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The download is at the end of the page


This tool is FREE software, and if you find it useful, you can donate 1 to 5 euros with PayPal. See Q0.

What’s this?

There are times you get very disappointed. You're evaluating a new software, but the magic function you need is grayed out. "If I just could press that button...", "If I just could check that box...", "If I just could change that text...". If you ever told yourself any of these, then you could need TurnItOn.
This tool lets you enable any kind of disabled control, letting you check, press and edit what you need.

Run it!

As other tools of mine, this needs no installation, registry access or particular permissions. Just unzip the package and run it.

The box should show up:

You just need to drag the “drag me” label (1) over the disabled control and release the mouse. The “Text” (2) list will contain all the handles to the controls under the mouse. The first of these will be transferred to the “Handle finder” window (3).
Pressing the “enable” button will do the job.
Depending on the structure of the window you’re enabling, you may need to disable the “Enhanced P.W. search” (4) function.
If “Text” window contains different controls, just double click the one you need to enable to transfer it to the “Handle finder” window.

Disabled windows karma...

These brief words will probably save a lot of FAQs, so please read them.
As you can see the Change button is disabled.
Start TurnItOn, drag the “drag me” label on the Change button and release the mouse. The “Text” list is populated with several items. Double Click on Change and then press “Enable”. You see in the background the Change button getting enabled.
Without clicking any elsewhere click the Change button, set a new name for the machine and press OK.
This box appears:

So, the lesson is: not only you have to access the desired windows and controls, but you also need right privileges to run selected functions.

The good part of the story is that there are thousands of cases where you can use TurnItOn without these problems. It is funny to see how many programmers only disable interface controls to cut out functions you should not access.
I have a long list of such software, but it is not always polite to post it in public. I would prefer to discuss it with you in the forum. Post your experience so other people could experiment with it.
Just a couple of examples:
- Windows 2000 Advanced Server: you cannot rename a box with a Certification Authority installed. With TurnItOn you can!!
This leads to another consideration: sometimes, and this is the case, it is not very clever to access some functions. Renaming a CA root will probably render it unusable. Don’t do it!

- Symantec Antivirus Corporate 8.x: your admin can lock some of the controls you reach by clicking the icon in the tray, such as “LiveUpdate”. You can enable it and run the “LiveUpdate” at your will. Modifying policy settings is also possible, but don't do it: always ask your admin.

Use of the tool to enable function that you should not reach without paying is highly discouraged.
Some installers do not let you go to the next step until you enter a correct code/serial/activation. Do NOT use TurnItOn to skip this kind of protections. Always pay and obtain the code from the vendor.

Work in progress...

This tool was first built in 1999. Since that time it was improved and several functions were added:
- a lot of system info about windows
- ability to display hidden windows
- ability to enable/disable menu items
- ... :-)

Having enough time, I'll prepare a public and free versions of the tool with these features. Stay tuned!

I have some questions…

Look at these FAQs.

Q0How much does the program cost?

The program is absolutely FREE. You must get it for free and freely distribute it. The program is NOT ad-supported nor it contains viruses or backdoors. To redistribute it, please link this page: it will always contain the last up to date version

If you find it useful, you're encouraged to donate a little money with paypal. Sending 1 to 5 Euro will help in developing this and other tools. If you don't donate, you can still use the program without limitations and get assistance by the forum.

Q1The "text" list contains a lot of handles without description
A1This is because not all the windows have an associated caption
Q2The same control have different handles in time
A2It is because Windows recycles handles during time. So if you open a window and the Ok button has 00001523 as an handle, closing and reopening the same windows may lead to have 00005213 for the same control
Q3Does the program installs its own device driver, DLLs, ActiveX controls or registry keys?
A3No. The program just runs and does its job. You do not need to install the program. If you are bored with it, just delete the folder where you put it.
Q4I disabled the entire desktop, taskbar and clock!
A4Yes, what's the problem?
Q5I enabled one control, but when I set the focus to its window it reverts to disabled again
A5Click directly the control, like in the rename computer example above
Q6I disabled the Enable button of TurnItOn
A6Close and restart the program
Q7I found an intelligent use of the tool
A7Post it to the forum and let we discuss it
Q8Where can I find updates of the tool?
A8You can find them at, this page. Register to the portal to get notified of new releases. Also see Q11
Q9You said this is free, but I cannot find the source code.
A9This is free, not open source.
Q10I tried to download an older version, but the last one was retrieved...
A10As new versions come out, older ones are removed from the site. For people who clicks mirror links that point to old files, an automatic redirection is provided.
Q11What do you mean with "semi-automatic" updates?
A11When you start the program, you have a 1/10 chance the program will ask you to go to its home page and lets you check for an update version. This is a compromise between asking you each time the program starts and never asking. There is no "don ask me anymore" checkbox because the program by design does not alter your registry at all nor it saves configuration files around, so it can't remember anything. If you give me feedback about it, maybe next version will be different
Q12I would like to discuss about TurnItOn usage, problems, success stories and desiderata.
A12Good. Just register to the portal and jump to the right forum! We need intelligent people to discuss about this and other projects that will be released in the near future

Marcello Gorlani,
Jan 26, 2012, 5:30 AM