- Useful Command-line Commands on Windows (StackExchange)
Modern versions of Windows have a great built-in seach feature, which will search all of your documents for specific text that you enter into the Search box in Explorer:
Some versions of Windows don’t search PDF files however. This post will tell you how to fix this issue.
In my experience, PDFs are searchable in 32-bit versions of Windows, once the Adobe Acroboat Reader program is installed. But 64-bit versions of Windows don’t seem to index PDF files properly. This applies to both
Here’s how to fix the issue:
- Download and Install the Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms (this link goes straight to Adobe’s website for download). You will get a ZIP file with an installable MSI file inside.
- Reset your search index. Click on the Windows Start button and type “Indexing options”, and launch the utility (if you’re using Windows 8, click on Settings to see the option). Then click on Advanced, and then click on Rebuild.
The dialogs above are for Windows 8. They may look slightly different, depending on your Windows version. Give you system time to rebuild the search index, but within a few hours you should be able to search PDF files without issue.
Here’s a list of useful utilities for Windows 8:
- Windows Live Writer 2012 (English) – Download
Screen Capture Software
Here are a couple comparisons of software for managing multiple monitors:
Adapt Windows 8/8.1 to a Desktop PC
- Roboform – Download
Anti-virus and anti-malware
Spyware Scanners, Removers and Blockers
- Google Chrome App Launcher for Windows Desktop : Download
- ObjectDock – Download
- Stardock Fences – Download
Media Codecs/Codec Packs
Media Players (Audio and Video)
- iTunes – Download
- Media Monkey – Download
- VLC Player – Download
- Media Player Classic – Download
- MPC-HC – Download
Photo Editors and Viewers
I have used the Logitech Wireless Mouse M525 at my job since January 2012, and I just bought one for my home office. Don’t know why I waited so long. This is the best mouse I’ve ever used, and at roughly $30 delivered, there isn’t much reason to be without one.
Logitech considers this a portable mouse, and you could use it that way, but I have used it exclusively at my desk.
- the micro precision scroll wheel is fantastic. It operates smoothly, has a lot more precision than standard scroll wheels, and it is relatively quiet. You can also tilt it right or left to go back or forward in browsers and other apps.
- great overall ergonomics: I have big hands, and the mouse still feels ideally weighted and the controls are great.
- 3 year battery life: the mouse ships with alkaline batteries, and I’ve never had to change them
- Logitech’s small “unifying receiver”: The USB dongle the mouse uses is tiny, and it works great with other Logitech wireless peripherals. I think it is much more simple, reliable and power friendly than using Bluetooth.
- Variety of colors/patterns: I like the dark red one the best (in the picture above), but they vary in price so you should check all of the colors if price is significantly different.
- I tried the M305 model because it was about $10 cheaper. It gets great reviews, but after using the M525, I m simply not happy with it. The M305 is not as nicely weighted, it looks cheaper, and the scroll wheel is loud, and not smooth/refined at all. I would definitely suggest paying extra for the M525.
Here’s a link to check it out on Amazon, and some of the Logitech marketing info is listed below..
||Improved scroll control
||Versatile USB wireless receiver
||Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking