Friday, September 12, 2008

Tweak Windows functionality with Pitaschio

Pitaschio is a small tool for Windows that greatly enhances the functionality and behavior of Windows by introducing a great number of small tweaks. Here are some of the interesting features brought by this tool.

  • You can make the edges of the window snap to other windows and outer frame of the desktop, something you see in Winamp where the playlist window, equalizer and controls snap to each other when you bring them close together. The distance where the function begins to work can be changed.
  • Make a window to stay within the visible area of the screen. However, this option restricts the movement and resize operation of a window. So you might like to turn this off.
  • Minimize windows to the system tray instead of the taskbar.
  • Enable small icons and list view on the desktop. Recently, I wrote about another program that does this.
  • Adjust sound volume level by rotating mouse wheel on the desktop.
  • Double clicking on blank space of explorer window moves you to the parent folder.
  • Disable Windows key, Insert key, Alt key, Menu key, and Caps lock key. Disabling the Windows key is a little odd, but thankfully it can be enabled again.
  • Statistics such as "How many times was the key pressed ?" or "How much distance mouse cursor was moved ?" are provided. These can be seen from the task tray menu.
  • Additionally, it shows the Moon Phases in a tool tip message when you hover your mouse over the tray icon

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Apart from these, Pitaschio brings you a host of mouse shortcuts which can all be configured according to your wants. For example, you can configure to launch the Control Panel when you double click on the task bar, or close a window when you wheel click on the title bar or anything you can think of.

The program doesn't need installation of any kind, just download a small zip file, extract it's contents and run the program. It isn't a plugin for Windows and run as a standalone program, hence it's easy to remove it or turn it off if you aren't impressed.

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