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This page contains tips for older, usually unsupported, software packages. Tips are for Internet software, word processors, utilities, and more.


Calculators

Tips regarding calculator software. Programs may include features such as function support, a scroll-back buffer, and varying levels of precision.

Clipboard Managers - Enhancers

Software to enhance the clipboard, including functionality to manage the last few items copied to the clipboard and make them available via mouse click or hotkey.

Digital Image Resizers

Software to resize images / photos for web pages, sending via e-mail, and distribution via portable media. Software packages may also support image cropping, borders, watermarks, and other effects / features.

Disk Usage Utility

Hints and tips regarding utilities that show how hard drive space is used.

Docks - Program Launchers

Tips for software that provide unique ways to organize and launch applications and documents.

Duplicate File Removers

Tips on utilities that can help free up hard drive space by removing duplicate files from your machine.

File and Folder Search

Utilities to aid in searching for files and folders on your system. Software packages may include advanced filtering options, the ability to search for text inside files, and the ability to export search results in a variety of file formats.

File Recovery - Undelete

Tips regarding software packages for Windows that help recover (undelete) files that have been accidentally deleted from hard drives, as well as removable media including digital camera memory cards.

File Renamers

Tips on how to organize files through the use of file renaming applications. Applications may support EXIF and MP3 tags, allowing for more automated renaming of photos and music.

File Splitters

Software to split files for distribution via electronic mail or instant messaging, or to handle disk spanning so large files can be copied to removable media such as CDs or DVDs.

Font Managers - Viewers

Software for graphic designers, publishers, and others to manage their use of fonts. Features may include font installation and uninstallation, printing font contact sheets, and browsing fonts by similarity.

Internet-Related Software

Look here for tips and tricks on using Internet-related software, such as web browsers and E-Mail clients.

IrfanView

Download the free IrfanView image viewing and editing tool for Windows. Plus tips on managing Irfanview plug-ins, tweaking digital photos, and more.

Legacy Applications

Tips for older applications that officially may not be supported anymore ... but ones that some people love too much to let go.

Microsoft Office

Tips for Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word.

Miscellaneous Software

Tips regarding other software products for Windows.

Multimedia Players

Tips and tricks for various multimedia players including RealPlayer, QuickTime, Winamp, and Windows Media Player.

Password Managers

Tips regarding applications that store and manage passwords used for online services, usually in an encrypted database.

Photoscape

Tips regarding Photoscape, a photo viewer / editor for Windows with support for batch processing.

RSS Readers

Tips regarding software packages that manage RSS newsfeeds. Some may include integrated web browsers.

Screen Capture

Tips on software to capture and manipulate screenshots of Windows and applications.

Sticky Notes

Applications that allow you to post virtual "sticky notes" on the Desktop. Some programs allow you to make notes appear on top of other windows, customize the display of each note, and/or attach alarm reminders to notes.

System Information Software

Software that displays information about the system, security, and installed programs. Details may include the motherboard, CPU, RAM, graphics capabilities, operating system installed patches, and networking devices.

Text Editors - Notepad Replacements

Tips regarding applications that act as replacements for the standard Windows Notepad application. Some are geared to home users while others include features useful for programmers.

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Tips for the Windows Live Photo Gallery image management, sharing, and editing tool.

Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

Tips and help for the Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 image management, sharing, and editing tool.

WinZip

Tips and tricks for using the popular WinZip archive file utility.

Zip and Unzip Software

Software packages that provide compression and/or uncompression of .ZIP archives. Some programs may also uncompress .GZ, .RAR, .TAR, and other file formats.

ZoneAlarm

Get the most out of the ZoneAlarm firewall software.

See Also:

Firewall

Defines the term firewall, explains how a firewall can help increase computer security and prevent identity theft, and provides links to download firewall software.

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The MalekTips website was created in 1998 by Andrew Malek of Envision Programming. The page's goal is to freely disperse computer-related tips, hints, and informative articles. Tips are organized to be easy to find, and are presented clearly, in easy-to-understand language. MalekTips also provides information and links to public-domain, open source, freeware, shareware, and commercial software available for download.