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Chameleon – Make Windows Transparent

Chameleon is a FREE program which allows you make selected opened windows transparent.

It allows you to customize and add the chosen opened windows which you want to make transparent with Chameleon. You can also hide the group of programs which you can select to hide automatically on pressing ctrl+win key.

Chameleon

It allows you to select programs windows under the hide group which you want to make transparent and hide from other. You can control over the level of transparency which you apply on the programs under Hide Group.

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Add Caption Text / Watermark Automatically To Images Captured With Snagit

I have been using snagit for more than 2 years now, but never figured out previously that I can actually add custom text or created watermark automatically to all the images captured with snagit. 🙂

Snagit offers a great feature called custom profiles with which you can specify a fixed custom caption text, watermark, image border, color correction, image scaling and various other effects to be applied on the snapshots automatically which you capture with snagit.

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Adding custom text or watermark is also required these days as there are lot of spammers who will copy your images from your post and use them without any credit link for the same, even in some cases they will copy entire post from your blog feed with image without any link back.

Let’s discuss how can you add custom text to images captured by snagit automatically

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Shortcut To Change Desktop Wallpaper – Wallpaper Rotator

It happens with all of us when we get bored by the same wallpaper and want to change but due to time required to choose the next cool wallpaper and the effort required you may be not change it.

There are some free utilities which lets you change the wallpaper automatically by selecting any wallpaper form the folder randomly you specify. But still a utility which changes the wallpaper automatically which after a specific time interval which you may not want to.

A Reader Note:

I would like to change the wallpaper any time I want it to rather than specifying a time interval for changing it.

Wallpaper Rotator solves this purpose by creating a shortcut in the desktop to change the wallpaper, so whenever you double click the shortcut, it will change the wallpaper and set a new wallpaper from the folder you specify.

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You can configure wallpaper rotator to specify the default layout to of the wallpaper to be set, pick order for selecting a wallpaper to be set on desktop.

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After installation it will create a desktop shortcut to change the desktop wallpaper, if it does not create it. Then you can create a shortcut by pasting the following path in the target box of the shortcut.

"C:\Program Files\100dof_wallpaper_rotator\bin\wallpaper_rotator.exe" /rotate

To launch Wallpaper Rotate To Configure, create a another new shortcut by pasting the path below

"C:\Program Files\100dof_wallpaper_rotator\bin\wallpaper_rotator.exe"

Download Wallpaper Rotator

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Terminate Programs Forcefully In Windows

There are large number of programs which get started and running every time you start windows, but many of these programs are not actually useful, on the other hand these irrelevant programs uses some critical amount of memory and CPU usage which in turn makes other useful application respond slowly.

So, Every time you start windows you need to terminate these useless programs through task manager which is quite pain full as you need to locate each program one by one to kill the specific process. This was happening with me from a long time until I thought of a simple hack to end all these useless process in single mouse click.

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Firstly let me tell you what were all those process which were useless to me.

1. mobsync.exe – It is a process for Internet Explorer which provide synchronization the offline pages with the matching online pages.

2. ctfmon.exe – It keeps running in the background and monitors the active windows and provides text input service support for speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation etc.

3.wmpnscfg.exe – It is used to alert users when a new media device is found on the network. This program is associated with windows media player and it gets started automatically on windows startup.

and some other programs like yahoo messenger tray icon etc.

Lets see how I automated the killing of these programs on windows startup.

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Desktop Shortcut To Restart Hanged Windows Explorer

It happens many times when windows explorer goes un-responding due to many reasons, in that case in order to recover the hanged state easily you can terminate and restart windows explorer through task manager.

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But restarting windows explorer will take some time, another way to restart windows explorer easily as faster is by creating a desktop shortcut to restart window explorer, but you may not be able to click this shortcut in case of severe hang situation of windows explorer, at that point of time restarting windows explorer through task manager will work.

Let’s discuss both of these ways to restart windows explorer.

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Hide Files and Folder In USB Portable Drive For Free

Hiding your private files and folders could be very important when you don’t want others to see files on your pen drive, on the other hand some people may not like others to use their USB  pen drive.

Today we will share a simple trick which can make your drive contents invisible including all files and folders and will also make your drive write protected so that no one can add further files on your pen drive.

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The whole process of hiding files and folders on your drive involves the use of a small third party program which is free to use, and a small command you need to run from command prompt.

Let’s discuss the trick, I hope you like this trick of hiding contents on your USB Drive.

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Clean/Delete Msconfig Unchecked Entries

Msconfig is cool tool integrated in windows which lets you enable or disable startup items from the list of programs and services which run automatically at windows startup.

After disabling some startup programs they remain in the list as unchecked items in msconfig startup list, you can delete the unchecked entries of all the disabled items.

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In order to delete the list of disabled items in msconfig you can have several methods to do it. You can either delete the list of disabled items using free msconfig clean up tool or you can play delete the list of disabled items in msconfig through registry.

So, if you don’t want to play with registry follow the first simple method (For Layman’s) or if you want to learn something about the registry then follow the second method (For Geeks)

Let’s find out how to delete the disabled items in msconfig through both of these methods explained below.

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Single Shortcut To Launch Multiple Programs

There could be some programs on your computer which you use quite often in your day to day work, so you may have the shortcuts for all these programs which you click one by one when to launch them.

single-shortcut-multiple-programs 

However you can tweak a little to launch all these programs in one time double click or via single shortcuts as compared to clicking different shortcuts to launch these programs.

Yet again there are two ways to do this one is the geeky way out with which you don not need any additional software to do this and other is by using a free utility called Utility Launcher