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Windows 7 Tips

Postby jihn on Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:53 pm

Windows 7 *Tips*

Honestly i was hoping someone a bit more qualified then me would have started a thread like this, but maby the pro's wanna share some tips with us later?
Anyway, gona start off with some simple things, will be adding a bit as time passes too. Now, bring us your tips!

Windows 7 keyboard/mouse shortcuts

  • Using the mouse you can drag windows to either side of the screen, or you can drag them up top to maximise them.
  • 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+Up, Alt+Left Arrow, Alt+Right Arrow: Navigate to parent folder, or browse Back and Forward through folders in Explorer/Firefox and Opera.
  • 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: Display/ hide the Explorer preview panel.
  • Win+G: Display gadgets in front of other windows.
  • Win+(plus key): Zoom in, where appropriate.
  • Win+(minus key): Zoom out, where appropriate.
  • Win+D, Win+Space: Show desktop.
  • Ctrl+click taskbar program: Open programs at the taskbar as administrator.
  • Win+T: And you move the focus to the left-most icon on the taskbar. Then use your arrow keys to change the focus to other icons.
  • Mouse Rightclick/Mouse leftclick+drag upwards taskbar program: Opens the program jumplist.
  • Shift+Mouse Rightclick: Gives extended 'send to' options.

Rearranging system tray icons:

    You can reorder the tray icons as you want. Put the icons you dont need to keep an eye on outside the tray by dragging them into the 'hidden icons' menu, or the other way around. You can also press the 'hidden icons' arrow and customize further.

Add folders to favourites:

    To add folders to the 'Windows explorer' favourites simply navigate to the folder in explorer, then on the left side of navigation rightclick favourites and 'add to favourites'. Image example. Now you get quick access to your favourite folders when doing 'file > save as' and uploading to 'UKCS uploader'.

Adjust screen text with clear type:

    Use cleartype tuner to get the best possible text look on your monitor. 'Start > Search box > cttune.exe'

Color Calibration:

    To calibrate the colors go 'Start > Search box > dccw.exe'. Here you can adjust gamma, brightness, contrast and color balance.

Edit 'hosts' file win7:

    Hosts file is located in 'C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc' as before. Now to edit the hosts file, 'Start > Search box > notepad > right click the file > open as administrator'. Then You are free to open up the hosts file, and edit as you wish.


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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby oodle doodle on Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:30 pm

Nice post Jihn :) Gonna add some speed tips. Check this website for tips on how to disable a few services etc and get a performance boost as a result http://www.computingunleashed.com/2009/ ... de-to.html

CBA to copy them out myself, but they are useful tips ^^
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Nelsaidi on Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:45 pm

oodle doodle wrote:Nice post Jihn :) Gonna add some speed tips.

I agree, nice post, but speed tips :O - Windows 7 is fast as it is! Only thing you can do is use msconfig to stop additional stuff you install from running on startup. I havent touched any default settings, UAC is still on, it's hardly annoying now!
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby oodle doodle on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:33 pm

It's not really that quick, you're just recovering from vista hehe. Try ubuntu for quickness :P
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby gandy on Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:55 am

Also Jihn there is a full list here

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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby devo on Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:12 am

couple to add:

Shift+click taskbar program: Open the program again if one is already open instead of selecting it
Dragging a window: Shake a window side to side and all other windows will minimise, shake it again and they'll reappear


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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby cerb on Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:10 am

cheers for the shift+click one devo, right clicking then selecting from the menu was driving me mad!
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Xerxes on Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:04 pm

Devo, I've noticed you need to unclick and then hold again to get the windows to reappear when shaking.

Ie:
  1. Click and hold the window handle.
  2. Shake the mouse (making all other windows minimise).
  3. Unclick.
  4. Click and hold the window handle.
  5. Shake the mouse. (making all other windows restore)

Does everyone else get this?
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby G3!ST on Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:10 pm

yeh we got it. fink thats what he meant anyway.
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby devo on Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:50 pm

Yea, that's what i meant, should have made it more clear :)


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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Xerxes on Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:11 pm

Goodo, was worried my windows wasn't working quite right for a second there. :)
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Nelsaidi on Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:19 pm

oodle doodle wrote:It's not really that quick, you're just recovering from vista hehe. Try ubuntu for quickness :P


lol, Well, its a ray of light compared to vista!

I also idle at 0 - 4% (Maximum) - even when listening to music + using firefox + using msn/steam freinds :shock:
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Little_Devil on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:54 pm

I used to idle at around the same rate with XP64 :P

Nice tips Jihn.

I do have a few issues with Win 7, like how slow it is to start up properly (notice the HDD light activity on start) and the fact that I have a habit of moving my mouse out of the way, down and to the right when I start typing. I found the peek at desktop quite annoying, since the desktop came up and the app you were typing into disappeared, but that can be remedied by right clicking on the bottom right square and unchecking "Peek at desktop".
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Slippery Lizard on Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:07 pm

Nice shortcuts and tips, thanks for the list!!!
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby ANEKi on Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:48 pm

I'm really enjoying Windows 7.

One thing I've noticed (and is annoying) is that STEAM loads up when the computer starts - fair enough. But the taskbar icons splits it into 2 (possibly 3) windows in which you have to select one? What if I just want to open STEAM fully?


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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Flawless on Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:37 pm

Isn't that just things like updates that are opening?
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby quaduski on Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:38 pm

by ANEKi on 16 Nov 2009 13:48

I'm really enjoying Windows 7.

One thing I've noticed (and is annoying) is that STEAM loads up when the computer starts - fair enough. But the taskbar icons splits it into 2 (possibly 3) windows in which you have to select one? What if I just want to open STEAM fully?


You can either pin the steam exe to the task bar or double click on the steam icon in the hidden icon thingy on the left near the time
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby LuckyNV on Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:41 pm

Flawless wrote:Isn't that just things like updates that are opening?


indeed, several windows could open, friends, steam community and special offers/announcements
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Podge on Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:11 pm

Win+ 1-9 will open/cycle through open windows in that dock position.

Ie, if Internet Explorer is right besode the Start button, win+1 selects it.
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Re: Windows 7 Tips

Postby Zatoichi_BM on Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:20 pm

I have some technical stuffs for people using Windows 7:

How to change the logon screen for windows 7 WITHOUT rebooting!:

1. Press win+r key and Type Regedit to start a registry edit session
2. Run a REGISTRY Backup (just in case...LOL)
3. Locate following registry key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
4. Now in right-side pane, change value of entry: OEMBackground to 1 (normally set at 0)
5. Now to place your custom image in the %windir%\system32\oobe folder system
6. Create a new folder called "info" (should look like this: %windir%\system32\oobe\info)
7. Create a new folder called "backgrounds" in the "info" folder (should look like this: %windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds)
7. Now place your desired logon wallpaper within this new "background" folder with file name as backgroundDefault.jpg (should look like this: %windir%\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds\backgroundDefault.jpg)
8. DONE!

NOW you can have your own, custom logon screen for Windows 7 as well!

It worked for me, and I think it MAY work in Windows VIsta, but it's worth checking first!

Enjoy friends!


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