Ac-tivAid is a free tools collection for the Windows operating system that has been created to improve certain features and operations of the system.
Before we look at that, it needs to be noted that the developer homepage is entirely in German. The program however is not so that this should not be a problem after all.
After you have downloaded the program to your system -- the download link is clearly labeled at the top of the homepage -- you get the option to install the program or use it as a portable version instead.
The program itself has been designed as a wrapper for extensions that you can enable in the settings window. This window opens up when you start it up on the PC and it is here that you select the extensions that you want to use.
While it may be tempting to install them all, you will save a little bit of memory if you only install those that you need.
A description of each extension becomes available when you select it. Here is a short selection of add-ons that I installed on my system. All in all, there are dozens of extensions available.
Extensions that are installed by you can be configured in the settings window afterwards. Here you can set hotkeys for instance, working directories and other information, and also manage information.
The DesktopIcons extension saves profile information -- meaning desktop layouts -- for instance here so that you can manage them.
Many extensions are powered by hotkeys which means that you can invoke their functionality when you press the right key combination. The program warns you about conflicts so that you can resolve them.
There is also an option to disable hotkeys or deactivate the software itself temporarily which can be useful at times.
The functionality that ac'tivAid makes available is immense. While that is a strength, it does mean that you will spend some time browsing extensions and configuring them before you can start to use its functionality.
That's however a one-time operation as you can use the program and its configuration as a portable software so that you can run it from any location anywhere without installation or setup.
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