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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Chrome: Currently Windows-only, Set Image As Wallpaper is a simple extension for Google Chrome that adds in the set-as-wallpaper right-click context menu functionality present in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera to Chrome.


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Windows only: If you use Dropbox to share files with your friends, free app DropPub makes it even easier by adding an item to the context menu, from which you can make any file public and add its link to your clipboard.


The WinVistaClub forum walks through a simple registry hack to empty a folder right from the Windows context menu—a time saving tweak for cleaning up your clutter. To apply the registry hack, you can create a new file in Notepad, paste in the contents of this registry hack, save the file with a .reg extension, and then double-click the saved file to enter the information into the registry. Once you've completed these steps, the new item will be available on the context menu—no need to reboot.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="cmd /c \"cd /d %1 && del /s /q *.*"

If you'd rather use the point-and-click method, you can follow the instructions at the linked article—or check out our top 10 right-click tools.

Add "Delete Folder Contents" to Right Click Context Menu


Windows only: Free application WinFlog Extreme adds several handy shortcuts to your right-click context menus with a Vista-specific twist. For example, with WinFlog you can toggle Aero with a quick couple of clicks, turn on Flip 3D, or perform more basic operations like turning off your monitor or ejecting your disc tray. Although the app is very Vista-specific, it does work on XP—but it's not like you've got any Aero interface to toggle in the first place. For Vista users, the option to quickly toggle Aero is a great feature when you're looking to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of your PC. WinFlog Extreme is a free download, Windows only.

WinFlog Extreme


Windows tip: Whether you use them or not, many applications install superfluous entries to your Windows right-click context menu resulting in a cluttered mess. The How-To Geek weblog details how to clean up your messy Windows context menu using a variety of methods, from manual registry hacks to using the simple, previously mentioned ShellExView. If you steer clear of the right-click because it's become such a cluttered mess, do yourself a favour by cleaning it and customising it to fit your needs.

How to Clean Up Your Messy Windows Context Menu


Mac OS X only: Freeware application FinderPop adds tonnes of new and useful functionality to your Mac's context menus through a highly configurable preference pane. FinderPop's main goal is to make it quick and painless to navigate, copy, move, and alias files across your filesystem through the context menu, but it does much more than that . Unfortunately FinderPop is an app that takes a little time to get your head around, but it's also an app that you could imagine being blown away by if you were watching someone who was really good with it. FinderPop is freeware, Mac OS X only.



Windows tip: An Ask MetaFilter thread has a simple-yet-excellent tip for setting up quick methods for opening files based on file type by adding custom menu items to the right-click context menu. Say, for example, that you want your JPG images to open with the Windows image viewer by default, but that you want quicker access to editing the file than what you get through the Right-click -> Open with menu. Here's what you can do: Open the Control Panel, then go to Folder Options -> File Types, choose the file type you want to create a custom command for (like JPG), then click the Advanced button. Name your action (for example, "Edit with Paint.NET"), choose the application you want to open the file with when you perform this action, and click OK. Next time you right-click on this file-type, your action will be easily accessible near the top of your context menu.