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.


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

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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