Must Have Free Windows Apps

December 14, 2023

[avatar user="Jamie Poindexter" size="thumbnail" align="left" link="file" /]byJamie Poindexter|Mar 1, 2022|Jamie's Tech Corner,Our blogHere is a list of apps that should come in handy no matter if you are setting up a new computer or just wanting to improve the functionality, security and speed of a existing one.Browser:Edge is Microsoft’s recommendation on internet browsing. My pick however is Google Chrome. Even though the latest version of Edge is based on Chromium and has a similar look and feel nothing quite beats Chrome. Enabled the sync feature and you can take all of your saved passwords, bookmarks and history with you to other PCs and mobile devices.Google Chrome Download

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Media Player:Long gone are the days of Window media player. VLC media player is simple no frills and powerful media player for audio and video files. It plays all the popular media formats and even the ones that the built-in media player doesn’t support.VLC Player Download

Junk Cleanup:Overtime surfing the internet and installing software leaves behind temp files that slow down your PC and take up unnecessary space. CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a free app that scans for temp files in Windows and other apps and removes them to speed things up. It also offers a uninstall tool and startup manager to tweak what’s installer and starting up when you login. You can set it to run in the system tray and monitor when temp files begin to build up before they become a problem.CCleaner Download

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Screenshot Tool:The built-in snipping tool works perfectly fine for taking a quick screenshot but what if you need more? Greenshot is a free app that takes over and improves upon the Snipping Tool. Along with the basic screenshot of whole windows or selected areas you also can send the screenshot to popular file sharing service like Drop Box. Once the screenshot is captured you also can edit the image. Add text, arrows, or callouts before saving or exporting the image.Greenshot Download

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File Compression:Windows comes with built-in support for extracting and compressing zip files but that’s about it. 7Zip is a tool that integrates into the right click context menu making it quick and easy to compress a file or folder or extract several compression formats. Optionally you can compress and email all in one step. It supports the common zip format as well and its own 7zip format.7Zip Download

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