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Windows Explorer’s image thumbnails mode is nice, but you may not want to use it when you simply need to view one or two pictures that are located in a folder where hundreds of images are stored. In such situation, I believe most of us tend to double-clicking on the image to open it in the default Windows photo viewer or in a third-party image viewer. If you use a tool like FastPreview, you can also view image in Windows Explorer’s context menu. [click to continue…]

Firefox and Google Chrome browser lets you right-click on a selected text and search Google for it from the context menu. The option is quite handy as you don’t have to type the text or copy paste it in the URL bar or in the search bar. Still, the only option you get in the context menu is Google. What if you can add more search engines? Even more, what if you can choose which ones to be visible and ones to be hidden, and you can also use a shortcut key to search for a selected text using any of them including the hidden ones? [click to continue…]

YouTube homepage displays numerous videos by default whether you’re logging in or not. If you find this uncomfortable, you can get rid all of them and make the homepage minimalist just like Google Search. [click to continue…]

If you haven’t received any reply for the important email that you sent days ago, you may start wondering if it has been read. If this concerns you oftentimes, the next time you write an email you may want to use a tool such as Yesware. It’s a Chrome extension for Gmail that notifies you when the recipient has opened your email.

Sure we have great apps such as Boomerang and Right Inbox that also provides this tracking feature, but they limit the free tracking to only 10 messages per month, while the free version of Yesware lets you track up to 100 events per month. [click to continue…]

Why would anyone wants or needs to tweet something that will self destruct? I can’t find any valid reason for this, but if you do need it, you can try the service provided by Spirit for Twitter.

tweetspiritWith Spirit, you can set your tweet to self destruct after a certain amount of time by simply adding hashtags such as #10m, #1h, #2d or anything you want. Note that at the Sipirit’s site it says that your tweet will be deleted after the specified time. It doesn’t say “at that time”, which can be safely assumed that you will notice some delay in some tweets before they finally disappear.

I tested it by adding a hashtag #1m to delete the tweet after 1 minute passed and it was successfully disappeared, but not really sure if it was exactly 1 minute because I didn’t use stopwatch or anything like that, just the tray clock.

If you’re interested, you can go to the Spirit site to enable it on your Twitter account, and then use the hashtag for every tweet that you want to be automatically deleted.

Auto hiding taskbar is another way to get more space to focus on what you’re doing on your screen in addition to using the full-screen feature of the programs—if available. But this means that you have to open the taskbar properties to disable/enable the auto hide repeatedly, unless you activate it the whole time. If you hide and unhide the taskbar frequently, you may want to be able to use a shortcut key to do so to make it quicker. [click to continue…]

Your Windows explorer context-menu may have more and more items over time as you install more applications to the system. It becomes cluttered. Finding a particular item within the menu isn’t as easy as it was. And you may also find that the menu becomes slower when right-clicking on a certain filetype.

Some applications include options to remove their specific right-click entries that allow users to enable or disable them easily anytime. Unfortunately, some do not. [click to continue…]