Category Archives: Auxiliary & Enhance

Classic Shell – Most perfect and classic Start Menu and Windows Explorer

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Microsoft destroyed their classic start menu in Windows 8. Afterwards, they knew that is a mistake, so in the updated versions of Windows 10, they restored this convenient feature that every Windows user is familiar with and used to use (although they tried to hang in there to see whether it’s possible to force users to be used to use their new Metro Menu design in Windows 8 and the early versions of Windows 10), even if it is still not perfect enough (just switching between Metro and desktop). This case, we have to turn to third-party software for help.

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[v3.2.1] MysticThumbs – Genearte thumbnail and quickview for most popular file formats

As everyone knows, the thumbnail function for file content can bring a lot convenience and efficiency improvement to our daily work. For example, to quickly find the one you want from a stack of files. But we also know a fact that Windows does provide the thumbnail function for files except pictures by default, especially for the files generated by many industry software (such as: AI, PSD, DDS, SKP, SGI, PDF…). Fortunately, we are able to use some third-party applications to achieve this function.
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Mohaned-B Folder iChanger – Customize folder icons permanently

By changing the folder with different styles, we can greatly improve the computer operation efficiency. Although it’s possible to simply modify the icon of folder in the ‘Folder icons’ field of folder’s ‘Properties’, when you move (equivalent to change the path) or rename this folder, all will return to their original state. I do believe many people who would like to change their folder icon encountered this troublesome problem ever.

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[v2.5] StartIsBack – Call classic Start Menu back to Windows 8/8.1/10

StartIsBack (StartIsBack+, StartIsBack++, AKA: StartIsBack Plus, StartIsBack Plus Plus) is a series of auxiliary desktop enhancement software, specially designed for replacing the gaudy and notorious Metro UI of Window 8/8.1/10 with Windows XP/7’s classic and efficient start menu (has the most popular style and function) – which process can also be referred to as “Restore the classic start menu”. Continue reading [v2.5] StartIsBack – Call classic Start Menu back to Windows 8/8.1/10

MacType – Mac OS type of fonts renderer for Windows

Windows users who have ever tried some Unix-like operating systems (such as Mac OS X and Linux) probably were attracted by their beautiful display effects of fonts. While on Windows, we have to use third party software to realize the fonts beautification. And of which, the one regarded as the edge tool for beautifying Windows fonts is MacType.

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[v4.9.9.0] Windows Firewall Control – Manage Windows Firewall in an easier way

Windows Firewall Control (WFC for short) is a practical tiny app that is equivalent to a GUI extension application of the built-in Windows Firewall. It enables users on Windows Vista or higher to set up firewall rules in a much simpler and more intuitive method.

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[v1.0.1.0] FileMarker.NET – Mark file/folder with color-coded, image-coded icon

Because Mac OS supports the color customization of file/folder icons, this makes many users benefit a lot – that can greatly improve our work efficiency on computer. Windows, however, does not come with this ability naturally. That means we have to use some third-party software to realize this humanized function.

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