10 Cool Free Programs You’re A Fool For Not Using


What is up everybody, it’s time for another
cool programs video. And today I’ve got a whopping 10 of them,
all free programs for Windows. So you should at least find some of them useful
even if you don’t need all of them. And of course I’ll put all links in the
description. Before we jump in of course I have to do my
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going to Discord.gg/ThioJoe, hope to see you over there. And with all that out of the way though, let’s
get started. So number 1 is a program called “QTTabBar”,
which adds a feature to Windows Explorer that honestly, Microsoft should have added years
ago, but somehow has not yet. Which is tabbed Explorer windows. Instead of having a bunch of individual Windows
that you need to switch between, you can just click a tab like you do in any web browser,
which makes way more sense. Now after you install it, one thing that took
me a lot of searching to figure out, is to actually enable it, you need to the taskbar
‘View’ tab, and then the ‘Options’ dropdown, and actually click ‘QTTabBar’ to enable it,
or else it won’t show up. And also there are other command bar options
you can click here to enable, but I don’t like the look of those, and I don’t need them,
so I just keep them disabled, but you might see those options here. But for the most part after you enable it,
explorer should still look the same and behave the same, so just with some extra elements. So obviously you can see that the tabs are
there now. And when you hover over folders now, sometimes
there will be a little arrow showing internal folders if you hover over them. So you can just ignore them, I don’t know
if there’s a way to turn that off, that’s just part of the program. And to open a new tab, you just right click
on a folder, and click ‘Open In New Tab’, or you can middle click the folder and it
will also open in a new tab. It might be a little bit faster. So it’s very similar to how browsers work
with multiple tabs. Alright next up we have MusicBee, which is
a music manager kind of like iTunes, but not. So if you don’t have an iPhone this could
be a good option to keep track of all your music. It’s got a nice looking modern interface
and will automatically import your music and do all the the usual stuff like organizing
by album, artist, and all that. It’s also got a good amount of advanced
features like multi band equalizers, skins, tools for tagging and CD ripping and even
support for Winamp plugins. And yes, you can actually use it to sync with
your phone if it runs Android. So it can definitely do a lot. Ok for number 3 we have a cool one called
GOG Galaxy, which is a universal game manager from the website GOG, aka Good Old Games. Which fun fact, is actually owned by the same
company that developed the Witcher games and upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. And this is actually the newly released Gog
Galaxy 2.0 version. Basically this program aims to let you connect
all your different game services and manage everything from one place. So this includes Steam, Origin, Epic Games,
and even console platforms like Playstation and Xbox accounts. You are able to import all your games, friends
lists, achievements, and whatever else from all the various platforms. Now each platform has different levels of
integration, so with most platforms you can at least see which friends are online for
example, and soon you’ll be able to do cross platform chatting. Some platforms like Steam also let you install
and uninstall games right from GOG Galaxy, and even does cloud save backups for some
games. There’s a lot more it can do that I don’t
have time to go over in this video, but it’s definitely worth checking out considering
how many different game platforms there are these days. Up next, we actually have several programs
are part of a suite that I’ll just count as one, which is known as “SysInternals”. And this is actually a set of tools created
by Microsoft themselves for Windows, though it isn’t included with Windows and has to
be downloaded separately. There are a ton of programs in here, literally
around 70 I think, so some more useful than others, so I’ll just go over some of the
more useful ones. And the good news is most of these are standalone
and don’t require installation, you can just run them. One extremely powerful tool is called “Process
Monitor”, which basically allows you to keep track and see exactly what actions every
single process on the computer does, which is invaluable when trying to debug programs
or figure out why something keeps crashing for example. Now I should warn you this is only going to
be helpful to advanced users, and most of you will probably have absolutely no idea
what you’re looking at, hell even I don’t really know 99% of what it says, because it’s
kind of information overload. You’re better off just reading tutorials
dedicated to how to use this program, because I don’t want to spend the whole video on
it. Another useful program is “Process Explorer”,
which you can kind of think of like a super version of the task manager. It can do a lot of the same stuff like seeing
running tasks, killing processes, but can do a lot more like seeing which files a program
is actively using, stuff like that. Again, you’ll have to research this app
separately to realize its full power. Then there’s a ton of other little programs
in the suite, a lot of which just serve single functions, and some of them are kind of funny,
such as the one called “NotMyFault”, which literally is meant to purposefully crash the
computer in a variety of ways to test things out. Just be sure to use that one responsibly if
