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Add a keyboard shortcut to a Chrome bookmark or bookmarklet

It occurred to us, after writing yesterday's list of Chrome keyboard shortcuts, that there was one glaring omission: bookmark shortcuts. Not only does the Bookmark Bar take up valuable real estate, but no one really wants to click through folders of bookmarks to find what you're looking for. Now, Firefox has 'Smart bookmarks', which lets you add a keyword to a bookmark. Chrome, however,...

Auspex is a free text replacement app for Windows with tons of potential

Finding a really good free text replacement/expander app for Windows isn't an easy task. Yes, AutoHotKey is an excellent program, but it's not a good fit for people who don't enjoy hacking plain text configuration files. Breevy is an extremely nice GUI app, but it's shareware. Auspex -- developed as part of NANY 2011 at Donationcoder -- might be the free program we've been waiting for. The...

Focus the taskbar and switch windows with the arrow keys in Windows 7

This week, we're running a series of keyboard tips and tricks that help you make the most of Windows 7. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. The taskbar seems like it was meant to be used with the mouse only; it's a very visual thing, especially in Windows 7. But it turns out there's a way to "switch" to the taskbar and then work with it using the keyboard only! Hit Win+T to focus...

Minimize all inactive windows in Windows 7 with a quick keyboard shortcut

This week, we're running a series of keyboard tips and tricks that help you make the most of Windows 7. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. Sometimes you may find yourself in the middle of a working day with your desktop cluttered by a zillion open windows. This can be distracting and make it difficult to focus on what you're doing right now. If you like using your mouse, you could...

Paste copied text without formatting in Google Chrome

It's happened to pretty much everyone who uses copy and paste. You find some text on the Web, which just happens to be huge, bold, and a color you wouldn't even want on your argyle socks. You highlight, copy, and paste it into a new email message to share with a chum and the ugliness transfers. If only there was a solution -- like some sort of hotkey combo that would automatically strip the...

Divvy makes window management a snap on your Mac

The window management tools in Windows and OS X were created at a time when average screen sizes were a fraction of what they are now, and yet it seems there has been very few changes to how they work. Probably the biggest evolution is Windows 7's ability to snap windows to the sides or top and bottom of your screen and resize them accordingly. While Macs don't have a feature like that built-in,...

Portable Hotkey Resolution Changer does super-fast display mode changes

If you do a lot of resolution swapping on your PC, it get to be kind of a pain clicking through to your display properties all the time. While there are plenty of apps which provide hotkeys to change display modes, Hotkey Resolution Changer is a nice alternative. HRC is totally portable, making it a nice utility to add to your USB flash drive. Set up the modes you need on your desktop, laptop,...

Switch power management profiles with Hotkeys

Finding the proper balance in your power management scheme can be challenging; sometimes you need all the horsepower you can get, while other times battery life is your top priority. If you find yourself regularly navigating to your power management settings as your priorities change, you might benefit from being able to create hotkeys that will instantly switch you to a different power management...

Looking for a portable hotkey app? Try QOpen!

I'm not generally inclined to make use of program launchers. Instead, I prefer to use the tools that are built in to my Windows OS to save mouseclicks and keystrokes. QOpen, however, is an interesting alternative for me. It's portable, insanely light on memory usage (about 2mb) and incredibly useful on my service bench. By default, QOpen is invoked by pressing win + space. Once the window is...

Shell Enhancer's Got Your Hotkeys and a Whole Lot More

One of our beefs with Windows is that there are some pretty obvious customization options missing. Little things, but things we'd use if they were there. Fortunately, NuonSoft's Shell Enhancer packs a bunch of these features into a single 2.5MB installer. What can it do? For starters, it allows you to "roll-up" windows (display only the title bar), make any window transparent, minimize...

Display all of your OSX apps in a pretty collage

Apple users love pretty things. And nothing is prettier than getting all arts and crafty and displaying your awesome collection of downloaded apps in a sweet collage. Best of all, no work is involved. This Mac application called Todos opens all of your application icons in a panel. Choose the application you want to open, and hide the panel. That simple. No more cramming all of your applications...

Hotkeys - Today's Free File

We recently went through a phase of showing a number of different application launchers. I thought we were done with that, at least for awhile, until DownloadSquad reader Martin submitted this utility through our tip form. Dubbed simply (and accurately) Hotkeys, this utility is pretty fantastic. Like most hotkey configuration utilities, Hotkeys allows the user to setup specific key combinations...