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FluentNotepad - Notepad with Ribbon UI

:star: Over 35000 Download :star:

Thank You ALL!!! ;)

FluentNotepad is a Windows Notepad with Office 2010 Fluent Ribbon UI. FluentNotepad features a powerful Text Editor and a Tabs Interface.

:bulletyellow: FLUENTNOTEPAD WIP


Releases Log:

July 21, 2010:
:bulletred: First Beta Preview Released;

July 23, 2010:
:bulletred: Beta 2 Released: Changelog;

July 27, 2010:
:bulletred: Beta 3 Released: Changelog;

August 23, 2010:
:bulletred: Beta 4 Released: Changelog;

December 16, 2010:
:bulletgreen: Release Candidate: Changelog;



:bulletyellow: Requires .NET Framework 4.0 to work: [link]

:bulletyellow: Just Run setup_fluentnotepad.exe in the archive to Install it!


Comments and feedbacks are Welcome!


If you make a review of FluentNotepad please let me know! I'll put a link on its new upcoming website!


If you notice some crash please disable the automatic update check!

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UPDATE: New version 2.0 released which comes with lots of new features such as ability to add website links, files and folders shortcuts in Desktop context menu. Check out homepage for full details.

I posted a detailed tutorial in past at which allows you to add your desired favorite program shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8 Desktop context menu so that you can run that program quickly and easily by just right-click on Desktop:

How to Add Program Shortcuts and Useful Shortcuts with Icons in Windows 7 and Windows 8 Desktop Context Menu?

"Right Click Context Menu Adder" is a free and portable utility created by AskVG reader "Gromas" which allows you to add your favorite application shortcut, website link, file or folder shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8 Desktop context menu quickly and easily and you'll not need to modify Windows Registry yourself, this software will do the job for you.

Just run the tool, select the program, website URL, etc and add it to Desktop context menu.
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UPDATE: New version 2.0 released which comes with support for Windows 8 Developer Preview [link] . Now the utility also supports 64-bit Windows editions . Windows XP users can also enjoy this utility now.

Long time back we posted a tutorial at for customizing System Properties window in Windows Vista and 7:

Add Customized Strings (OEM Information) in System Properties Dialog Box of Windows Vista and 7

The above tutorial inspired one AskVG reader "Hackerpunk1" and he created an awesome portable utility "OEM Configurator" which allows you to customize Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8 System Properties window look without any manual registry editing. You just need to enter desired text and select desired logo file and it'll do the rest automatically.

It also allows you to customize and change various items in System Properties window like Owner name, processor name, product ID, etc.
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Windows Application Blocker is another freeware from door2windows that allows you to block any application with just one click.

How to block an application:

  1. Run the tool.

  2. When it asks for the password, click OK.

  3. Type the application's executable name in the Application Executable Name textbox (Add the extension also).
    You can find the application's executable name with the following tutorial:

    1. Right-click on the application's shortcut.

    2. Select Properties.

    3. The application's executable name will be in Target textbox.

  4. Click Block.

How to unblock an application:

  1. Run the tool.

  2. When it asks for the password, click OK.

  3. Select the application that you want to unblock from the Blocked Applications list.

  4. Click Unblock.

How to change password:

  1. Run the tool.

  2. When it asks for the password, click OK.

  3. Click Change Password.

  4. Type your new password in the Enter new password textbox.

  5. Click OK.

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Codename: WinThunder

This is not the final version of this application.

I am open to suggestions and a name for this application.

Thank you for all comments.

Hope you liked! :D

Things that final verison will have:
- Multilingual
- Create themes
- Change weather icons
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    WinPle™ Orb :new:
    'Windows + Mac' Start Button for Windows

    version 2.0 :new:
      :pointr: Redesigned Orb

    :pointr: WinPle iCon Pack -- [link]

      What if ... Windows and Mac are merged together? :D

      Released for making your start button feels like Windows on Mac or is it Mac on Windows?

      maybe it's better if you will be the one to give the answer :aww:

      Tell me what you think.

      I don't know if someone has done this idea before but i haven't seen one.

      " What's SO great about this ? " :#1:

        :pointr: Ready made "explorer.exe" for Windows 7 x86 users -- backup files first
        :pointr: Resource for manual replacement of "explorer.exe" -- included

        Black version -- coming soon!

        " please do :+fav: and add your comments. " :D

          MUCH RESPECT :bow:

        :highfive: ADD ME TO :+devwatch: FOR MORE UPDATES

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Windows 7 Task Pane Changer is a freeware from door2windows that allows you to change your task pane in Windows 7 with one click.

