How To Articles

At, we don’t stop with providing you with all the best and latest downloads. We like to spoil you and make sure that you have no trouble using them, that’s why we created our How To section, to give you advice and tips on how to best use your software.

  • If you use Gmail for sales purposes, your inbox will get overloaded with conversations in no time at all and this can make it difficult to track prospects, leads and closures. Streak is an extension for Google Chrome that allows you to manage email threads into pipelines and boxes, so you always have easy access to the current status and context of any particular situation. It works just like an expensive CRM system, except it's free. more
  • Switching to Gmail doesn't mean you have to sacrifice all those Microsoft Outlook features you became so accustomed to in your corporate desk-bound years - a great deal of functionality can be added to Google Mail via third-party extensions. This includes email scheduling (setting a time delay for emails to be sent) and alerts for emails you have not yet replied to, both of which are provided by the excellent Boomerang for Gmail. more
  • Google Chrome extensions are a great way to enhance the functionality of one of the best browsers on the market, but sometimes it is as if there are too many of them to choose from. Every visit to the Google Chrome Web Store seems to result in that area to the right of the address bar becoming even more overloaded with pretty little badges, buttons and icons. Fortunately, Context is here to help you keep your extensions categorised and your Chrome toolbar nice and tidy. more
  • When a high quality digital photo of the correct resolution is used for the cover photo, the new Facebook Timeline pages can look fantastic. The problem is, which image do you use? You might not have any that are suitable in any of your digital photo albums. That's where FaceItPages comes in - it has a broad selection of cover photos that are perfectly optimised for use as Facebook Timeline cover photos, meaning your profile will always look its very best. more
  • Movies on DVD often go out of print and become sought after items. If any of your favourite films on DVD are no longer available to buy in the shops, you might want to make backups of them to guard against the possibility of damage, theft or loss. DVDFab DVD Copy is a one-click application that allows you to easily do this. All you need is a DVD reader drive and a DVD writer drive connected to your PC. more
  • Alternate Data Streams are an exploit of the Windows NTFS filesystem that allow hackers to plant and run malicious code, such as rootkits, without detection. You may have alternate data streams on your system without evening realising it, but - fortunately - tools such as the excellent StreamArmor are capable of not just detecting these streams, but also removing them entirely from your computer. more
  • If you think you need an expensive, esoteric digital camera to produce your own panoramic photographs, you're in for a treat. AutoStitch is a free application that allows you to "stitch" your digital photographs together and create a panoramic image that is comparable to those produced by special high end imaging equipment. Our guide shows you how. more
  • To edit a file directly, you will need to use a tool called a hex editor. Synalyze It! is a revolutionary hex editor in that it uses something called grammars to visually represent binary files. This makes it much easier to edit them. Grammars are also available for standard file types, or you can create your own ones. This guide shows you how to decode a PNG file and create your own grammar that can then be edited in hex directly. more
  • Disk defragmentation should be considered an important part of your regular PC maintenance. It helps to reduce application failures/errors, speed up performance and general responsiveness and reduce the Windows launch time significantly, by reassembling files on your hard drive that have become badly displaced. Auslogics Disk Defrag is one of the superior defraggers on the market and is completely free to use. more
  • Slow performance is often a sign of some type of spyware or malware infection, but it is just as likely to be a symptom of a PC that has been badly maintained (or not maintained at all). One of the most important aspects to keep in good working order is the registry, as this quickly becomes clogged up with superfluous data that will impede the normal operation of a Windows computer. A reliable tool such as Auslogics Registry Cleaner can help alleviate this problem. more


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