you decide to prank your friends with it. Ok next up for number 5, this one is actually
similar to the Process Explorer tool I just mentioned, and it’s called “Process Hacker”. This is pretty much the same idea, where it
shows all running processes, can show parent-child process relations, and all that. But it is a bit more powerful with more options
and abilities. For example it has separate tabs not just
for processes, but also services, network connections, and disk activity. You can also use it to see memory contents
of different processes, which I won’t pretend to understand, but some of you out there can
probably take good advantage of it, and I’ve heard it’s especially useful when it comes
to diagnosing and removing viruses, if you have the know-how of course. Moving on, number 6 is a popular one you might
have heard of already, which is LibreOffice. It’s essentially a free alternative to the
Microsoft Office suite of programs. And this is another group of programs we’ll
just count as one. Some of the stuff it includes are Writer,
which is a word processor, Calc for spreadsheets, Impress for presentations like Powerpoint,
and also Draw for diagrams, Base for databases, Math for formulas, and some other stuff. And yes it can actually open and save the
same file formats as Microsoft Office, like .docx for Word for example. Though keep in mind if you do a lot of complicated
documents with lots of weird formatting, there might be the occasional formatting difference
if it’s opened in Word, but that’s bound to be expected. Alright up to number 7, we have the program
“TreeSize”, which helps you map your hard drive and figure out stuff like where all
your free space has gone. It’s similar to another program I’m a
big fan of called “WinDirStat”, but this one’s just different so you might prefer
it. It will show you the size of different directories
on your drive, and you can also see it as a visual representation to see nested directories
which are visually bigger based on storage size. I think I’d still prefer WinDirStat just
because I’m familiar with it, but you might decide you like this one better. Alright number 8 is really cool, which is
“Gamesave Manager”, and it’s pretty much like it sounds. It’s purpose is to let you automatically
backup all your video game save files at once, and restore them too. And it should support pretty much every single
game you can imagine. And they have a list on their website and
there’s literally over 6000 games on there which is pretty crazy, and their website also
shows the last time they updated the database. It’s got a bunch of other cool features
like the ability to tie in with cloud services like Dropbox, the ability to do scheduled
backups, and will also let you know if there’s any special circumstances with certain games. Like with Minecraft it lets you know it will
back up the entire Minecraft world folder because it has to for a true backup, so obviously
that might be more storage than you expect. So this is definitely one that could be useful
if you ever need to move save files to a new computer, or share them with friends, or just
back them up, and you don’t want to have to figure out where all the save files are. Coming near the end we got a couple more still. So for number 9 we have MSI Afterburner, which
is a very useful program for controlling your graphics card, including overclocking. And keep in mind you can use this program
no matter what graphics card you have, it doesn’t have to be made by MSI. It will display a lot of information about
the GPU like current clock speed, voltage, temperature, fan speed, stuff like that. Then it makes it really easy to overclock
just using some basic sliders like power limit, core voltage, temperature limits, core clock
and memory clock, and fan speed controls too. Now remember, just because the slider is there
doesn’t mean you can just max everything out and expect it to magically triple your
graphics power. You’re better off looking up some overclocking
guides for your specific GPU, because you probably can’t increase these things as
much as you imagine without making your system unstable. So maybe just try increasing stuff bit by
bit, probably starting with the Power Limit which I’ve had reasonable success with,
but be especially careful with the voltage limits, because setting that way too high
could potentially damage your card. Again you’ll want to definitely do some
research before messing around with this too much, even though it is very powerful. Alright we’re finally up to number 10, which
could be the most useful of them all. And this program is called “SuperF4”. And it’s purpose is to allow you to kill
the foreground process if a program freezes or refuses to quit. Now you probably already know if this happens
there are options such as using Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the task manager, but sometimes
even that can be difficult, like if it’s a full screen program that won’t go away,
and is blocking you from even seeing the task manager. Pro tip though, in the task manager you can
enable the “Always On Top” option to make this less likely. In any case, if all else fails, SuperF4 lets
you just use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+F4 to force quit the application if it refuses to do so
by itself, or you the task manager isn’t working for whatever reason. This one should definitely come in handy. So, those are 10 really cool free windows
programs worth checking out. If you want to keep watching, the next video
I highly recommend is one I made recently going over 10 tips to make Windows run faster. You can watch that by just clicking this little
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