Windows software of the day [June 20, 2012]

Today’s Software

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Software for June 20, 2012

Remove Empty Directories

Somewhere on your hard drive, right now, there lives an evil so great it can not be named. This evil is an empty folder: villianously sitting there like nothing is wrong.

Ok, maybe empty folders aren’t that terrible. But if you are left with a huge pile of them, it can get really annoying to deal with, and you probably just ignore them. Remove Empty Directories will save you, as it will automatically scan and destroy every empty folder it can find. It killed 701 directories when I tried it.

Remove Empty Directories is super easy to set up. You just give it a base folder–for instance, C: or Downloads–and it scans away. When it’s done scanning, it’ll tell you how many folders it’s going to remove, and where they are. It’s quite easy to remove these annoying folders in just minutes with Remove Empty Directories.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.2

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 78-396KB

VirusTotal malware scan results:

Portability: Portable version available!

Remove Empty Directories homepage

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

That start button is so boring. Don’t you wish you could change it to something interesting? Windows 7 Start Orb Changer is just the program for you. It lets you change your start orb to just about anything you want.

Start Orb Changer lets you change your orb with just a few clicks. It’s so easy to use, you’ll hardly even notice that it’s there except when you go to click the start button, and even then only if you remember it’s been changed at all!

Start Orb Changer is a nice way to customize your computer and truly make it your own.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v5.0

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 211KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: No installation required!

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer homepage

Jumplist Extender

Many programs make use of Windows 7’s cool jumplist feature, but at the same time many do not. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t let anyone customize the jumplists theirselves, and you’re left with a useless little menu that has nothing of use.

With Jumplist Extender, you can get around that. If a program lets you do something with a keyboard shortcut, Jumplist Extender will let you do that action from the jumplist menu, even if it requires multiple shortcuts in a row. This can be useful for adding new tab and close window shortcuts to your browser, for example, or copying everything from a text file.

With Jumplist Extender, the possibilities are limitless. What will you do with it?

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.4

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 1.6MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Portability: Requires installation

Jumplist Extender 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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  • ed neff

    3:42 PM | PermalinkHi

    for us folks who do not have broadband connectivity will we ever get what is in the “xxx of the Day”
    all that would be needed is just the text from the top of the page

    Today’s Software:
    Remove Empty Directories: remove empty directories.
    Windows 7 Orb Changer: change the Windows 7 taskbar start menu orb
    Jumplist Extender: add custom jumplist items

    thank you

  • greg b

    be careful on empty dir as john says I had to reinstall roboform, not sure but java I updated since not working too. but you can select folders to scan after do the big c drive and delete those only after reviewing where they are located by running second targeted scan. so still helpful .

  • Subbrilliant

    My ORBS dropped with version 2.6.

    This tool does what it says.

  • RobCr

    Regarding –
    “Windows 7 Start Orb Changer”
    Whom amongst you, are going to have the ORBS to use it ?

  • John K

    Removing empty directories is risky business. I ran this little proggie and had to reinstall several of the progs I use daily as they get really annoyed when their expected data directories have disappeared suddenly. Not a keeper, I’m afraid.