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Ditto is an open source clipboard manager which sits in your task tray and captures your Clipboard Contents. It saves a lot of time when you need to copy multiple items from one window to another. Rather than switching back and forth between source and target window, you can copy all the bits of text you want from source, then switch to target and copy all at once.
Too many open windows not only distract you from focusing, but also makes it difficult to switch between them. I like to keep my taskbar clean, without having to close a program and losing the state. With RBTRY, you just right click on the minimize button of an open window, and it is minimized to taskbar.
There is no installation, just make sure rbtray.exe is running all the time ( place it in your startup group). Almost all the programs are supported ( some like remote desktop, thunderbird are not )
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I have been using thunderbird since 2006 and it remained my top productive program even in 2018. Install extensions like nostalgy and Lightning , and you will never go back to any other email client.
With Auto Hot Key, you can automate almost anything. Have a hot key for regularly used phrases, simulate multiple key strokes, send an email periodically etc. My Favorite is pulling a report out of the ERP system with a hotkey that otherwise takes 4 steps and 8-10 clicks.
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Libre office is free and open source. It also can search and replace based on regular expressions. The one regular expression that I use the most is ‘W.*?R’ which will match any string starting with W and ending with R.
9. Google sheets for smalltime web scraping
I can have my google pull content form the internet everytime I refresh it. Taking competition price from a URL, updating a stock price, or checking stock status from a URL can all be done with Google sheets importxml().
10. Python and Selenium for Web Automation
To use this you would have to know a bit of python, but this is the most powerful way to automate your browsing. I have automated stuff like login, classified postings, scraping web and even website testing with python and Selenium.