Windows software of the day [March 26, 2012]

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Software for March 26, 2012


Does it ever annoy you when you’re typing something up in a program without spell check and you can’t figure out if you’re spelling a word right? Be annoyed no more! With tinySpell you can automatically check the spelling both in any program and when you copy text to the clipboard.

When you start typing, tinySpell will constantly monitor every word for spelling errors. When it finds one, it will beep and a little menu will appear. That menu will most often have the correct spelling of whatever you want to spell.

Truthfully, the omnipresent yellow notification windows can be a bit distracting and the beep a little annoying. Luckily, tinySpell makes it very easy to disable spell check: just right click on the tray icon and click Disable tinySpell. While not something you’d use every day, as a portable app, tinySpell is great to carry around for use at a moment’s notice.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.9.40

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Download size: 625KB installer, 601KB zip

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

tinySpell homepage

Sticky Notes Taskbar Hider

This is a very niche program, but is still quite useful for those it’s made for: you can hide the sticky notes taskbar icon while keeping the sticky notes open!

In the picture to the left, you’ll notice the only program I have open is Firefox. Normally, with all those stickies open, I’d be treated to an unnecessary and somewhat useless sticky notes icon. And, with SNTH, I can use a simple keyboard shortcut to disable and re-enable it all the time.

This super simple app fulfills a purpose without being too bloated and without being overly complex. It’s great!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.91

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 2.1MB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

Sticky Notes Taskbar Hider homepage


If your wifi is a bit slow, it could be that the channels it’s on are already occupied. While generally, multiple signals can occupy the same space, it can cause small issues and make your experience less fun. With inSSIDer, you can quickly glance at information about the networks around your area and even look at networks in your general area.

Along with showing you which channels have the most networks, inSSIDer also shows the security and strength of each network. From this, you can tell which channels your wireless network might be the best on, and how well secured yours and your neighbor’s networks are.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.1.1.13

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 1.7MB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

inSSIDer homepage

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  • Mike

    As to what people have found annoying with tinySpell, do note that in its settings, you can turn its beep off, or change it to some other file sound (I might recommend the Windows Balloon.wav file–subtle). Also, if you don’t want to see its icon in the Windows Notification area changing color to yellow to indicate an error, simply move the icon to the hidden section of the Notification area. Voila! :^)

  • Ashraf

    @John: Interesting program. Thanks for the tip!

  • Ashraf

    @ebony: Haha… Well, least your computer is still alive :-P

    @smaragdus: Thanks for clarifying that!

  • Ashraf

    @Kyle: Are you sure? I don’t see anywhere on its website mentioning it needs .NET Framework. Maybe Locutus can clear up this point.

  • John

    I like to use for all my spelling and grammar, try it, it’s free and I find it to be very good.


  • smaragdus

    “just too many great software applications that use it.”

    I hope you are joking.

    After the emergence of .NET the number of well-written apps diminished drastically. By the way this was MS’s goal, their crappy code does not look that bad in the ocean of .NET trash.

  • JonE


    I share your opinion about .NET Framework and Microsoft in general, however, I installed .NET Framework long ago; just too many great software applications that use it.

    I do not have inSSIDER installed on my XP Pro, but did install it on my wife’s Windows 7 Laptop; it works very well. And if you are a bit smarter about Networking than my tired old noodle then you can probably gain some useful information from it.

    On the other hand if anyone out there knows of a program that works equally as well or better than inSIDDER I’d love to know about it; kinda thing Kyle would too. Thanks!

  • Kyle

    I think inSSIDer needs the @#$#%*@#! .NET framework. So count me out on that one…..

  • smaragdus

    TinySpell has a portable version and a pro version (the price for pro version starts from 10 USD). The free version works only with English. With pro version the users can add more dictionaries (the common European languages without Portuguese). The free version is very limited and almost useless for me (since it can correct only English misspelled words).

  • ebony

    I had this Tinyspell at one time and it drove me nuts. It checks your spelling as soon as you start typing and it DINGED constantly. So to keep from destroying my computer, I uninstall it.

  • Ashraf

    “Does it ever annoy you when you’re typing something up in a program without spell check and you can’t figure out if you’re spelling a word right?”

    Yes, yes it does. I’m terrible at spelling. I use Google as my personal spell checker. Funny thing is Google is able to find the proper spelling for misspelled words that even Word or WordPress can’t.

    “Get on Ashraf’s good side” ROFLMAO!