57 free tools to boost your PC

Downloads and tweaks that help you get more done

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Windows Live Sync

Having a tough time keeping files and folders on multiple PCs in sync? It's much easier if you use this Microsoft service. You'll first need to register. Install the software on each PC and tell the service which folders to look at and how to synchronise them. Live Sync does the rest. It acts as a conduit between PCs and is able to synchronise files and folders according to your preferences.


Sharing files could hardly be simpler. Create a name for your ‘drop', upload files to it and then give access to your colleagues. Each drop includes thumbnail previews, so people know exactly what they're downloading.


Some things are better demonstrated than they are explained on paper. That's the principle behind 5min, a video site that hosts hundreds of how-to videos. How to ask for a pay rise, how to play the guitar and how to master the Pilates abs core workout routine are covered, along with countless others.

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This clever download scans everything you print and removes any wasted pages, such as a web page containing a single line of text. It also removes ads and lets you take out other unwanted pages or images. It'll even track how much paper and money you save.

Download GreenPrint World

Live Mesh

This a Microsoft service (registration required) that lets you sync PCs and web-connected devices, and share files among them. You can even control devices remotely. The site is sometimes confusing to use, but it's a very powerful tool.


This online editor is another tool for saving paper. It lets you print any web page minus the junk, ads, extra space and images. You can save pages as PDF or HTML files, too.


Yet another Microsoft service, SkyDrive lets you store up to 25GB of files online and access them from any PC that's connected to the internet. The service also lets you share the files with friends.


If you're a blogger, this Firefox add-on will help you juice up your posts, enhancing your blog with automatically created links, pictures and more. It works with all the well-known blogging platforms, including Blogger, WordPress and Typepad. It can enhance your blog with Wikipedia, YouTube and Internet Movie Data Base entries, too.

Download Zemanta

Zoho Mail

This often-overlooked web-based mail service (registration required) provides pretty much all the features you'd expect from a meatier mail client, including an effective spam filter. You can use more than one email address and mail service, and conduct instant messaging chats within it. You can also access your account from your phone. Not bad when you need do little more than create a username and password.

Deferred Sender

Working late shows commitment, but that's not to say you want your boss to know you didn't complete that promised report until the early hours. Deferred Sender helps you keep up the appearance of professional cool. Register at the site and you can get it to deliver emails exactly when you want them to be sent. It's also ideal for press releases, marketing emails and other messages you want to arrive no earlier than a specific time.

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