Windows 7 Tips &Tricks

With all the news of Windows 8 being launched and other news coming up everyday, I think that Windows 7 is still being widely all over the world. Today, I will give you some tips and tricks that will make your work easier.

1. Shake your desktop to remove all the clutter

If you are like me and love to multi-task and open multiple programs, this tip will help you tons. It can be annoying if there are multiple windows open on your desktop and you want to minimize all of them except one, then, you just click on the task bar and while holding the ‘Left Mouse Button’ shake the window left and right. This will minimize all the windows open on your desktop except the one you shook.

2. Get a power efficiency report from your laptop without installing any external software

Have a laptop and want to get more battery life out of it? Windows 7 has a secret tool that will do it for you if you want it to. Just go to ‘Run’ and type ‘cmd‘(without quotes). Make sure that you have administrator rights.

At the command line type-

powercfg -energy -output \Folder\Energy_Report.html

where /Folder represents the folder in which you want the file to be saved in. Press Enter. Windows 7 will then analyze your lappy for a minute or so and will give you a report in the form of an html file.

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3. Use check boxes to select files

Many times when you have to select multiple files for copying or moving in Windows Explorer you have to press Ctrl- and then click on each file individually. Here’s a solution to the problem.

(a) Open Windows Explorer and click on Organize. Now click on ‘Folder and Search Options’. Then click on ‘View Tab’.

(b) In Advanced Settings, scroll down and check “Use check boxes to select items’.

(c) Click on Apply.

(d) Now you can check the files that you want to select and then uncheck the ones you don’t want to without using the Ctrl key.

4. Open command prompt at any folder

Command prompt fans will love this. With the help of this trip you’ll be able to open command prompt without opening ‘Run’ and typing ‘cmd‘.

To do this:

(a) Hold down the Shift Key

(b) Right click on any folder and then click on ‘Open Command Window here’

NOTE: This trick does not work with the Documents folder.

5. Speed up the display of the thumbnails in the taskbar

One of the nicest things about the taskbar is that when you hover your mouse over the icons in it, you can see thumbnail previews of all open windows for each of those applications.

When you do so, there is a slight delay before the thumbnail appears. But you can make the thumbnails display more quickly by using a Registry hack.

Important: Always create a Restore Point before editing the Windows Registry. If you don’t know how to create a Restore Point or find your way around the Windows Registry.

1. Launch the Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Search box and pressing Enter.

2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse.

3. Double-click MouseHoverTime. The default value you’ll see is 400 — which means 400 milliseconds. Type in a new, smaller value — 150 is a good bet. Then click OK and exit the Registry Editor. You’ll have to log off or restart your computer for the change to take effect.