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Windows 7 Tips and Tricks
Windows 7 Tips & Tricks Guide, from Microsoft Partners, covers tips that will help improve your way of working. It will familiarize you with some new features of Windows 7.
This 8 MB download from Microsoft covers around 15 tips, which include:
- Change the scenery
- Crunch the numbers
- Smart printing
- Shake it up
- Clean your desktop
- New right-click features
- Unveil your hidden drives
- Pin folders to start menu
- Taskbar traversing
- Bitlocker to go protection
- Windows troubleshooting platform, etc.
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 the 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 taskbar, 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 from.
- 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.