Finds of the Week: Turn Off Internet Explorer / Remove Windows.old Manually / Right Click Google Image Search / PureText

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Finds of the Week

Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Turn Off Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1 and 10
Microsoft's built in browser, Internet Explorer 11, can be found in both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Windows 10 also has Microsoft Edge as it's default browser - Internet Explorer is included to accomodate sites that use less recent technology. If you don't use Internet Explorer you can easily turn it off. In general it's not recommended that you try to delete or uninstall Internet Explorer - doing so can cause problems with Windows. Windows uses Internet Explorer for a number of internal processes, including Windows Update.

How to Remove the windows.old Folder Manually
When you upgrade to a newer version of Windows, a folder called windows.old is automatically created. It's usually a rather large folder, and deleting can free up quite a bit of space. The windows.old folder normally gets deleted by Windows after a period of time and can usually be deleted using the disk clean up tool. Sometimes that doesn't happen and the disk cleanup tool won't delete the folder - that's where getting it done manually comes in, and here's how to do it.

Search Google Images from the Windows Context Menu
This small program adds an option to Search on Google Images to Windows context, or right click menu. It's pretty basic to use, install the program, find an image on your PC, right click it, and choose Search on Google Images from the menu. The program uploads the image and shows the search results in your default web browser. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and is hosted on GitHub.
Update: Some people are having difficulty finding the file download. Here's a direct link to the releases page, the current version is the first one listed:
https://github.com/apsun/GoogleImageShell/releases

Remove Text Formatting with one click using PureText
I ran across an article that showed you how to remove formatting from any text that you've copied by opening Microsoft Word and pasting the text in, and using the remove formatting feature. It reminded me of a program I use often called PureText, which does the same thing, only much easier and faster. PureText strips formatting such as fonts, colors, margins, etc. from any selected text. Once it's run, it will sit happily in the system tray on your PC, and all you have to do is select your text, copy it, and then click on the PureText icon in the system tray. Your text is stripped of formatting and ready to paste anywhere you like. PureText runs on all versions of Windows and is malware-free according to VirusTotal, and has a reputable site rating at Web of Trust.


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Why is it so hard to find the download link for the wanted item. Only links for other non-wanted software. Let us know which is the link (junk free) for the displayed program? Grr.

Which program are you referring to? If it's Google Image Search, there's a direct link in my comment under this article. If it's Pure Text, the link is direct link to the download page, scroll down a bit, links to the 32 and 64 bit versions are partway down the page.

I have used a small freeware program similar to PureText for many years called Get Plain Text (http://clipdiary.com/getplaintext/). Rather than being resident in memory it simply runs when clicked to clear formatting from the clipboard. I keep it in the quick-launch area on the left of my task bar and click it after I've copied text to the clipboard.

Looks like a good program thanks for the suggestion. I haven't noticed any system performance lag from Pure Text, and like Get Plain Text, it does not have to start with Windows there's an option for it to start with Windows, or not. You can put the icon anywhere you like, Desktop, Toolbar, Quick Launch or anywhere else. I like it that Pure Text is in active development with new versions released to run with new Windows releases and that it will run on Windows XP forward so anyone running older versions of Windows can use it. :)

All good points.

I would add that many programs made in earlier years run fine on newer versions of Windows whether they've been update or not. :)

Thanks Rhiannon for discussing PureText. I have now tried both 'PureText' and the alternative suggestion 'Get Plain Text'
I prefer 'Get Plain Text'

1)PureText
Clicking on the exe file does not remove the formatting from the Clipboard contents
As you state, you have to then go to the Task Bar (which for me needs two clicks, as the icon is hidden behind an up arrow in the task bar)
On the bright side, Pure Text only takes up 1.89MB memory on my computer, which is negligible

2)Get Plain Text
I found I can assign a hotkey to 'Get Plain Text'
Whenever I copy text from a webpage, I just have to press the F6 key (for example), and the clipboard has the formatting removed
I dont need to go hunting for a small icon on the Task Bar
Thanks for this suggestion, as I would never have found this utility on my own - it doesnt seem to feature in any of the traditional freeware download sites

I have no affiliation with either program

Amazing after all these years, I am still finding gems here on Gizmos Freeware, for a task I perform every single day (ie Paste Special) !

I'm not trying to get you to change your preferred program, but I would add this about PureText: you can assign a hotkey to PureText as well, right click the PureText icon icon in the system tray and choose Options.
If the PureText icon is not showing up in your system tray, you can click on the system tray and drag and drop the icon any place you want it to be (at least you can in Windows 8.1 - I haven't tested it on Windows 10 as it's already there). I have mine dragged so it's the first icon shown, then the volume icon and then the network icon as that's all the icons I want to see all the time. If you click on customize after clicking on the system tray you can change various settings for each program.

As to finding this little gem, Gizmo found it years ago and I've been using it ever since. :)

At GitHub (https://github.com/apsun/GoogleImageShell), look above the green line - there are various links there such as commits, branch, releases, contributor, etc.
Click on releases, and the latest version will be at the top, (currently v1.2). The downloads for the .exe files and source codes are found there. The file you want is GoogleImageShell.exe.
Here's a direct link to the releases page:
https://github.com/apsun/GoogleImageShell/releases

Hope that helps. :)


 

Thanks rhiannon, that did the trick.

You are so welcome, I'm glad it helped. :)

Re the "search google images from win context menu".
I downloaded zip file from git hub. Extracted contents but found no executable (exe.) file.
Any advice on this? Thanks