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Automate Repetitive Windows Tasks with These Free Tools

If you perform the same tedious task over and over again, you know there are many benefits in finding a tool that could do that job for you. Rather than spending all day performing these tasks over and over, such as typing in the exact same text or searching hundreds of folders to locate only one file, consider the following free tools to automate repetitive Windows tasks and reap their benefits:

grepWin

It can take hours to find a specific document or file containing an exact word or phrase when you have to search through hundreds of folders. In addition to delaying your work, your overall performance can be impacted by this process. grepWin allows users to search an entire directory by using a phrase or just a single word.

grepWin was inspired and created by Unix Systems and is a GUI tool. Must have Windows Vista or later for this tool to work.

Download grepWin here

Phrase Express

Much production time is wasted when typing up reports, responding to emails, filling out forms, filling in aspects of applications, or programming when certain sentences or phrases are used repetitively. With PhraseExpress, simply designate special keys to press for the whatever full sentence or phrase to appear as you configured it.

The professional version of PhaseExpress is available for the first 30-days of use before converting to the freeware version. The professional version and freeware version are identical. What constitutes professional use is stated on their site.

Download PhaseExpress here.

Bulk Rename Utility

Have you acquired many years’ worth of financial statements and digital receipts for numerous institutions and services? If so, you know how chaotic that can be. Getting all of this organized is not even the worst part, renaming all of these files that make getting organized is the worst part. With Bulk Rename Utility you can easily rename both file and folders quickly.

This free-for-personal-use tool uses flexible filters and rules, allowing users to increase and/or replace numbers, recursively handle endless subfolders, insert timestamps and/or text, and much more. These incredible features include using ID3 tags for renaming music files and using EXIF data for renaming photos. Prior to executing, there is a preview pane that allows users to know what they are going to receive.

Download Bulk Rename Utility here.

Do It Again

Do you ever have to repeat the same exact mouse clicks or keystrokes many times over? With Do It Again, you can easily complete this. After opening the app, select Create New Task to begin recording a new task; which is a sequence of mouse clicks, or keystrokes, or both. Press Scroll Lock once finished and give the task a name. Although this app was designed for Windows XP, it continues to work for Windows 10. For best results, run this app as Administrator.

Download Do It Again here.