Windows software of the day [July 18, 2012]

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Software for July 18, 2012

Mouse Without Borders

Want to be able to control all of your computers with just a single mouse and keyboard? This is especially important when you’re using a desktop and a laptop and set them next to each other. It’d be just annoying to have to take up all that extra room for a duplicate keyboard and mouse! Mouse Without Borders lets you share keyboards and mice to get around that.

First install MWB on all the machines on your network. Network them together using the introductory prompts. After installed, MWB will let you move the mouse from screen to screen as though they’re simply a dual monitor setup… and will let you move files by dragging and dropping them like normal.

The functions are covered in the second half of this video:

All in all, MWB is an amazing program for sharing a keyboard and mouse across multiple computers.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.1.0.9

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 1.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Mouse Without Borders homepage

[via Ghacks]

Fresh Diagnose

Want to view detailed system information? Fresh Diagnose is the ultimate system info tool, giving not only hardware information, but hidden and convoluted registry settings and system settings and software too.

Like previously-covered Speccy, Fresh Diagnose lets you view tons of detailed hardware information. When I tried to access sensor data, it didn’t work, but dives into much, much greater detail. For instance, it gave me very detailed processor feature information. Fresh Diagnose is the most detailed system information tool I’ve ever seen.

If you’re looking for a program which could easily be deemed overkill for any and all tasks and purposes, Fresh Diagnose. It gives information so insanely detailed as to list USB port internal reference designators.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v8.6.3

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 2.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Requires installation

Fresh Diagnose homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

MoveToTray

Are too many programs taking up pesky space in your Windows taskbar? Do you wish you could somehow magically minimize them all to the system tray where you can better ignore deal with them? MoveToTray does that with just the power of a shortcut.

After starting MoveToTray, just press Ctrl+Alt+M while a window is active. It didn’t work for every program I tried, but worked great for both Chrome and Command Prompt, as seen to the right. To reopen the programs’ windows, just double click their new items.

Since MoveToTray did not work on every window I tried it on, I’d recommend trying other programs, such as 4t Tray Minimizer. However, if you want, MoveToTray is definitely a viable choice.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.0.0

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 43KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42

Portability: No installation required!

MoveToTray homepage

[via Windows.Appstorm]

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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4 comments

  1. Joleca

    Have to second the comment on Tray It..

    Have been using it since XP was the “new” OS.. then on Vista & now on Win 7.. As Rob mentioned, it works perfectly on every program.. And it always remembers what you set for the next time you use the program and want to minimize it.. Once you have it set, you never have to use a special key combination to minimize, just click on the minimize bar and it works..

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    I have been using Tray It for a few years now.
    It has worked on every program that I tried (EG FF and Thunderbird)
    Even worked on Task Manager
    I told Tray It to Minimize Task Manager to the Tray, and it has been doing that for years.
    I recently realized that there probably is an option in Task Manager, but some idiot analyst calls that ‘Hide when Minimized’. (I must check to see if he is the one that later created the Ribbon, and the Win 7 start Menu ?)
    I still do not have that ticked, and I am still allowing Tray It to do the job
    http://www.teamcti.com/trayit/trayit.htm

    Free and portable (No Install)