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:
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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