3 time-saving apps for a faster Windows experience


In the digital age, there are plenty of tasks, events, and notifications to keep us busy. Time is precious and you may be looking for ways to increase your work efficiency and stay productive.

Using and working with the right apps can make a big difference and boost your productivity. If you’re looking for such apps, we’ve explored three time-saving apps to help you work smarter and faster on Windows.

How do you typically select text in an app? For some, they like to highlight text, right click on it, then select what they want to do with the context menu. The SnipDo app changes all that by eliminating the need to access the context menu to copy, paste, send and share.

SnipDo is a fast application that allows you to perform many actions instantly. You can copy, paste, search Google or Amazon, share with Windows, send to email, convert currencies, put brackets around text, translate text, etc.

With SnipDo installed on your Windows PC, all you have to do is select the text, and instantly a handy toolbar of actions appears below the selected text. Click on the action you want to do, and SnipDo will perform it.

From the screenshot above you can see the SnipDo toolbar under the selected text with the default options to Copy, Open Link, Cut and Paste, Google, Share on Windows, Open Folder and send to email address. When you hover over the icons, the name of the action appears, like the Send to email address seen in the photo.

When using SnipDo, you will also notice that the toolbar is different for some applications. For example, selecting text on a website on Chrome will only show Copy, Cut, Paste, Google Search, and Share with Windows options.

SnipDo works with most applications on your PC and when browsing the web. You can also exclude apps where you don’t want SnipDo to run.

But the best part is that SnipDo lets you install over 100 extensions to perform various actions from its app store in Settings. There are almost any extensions you can imagine. From transforming text to alternate case, searching on Bing, Amazon or Booking.com, and calculating the result of simple equations to convert currency, dictionary, search with Anything, search on Instagram or Spotify, the tweet of the selected text, and much more.

You can add or remove extensions at any time by going to SnipDo settings from its S-icon in the system tray. The settings also give you plenty of options. You can create folders for various needs and even create custom extensions, such as URL, script or hotkey extensions, and even create insert extensions to insert text and hotkeys.

Check out the SnipDo toolbar in the screenshot below. I created a URL extension for the MakeUseOf website, named SOFT and even gave it a square window icon. It’s the first in the toolbar and appears when I select text. Now, with one click, I can visit the MUO site. Next to it is the Dictionary extension that I added to instantly check the meaning of words.

SnipDo toolbar in the Windows section of the MUO website

If you use Chrome, you can also check out the best Chrome extensions for digital workers.

SnipDo is free, but you can only add two extensions and two paste actions. However, you can enjoy unlimited extensions and paste actions with a 30-day free trial of SnipDo Pro, after which it will cost you $0.39 per month.

To download: SnipDo (Free, subscription available)

Search results for personalization displayed on Flow Launcher app

As the name suggests, this nifty app will let you launch apps and search almost anything in a fast and smooth flow.

Just press the Alt + spacebar together to bring up the Flow Launcher on your computer screen. Then search for everything in Apps, Files, Bookmarks, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

This fast open-source app launcher and file finder for Windows features community-created plugins that allow you to extend the app’s reach and functionality. You can easily add many plugins like Currency Converter, Google Translate, Fancy Emoji, Spotify Premium, Twitchy, etc.

Search for apps, files, or file content. Perform quick web and URL searches. Speaking of which, you can try niche search engines that are better than Google.

Flow Launcher also lets you quickly find and access Windows and Control Panel settings. And execute system commands such as Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down at a glance. You can even do math calculations and copy the result to the clipboard.

Moreover, you can customize the look of Flow Launcher with different themes and light and dark modes. You can even prioritize the order of results from each plugin. And you can even pause hotkeys while you’re playing games.

Fast and smooth, you’ll love how Flow Launcher saves you time, improves your efficiency, and makes your workflow seamless.

If you like gaming on a break, you’ll love exploring our guide to the best universal PC game launchers and library managers.

To download: Feed Launcher (Free)

Quick preview of text file displayed on laptop screen

File previews at a glance, this is QuickLook for you. Once you have it installed, using QuickLook is also a breeze and quick.

Simply click on a file’s thumbnail in a folder or list and press the spacebar on your keyboard. You will instantly get a clear preview of the file contents. QuickLook allows you to preview files much faster than it usually takes to open them.

Check out the image at the beginning of this section – you will see that the thumbnail of the text file AI-True or False was previewed using QuickLook. Although the File Explorer preview is also open, the clear and readable contents of the file are only visible in the QuickLook window. This way you can quickly take notes or check the essential facts or details you have recorded.

QuickLook works for most text documents, PDFs, etc. It also works on image files such as PNG. JPG, GIF. So if you want to quickly preview images to send or select for a project or family album, use QuickLook to speed things up. And you can quickly switch between files using the arrow keys.

Moreover, QuickLook also works for audio and video files such as MP3 and MP4. Fancy a quick listen to a song? Use QuickLook, and it’ll be playing in a jiffy. Similarly, you can play videos in a window by pressing the spacebar. The QuickLook player window offers options to keep the audio or video window on top, open it with other apps, go full screen, and even play on loop. If you press enter on a file that is open or running through QuickLook, it will open in your default photo viewer or media player.

You can also instantly view the contents of files compressed with QuickLook – it’s never been easier. But if you often share compressed files, it’s a good idea to learn how to password protect ZIP files before sending them.

You can download QuickLook from the Microsoft Store or GitHub. You’ll also find plugins to extend the app’s functionality, like viewing Office files without installing Microsoft Office, or previewing fonts, APKs, and even torrents.

To download: QuickLook (Free)

Work smarter and faster on Windows

There’s always plenty to do when you’re at work, and even more things to do for fun. By keeping the right apps handy, like the three featured above, you can save time by getting things done faster and enjoy a smarter, faster Windows experience.


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