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Parallels Toolbox part 2 

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Last week I told you about the first eighteen tools in the latest version of Parallels Toolbox perhaps best of all you can choose if it loads automatically on bootup, so many other tools do not give you that option and startup can often be time to make a cup of coffee and a slice of toast and if all you want to do is check your emails then…

Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows
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Hide Desktop so all you see is the Window you are showing and those other sixty nine icons remain hidden, ideal if you are show someone a presentation, a single click brings all the icons back.

Launch this allows you to put several programs together and show the time it takes for them to launch, so you can have several ready to open on a single button touch.

Lock Screen means exactly that no one else can ferret around if you have to walk away for a moment. All the programs have an explanation screen to show you what and how.

Measure Colour does exactly that so should you need to tell someone what colour something is move the box over it and you get given a number code in a choice of four different standards.

Mute Microphone is something we all need to do with the amount of business done over Zoom and other online meetings and the way you do often varies.

Presentation Mode Allows you to stop all messages and timers popping up for a set period to allow you to deliver your presentation so no distracting messages. This is as far as my tests have gone is the only non-cancellable App.

Recognize Text allows you to remove text from a graphic file, once extracted the text can be copied to the clipboard and then inserted elsewhere.

Record Area this a something I do not think Windows can do especially if the area you want is not a single window, I certainly have never managed it in Windows, third party software has been needed.

Record Window and Record Screen can be done but what you do with it normally requires a third party program to handle the output.

Resize Image is more than it sounds sure it can resize but it can also change the image to a different format you can also work with more than a single image.

Sleep Timer is just a timer that you can conveniently set for an exact period.

Switch Resolution allows you to easily change the resolution of the screen some notebooks support this natively but you need to know where to do it.

Take Photo or Take Video turns your camera on assuming that you have one built into your PC or Notebook, simple enough but very easy to do quickly.

Unarchive is the reverse of an item I told you about last week strangely enough it’s called Archive.

Unit Converter is a very handy tool and indeed there are many little things on the Internet to do most of what it does but do you know what these tools might do doing to your PC this is secure on your PC and does not require any Internet connection.

Window on Top this last little App is perhaps one of the most important for those of us who work with a number of Windows open at the same time it makes sure the Window you apply it to stays on top.

So that’s it, if say only two of the little Apps are useful to you it’s worth the cost from the link below its £15.99 for a year’s license and remember there is a free seven day trial available.

https://www.parallels.com/uk/products/toolbox/

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