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Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting….[drum roll]….some top tips and tools to customize and enhance your Windows experience!

1. Play with Shell Objects

Shell Object Editor allows you to create, edit and delete shell objects. Shell Objects can point to special applications and folders. The My Documents folder that you see is a Shell Object that points to the actual folder on the hard disk. With Shell Object Editor you can add items to My Computer, Control Panel and Menus.

Firing up Shell Object Editor, you will be guided through the various steps of creating a Shell Object. Another similar program is Folder2MyPC. It however offers you a list of system and common folders that you can add to My Computer. While Shell Object Editor allows you to add objects to the Control Panel as well, Folder2MyPC simply allows you to add folders to My Computer quickly and easily for faster access.

2. Enhance Dialog Boxes

Don’t you just hate digging into the folder tree to find out the right folder where you stored that file you are trying to open?

Try FlashFolder. FlashFolder adds a toolbar to the top of dialog boxes that you can use to quickly get to the folder you are looking for.

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You can bookmark folders, jump to an open folder, or choose from history or simply type in the address of the folder you are looking for and get there.

FlashFolder

3. Add Mouse Gestures

Mouse Gestures are certain mouse motions that perform special tasks like opening up your media player, controlling windows and other applications.

We took a close look at Gmote Gmote - Bringing Mouse Gestures To Your Windows Desktop Gmote - Bringing Mouse Gestures To Your Windows Desktop Read More some time back which allows you to record gestures and assign them to frequently performed tasks. Whenever you perform those mouse motions again, your computer performs the assigned actions.  Use gestures to bring up programs, websites, control your browser, media player, clipboard and much more.

If you need a portable solution you may like to read about Mazzick Introducing Portable Mouse Gestures with Mazzick Introducing Portable Mouse Gestures with Mazzick Read More and see if it fits your needs. StrokeIt is another software that allows you to add mouse gesture functionality to your Windows installation.

4.  Enhance or Replace Windows Explorer

Power Users generally don’t like Windows Explorer much. If you are one of them and feel the same, try using Xplorer2. We showed you what its capable of Replace Windows Explorer With A More Powerful Alternative Replace Windows Explorer With A More Powerful Alternative Read More some time back. The Windows Explorer replacement has a lot of features like tabs, panes, preview of media files and many more. Definitely worth a try.

If on the other hand you would like to remain faithful to Windows Explorer then try addons like QTTabBar, Folder Size, TerraCopy, Clickie and more 7 Windows Explorer Addons for Power Users 7 Windows Explorer Addons for Power Users Read More that will definitely improve your experience and make you a little more productive when working with files and folders.

5. Customize your Windows to Death

If adding some visual appeal and tweaking around with the interface is your cup of tea, check out some tools to overhaul the default Windows interface 10 Tools to Overhaul Your Windows Interface 10 Tools to Overhaul Your Windows Interface Read More and add some useful tools that make your Windows look beautiful and enhance productivity as well..

6.  Edit, customize and enhance Right Click Menu

Right-click menus get cluttered up easily and are also most commonly used when working with the GUI. Here are two applications that can help you improve the right click context menus.

Moo0 right clicker, profiled by Saikat yesterday 3 More Tools to Customize the Right Click Menu (Windows) 3 More Tools to Customize the Right Click Menu (Windows) Read More , adds special items to the right click menu. It adds some important functions like moving files to a specific folder or a system folder.  You can delete files to the recycle bin or delete them permanently. Create a new folder, new text file, new rich text file, repeat the last copy or move operation, launch command prompt in the current window are some of the other commands that are available.

If you just want to edit right click menus, try the already covered Mmm Take Back Control Over Your Right Click Menus Take Back Control Over Your Right Click Menus Read More

Did I miss your favorite tool or application? Do you have a special hack that you use to customize Windows to your needs?  If so, let us hear about them in the comments.

  1. teem
    November 16, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Try "Folder guide", it is a free tool that adds shortcuts to your favorite folders in the right-click menu to facilitate opening them any time. The great part is that you can use it even in the dialog of (save as) to save you the time you spend looking for the folder you want to save in.
    You may get your copy from here: http://www.freeware365.com/desktop/folderguide.htm

  2. Kenneth Jean
    November 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Have you tried FolderBox? This displays additional folders in the lower right of Windows Explorer to make drag&dropping easier.

    Screenshot here: http://www.baxbex.com/images/shoots/folderbox.html

    Full Description here: http://www.baxbex.com/products.html

    -KJ

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