Windows: I’m sitting in Las Vegas as I type this, and little makes you want to launch yourself off the face of the Earth faster than running into a group of loud, yelling bros looking for that next sweet bar where they can fill up on Coors Light.
Windows: Most computer geeks know about WinDirStat, an incredibly useful utility that shows which folders and files are taking up so much room on your drive. It’s a must-have app, because you’ll be surprised—heck, I’ve been surprised—how many times you might find some random, triple-buried folder on your desktop…
Mac: As much as we’d love it, Clipy is not a macOS version of Clippy, that little animated Windows paperclip that asks you how you’re doing and gives you useful life advice. It’s a must-have utility that makes your macOS clipboard ten times more powerful, if there was any way to measure that sort of thing.
“What are some cool websites where you can download free stuff?” asked redditor howtoadvanced. He got over 5,000 answers. We’ve gone through and categorized the best ones, identifying each resource. You could spend the rest of your life just entertaining and educating yourself with the free books, music, games, apps,…
It’s been nearly a decade since we last checked out Lockhunter, an incredibly useful Windows app that ensures you’ll always be able to remove files and folders that File Explorer refuses to delete. Developer Crystal Rich Ltd continues to update the app with useful features, but sporadically: It took around 3.5 years…
Our Windows App of the Week isn’t something you’ll probably have to use very often—we hope—but it’s a great tool if you’re upgrading your system and need to move everything from an old hard drive to a new drive.
Go ahead and get your Breaking Bad jokes out of your system. We’ll wait. Once you’re done, we recommend installing Amphetamine as soon as you can. This app is a super-tiny download, and it’s like giving your macOS machine caffeine pills. Once activated, your system will stop going to sleep.
This one’s almost a cop-out, since all Windows users should know about WinDirStat by now. This app has been out for nearly 15 years, and it’s one of the most helpful tools you can use to clean up your hard drive.
Just because we love symbolic links on Windows so much—thanks, Steam Mover—we’re going to show you a handy macOS app that lets you set up symbolic links on Apple’s operating system as well.
If you’ve been gaming on Valve’s Steam service for a decent amount of time, you’ve probably heard of Steam Mover. It’s a great tool for transferring your multi-gigabyte Steam games to different hard drives on your system, in case your primary hard drive is running out of space (or bursting at the seams).
It makes us sad that Apple has basically abandoned the App Store on macOS. Just take a look at the experience you get on your smartphone or tablet compared to the one you get on your laptop—it’s night and day. That’s OK, though; we’re more than happy to provide recommendations for amazing macOS apps even if Apple…
We’re starting a few new weekly features at Lifehacker: profiles of must-have, typically free apps. We’re going to split these up by platform throughout the week, just in case you’re a Windows or macOS loyalist and have sworn to never (ever) use the other operating system.
It’s the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!) Here are 50 of our favorites.
Windows: In OS X, you can select a file and press Space for a quick preview of it. You can’t do that in Windows—at least not without Seer, a free utility that gives you the same power. Tap the space bar to bring up an image, video, or audio file in a quick view, and press space again to dismiss.
Microsoft really, really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10, but if you’re a happy Windows 7 or 8.1 user, you shouldn’t be forced to upgrade. Never10 gives you control over whether Windows will upgrade itself.
Windows: Programs that "freeze" Windows are great for testing new software without risking your system or simply protecting a family member from infecting their computer. Each time you reboot, all the changes (including viruses) are erased. ToolWiz is another system restore utility, but this free program adds password…
Windows: Whether you're troubleshooting poor performance on your own wireless network, or you're trying to figure out how overloaded the hotel Wi-Fi is where you're staying, Who Is On My Wi-Fi is a free Windows utility that can show you exactly what the name implies.
Windows: Reboot Restore RX is a free utility that makes restore points and session saves every time you reboot your computer, so if you run into problems, you can restore your system settings to the last time you rebooted and get up and running again quickly.
Once you have Windows 8 up and running, the first thing you'll want to do is start installing the apps you need to get things done. Thankfully, Microsoft's new Windows 8 store offers quick access to a number of the applications you'd normally have to go hunt down anyway, but it also has some real treasures worth…
Windows: Tab management in Chrome is great, and if you wish Windows Explorer had tabs that look and work like Google Chrome, Clover is the app for you.