Stephen Sottong

Stephen Sottong

writer, beekeeper, webmaster, programmer 


Programming computers has always been a part of my career. I don't do much these days, but three programs I wrote which have proven very useful are linked here. They will work with versions of Windows from 2000 through 10 in both 32 and 64 bit varieties. They may still work with Windows 98, but I no longer have a way to test them on that platform. You are free to download and use them at your own risk. Both the Clipboard Expander and the Exit Windows program have been recently updated to correct an occasional problem with the icons not appearing in the tray.

The Clipboard Expander gives you access to the last 20 unique text clips (without formatting) copied to the Windows Clipboard. It also has an archive of 10 clips which are always available. Since it works through the Windows Clipboard, it can be used with all programs. Double-click its icon in the tray and select your clip to replace the current clip in the Clipboard. Clips can be edited or removed and are saved at shutdown.

The Exit Windows program places an icon in the system tray. Double click it and you will close Windows according to the method you have chosen (i.e. shutdown, reboot, hibernate, etc.). The program also allows timed shutdowns and gives you the option to run a program before shutdown. There is also a toggle to put the monitor in power saver mode or invoke the screen saver. New in version 7.3 is a right-double-click to sleep and a separate sleep program that works in Vista/8.

Windows 7 and 8 now let you completely rid your computer of Internet Explorer. Unlike WinXP, Win7/8 actually gets rid of the IEXPLORE.EXE file. This works fine for all programs that are well behaved and invoke the default web browser to take you to web sites. However, some programs invoke IE directly. For these, I've created a dummy version of IEXPLORE.EXE. This version redirects attempts to invoke IE to the default browser. NOTE: some anti-spyware programs will classify this program as a Trojan, so you will have to manually make an exception for it. Windows 10 does not give you the ability to remove the MircosoftEdge browser; however, you can go to the SystemApps directory under the Windows directory and rename the MicrosoftEdge directory to disable it.

If you do not have any other programs installed that use Visual Basic 6, you will need to also download the runtime setup.

These files use the old style help files. From Vista onward, Windows does not ship with support for these files; however, you can download the proper files here to provide support, except for Windows 10. There you need to replace the winhelp32.exe in the Windows directory with this file which is the help file from WinXP. You may need to install and use Unlocker or IObit Unlocker to remove the original file.