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Monday, 14 May 2018

Top 7 Windows 7 Tips

Top Windows 7 tips

Are you a Windows 7 user and interested in some new ways of exploiting all that this operating system has to offer? Well in this article I intend to feature tons of different tips and secrets that will keep you busy for some time to come; tips such as button combinations for easy application access optimisation tweaks , feature expansion and much more. 

1. Use Windows Key and Arrow Keys

By pressing the Windows Key and either the Right or Left arrow key, it is possible for you to dock the Windows screen either to the left or right, depending on which arrow key you use. 

When you use the Windows Key in combination with the Up arrow, it will maximise the Window, with the Down arrow it will resize, then minimise the Window. 

It’s also possible for you to stretch the Window vertically by combining the Windows Key with the Shift and Up arrow keys. If you have a multi-display setup, then using Windows Key + Shift + the Left or Right arrow keys, you can move the Window from one monitor to another. 

2. Use Windows Key and Numbers

If you combine the Windows Key with a Number (on your keyboard), it will open the Window to the corresponding open program in your Taskbar. For example, if you have several programs active. Adobe Photoshop (1), Firefox (2), Control Panel (3) and Windows Explorer (4), combining the Windows Key + 3 would make Control Panel the active Window.  

3. Enable and/or Disable Windows 7 Features

It’s possible for you to switch Windows features on and off to suit your liking. To do this, simply click on the Start Button, then type Features into the Search programs and files box and press Enter

Once the Programs and Features Window appears, click on Turn Windows Features on or off. This will bring up the Windows Features box, simply un-tick or tick a box next to the feature that you would like to Enable or Disable

4. Renaming Multiple Files 

Another very cool feature of Windows 7 is the ability to rename or name multiple files at once. In order to do this, highlight all the files that you would like to rename in Windows Explorer, then press the F2 Key. 

The next procedure entails typing in the name or new name that you would like to use for all the highlighted files and press Enter. Once you’ve done that, all the files will be renamed to the chosen name, followed by a unique number. 

5. Install Windows Essentials

It’s possible for you to increase the features and functionality of the operating system by installing Windows Essentials, which is a FREE software package. 

Windows Essentials includes: 

📌 Windows Live Mail
📌 Windows Live Writer
📌 Windows Movie Maker
📌 Windows Live Family Safety
📌 SkyDrive for Windows

6. Use Windows Shake Feature

If you’re the type of person that likes to run multiple programs at once, your desktop can get rather cluttered. This can be quite distracting, especially when working on one program while attempting to minimise all the others. In past versions of Windows, you had to individual minimize all the programs. 

With the new Shake feature, it’s possible for you to minimize all of the Windows except the one that you’re actually working on – all in one easy single step. Simply click and hold the title bar of the Window that you would like to keep active; while holding onto the title bar, simply shake it back and forth until all of the other Windows have been minimised. It’s also possible for you to maximise all the Windows by repeating the same process. 

Note: It can also use the Shake feature by combining the Windows Key + Home key. 

7. Customise Windows Shutdown Button

By default, the shutdown button is configured to simply turn your PC off. However, it is possible for you to use this button for another action, such as restarting your computer. In order to do that, click the arrow to the right of the shutdown button, then select using the drop-down menu. 

If you’re someone who rarely ever shuts his/her computer down, then you may want to consider changing the default shutdown button to something else, such as Log Off, Restart, Switch user or Hibernate. 

In order to change the default shutdown button, simply right click on the Start button, and then select Properties

From the Start Menu, click on the Power Button Action drop-down menu, then select the action that you would like to be set as default, once done, click on the OK button. 

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Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website

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