Windows Enabler


Widows Enabler allows the user to enable disabled controls in programs, such as buttons, tick boxes, and menu items.

This can be useful in certain situations but could also lead to undesirable consequences, so use Windows Enabler carefully.

This program is very effective at making disabled controls in many programs active (see screenshot). This, to quote the author, is “obviously a very dangerous practice if used recklessly but having said that, you’d be surprised at how often it comes in handy”.

I haven’t really found practical applications for this (which is why I am not rating it) but I am posting it here simply because it is such an interesting app to say the least.

Here are some notes on this program:

  • How to use: Windows Enabler resides in memory, and you can click on its system-tray icon to enable or disable it. Once enabled various controls in many programs are instantly enabled.
  • Enables controls with a great many (but not all) apps: I tested on a number of programs and found, for example, that it did not work with some (e.g. Excel 2003).
  • Controls, even if unable, might not function: I would say this was my experience in most instances where I attempted to use enabled controls.
  • Installation: unzip and run the executable.

Notwithstanding the author’s statement of how often this program comes handy, I kept on the lookout for practical applications for this program since I found it, but after ten days I still cannot think of any. If you can think of something please tell us in the comments section below.

You use this at your own risk; be careful how you use this program.

Version tested: 1.1

Compatibility: Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000 and XP.

Go to the this page to download (approx 180K).