Below is a set of freeware applications which i have found to be useful at my work and would like to share the same with you so that you can make use of them by taking benefit of the positive features.


Notepad++ is a free text editor and source code editor for use with Microsoft Windows. It supports tabbed editing, which allows working with multiple open files in a single window. Notepad++ has features that improve plain text editing experience in general, such as:

  • Autosave
  • Finding and replacing strings of text with regular expressions
  • Guided indentation
  • Line bookmarking
  • Macros
  • Simultaneous editing
  • Split screen editing and synchronized scrolling
  • Line operations, including sorting, case conversion (Uppercase, lowercase, camel case, sentence case), and removal of redundant whitespace
  • Tabbed document interface

Notepad++ enhances source code editing by having features like syntax highlighting, code folding and limited autocompletion for programming, scripting, and markup languages, but not intelligent code completion or syntax checking. Notepad++ can highlight the syntactic elements of languages like C, VHDL, Python, Visual Basic and many other languages.

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Winmerge & MS Word Blackline / Change-Pro

WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle. WinMerge is highly useful for determining what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions. WinMerge can be used as an external differencing/merging tool or as a standalone application.

MS Word(not a freeware) has a feature similar to Winmerge called Blackline which can be utilized to compare word files. Just select the ‘Compare’ option under ‘Review’ tab and compare two versions of *.doc files. Another application, Change-Pro is said to be the most accurate, complete, and flexible comparison add-in available for MS Word. This application requires an active account from Litera LiVE Identity Service.

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WinSCP (Windows Secure Copy) is a free and open-source SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 and SCP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager and file synchronization functionality.

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Qshot / Greenshot

Qshot is a real quick screenshot capturing tool for Windows.This has enhanced features to the Windows Snipping Tool,i.e, we would be able to take a screenshot of the pops ups which we cannot through the snipping tool. Just launch the app, drag your mouse to grab the screen, and release! The app will now Open, or/and save your selected portion of the screen on your local folder.

Another screenshot software tool, Greenshot has some additional features to the Qshot. The additional features include capturing complete(scroll length) web pages from Internet Explorer, easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of a screenshot and multiple screenshot export options.

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Tor Browser

Tor is free software for enabling anonymous communication. Tor’s intended use is to protect the personal privacy of its users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential communication by keeping their Internet activities from being monitored. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network consisting of more than seven thousand relays to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

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zkanji is a free and open-source study tool and dictionary of the Japanese language helpful to the ones interested in the language. It has several useful features for beginners and advanced students alike. Dictionary, example sentences, kanji search and information with animated stroke order diagrams, vocabulary list printing, study functions and much more.

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I hope to update this post as and when i come across more useful applications. By the way, you can refer to the following link for a collection of useful applications from file compression to business card maker.

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