Navigation in Windows 7 is a lot easier with the new Taskbar, but it could be easier with everything in one central location. Mouse Extender is a free utility that allows you to navigate through Windows easier.
This handy utility doesn’t require installation and can be run from a flash drive. After you launch it, you can start building it up with different apps and other items. Right-click to access a context menu where you can add new tabs, files, web sites, and more.
To add programs, files and folders, just drag the icon to the Mouse Extender interface.
Here is an example of a bunch of music and media apps added to a multimedia tab we created.
It allows you to add different Windows utilities, folders, and directories.
You can customize where each icon in Mouse Extender points to.
The controls at the top let you to quickly access Control Panel from the interface.
You can also restart or shutdown your system from Mouse Extender and choose if the power down control is Sleep, Hibernate, or Shut Down.
Also included is a timer that will start a countdown and shut down your computer. You can set it for a few minutes up to a full hour before it shuts down.
If there are new updates when you check, a balloon notification is displayed to click on and download it.
Mouse Extender requires .net Framework 3.5 and will work on XP, Vista, and Windows 7. This is a small app which is light on system resources, but packs a lot of neat control and navigation features.
Programmer by day, geek by night, The Geek, also known as Lowell Heddings, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 12/30/09