Finds of the Week: Online Security 101 / Docs Online Viewer / Batch Rename Files / Customize the WinX Menu


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

Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies
There are several useful guidelines for securing and protecting various devices against online threats in this useful article. The main focus is on mobile devices but there's some good information for computers as well. Topics covered include securing your devices, secure browsing, and securing servers and cloud data. The ads in the article are easy to spot.

 Docs Online Viewer
The Docs Online Viewer lets you view document files directly in your browser. It comes as a browser add on for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. I also tested it in Vivaldi and it worked there. It adds a clickable icon next to the supported document in a browser window, just click the icon and the file will open right up. If you visit the home page, it will offer to install the proper add-on/extension for the browser you're using. You can go directly to the add-on page for your browser. Here's the direct links to the add-on for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. If you use Opera, you can use any Chrome extensions in Opera, directions are here. Docs Online Viewer supports these file formats: DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, PAGES, AI, PSD, TIFF, DXF, SVG, EPS, PS, TTF, XPS, ZIP, RAR, RTF, ODT, SXW, SSV, SXC, ODS, SXI, ODP, WPD.
The Getting Started page tells you how to check that the add-on is working.

How to batch rename multiple files in Windows
You've got a big bunch of files that need to be renamed, and no utility handy that will do the trick. Here are three ways to batch rename files in Windows without using a third party utility. There are directions for renaming files using File Explorer, the Command Prompt and Powershell. Note that there are inline ads that aren't easily identifiable as ads and a large pop up in this article.

All the ways to customize the WinX menu in Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1)
The WinX menu is the menu that pops up when you press the Windows key (the Windows logo key) and the X key on your keyboard at the same time. If you don't use a start menu replacement program this keyboard shortcut combination makes navigating to the areas you need to access much easier.
If you use the WinX menu or want to test out how useful it is, you'll find this article quite useful.

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For easy, flexible, sophisticated bulk file rename, I use the (latest) Search Everything.

That's an awesome program. I use it often. Thanks for the tip. :)

I'll have to check that out, it sounds like a good utility. Thanks. :)

It's featured in the 4th find, although for creating custom Win+X menus instead of restoring Control Panel.

Gotcha. My brain didn't make the connection, it's been a little foggy lately. :)

Known about editing the Win+X menu for quite a while now, especially after the Creators Update shoved Settings app down our throats and replaced all Control Panel shortcuts. While PowerShell could still easily be replaced with Command Prompt (except in File Explorer), I needed Win+X Menu Editor to get back Control Panel and original "Programs and Features", "Power Options", etc. Great freeware with no strings attached.