how to get blender to retain all materials

I know about the fake user thing but in the 2.4x series you could press shift+F4 or or something to open a list and apply fake users to blocks of data…atleast u could do it for actions does 2.6 have a similar area how to open it…I have unused materials I dont want to lose them, but I am trying to avoid the tedium of going through all those materials to do it one by one…by the way…users should be allow to set fake users as a default or something…its stupid to treat “unused” as “unwanted”

Assign Fake User to all materials with ‘Material Utils’ addon

thank you very much