graphic processing packages such as Photoshop contain the ability to create HDR images. Other specialty programs designed only to create these images also exist. Creating these images does not require expensive specialized software. Here we’ll look at using the free open source Luminance to produce HDR images.

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Everyone wants their computer to run as quickly as possible, but one of the most frustrating problems that can blight a computer is slow startup.

Almost every computer has a number of program that run automatically when Windows starts, and Startup Delayer is a tool that can be used to take control of these and help speed things up.

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While it is not exactly difficult to create folders in Windows to help keep your files and shortcuts organized, it is a process that can take just a little too long.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create folders on the fly, without the need to fiddle about with context menus, Smart Folders could be just what you need.

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There are countless routine tasks you perform at your computer time and time again. You might launch the same set of programs, type the same set phrases, click the same menu options in applications time and time again.

Rather than doing all of this manually, you can turn to JitBit Macro Recorder to do the hard work for you, saving you not only effort, but also time

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There are two piece of hardware that almost every computer user works with on a daily basis – a keyboard and mouse. A keyboard is not just used for typing; it can also be used to interact with programs with keyboard shortcuts.

It is likely that you are working with a keyboard that has a standard QWERTY layout, but this does not mean that you are stuck with it. Using KeyTweak, you can change the function of any of the keys to do something else.

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