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Link Shell Extension Creates Windows Symlinks With Ease [Downloads]

Windows only: Explorer plug-in Link Shell Extension creates symbolic links easily through the context menu—very useful for those without command-line geek skills. More »

Menu Maid Cleans Up Your Right-Click Context Menu [Downloads]

Windows: If your context menu in Windows Explorer and/or Internet Explorer is a little more cluttered than you’d like, Menu Maid makes entry removal easy. More »

Lammer Context Menu Adds Handy Features to Windows Explorer [Downloads]

Windows only: Explorer extension Lammer Context Menu adds a number of very useful features to the right-click menu, from standard stuff like Copy Path all the way to wild cards, batch rename, and mounting virtual drives.

Once you've installed the extension, you can simply right-click on a file or folder to access the new utilities—you can open a command prompt, copy the path, search, mount folders as a virtual drive, register DLL files, or use the very useful feature to select all files of the same type in the current folder. There's also some more advanced dialogs, like the path operations screen where you can move, copy, delete based on wildcards, or the batch rename files dialog.

Lammer Context Menu is a free download for Windows, works in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, and is compatible with UAC in Windows 7 or Vista.

Get Quick Access to Windows 7’s Jump Lists From the Keyboard [Windows 7]

When we showed you how to master Windows 7’s new Jump Lists feature, there was one extremely useful tip that we left out: you can also access them from your keyboard.

The Into Windows blog points out a built-in shortcut key in Windows 7 that opens up the Jump Lists for the first 9 taskbar icons—just like you can use Win+1, Win+2, etc to cycle between open windows on the taskbar or launch an application, you can use the Win+Alt+1 shortcut key combination to open up the Jump List for the icon in that position in the taskbar.

In the example screenshot, using Win+Alt+4 opened the Jump List menu for Microsoft Outlook, since it's sitting at the fourth position on the taskbar—or you could have used Win+Alt+1 to open up the Jump List for Windows Explorer. It's an excellent way to more quickly access one of the best underhyped features in Windows 7 and access recently used items more easily.

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