Long time readers of InspiredGeek will remember that back in 2008 I reviewed a selected list of some useful Auto Hot Key based tiny utilities that were available on the DonationCoder. Since then I found some of them to be more useful than the others. Based on my user experience I decided to revisit that article and give you an even more filtered list of those utilities that maintained their usefulness (for me) till this day. Originally I planned to list only best out here from the original list of 15. But couldn’t decide so I am putting 7 of these that might be useful to hopefully a wider audience because of their targeted purpose and simple functionality. So here we go!
***Note that you can download all of these as either .ahk scripts and compile them using the Auto Hot Key scripting software or you can avoid the hassle by downloading the pre-compiled executable files. I will recommend the later option for the most users.
Prevents the moving of desktop icons. Double-Click the tray icon to Disable/Enable. Also has an option to disable left drag and right mouse button.
Well this one is a screensaver of screensavers! I mean it allows to automatically change the current screensaver after every X minutes of time. Installation is simple as any other screensaver, select Install from the Windows explorer context-menu and configure it like any other screensaver using Start – Settings – Control Panel – Screen – ScreenSaver.
In the options you can set the change interval, Running order (random, alphabetical) etc. All the currently installed screensavers are enumerated in the Screensavers tab and you can checkmark the screensavers incase you want to ignore some of these from inclusion. This one will really save you from getting bored to watch the same screensaver run again and again or manually change it each time you want to.
BlockInput will block all the input devices (keyboard, mouse etc.) when you press a defined hotkey(default is Ctr+Q) for a specified amount of time. Time interval can be specified in the settings and after that time-period has elapsed, all the input devices will be unlocked. Can be useful if you are handing over your computer to a small child say for some time and you want to prevent him from accidently doing something wrong with your computer.
Give the desktop it’s own taskbar button! You can Click it, Alt-Tab to it, or drag files to it to show or hide the desktop. I am sure it will be useful for some people.
Allows to recover the closed programs when running in the background. To recover right-click the tray icon and choose an application to recover that, double-click the tray icon to recover all the closed applications. Very useful if you unintentionally closed a running application.
This utility allows to close/kill multiple process in one go. Just select all the processes in the list-box that you want to close and press the Close or the Kill button. A user can also restart a process if desired. Process related controls are available in the first tab. You can also control the system services installed in the Windows system from the second tab. All usual windows services related options are available(start, stop, restart, auto, manual, Demand). Advantage is the same that you can select multiple services and perform the desired operation rather than to select each service one by one and enable/disable it(as you do in the services applet in the Windows Control Panel).
Allows to run a startup program that is not running now. This is very useful in some situations where you have a lot of programs specified in the windows startup but you want to play a resource/memory intensive game. Then you can simply close those heavy-duty programs from the traybar (to free up system resources) and play your game. After you are finished simply execute the ReRun to restart all the startup programs that you had closed previously. It used to be the most useful out of all those application listed here and hence no. 1 spot.
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