How to use:

  1. Run the tool as admin.

  2. Click Change Color Bitmap and browse for the color bitmap. If you don't have any, you can get some from here.

  3. Click No.

  4. Click Change Glass Bitmap and browse for the glass bitmap. If you don't have any, you can get some from here.

  5. Click Yes.

  6. Now your computer will restart and the task pane will be changed. To restore it, click Restore Original Bitmaps.
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DreamScene Activator is a freeware from door2windows that allows you to activate DreamScene in all editions of Windows 7 & Vista. This freeware is the only freeware on the net that has the desktop text bug fixed.

DreamScene is a feature that allows users to set any video in WMV/MPG format as the desktop wallpaper. This feature was only included in Windows Vista Ultimate Edition.

How to use:

  1. Run the tool as administrator.

  2. Click the slider. Wait until it says ON.

  3. Right-Click on any video in WMV/MPG format and select Set as DreamScene.
If you run this app for the first time then restart your PC. Now the video that you selected will be set as the desktop wallpaper.

You can find nice DreamScenes here.
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Just want to extend a huge thank you to Tekzilla for doing a review of NAI. Hit up the link to check out the video over at Revision3. [link]

Network Activity Indicator

Windows 7 did a lot of things right. One thing where that philosophy fell short was the network system tray.

In Windows XP, it would animate depending on whether there was activity on the network. This program bring this functionality back to Windows 7.

Available languages at the moment are: German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Lithuanian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Czech, Turkish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Indonesian and Swedish.

NOTE: .net Framework v4.0 is required for this application to run. If you do not have it installed please download and install it before trying to run this application.

Update log:

0.9.1 - 2011 December 30

This update is long overdue.

- Added setting to select the Preferred Connection the program will use on start up. This was one of the major features users with multiple connections requested.

- Added updated Settings window. Now users can get information regarding the connection directly from NAI.

- Change the way NAI checks for updates. There is now a setting the user can select to check for updates only on start up or manually check for updates when the user click the button.

- Added Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Swedish, Italian and Indonesian. Many thanks to those that contributed these languages.

The next big feature will be a simplification of language downloads. At the moment, language files are only updated when I update the entire program. In the future, I'll be looking to allow the user to download additional language files directly from the settings window.

0.9.0 - 2011 June 06

- Fixed crash when trying to write debug file without the proper elevated permission.

- Fixed possible crash if using Windows classic theme.

- Reduced text size of the chart labels to better accommodate the longer text widths of some foreign languages.

0.8.6 - 2011 May 27

- Increased width of the dialog to accommodate some of the longer translations.

- Dialog header and footer will now use the system theme's image instead of the hard-coded one.

- Updated the German translation.

0.8.5 - 2011 May 25

- Hopefully fixed the bug some people were experiencing when they had it set to start with windows (Language folder not found). To those that have encountered this problem please let me know if this update has fixed it.

- Added Czech language thanks to Vaclav Panenka and updated French language thanks to Spring.

- Added updating feature. NAI will now check to see if you are running the latest version and will allow downloading the newest one if not.

- Changed the behavior of the graph. It will now take into account the upload speed and adjust accordingly.

- Sorry for the long time between updates. I've recently had some medical problems and have spent the last week recovering.

0.8.1 - 2011 May 14

- Changed the filename of the translations. They are now named according to language code. German is now de-DE.xml, spanish is es-ES, etc.

So now if you want NAI to change to German, for example, you'll want to set Windows to use German (Germany) in the language settings.

- Added Japanese and Portuguese (Brazil) translations. Thanks to Takeda and Marcelo for those.

- Added some debug code. If you are still having trouble with the translations not showing, please send me the debug.txt file found in the folder.

Sorry for any confusion or problems the last update might have caused. It's hard to test for all scenarios when switching to a new method of applying translations and hopefully this won't occur again.

0.8.0 - 2011 May 13

- Changed the way the graph scales the display. It now will take an average of the last 30 seconds and adjust accordingly. This should hopefully fix the times where it would jump around when the download speed was close to max speed displayed.

This average will be adjustable in the next update with 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute and 5 minutes as intervals to choose from.

- Changed the icon displayed for the type of network connection from the globe to ethernet jack or wireless aerial dependent on type.

- Changed the way information is displayed. Now arranged in collapsible groups of Current and Total values.

- Changed the way translations are stored and applied to the window.

- Added 'Total Download / Upload bytes' for the current internet session. Please let me know if you have trouble with this. I've noticed that, at times, it doesn't count downloads / uploads from uTorrent.

- Added Turkish, Finnish and Russian translation.

To those that sent in their updated translations, thank you very much! To those that missed the deadline, hopefully you'll get them in before the end of next week.

0.7.5 - 2011 May 07

- Fixed the clipped text bug when using Portuguese (Brazil) language.

