Enhancing your productivity on the Windows platform has much to do with increasing your PC’s performance and speed. The better your PC works, the more your productivity increases. Then again, there’s your personal productivity levels to consider, and how to improve them. Fortunately, there are many free applications online that’ll help increase both your productivity on Windows and also Windows performance. Here are 23 great free apps right at your fingertips.
General Productivity Tools
1. Replace Text
Excellent tool to search and replace a certain string of text in multiple files, never mind which tool you used to create your files.
Focus Booster times your working style; you can set the tool to let you work for a while, and take breaks for a certain period. You resume work when Focus Booster tells you to.
Dexpot allows you to have multiple open desktops – one for writing, one for video editing and so on, all with multiple apps and windows. Note that your machine must be very powerful to handle multiple virtual machines.
A small PDF reader that provides faster load time, easier and quicker navigation.
7-Zip is an open source file compressor that allows you to compress various different file formats.
FileZilla is a fast FTP client that provides cross platform, multi-language support FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
Launchers And Shortcut Managers
With Launchy, you can totally forget about your Windows Start Menu, and just launch any program with a few keystrokes. This utility remains in the background till you use it; it replaces your Start Menu, File Manager and Windows Search utility.
Automate allows you write a customized macro or use the macro recorder to create hotkeys for your mouse, keyboard and joystick. This multipurpose tools expands abbreviations as you type them, creates custom data-entry forms, menu bars, user interfaces and much more.
Accelerators And Managers
If you’re tired of waiting for your files to download, get the Free Download Manager. Your download speed will increase by up to 600%.
Best freeware BitTorrent client for windows that you can use to efficiently download large files and manage your torrents.
KeePass is an excellent web form filler and password manager. With this tool, you can browse the web smoothly, saving time on filling forms, passwords and remembering your settings.
Tools To Protect And Keep Clean
Keeping your Windows system clean and healthy is the first step towards optimizing performance. Avast AntiVirus is the top best free antivirus package you can find on the web.
Spyware can cripple your PC and leave you helpless. Talk to the many millions of users who rely on SpyBot Search and Destroy to keep their systems spyware-clean and you’ll understand why you need this tool.
Ad-Aware watches out for harmful spyware in the form of Ads that take root in your computer. This tool works well when used with SpyBot Search and Destroy.
The best way to keep your computer clean and running at maximum capacity is to use CCleaner. This tool cleans up your computer, removing unused files and freeing up precious space.
Recording And Editing Tools
Don’t bother purchasing expensive video editing tools, not while you can download CamStudio for free. Go ahead and create tutorials, videos, and video-based information products.
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, edit sound files, mix sounds together, and much more.
Tools For Communication
Skype offers you excellent 1:1 video conferencing, multi-user audio-conferencing and phone-to-PC calling as well. Excellent for personal and business use.
19. Better Gmail
Want to increase your Gmail’s productivity? Get hold of Better Gmail Firefox extension and get features such as Google Calendar in your folder list, saved search feature, additional macros and Gmail skins.
Facing trouble in explaining something to your friends or clients? Try Jing. Jing helps you to capture anything you see on your screen and then share it with others.
Tools For Personal Organization
21. Google Calendar
Google Calendar comes to your rescue with an easy way to set up automatic event reminders, track your events through the inbuilt search feature and never miss a single deadline.
EverNote to store and organize your files, videos, bookmarks, text notes and photos based on date, time, tags, occasions and categories. You can also sync data with your online EverNote account, smartphones, tablets and PCs across platforms.
This Article is contributed by Dean from Invesp, a conversion rate optimization company helping businesses in improving performances of their online campaigns.