Windows software of the day [June 16, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Caps Lock Toggle: easily disable and reenable caps lock
  • ExtractNow: extract multiple archives quickly and easily
  • Handy Shortcuts: create shortcuts to oft-used tasks that don’t normally lend themselves to shortcuts easily

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Software for June 16, 2012

Caps Lock Toggle

Want to render your caps lock key unusable so that NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO USE YOUR COMPUTER TO SHOUT AGAIN? Caps Lock Toggle is the dead-simple program you need to do that.

Caps Lock Toggle is extremely easy to use and provides no options whatsoever. The only buttons on the interface are the disable/reenable button and a link to the developer’s site. Clicking the disable button will, upon reboot, result in your caps lock button no longer doing a thing.

If you know someone who loves to SHOUT ON THE INTERNET, please use this program. For the good of the internet, disable their caps lock for them. It’s what’s best for all of us.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 0.6-1.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: ZIP 0/41| EXE 0/43

Portability: Entirely portable!

Caps Lock Toggle homepage

Moosoft’s webpage is currently offline. You can download CLT from Softpedia.

ExtractNow

Want to quickly extract archives without worrying about format or settings? ExtractNow is the program for you, boasting an extract-only approach that allows you to not have to look at pages of settings to get things down. Using it is as simple as dragging files in and hitting Extract!

However, if you do feel like playing with settings, ExtractNow is also nice. You can change pretty much any aspect of the program you’d like, including how it extracts and where it extracts to. And, if you’re feeling brave, you can even add format support using special commands!

ExtractNow doesn’t slump on the format support, either. It boasts a long list, viewable on the developer’s site, that includes ZIP, RAR, HFS, IMG, ISO, and tons more, and allows you to set it as the default file handler for any of them.

If you’re looking for a sturdy un-archive program, there’s really no reason to go with anything other than ExtractNow.

Note: ExtractNow comes with an opt-out toolbar! Be sure to pay attention during installation.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v4.6.8.0

Supported OS: Windows 95+ with IE 5.5+

Download size: 1.8MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Portable version available

ExtractNow homepage

Handy Shortcuts

Want to create shortcuts to do various system tasks like lock your computer, switch user accounts, or open Device Manager? With only the tools Microsoft provided in Windows, it can be a bit tricky to get these things. Handy Shortcuts is an easy to use utility to get these.

Handy Shortcuts is quite simple. You open it and find the shortcut you need, click Create, and close it. The shortcuts will appear on your desktop, but you can move them to whatever location you want (even the Startup folder). You can create shortcuts to do a variety of tasks:

  • lock your computer
  • switch user accounts
  • shut down your computer
  • restart your computer
  • log off, hibernate
  • add shortcuts to show your desktop
  • open Add/Remove programs
  • open Windows Security Center
  • open Device Manager
  • start Windows Defender
  • open Windows DVD Maker
  • open Flip3d
  • open screen saver settings
  • disable/enable the firewall
  • clear the clipboard
  • open “God Mode
  • open Connect to Internet
  • Safely Remove Hardware
As you can see, Handy Shortcuts boasts quite the shortcut list. With such a variety, there’s something for everyone!

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.o

Supported OS: Windows Vista+

Download size: 216KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/40

Portability: Entirely portable!

Handy Shortcuts homepage

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19 comments

  1. Zapped Sparky

    @Peter:Unfortunately I need to use it a few times each week due to something getting a bit flaky after 30hrs uptime. A disable/enable seems to be the only thing that gets it going again, and is certainly quicker than a re-boot :)

  2. Sheldon Cooper, Phd

    In regard to Extractnow, some more information should have been given the reader. When extracting the exe file, there’s something called the stuffit5 engine that’s used.
    In addition, there’s a 7zip dll file. If anyone has used this program, is it just a front end for other archive freeware programs?

    More problematic are the itdownload files that are in the exe package. These are probably the Innotools package from Sherlock software which are used to download files after install. Several web pages state that the Babylon toolbar is installed. This isn’t mentioned in the license agreement for the program. The Extractnow website FAQ states that there is no malware or spyware in the program. However, Softpedia and Techsupportalert classify it as “Adware Supported”.

    http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/ExtractNow-Review-33015.shtml

    Comment #1: 19 Mar 2012, 23:47 UTC

    Downloaded the update for extractnow today and the babylon toolbar was also downloaded –have no choice if you want extractnow—spent the day trying to get rid of it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/software-watch-adware-watch-list.htm

    The portable zip version that’s linked on this page doesn’t appear to include the itdownload files, so it may be free from toolbars.

  3. Zapped Sparky

    A shortcut for device manager? Now I wont have to type it in the start menu and wait for windows to display it. Or go looking for it in the control panel, Every. Single. Time. I need to use it :)

  4. Peter

    For years I use Universal Extractor to extract almost any type of archive including most of these setup.exe to scan them more reliable for any malware. Unfortunately UE does not support newer version of Inno setup but 7zip does. ExtractNow doesn`t even try :(
    Edit: and its uninstaller leaves the .ini file and some registry entries for the context menu.

  5. Peter

    @Ande: Seemingly moosoft is in trouble. Even http://www.moosoft.com/ leads to “Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 1835008) (tried to allocate 232 bytes) in /home/moosoft/public_html/libraries/joomla/database/database/mysql.php on line 692″
    Don’t know why a homepage should allocate 18MB; maybe they have been hacked.
    It’s a pity. This link would have been great for some morons who forgot to take their neuroleptic.

  6. Ande

    Tried to go to caps lock toggle page. Getting nothing but
    Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 1835008) (tried to allocate 30720 bytes) in /home/moosoft/public_html/libraries/joomla/database/database/mysql.php on line 580
    errors

  7. RobCr

    @Locutus:
    I am a die-hard and won’t switch to VB.NET.
    So my offer may(will) be ridiculed by the VB.NET followers, telling you that it is the live language that one should learn.
    I will be using the dead language (VB6) until I die.
    Back to the offer – If you can pick up a copy if VB6, I will be happy to guide you in learning that.

  8. Locutus
    Author/

    @RobCr: Maybe I should do Capslock Warning as a WSotD item :D

    Your VB6 scripts always sound so useful. I wish I could code; I’m trying Udacity and Codecademy this summer but I’m not too sure if I have the time.

  9. RobCr

    This is me subscribing by ticking the box.

    I use Capslock at least once a day.
    Now if you wish to kill a useless key, it would be the Insert key.
    Presumably somewhere back in time, some people thought they needed it.
    When we invent a time machine, I will be eliminating those people, and if you keep one eye on your keyboard, you will see it disappear.
    What I have done with my Insert key, is register it as a hot key (via VB6 code), so when I press it once, my full screen clipboard form appears. If I click a clip it pastes and the form disappears. If I don’t click a clip, and instead press the Insert key a 2nd time, then the clip form disappears, and my program launcher appears.
    Esc key can get rid of them, if I change my mind.
    The capslock might be harder to control, but the possibility exists, I could write something for you, that would launch your favorite program, or file, imstead of turning on capslock.
    I will have a quick look now at my hotkey code, to see if it can trap the Capslock key.
    In the meantime, some of the new members may not be aware that Ashraf is hosting my Capslock Warning program, that you can use to get a visual and/or audio warning, when the Capslock is on.