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What’s your typing speed like? Like most people, you probably like the idea of being able to type a little faster – I include myself in this number, as I write for a living, so the ability to get words down more quickly is something to be welcomed.

If you spend a great deal of time typing, it’s pretty easy to build up your words per minute to a more than acceptable levels, But even if you only have to type letters and other documents fairly infrequently there’s still a lot you can do to speed things up – using AutoText for example.


Whether you are working with music files you have ripped or otherwise acquired, organizing your digital photo collection, or almost any other type of file, the problem of having to rename large numbers of files is one that we all face from time to time.

Rather than manually renaming your photos so they are more easily identifiable, or renaming individual music tracks one by one, you can turn to FiRE – the File Renaming Engine – to do the hard work for you.


We’re big fans of virtual desktop tools here at Windows.AppStorm; any utility that can be used to gain extra desktop space without having to buy a new monitor is to be welcomed. Previously I’ve looked at nSpaces and WindowsPager but DeskSpace is something quite special.

DeskSpace takes the idea of virtual desktop not only to the next level, but to the next dimension. Rather than presenting you with a flat, two-dimensional representation of your workspace, you can instead flip between your desktop in three dimensions.


Manage Multiple Monitors Easily With DisplayFusion

While there’s a lot to be said for replacing your existing monitor with a larger one, adding a second screen may actually prove to be more useful. There are a number of advantages to setting up a dual display system, the first of which is that it is considerably cheaper than buying a supersized screen.

Getting setup up is a simple matter of plugging in your two monitors, but you’ll quickly find that Windows offers very few options for controlling the way your display. DisplayFusion, on the other hand, provides you with a raft of tools that makes a multi-monitor system even more helpful and easy to use.


If you’re anything like me, you’ll be quite used to working with more than one computer at the same time. I’m frequently using my main PC to copy encode video, while using my older machine get on with other things like surfing the web and writing – sometimes, my laptop even gets in on the mix!

Working with two or more computers simultaneously is great, but it does mean that you need a large desk to accommodate the two keyboards and two mice. You could install a KVM switch that lets you use one keyboard and mouse to control two computers, but if you’re looking for a free solution, Multiplicity could be the tool for you.


The context menu in Windows is great way to access options that relate to the files and folders you are working with. The menu is so called because the options that are displayed depend entirely on the type of file you have right clicked – it is the context that determines the contents of the menu.

Right click a disc image and you’ll see the option to burn it to disc, right click an image and you’ll see the option to edit it, and there are also fixed items such as the option to delete or rename files as well as choosing which program they should be opened with.


There are two types of Windows user – those who like to keep their hard drives organized, and those who don’t. If you fall into the second category, you’re probably used to hunting high and low on your desktop for that files you know you stuck there sometime last week, or scouring folders to find a photos from a trip last year.

If your desktop looks like an explosion in an icon factory, Belvedere could be the organization and clean up tool you have been looking for. This simple yet powerful tool can be used to automatically organize your files using a set of rules.


Test Drive Linux With Ease With LinuxLive USB Creator

Despite its prevalence in the marketplace, Windows is far from being the only operating system that can be installed on your PC. Unless you fancy going down the route of creating your own Hackintosh, running OS X may well be out of the question, but there is an alternative available in the form of Linux.

The friendly face of the Unix operating system, Linux, is an operating system that many people will have heard of, but only a relatively small number of Windows users have gone as far as partitioning their hard drive and setting up a dual-boot system.  LinuxLive USB Creator is an amazing free tool that can help, guiding you through every step of finding a distro to use, downloading it, and then creating a live CD or USB drive so you can try out the OS without the need for installation.


You hear a lot about file synchronization tools, but why might you want to sync your files? There are many reasons, but two are particularly useful – backing up files and making it easier to move files between computers using a removable UBS drive.

Manually syncing files can be a nightmare, especially if you are working on more than one computer. FreeFileSync does all of the hard work for you, so you can quickly compare the contents of  two folders and copy files in either direction to ensure they are identical.


How big is your monitor? Big enough? There are very few people who could honestly say that their monitor would not benefit from being a bit larger; who wouldn’t love to have a 32 inch screen in front of them to work with?

But few people invest in such large monitors, with both cost and physical desk space being issues. Another option is to add a second monitor to your computer, but if space is at a premium, this may not be possible. This is where virtual desktops come into their own, and nSpaces is a great free tool that not only gives you more space, but also enables you to group related applications and windows together.


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