Paint – Graphical editor included with every version of Windows This is the handiest graphical tool, and believe it or not, the one I use the most. I create many banners, and use Paint to crop or resize graphics quickly. Paint also does format conversions (jpg, pgn, gif) to satisfy the fussiest applications.
Snipping Tool – Screen Capture tool included with every version of Windows I cannot tell you how often I need a screenshot of something while creating documentation or tutorials. I can quickly grab a snapshot, copy it to the clipboard, paste it into Paint, annotate, and save it.
WordPad or Notebook – Simple text editing tools included with every version of Windows
Speech Recognition – Allows you to “dictate” – after it is “trained” to your voice, it gets better every time you use it.