Six Quick Tips for Windows 7

Hopefully you love your Windows 7 Operating System already.  It’s user-friendly and easy to navigate.  However, there are several hidden tips and tricks that can make your experience of Windows 7 out of this world.  Here are six things you can implement right now to make Windows 7 work even better for you.

1.  Know Your Keyboard Shortcuts

  • 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+UpAlt+Left ArrowAlt+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
  • Alt+P activates an additional file preview pane

2. Create Favorite Lists for Folders

You can add any library or folder to the Favorites section in Windows Explorer. To add a folder, navigate to it in Explorer, right-click Favorites in the left navigation pane, and select Add current location to Favorites. Now you get quick access to your favorite folders in all File->Save As dialogs, instead of having to navigate to the folder over and over again.  You can also drap and drop your favorite folders to the taskbar for easy access.

3.   Create Your Own Shortcuts For Your Favorite Programs

By right-clicking the program icon and selecting Properties, then the Shortcut tab, and clicking in Shortcut key, you can set the keyboard shortcut for any program.  You can customize your own shortcut for any program in Windows 7.

4. Customize the Power Button

If you restart your computer more often than you shut it down, change the default Shutdown power button to Restart. Right-click on Start, select Properties, and choose the Power button action that you use the most.

5.  Automatically Switch Your Default Printer

Windows 7’s location-aware printing allows the operating system to automatically switch your default printer as you move from one network to another.  To set this up, first click Start, type Devices, and click the Devices and Printers link.  Select a printer and click Manage Default Printers (this is only visible on a mobile device, like a laptop – you won’t see it on a PC).  Choose the “Change my default printer when I change networks” option, select a network, the default printer you’d like to use, and click Add.  Windows 7 will check this list and set the default printer to the one that you’ve defined.

6. Auto Arrange Your Desktop

If your Windows 7 desktop has icons scattered everywhere then you could right-click it and select View > Auto Arrange, just as in Vista. But a simpler solution is just to press and hold down F5, and Windows will automatically arrange its icons for you.  It’s a quick way to keep your desktop neat!

Good luck using these tips, there are plenty more to make your Windows experience as optimal as possible!

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