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14 fabulous freeware applications

Never pay for software again

Never pay for software again. Why? Well, clever people keep turning out great new programs and giving them away! Here's our latest collection of cool software that will cost you absolutely nothing to download, try, use, or keep. Visit PC Advisor's Downloads site for even more great free software.

Give Windows a sleeping pill. Of course you want to do your part to save energy while lowering your electric bill, but how? Keeping your computer in standby or sleep mode is a great start. Unfortunately, Windows sometimes interprets network activity or other signals from peripherals as reasons to keep your system wide awake.

To nudge Windows toward the land of nod, try CO2 Saver from Snap.com.

The Custom Power Saving dialog of this freeware tool has a checkbox that does just that. It also sits on your desktop and shows you just how much CO2 you (and others) have saved this way. CO2 Saver includes a configurable Web search bar, but I avoid it, since it routes search data through Snap's servers for Snap's own uses.

Soup up your Send To menu. The lowly yet handy Send To menu (which appears on the context menu when you right-click a file) makes it simple to do common tasks (like moving a file to a folder or attaching one to an email message) without first opening an application.

Gabriele Ponti's Send To Toys gives added power to this menu with handy functions that include a opening a dialog box to specify a folder for copying, moving, or creating a shortcut to the selected file, opening the Run box or command prompt window with the selected file or folder on the command line, putting the selected file on the Quick Launch bar or in your Favorites as a shortcut, adding the file's name and path to the Clipboard, attaching the selected file to an email message automatically addressed to a default recipient, and more. The product's Control Panel makes it easy to add or remove items from the Send To menu. What's not to like?


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