Windows only: ClipChain allows you to copy many strings of text from different places in one document or from multiple applications to form a text chain which can be pasted where you need it to go.
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Lifehacker's very own automated file manager, Belvedere, has seen its first update in over a year, bringing folder recursion, action confirmations, simple rule enabling and disabling, and a handful of bug fixes.
Now that you can export and import email filters with Gmail, we've decided to compile some of our favourite filters for organizing your inbox into a single, handy download. Come and get it!
Exclusive Lifehacker download for Windows only: Kill Tools terminates running processes from the keyboard with a set of hotkey-triggered kill functions that can kill windows by name, title, or more. Once launched, Kill Tools can be triggered by using one of the built-in shortcut keys—you can kill the current window, everything but the current window, close other windows similar to the current window (useful for closing everything but the active Explorer window), or invoke a pop up a dialog that will let you kill windows by name or title—plenty of control for controlling running processes.
Dozens of fancy point-and-click task managers promise to organize your to-do list, but so often power users find that nothing outdoes that trusty old classic: the todo.txt file. If you're a command line lover who skips checkboxes and drop-downs to dash off notes and tasks in a regular old text file, or you're intrigued by the idea and wish your todo.txt chops were stronger, read on.
Windows only: Free system tray application Windows 7 Shortcuts brings the best Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts to your pre-Win7 desktop. It was good before, but now a few of its shortcuts even improve where Microsoft left off.
Included in the new release are several bug fixes, a working preferences dialog, and improved windows docking. Where Windows 7 uses Windows+Left/Right arrow to dock windows to the sides of your monitor, Windows 7 Shortcuts adds more fine-grained control and options for all Windows+Arrow key shortcuts. Check out the Windows 7 Shortcuts Release History for a better idea of what changes you can expect.
Windows only: If you like the look of Windows 7's great new keyboard shortcuts but aren't planning to upgrade for a while, Windows 7 Shortcuts enables some of the best Win7 shortcuts for XP and Vista.
Crafty Firefox user Alex customised his own Firefox Portable installation to tightly integrate with Google Apps. He calls his creation "FoxGLove," and uses it as his own Google-powered productivity portal instead of Microsoft Outlook. Along with his pick of add-ons that enhance and integrate Google Apps in Firefox, Alex tricked out this portable Firefox version with a Chrome-like theme, custom homepages (that auto-load in tabs), web site favicons, and even slapped the FoxGLove name and icon onto the whole shebang. Best part? You can download and try it out right now without disturbing your current Firefox setup. Download FoxGLove below to give it a spin on your own desktop, and get the rundown of what comes with it.
Windows only: Free utility Aero Shake brings the Windows 7 Aero Shake feature—which we previewed last week—to your pre-Windows 7 computer. Like the new Windows 7 feature, shaking the active window with your mouse will minimize all other windows; shaking it again will restore them. This one was contributed by reader bobbo33 to the Lifehacker Coders Group, and it's still got a few rough edges, so if you try it out let us know what you think in the comments and we'll see if we can address any issues. Aero Shake is written in AutoHotkey, so if you're a fan of the simple scripting language, you can download the source and add it to your main AHK script. Otherwise, grab the EXE below. Download Aero Shake
Firefox with Greasemonkey only: Unlike most other email clients, when you reply to a message in Gmail, the subject line doesn't automatically become editable—you have to click the "Edit Subject" link in order to change it. If you edit your email subject in reply to messages frequently, but hate to have to reach for the mouse to start in Gmail, there's now a Greasemonkey user script for you. Download the Show Editable Subject user script for Gmail and give it a spin. If it seems to work for you (like my initial tests work here), then we'll include it as a new feature in Better Gmail 2's next release. The Show Editable Subject user script is a free (exclusive!) download right here, and works with Firefox and the Greasemonkey extension. Thanks for the suggestion, Andy! Show Editable Subject User Script v. 0.1
Windows only: Free system tray utility TabsLock launches and focuses a new tab in Google Chrome (and Firefox... keep reading) at the press of your Caps Lock key to give you, as the download page aptly puts it, "low-thought, global keyboard access to web search and navigation." Considering how much time we spend on the web these days, a quick, easy shortcut for going straight to your browser (that's also just off the home row) makes a lot of sense. Still want to use Caps Lock from time to time? Shift+Caps Lock toggles regular Caps Lock behaviour. Like the idea behind TabsLock but wish it worked for Firefox? Keep reading to download my own homespun solution for Firefox users.
All platforms with Firefox: Just posted the long-awaited update to the Better Gmail 2 Firefox extension, a compilation of the best user scripts and skins for the new Gmail interface. This update to version 0.4 adds Firefox 3 compatibility, the absolutely beautiful Gmail Redesigned skin, the oft-requested HTML signatures, bottom posting, and a reintroduction of the much-missed Filter Assistant, plus several other script updates and fixes. Head over the home page to download the latest version, which hopefully Mozilla Add-ons will approve soon. Mozilla Add-ons has approved the new version, so it's also available there.