Icon Shepherd updated to v.19.10.2

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October 29, 2019.

Good news: A new version 19.10.2 of Icon Shepherd utility is available now!

This is a minor update that comes with an improved method of putting icons into their proper positions when the desktop is rather crowded. The requirement to use the 'Align to grid' setting is no longer a requirement, it's now an optional suggestion: if you prefer not to align icons to the grid, Icon Shepherd will now work with that.

As before, you can use Icon Shepherd on one computer at your home, free of charge. (For other uses, an appropriate license must be purchased.) If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Icon Shepherd license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge. For the earlier purchasers an upgrade discount is available.

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ActiveExit updated to v.19.10

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Octpober 7, 2019.

A new version 19.10 of ActiveExit is available now for download and purchase!

This is a minor update that corrects a problem that prevented the use of the empty ‘Apply To’ and ‘Exclude’ lists in some situations.

As usual, ActiveExit is free for the home users. For the business customers, the trial version of ActiveExit comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your ActiveExit license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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Icon Shepherd 19.10 released

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October 7, 2018.

Good news: A new version 19.10 of Icon Shepherd utility is available now!

This is a major upgrade that introduces several new capabilities:

  • You can now save icon layouts using names of your choice, to make it easier to recognize them on the Icon Shepherd menu list.
  • You can use the Manage icon layouts screen to delete the icon layouts you don't need, to rename them, and also change the order in which they appear on the Restore icon layout menu.
  • You can use the Options screen to stop Icon Shepherd from saving icon layouts automatically, to reduce the clutter on the Restore icon layout menu.
  • For the enterprise customers, we are now offering the Icon Shepherd Administrator's Kit that can greatly simplify the deployment of Icon Shepherd to a large number of computers using Active Directory and Group Policy.

As before, you can use Icon Shepherd on one computer at your home, free of charge. (For other uses, an appropriate license must be purchased.) If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Icon Shepherd license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge. For the earlier purchasers an upgrade discount is available.

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Folder Guard updated to v.19.9

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September 30, 2019.

A new version 19.9 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update contains some optimizations in the Folder Guard engine that improve the speed of the backup operations in some situations.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 19.9 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Folder Guard license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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Active Exit updated to v.19.9

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September 26, 2019.

A new version 19.9 of ActiveExit is available now for download and purchase!

This is a minor update that corrects a problem that prevented the display of the custom user message in some situations.

As usual, ActiveExit is free for the home users. For the business customers, the trial version of ActiveExit comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your ActiveExit license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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AB Commander v.19.8 released

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August 28, 2019.

A new version 19.8 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your AB Commander within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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How to stop Windows 10 from using thumbnail preview icons for folders

As you probably know, Windows 10 has the ability to show a preview of a folder contents on the icon of the folder itself. For example, if a folder contains videos, Windows 10 may show a set of video stills on the icon of that folder when you are browsing your computer.

In some cases this ability could be fun or useful, in others in could be annoying. The good this is, you are in control of this behavior, and if you don't like seeing the folder contents previews, you have a way of telling Windows to stop displaying them, and show regular folder icons instead. Here is how:

1. Open Windows 10 Settings app. For example, right-click on the Start button and choose Settings from the menu.

2. In the Settings window, search for explorer and choose File Explorer Options from the results shown:

File Explorer Options

3. Select the View tab, and check the box next to the option that reads Always show icons, never thumbnails:

Always show icons, never thumbnails

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Press OK and you are done! From now on, Windows should show the regular folder icons rather than contents preview ones. You may need to refresh the File Explorer window (by pressing F5 within it) to force it to update the icons after making the change.

Happy computer browsing!

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AB Commander v.19.7 released

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July 30, 2019.

A new version 19.7 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your AB Commander within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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Folder Guard v.19.7 released

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July 10, 2019.

A new version 19.7 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update corrects a problem that prevented Folder Guard from working properly when a large number (several hundred) of different folders were protected with different passwords.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 19.7 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Folder Guard license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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Folder Guard updated to v.19.6

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June 21, 2019.

A new version 19.6 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update corrects a problem that in some situations could cause Windows to crash.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 19.6 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Folder Guard license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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