Windows 7 FAQ & Tips for Beginners

If you have registered for the Windows 7 Meetup, you may have downloaded the excellent Windows 7 FAQ & Tips Word document from Microsoft. If you haven’t, you can always download it from the link mentioned at the end of this post.

Windows 7 FAQ & Tips

Here are a few basic tips which may interest a new Windows 7 user:

• Reveal a hidden calendar by clicking on the clock in your Windows 7 system tray.
• The Windows 7 Snap function lets you drag a window to the edge of the screen and then snap it in place.
• With Shake, just click a title bar and shake your mouse, making all other open Windows minimize.
• Hover over taskbar icons to preview open windows of that program.
• You can change the order of icons on the taskbar by clicking & dragging them to the order and locations you prefer.

• You can drag icons and shortcuts to the task bar, enabling you to launch them with a single click.
• Jump Lists  – Right click on taskbar icons to open a jump list of items related to that program.
• When you drag an item into an Outlook email, it will automatically attach the file to the email.
• Using a projector is easy, just plug it in, use the keystroke “Windows+p” and you’re ready to go.
• You can move windows across multiple monitors without having to minimize or shrink the window first.

• In Windows 7 Ultimate and Professional editions, you can access Windows XP Mode.
• Windows 7 Search Builder allows clicking search fields to build a query without memorizing search syntax.
• Action Center is a single location for collecting important security and maintenance notifications.
• Get one-click access to available networks, whether they are based on Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, or a VPN.
• With improved Windows Search, just typing a few letters shows relevant results from files and folders.

• Backing up data on Windows 7 is easy, especially with “Recommended,” and “Let Me Choose” options.
• Windows Media Center in Win 7 plays more A/V formats, including 3GP, AAC, DivX, MOV, XVID, and more.
• Create keyboard shortcuts for any program by selecting the shortcut tab and setting a Shortcut Key.
• Pin frequently used folders to the taskbar. They show up in the Jump List when you right click Explorer.
• ALT+TAB enables you to dynamically bring windows to the top of the list for a full preview.

• De-clutter screens- Hit Win+Home to minimize all inactive windows, while active one stays put.
• To customize a desktop slide show, choose Personalize>Desktop Background. CTRL-click photos to choose.
• Desktop covered with windows? Hit Win+Space & Aero Peek shows just your desktop icons & gadgets.
• To quickly open up a second instance of the same application, hit Shift + click the taskbar menu.

Also see Windows 7 Tips & Tricks Guide.

Download: Microsoft’s Windows 7 FAQ & Tips Word document.

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