ZIFFPAGE TITLETaking Control with Context

By Robyn Peterson  |  Posted 2003-08-05 Print this article Print

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TaskPowers right-click (context) menus supply your heavy artillery, because you access the utilitys powerful functions through them. The context menus for the Applications and Tasks tabs are identical except for the Bring to front selection found just on the Applications tabs menu. The Services and Drivers tabs right-click menus are completely identical. All four of these menus have an Info selection, which opens a dialog that gives all the information TaskPower has about the selected process. You can also bring up this box by double-clicking anywhere on the line of a displayed process. The two other elements common to all these context menus are a Search selection, which uses your browser to perform a Google search for more information on the selected process, and Open Path, which opens Windows Explorer to show you the folder in which the selected item resides.

Website, a context-menu item for both the Applications and Tasks tabs, will use your browser to take you to the Web site of the vendor who supplied the process youve selected. Describe lets you edit the company, rating, description, and Website information for a process. Clicking on Bring to front (Applications tab only) moves the selected application into the foreground.

Live and let die
Process control is another powerful feature of these four context menus. The Kill option of the Applications and Tasks tabs right-click menus lets you instantly terminate a process. And the Start, Stop, Pause, Continue, Restart, and Startup selections on the Services and Drivers context menus give you tremendous control over the processes on your machine. (Youll find the startup settings covered where we described the Tabbed interface.)

Robyn Peterson

Robyn Peterson, Vice President of Product Management and CTO for Ziff Davis Media, oversees PCMag.com, GearLog.com, SmartDeviceCentral.com, TechnoRide.com, and the other consumer-oriented Ziff Davis Media websites. He also covers multiple content areas, including but not limited to consumer electronics, car techonology, software and development, and networking. Robyn is also the host of the PCMag Radio podcast (subscribe in iTunes).

Robyn has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News and the WB network representing PC Magazine, GearLog.com, and ExtremeTech. His writing appears on ABCNews.com and Yahoo in addition to PC Magazine, eWEEK, CGW, and ExtremeTech. He has also won the Chairman's Circle 2001 Award for outstanding editorial contributions to Ziff Davis Media (parent company of ExtremeTech and PC Magazine).

Robyn has a masters of science in computer science from New York University (NYU).

He can be reached at robyn_peterson (AT) ziffdavis.com.

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