Okies, carrying on with the series we will look into expanding on the Essential tools – part 1:
StExBar (Freeware / Open source)
StExBar is a plug-in for the Windows Explorer, which adds much needed functionality to the explorer / folder view. It provides many useful commands for your everyday use of Windows explorer. And you can add as many custom commands on your own as you like.
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Have you ever needed to open a console window while you were using the explorer? And to have that console already set to the directory you're showing in explorer right now? Well, StExBar provides that with one simple mouseclick. There's also a hotkey defined for this: simply press Ctrl-M to open the console.
Have you ever needed to have the name or full path of one or more files in another application? Ctrl-Cdoesn't work here, that won't copy the file path but the file itself. StExBar comes to the rescue. It provides two commands, one to copy all selected file/foldernames to the clipboard, the other copies the whole paths of all selected items. To make it even more easier to use this, a hotkey is defined Ctrl-Shift-C which copies the selected paths.
Creating new folders is a common task in explorer. But to actually do that, you have to right-click on a folder background, choose “New” from the context menu, wait until the submenu finally appears, then choose “Folder” from that submenu. Not anymore! StExBar provides you the same with one easy click. Or even faster with the assigned hotkey: just press Ctrl-Shift-N and you have a new folder created in the current directory.
Sysinternals Suite (Freeware)
Occasionally Microsoft does make good moves, and one such thing is acquiring Sysinternals. They had wonderful set of tools by Mark Russinovich, and after he joined MS a suit of all Sysinternals tools have been released. It’s a windows developer / debuggers and administrators dream toolset. Head over to Sysinternals Suite page to check out all the available tools and download them to your hearts content.