11 SECRETS YOU SHOULD LEARN

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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 address
  6. 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)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Toggle between apps:  Use <alt> <tab> to switch open programs without touching your mouse.
  11. 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.