To stay organized when using the (Windows) computer, I have to rely on various softwares, addons, and scripts. Here, I am keeping some note to facilitate the choirs related to the computer.


Thunderbird is my primary email client. I also use Outlook, but usually on Windows computers with compromised performance.

  • How to move ThunderBird to a new Windows computer?

Some instructions can be found here and here.

  • How to setup the calendar?

The calendar service I use is the Exchange calendar provided by Office365. To view the calendar, the addon TbSync shall be installed. In turn, this addon requires Provider for Exchange ActiveSync for the Exchange service.

  • How to manually change the order of the accounts?

The addon Manually sort folders.

  • How to backup the email, and save them as .eml files locally?

Install the addon ImportExportTools NG. It could generate a folder with an html index.

  • Some other interesting addons?

    • Send Later, postpones the sending of the email.
    • Identity Chooser, reminds you to use the correct sending account.

Visual Studio Code


  • How to sync across different devices?
    • Install zotero.
    • Install the ZotFile addon.
    • Setup Zotero and Zotfile as in the example.
    • Sync and read.

A list of necessary softwares

Those in italic are provided by the school.

  • Chrome
  • A credential management software
  • TeXLive
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Git for Windows
  • Github Desktop
  • Thunderbird
  • Everything
  • 7-zip
  • Anydesk
  • Microsoft Office
  • Anydesk
  • Zotero
  • Calibre
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • SumatraPDF
  • Drawboard PDF
  • EndNote
  • Foobar2000
  • MuseScore
  • Origin
  • Adobe illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premier
  • Adobe Audition
  • ChemDraw
  • FileZilla
  • IrfanView
  • R
  • RStudio
  • matlab
  • Anaconda
  • IrfanView
  • MicroDicom
  • Stellerium
  • Google Earth