JUNE 11th COMPUTER CLUB LESSON'S

Window's 7 Tips (Some actually work in XP)

1.  UNDO (or UNDELETE)

While Word and Works both have an UNDO icon (what I call the oop's I didn't mean to do that) on the toolbar, Windows Explorer and other locations do not.

Remember these keys on the keyboard.  CTRL + Z

For example, let's say you just deleted a file you didn't mean to delete. Instead of opening up the Recycle Bin and poking around until you find the file, a simple press of Ctrl-Z should restore it to the folder window from which you deleted it. The same applies to batches of deleted files.

Also, a very common boo-boo is when you inadvertently rename a file. Can't remember the old filename? No problem: Just press Ctrl-Z (before you close the folder containing the file) and presto, it reverts to the original name.

Needless to say, Undo is your go-to function for undoing unwanted actions and changes. Once you start using Ctrl-Z on a regular basis, you'll wonder how you got along without it.

(I did some testing on a Windows XP computer and this tip works)

 

2.  SHOW DESKTOP

If you are like me, I like to have multiple windows open. (rather then tabs).  This way I don't loose my starting point.

Declutter your desktop: Access your desktop instantly by pressing Windows-D to hide all open windows. Press Windows-D again to return to where you were.

This works in Windows XP also.

 

3.  CREATE A NEW FOLDER ANYWHERE

Create a new folder either on the desktop or anywhere in Windows Explorer.

Ctrl-Shift-N.

 

4.  DESKTOP ICON SIZE

Windows 7 gives you the ability to change the size of ICONS on your desktop without having to change anything else.

Right click the desktop > View > Small Icons (Classic on Vista). That is the smallest icon size you can have.

Tip   

Tip:  You can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to resize desktop icons. On the desktop, press and hold CTRL while you scroll the wheel to make icons larger or smaller.  This also works for changing the size of the font in Internet Explorer 8 (The Big Blue E).

HOW TO CHANGE THE DESKTOP ICON SIZE IN XP

Steps for changing desktop icon size.
1. Right Click Desktop + Choose “Properties”
2. In the Properties Window click on the “Appearance Tab” at the top.
3. In the Appearance Window click on the button called “Advanced”
4. In the Advanced Appearance Window choose “Item:” from the drop down list and choose “Icon” and you can choose desired Icon size. By default many users will see 32 x 32 pixels but this can be changed to whatever you want.

 

5.  SHAKE YOUR DESKTOP FREE OF CLUTTER

If you frequently run multiple programs simultaneously, your desktop can get extremely cluttered. This can get annoying if you're working on one program and want to minimize all the other windows -- in previous versions of Windows you had to minimize them individually.

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.

You can accomplish the same thing by pressing the Window key-Home key combination -- although doing that is not nearly as much fun.