Maximum Windows: Take Control of Your Desktop with Five Free Apps!

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AntiHero

What about Rocketdock? I've been using it for about a year now, along with using Shuffle for about a month. Rocketdock is probably one of my top 5 favorite desktop enhancers. I use it at work, home, and i installed it on computers i used when i was still in school (Actually had it on a server once too)

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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NAYRhyno

RocketDock is an awesome app for sure. You really have to hand it for apple for including a dock in the OS. The ability to use the Win7 taskbar like a dock is a step in the right direction. I still use RocketDock as a handy toolbar (shortcuts only, I don't minimize the apps to it). I miss being able to float taskbar toolbars to other parts of the screen like you could in XP.

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dracx619

ive been using switcher for a good while now  and i absolutely love it. o had tried some other ones but they all mostly just bogged my system down. this one is straightforward, simple, and works great. its the only MAC feature i like. what they nee to do now is make a switcher that has the option to pull up only open windows for a particular app...like photoshop and illustrator. mac still one ups win on this front unless somebody can help a brotha out...   ;)

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pcwizmtl

the first thing i did when I got vista was what tasbar shuffle does! its about time! I always hated grouping similar taskbar buttons and this is perfect!

Awesome article, I'm 4/5 myself.

 

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TheMurph

That was my favorite application as well.  I'm amazed that the Windows OS just hasn't built this functionality in natively.  *shrug*

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NAYRhyno

Shuffling taskbar items is native in Windows 7 finally.

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Redeye

I'm impressed with this list, I've downloaded two out of five (Switcher and MaxTo) and see myself using these a LOT.  Pretty good, usually I see these and think "wow neat" but never use them.  Thanks for the tips.

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TheMurph

I must confess, were I to load my PC with all the freeware I recommend each week, I would probably go nuts and/or fill my hard drive.

I'm nevertheless glad that you were able to find some programs of use this time around.  I take it zombie-games and screenshot-capture utilities aren't your bread and butter?  :D

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SuperiorBeing

I hate Macs for religious reasons, but the window switching is so damn convenient.. Now I can switch like them, and not hate myself.

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JLCondon

maxto is awesome. So simple yet I didn't even think to look for something like this. Thanks for the heavy lifting guys!

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TheMurph

We maximize your windows so you don't have to.  :D

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Zeroblizzard

Here we go: "And that's why I've hunted down fire freeware applications that give you just-that-much-more control" (instead of "hunted down FIRE freeware", it should be "hunted down FIVE freeware". By the way, that typo is in the second paragraph, third sentence. (And the second sentence of the third paragraph is a fragment.)

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TheMurph

And the winner of the "find the typo" prize for this week: Zeroblizzard!

I'll be sending the $50 gift certificate your way shortly!  :D

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zstadt

I consider myself a grammar/spelling fanatic and even I don't submit to pointing out the typos found in these articles (of which there are a decent amount - no offense MPC).

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UpsideDownPants

The last few articles I have read on here, THAT little nazi up there is the first response; always pointing out each and every little mistake.

 

NOT THAT IT'S ANNOYING OR ANYTHING. 

 

;)

 

(And yes, I know that's a sentence fragment, but you're just going to have to live with it.)

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Stry8993

Hey, thanks Dave, I am fine with the way Windows is by default, but one of my buddies was looking for exactly these sorts of programs. So another fan your way, I'm sure. Take care. And thanks again.

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TheMurph

Always glad to help out a friend/fan!  Or a friend/fan of a friend/fan!  :D

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SEALBoy

I also heartily recommend Fences. A lot of the apps listed aren't going to be as useful with Windows 7, thanks to its UI improvements.

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SirBC

Good list. One other (free) desktop managment app that I can't  do without is Fences. Check it out here:

 

http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/

 

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DBsantos77

Omfg awesome list, I needed something like the sizer one. THANKS!

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TheMurph

glad it was useful.  :D

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Saiyan Monkey

I gotta say, Murph, you always find the best damned stuff. Like Magic Formation, I've been able to completely stop using my Start menu since I added that little beauty to my arsenal (though, I admit, it did take me a couple of days to remember to use it instead of scooting over to the Start button, which was my habit as I despise having icons all over my desktop (the only one I have is the recycling bin...'cause I can't figure out how to get rid of it...)). Now I can feel my trousers gettin' soggy—so to speak—over MaxTo and Autosizer (it'd take too long to explain why, so I'll just leave it at these two apps making one of my PC hobbies a whole Hell of a lot simpler). Thanx man, keep it coming, and if you could, at some point, briefly explain just how the #|_|@|< you manage to find these little gems, I think there'd be a lot of aspiring enthusiasts (as I can, presently, consider myself to be little more than that, at best) who'd be interested. Thanx man, keep it comin' (sound familiar?)!

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TheMurph

I am glad.  Uh.  I helped you in your soggy-pants adventures.  Somehow, I feel as if a little computer angel has gained its wings.

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As for how I find these applications, well, let's just say that I have a lot of bookmarks.  Perhaps too many bookmarks.

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