- Added Portuguese (Portugal), Dutch and Spanish translations thanks to Hugoluiten, PhoeniX and AleMMR95.

- Added the ability to select the connection that is monitored.

Right-click the icon in the system tray and choose the connection to monitor. Only ethernet and wireless connection are visible. This is to ensure Loopback, Tunnel and other non-user connections aren't visible.

I've also changed the way it detects network connections. Please let me know if you happen to experience any problems.

0.7.1 - 2011 May 02

- Added Portuguese (Brazil), French, Czech and Indonesian translations thanks to Marrussa, Phlooo, Kuvaly and Yvidhiatama.

0.7.0 - 2011 April 28

- Fix taskbar bug where the window would pop up on the primary screen instead of following the taskbar.

- Added Hungarian and Italian translations. A big thank you to Sztewe and Vincenzo for taking the time to do that.

0.6.5 - 2011 April 27

- Adjusted the way the Max Peak Bandwidth scales on the bandwidth graph.

- Fixed bug with Download Bandwidth text not displaying properly for German translation.

- Fixed crash when using Classic style and adjusted the window display to better conform to other dialogs with Classic style.

- Added 'No Connection' icon.

0.6.0 - 2011 April 23

- Added 'Pin this dialog' feature. Click the pin in the top right corner to keep the window open. Click it again to resume normal behavior.

- Tweak the way graph records and displays the bandwidth activity. It will now scale depending on the peak bandwidth.

- Added localization for German and Polish languages. Thanks to PacMani and Meathor for those.

I'll fix the Classic theme visuals in an update tomorrow. Simply ran out of time today to do that.

0.5.1 - 2011 April 22

- Changed the way NAI gets the network connection. It will now fetch the first, active connection.

- Adjusted window position on screen.

- Added basic customization to change the look of the system tray icons. Close application. Replace the icons found in the folder with the ones you want to use - make sure they are named the same. Restart application for change to take affect.

- Added right-click menu to close application.

- Fixed the re-draw of the graph. It would update if there wasn't any network activity.

0.5.0 - 2011 April 22

- Initial release


Please send any bug reports to with "Network Activity Indicator Support" in the message title. It'll be easier to track these issues.

Please send all translations to with "Network Activity Indicator - Translation" in the message title. It'll be easier to include them in the application.

To those that have chosen to help out by suppling a translations, can I ask you to submit your language of choice to the email above using the following outline as a guide:

<Label1>Currently connected to:</Label1>
<Label2>Current bandwidth values</Label2>
<Label3>Upload bandwidth:</Label3>
<Label4>Download bandwidth:</Label4>
<Label5>Total bandwidth values</Label5>
<Label6>Packets sent:</Label6>
<Label7>Packets received:</Label7>
<Label8>Bytes sent:</Label8>
<Label9>Bytes received:</Label9>
<Label10>Graph interval (30 seconds)</Label10>
<Label11>Maximum speed:</Label11>
<Label12>Minimum speed:</Label12>
<Label13>Average speed:</Label13>
<Label14>Download speed</Label14>
<Label15>Upload speed</Label15>
<Label16>Open network connections</Label16>
<Label17>Available connections</Label17>
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System Requirements
Windows 7 x86 or Windows 7 x64
with default shell (i.e. Windows Explorer.)

Note: not tested on Windows Server 2008 R2.

1. Change your start orb WITHOUT changing explorer.exe. This prevents unnecessary UAC prompts.
2. Choose different start orb for each user.
3. DPI-aware.

Install/Uninstall Guide
Uninstall of version 1.0: run the loader (renamed to explorer.exe), press 'Unload' button, and delete it. Current version is not compatible with ver. 1.0, so uninstall old loader before using current release.

Install of version 1.1: run the loader (w7soldr.exe in the zip, and you can rename it as you want), check 'Options' > 'Enable start orb loader' and press 'Save changes' button. Read usage section for details.

Uninstall of version 1.1: run the loader, uncheck 'Options' > 'Enable start orb loader', uncheck 'Options' > 'Shell integration' and press 'Save changes' button. This will restore all changes done to your system. Delete the loader then you're done.

Summary of Usage (Check details in readme.txt!)
1. Extract w7soldr.exe and run w7soldr.exe.
2. Check 'Options' > 'Enable start orb loader'.
3. Press 'Browse' button to choose the location that contains start orbs you want to use.
4. Choose a start orb you want to use.
5. Press 'Save changes' button to save changes.

* Checking 'Options' > 'Shell integration' appends a menu item labed 'Start orb' on the context menu of desktop background.

* .resources files are language files. If there's no .resources files, English is displayed by default. See Localization Guide for details.
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