Top 10 Best Windows Utilities You Should Start Using

best windows utilities

In this post, we have covered some of the most useful and best windows utilities which you should start using as per your daily environment and usage.

There are tons of windows utilities over the internet but these are some of the most useful for almost anyone. We have tested all of the software on windows 10 but all of the utilities will work fine on other versions too.

 

F.lux – Work More, Save Your Eyes

flux option selection

Right now you must be reading this article on a digital device either on a computer or mobile phone. The actual problem we all use digital device too much in day to day usage that are damaging our eyes.

You can read this Research Report published by Harvard Medical SchoolBlue light has a dark side to know more about how much it can cause damage to your eyes every single day.

Windows 10 Now have inbuilt Night mode but F.lux is a lot better.

You can turn it on set colour temperature or use recommended colour it will shift colour through the day automatically but in case of inbuilt Windows 10 option is just toggle to turn on/off not automatically adjusting throughout the day accordingly.

Advance Features:

  • Adjust Lighting Based on your location
  • Disable while using a certain application like some photo editing or while watching something without turning it off.
  • Colour Range From 1200K to 9300K
  • Quick Options for Effects and Lights to adjust the light
  • Color Adjust as per your wake up time defined by You
  • Connect to Philips Hue Lights

 

Ammyadmin

ammyy admin options

Next time when your friend calls you for some issue with his/her computer you just need this to get the work done.

This 800KB software can do wonders.

You must have used or at least heard of TeamViewer, a software for sharing the screen for getting assistance. TeamViewer might have a lot of things and compatibility and support but…

Ammyadmin does one thing sharing in just one click lightweight and faster than anything else.

It’s so lightweight that you don’t need to download a heavy file and install to start sharing.
Just download when you need to start sharing your screen or share your screen for getting assistance from someone else
It’s up to you to grant access for View Only or let other people Control

The best part is that it works on even slower connection considerably quite well and manageable.

 

Wox Launcher

wox checking weather

wox run cmd commands wox manage easy

This one is super helpful if you just set up and use it once or twice.

If you have used any MacBook or used MacOS, there is a feature called spotlight: which lets you search quickly anything inside the computer and perform some extra actions without even taking multiple steps.

Wox Launcher is a spotlight for Windows PC or laptop

What makes more powerful is plugins support, which extends the usage and the customization you can make it look exactly like MacOS spotlight or as per your liking.

Some of the most useful ones you should definitely install are Everything, which can search your entire computer or selected areas of the hard disk, Shell Commands, Weather, Google Search, Calculator on the go.

You will definitely like this, a must try out.

 

Quicklook

quicklook preview js css html

Preview CSS, JS and HTML

From the day I discovered this tool or utility, things have become faster while browsing a different kind of files.

Just imagine you have tons of PSD files and you need to check the preview, you will double click and photoshop will open with all layers and view and you need to do it again and again whenever you need to do.

quick look preview zip files content

Preview Zip

 

Now imagine this browse your files normally you do and when you need to check the file just click spacebar, get instant preview no matter kind of file is this, even PSD files without even loading up complete Photoshop software.

It’s just so fast!!

 

Networkx

networks tools and features

It’s quite super useful if you are on limited data connection or just want to check your current internet speed which most of us want to do.
Full control about how it looks and what info it will show on the screen.

I’ve been using this for many years, I even don’t know. It just feels so simple and useful.

It’s been quite accurate for me but there is some issue like some traffic can go untracked when it’s going through local LAN traffic likely there is an option for it whether you want to ignore or count LAN traffic.

You can also check application wise data usage, hourly data usage and all days history.

 

Lightshot

lightshot screenshot taking options

As per their website “The fastest way to take a customizable screenshot”

Before I say anything you would be thinking I have Snipping Tool inbuilt in Windows, it’s fast, simple and works.
Yes, snipping tool is everything you need for a basic screenshot.

When you are taking a screenshot too frequently and share a screenshot with different people that’s where this utility comes in.

You can take a screenshot just like every other screenshot utility by exact size, doodle something and save.

But in Lightshot you can:

  • Even after selecting an area for screenshot you can resize it live to adjust and take screenshot more accurate without clicking new which you need to do in Snipping tool
  • Share URL of the screenshot uploaded to their server in one click,
  • Search similar images on google by selecting an area of the display just you take the screenshot, add text on the image
  • Save in JPEG, PNG, BMP with the quality you want
  • Activate with any key you want, setup shortcut as per your likings

Screenshot which you are seeing in this post have been taken using Lightshot.

 

Dropbox

dropbox desktop synced folder

My guess you love using Google Drive and probably have tons of files there.
It’s not about switching to Dropbox because you only get 2GB storage here vs 15GB in Google Drive.

But, here is how you can make use of Dropbox on Windows

Install the desktop application and login/signup.

Open Preference of Dropbox app, under Import Tab, tick the Share Screenshot Using Dropbox

Now just press Print Screen to take a screenshot and save automatically to Dropbox so it’s up in the cloud for access from anywhere.
Otherwise, You would be doing Windows Key+Print Screen and it gets saved in the Pictures folder now you need to locate and upload for sharing.

Also when you save some documents file in the Dropbox folder and edit just like you edit from your local hard drive it will maintain the version for you. So cool isn’t?

More Features:
LAN Sync
Auto Upload specific Folder for backup
Limit Bandwidth if you are on a limited connection

 

Remote Mouse

remote mouse app settings

It’s like your smartphone touchscreen becomes a touchpad or wireless mouse for your windows pc or laptop.
You can completely use your windows machine from your mobile phone.

Just make sure you are on the same network in LAN, so that things work smoothly.

There are tons of alternative for this out there if you have been using something do let us know.
This one I have tested and works every time completely fine.

 

Everything

everything utility options

As the name says it will search everything you type inside your selected location.
It works faster than normal windows explorer search bar most of the time for a large folder.

Searching is based on indexing files and that quickly showing what you just typed instantly.

everything utility search options

When you have too many projects across different hard disks and local disks and you need to search for specific files, everything becomes quite simple with everything.

 

Rainmeter

rainmeter website page

The ultimate utility for making your windows pc look so cool, not just cool functional and useful at the same time.

What you need to do is, download rainmeter and apply different skins to show different desktop widget and utilities.
The best part is you can share your skin as a file to anyone and your friends can have exact same settings easily.
Here is how your windows home screen can look after applying few skins but not limited to just these, It’s up to you what makes your desktop screen more useful for your environment.

https://www.deviantart.com/hiphopium/art/Enmon-760139205

enmon-rainmeter-setup

These were the best windows utilities we have discovered over the long period of time after using for quite some time.
These tools will surely make your usage for windows machine more powerful in a day to day usage.

While there are many utilities we have tested and found but most of them we didn’t use and uninstalled reasons being at first glance brand new software looks cool but when you go back to your daily work routine those tools don’t fit very well.

We want to hear from you which tools other then listed above you use daily? We are always looking for sharing more.

Sumit Yadav

He is curious by nature, loves to write about techie topics. "Exploring, Learning and Sharing" Say Hi on Social Media Platforms: Twitter Facebook Google+ Linkedin

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