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There are numerous reasons why you might want to take screenshots of what is happening on your desktop. If you are creating a tutorial guiding people through a particular task, screenshots are perfect for illustrating things in a way that everyone can understand. If you have a blog and you decide to review a web site or a game, you’ll probably want to include screenshots.

There’s nothing to stop you from simply hitting the Print Screen key on your keyboard and pasting the image from the clipboard into your favorite image editor, and if you have Windows 7, you could use the Snipping Tool to gain access to a few more options. But if you want complete control over the screen capture process, you might be interested in taking a look at Screenshot Captor.

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Passwords remain a necessary evil. Necessary because almost every web site you want to use wants you to create an account and log in. Evil because anyone that gets your password can login to the site as you.

The problem is that a password must be easy for you to remember, but hard for someone else to guess or crack. Is Roboform the answer?

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Have you ever wanted to automate tasks that you perform often, or map keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier? Well, I have the answer and it’s AutoHotkey.

AutoHotkey is a free, open-source application that allows you to create and run scripts to automate your workflow. Let’s see how easy it is to program with AutoHotkey and automate your workflow.

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If you’re a big consumer of entertainment, then you’re in the right place. I’m going to show you how to set up a home media center, complete with remote viewing capabilities.

Plex is a free, partially open-source, cross-platform app that allows you to manage and play videos, music, photos and more from a local or remote computer.

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The clipboard is a feature of Windows that you probably give very little thought to, but the chances are that you make use of it every day. Need to look up a strangely spelled name or word that someone has mentioned in an email? Best to copy and paste it rather than risking spelling it wrong.

If you’re working on a lengthy document and want to re-order paragraphs, cutting and pasting is often the easiest form of editing and the clipboard is also used as a temporary store when you capture a screenshot with the Print Screen key. This is all very useful, but Clipboard Magic helps to make the clipboard even better.

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In the previous article, I wrote about how to prank your friends using the inbuilt features in Windows 7.

This time, for extra fun, here are some small and harmless applications that will aid you in your quest for mischief.

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Moving documents and other files to a Kindle is often an arduous affair. Or at least that’s my experience so far.

So when I heard about Send to Kindle, I was quite eager to try it out. Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!

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Everyone wants to feel that they are in full control of their computer, and this is certainly true of programs and windows. This is what you spend most of your time at your computer working with, so it makes sense that you should want management to be made as easy as possible.

eXtra Buttons is one such outrageously useful free tool that you need to look at, if you’re like me!

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Dropbox is one of my favorite cloud apps because of its incredible features and web interface.

But what if you want to take your Dropbox files with you on a flash drive? Or you’re using a computer where you don’t have administrator priviledges? That’s where DropboxPortableAHK comes in. Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!

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If you share a computer with someone else, or you are in an environment in which someone else could access your computer, you’ll be aware of the need to protect your privacy. In the case of shared computers, it is easy enough to set up individual user account for everyone, each of which can be password protected and will effectively keep everyone’s files separate.

Having a folder on your desktop called ‘My super-secret files’ in which you store all of your private documents, financial information, journal entries and personal photographs is almost asking someone with prying eyes to take a peek inside. Wise Folder Hider is a free privacy tool that can be used to conceal private files and folders very quickly and easily.

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