Send the standard windows editor to the happy hunting grounds

Here we go again with the next little helper from my private tool box.

Are you looking for a neat Notepad replacement? Maybe you would like to try Notepad++. It’s freely available at in a lot of languages.

Actually it’s much more than a simple replacement of the standard windows editor, because of all the features. Take a closer look at the feature list below and you’ll notice that MacGyver could name it his favorite Swiss Army Knife. Yes, commercial editors like UltraEdit have a lot more to offer, but do you need all the stuff if all you want is a small and simple text editor – even though I believe Notepad++ is quite a sophisticated exemplar?

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Launchy – Start your applications in the blink of an eye

Are you sometimes annoyed of clicking through your program menu until you finally find the application that you want to start? No, you say, because you have all the links on your desktop or created dozens of quickstart icons. What kind of a mess is that? I suggest you try Launchy. It’s freely availyble at and will speed up your daily work.

So, what is Launchy? It’s an “Open Source Keystroke Launcher for Windows”. The tool indexes all your programs while running in the background.


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The “Tur-Tur” problem

“Tur-Tur” – Mr. Tur-Tur actually – is a fictional character created by the Augsburger Puppenkiste as part of the play “Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer”. The problem of the poor man is that he is an “appearance giant”, meaning whenever someone looks at him from far away he appears to be a giant. As giants are considered to be quite dangerous most people wouldn’t dare to approach him, leaving him alone and themselves frightened. Those who are brave enough to do so, become rapidely suprised, as Mr. Tur-Tur shrinks the closer they get and ends up with the size of a normal person.

Over the years I have realized that this often something that happens to people when being confronted with completely new tasks, technologies or fields of knowledge. The sheer vastness of something frightens and discourages people at the first look.

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The better task switcher

“Never touch that switch, even if you want to” – from the Robbie Williams Album ‘Rudebox’

Switching tasks with Alt-Tab is daily business, but often filled with annoyance. You hit alt-tab and see a similar icon for each dos box that is running along with your other applications and you have to step throught the whole list until you find the right program. If this bothers you, forget about it and try TaskSwitchXP. You can get it for free at

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