Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Windows 7 tips & Tricks

                                        WIN 7 TIPS:

Use Keyboard Shortcuts:

Using the mouse, you can drag-”˜n-dock windows to either side of the screen, or drag it to the top to maximize it. These keyboard shortcuts are even faster:

  •     Win+Left Arrow and Win+Right Arrow dock the window to the left and right side of the screen
  •     Win+Up Arrow and Win+Down Arrow maximize and restore/minimize
  •     Win+M minimizes everything
  •     Alt+Up, Alt+Left Arrow, Alt+Right Arrow navigate to parent folder, or browse Back and forward through folders in Explorer
  •     Win+Home minimizes/restores all open windows except the active window
  •     Alt+Win+# accesses the Jump List of program number ‘#’ on the taskbar

Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Programs:

Windows + E = My computer

Windows + T = Control go to Taskbar Options

Windows + Spacebar = Show the desktop

For New Themes, there's a hidden folder: C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT

Shake your desktop free of clutter: With Windows 7's "shake" feature, though, you can minimize every window except the one in which you're currently working -- in a single step. Click and hold the title bar of the window you want to keep on the desktop; while still holding the title bar, shake it quickly back and forth until all of the other windows minimize to the taskbar. Then let go. To make them return, shake the title bar again.

Get a Power Efficiency Report

Have a laptop and want to get more battery life out of it? Windows 7 includes a hidden built-in tool that will examine your laptop's energy use and make recommendations on how to improve it. To use it:

1. Run a command prompt as an administrator. To do this, type cmd in the search box, and when the cmd icon appears, right-click it and choose "Run as administrator."

2. At the command line, type in the following:

powercfg -energy -output \Folder\Energy_Report.html

where \Folder represents the folder where you want the report to be placed.

3. For about a minute, Windows 7 will examine the behavior of your laptop. It will then analyze it and create a report in HTML format in the folder you specified. Double-click the file, and you'll get a report -- follow its recommendations for ways to improve power performance.
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