11 SECRETS YOU SHOULD LEARN
- Drag and drop to your taskbar apps: A taskbar icon's
behavior depends on which modifier keys you hold down as you click it. Hold
down Shift while you click an app's icon to open a new instance of the app.
Hold down Ctrl-Shift while clicking the
app's icon to open the program as an administrator. Drag a file from your
desktop (or from an open window) over an app's icon on the taskbar to pin
the icon to the app's jump list, or hold down Ctrl to open
the file with that program.
- LAUNCH TASKBAR APPS: Put your most commonly
used applications in the taskbar and navigating Windows will be easier.
Once you have right clicked and dragged the icon to the taskbar, you can
push Windows + 1 (for the first application) to launch that application.
Windows +2 to launch the second listed application.
- Keep your docs private: You can make a Word or Excel
document more secure by saving it with a password (if you like, you can even
specify different passwords so that some people can edit the document while
others can only read it). Select Save As, click the Tools
drop-down menu, and choose General Options (Security Options
in older versions of Office).
- Find a lost e-mail message: By default, in its All
Items searches, Outlook 2007 doesn't include e-mail messages consigned to
the Deleted Items folder. If you're looking for a missive that you think you
may have deleted, select Tools, Options, Preferences,
and click Search Options. Check the box under ‘Deleted Items' that
says Include messages from the Deleted Items folder in each data
file when searching in All Items, and you may be able to pull your missing
mail out of the trash.
- Save eight keystrokes from every URL: You no longer
need to type "www." or ".com" in most URLs. Instead, merely type the unique
part of the domain name that you want to visit--say, rhodesaz--into your
browser's navigation bar, and press Ctrl-Enter.
Your browser will automatically fill in the "www." and ".com" parts of the
- Middle-click to open a link in a new tab:
Middle-clicking a link (that is, clicking it with the scroll wheel) will
cause it to open in a new tab. Middle-clicking a folder containing multiple
bookmarks will cause all of them to open in new tabs. (Does not work
if you have set the wheel mouse to another option)
- Tag photos from Windows: If you have a lot of photos on
your PC, you'll probably want to organize them with a photo gallery app
(such as Windows Live Photo Gallery or Picasa). But if you don't want to
deal with an extra application, you can use Windows 7's built-in metadata
support to maintain order among your photos by means of descriptive tags
("Kids" or "Vacation," for example). Just select the pictures in Windows
Explorer, click Show More Details... at the bottom of the open
window, click Tags, and type the tags you want to use (separate
multiple tags with semicolons). Once you've tagged your photos, you can
search for them by placing "tag:" in front of your search string
- Stick to one point of view: Windows will remember and
abide by your View settings for each individual folder--a level of
faithfulness that's annoying if you like to stick with a particular view
setting. Open a folder, click the Organize tab, and choose
Folder and search options. Select the View tab and click the
Apply to folders button at the top. You have a new default folder
- Maximize Internet Explorer: Everybody knows if you click on
the little square box next to the RED X it will maximize the Internet
Explorer window. But did you also know that you can do the same thing
by double left clicking the title bar? It is a lot easier to double
click the title bar than find and click on the little square! Double
clicking a full size window will minimize a window.
- Toggle between apps: Use <alt> <tab> to switch open
programs without touching your mouse.
- Declutter your desktop: Access your desktop instantly by
pressing <windows> D to hide all of your open windows. Press <windows>
D again to return to where you where before.