Software recommendation: small tools to solve the big problems of daily work

We inevitably encounter a variety of problems when using the computer on a daily basis, and sometimes it’s not easy to solve some minor problems instead. In fact, we encountered these problems, many other users have also encountered. So there are some users to develop some small tools, specifically for these problems and targeted solutions.

Hover box to view system resource information

One of the most common concerns we have when using a computer is the system resource usage, as it directly affects the smoothness of the software. Usually to view the system resource usage, in addition to the use of the system task manager, is through the security guard and other software to view. But the security guard software often takes up a lot of system resources itself, so what are the small and simple tools that can directly display it?

In fact, Traffic Monitor is a system resource information display tool for Windows systems (https://github.com/zhongyang219/TrafficMonitor). After downloading and running this tool, you will see a hover box on the desktop of your system, in which you can display the current information about your system’s processor, memory and network (Figure 1).

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If you don’t want the system resource information to be displayed as a hover box, then you can right click on the hover box, select “Other Features” in the menu and then click “Change Notification Area Icon” command in the submenu. Then a setting window will pop up, select the style you want in the “Select Icon” list, and click the “OK” button (Figure 2).

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A quick look at program reading and writing

Occasionally when we operate a computer, we will find that the computer’s hard drive light keeps flashing, while the hard drive will spring a rapid read and write clicking sound. This time we need to understand exactly what software is constantly reading and writing the hard drive, so how can we find out the software behind the hard drive reading and writing?

First download the “AppReadWriteCounter” tool and its Simplified Chinese language pack (https://www.nirsoft.net), unzip it and copy and paste the language pack file into the directory where the program files are located and then run the tool. In this way we can see the current information of all software processes in the tool list, and at the same time we can see the number of times each process reads and writes to the hard disk, the speed, the number of reads and writes, and so on. For example, if we click on the “read” or “write” list button, we can sort through the details of the software that reads and writes more to the hard drive, so as to find out the “real culprit behind the hard drive light that keeps blinking “(Figure 3).

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Close multiple software processes at once

The tool “AppReadWriteCounter” allows us to know the information about the software reads to the hard disk, but we cannot manage the software that reads and writes through this tool. So in addition to directly closing the corresponding software, then use other methods how to close the specified software process?

First of all, run the tool “Ultimate Process Killer” (https://sourceforge.net/projects/ultmprokill/), which will automatically list all the processes that are currently running in the window list after running. The user only needs to check the name of the software process to be ended, and then click the “Kill Selected Process” button below to end all the processes that have been checked (Figure 4).

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The last thing to remember is that you must be careful when checking the list processes. Be especially careful with those processes that do not have icons, because these processes may be system processes. If you end it, it may cause system instability or even crash, so the safest way is to restart the system immediately and see if the process is still frantically reading and writing to the hard disk.

Limit the mouse to a specific window

The mouse can be very convenient to help users to complete a large number of computer operations, but the mouse has a very obvious problem, is sometimes difficult to find the mouse cursor where. Especially when the user is in the special operation of the game, it is very frantic. So how can I fix the mouse to the set window inside it?

First of all, download and run the tool “Display Lock” (https://github.com/idietmoran/Display-Lock/), it will automatically get a list of all the open windows in the current system, and will display the names of these windows one by one in the The tool list. Select the name of the window you want to run with the mouse in the list and click the “Start” button to complete the setup. Next, the user only needs to switch to the set window, so that the user’s mouse is always controlled in the window range (Figure 5). When we are not restricting the mouse, use the “Alt + Tab” shortcut keys to switch to the “Display Lock” window, and finally press the “Stop” button to unlock it.

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Quick access to file address information

File copying is one of the most common operations in computers, but sometimes what we want to get is not the file itself, but the current path address of the file. Do not look at such a simple operation, but to get it is very troublesome. So how can we quickly get the path address of a file?

First of all, download and run “DragDropToClipboard”, a small tool, and then drag and drop the file whose path address you want to copy directly to the DragDropToClipboard window to release it, so that the path address of the file will be automatically copied to the system’s The path address of the file will be automatically copied to the system’s clipboard (Figure 6). If you are not comfortable with dragging and dropping, you can copy the file using the mouse in the traditional way and then click the left mouse button on the window of this tool to get the path address of the file successfully. No matter which way you take, you can get the path addresses of multiple files at the same time.

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In the bottom right corner of the tool there is an option “Auto copy”, if the user checks this option, then when the user copies a file in Explorer, it will automatically copy the file and the file path information to the system’s clipboard. If the user is operating in a text editor, then the path information of the file is pasted. If the operation is performed in Explorer, then the file itself is pasted.

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