Windows 7 Top 5 Tips and Tricks....
That You Didn't Know About
Tip 1: When you first install Windows 7 you will be asked for your language, time, and currency. Based on your response, a set of wallpaper and thems will be installed. Hidden though, are many different themes and scenaries from other English speaking countries such as Canada, Australia, Great Britian, and South Africa.
1. In the search box in the Start menu, type
C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT and press Enter. (Note: If Windows 7
is installed in a drive other than C:, use that letter instead.)
2. Windows Explorer will launch and show you a list
of subfolders under C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT: MCT-AU, MCT-CA,
MCT-GB, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA. Each subfolder has wallpapers for a specific
country: AU for Australia, CA for Canada, GB for Great Britain, US for the
United States, and ZA for South Africa.
3. That will install a shortcut to the theme and wallpapers in the
Personalization section of Control Panel.
Tip 2: If you are someone who frequently runs multiple programs, your desktop can get extremely cluttered. But with Window 7's "shake" feature, you can minimize every window, except the one that your currently working with in a single step.
Tip 3: The Windows 7 Start Menu includes links to your
Pictures and Music folders, but not to your Videos folder. If you watch a lot of
videos and want a link to them on your Start Menu, here's what you can do:
1. Right-click the Start button and select
2. On the screen that appears, go to the Start Menu
tab and click Customize
3. In the dialog box that appears, scroll to the
bottom, look for the Videos section, select "Display as a link," and click OK
and then OK again.
Tip 4: In order to select multiple files for an operation
such as copying, moving or deleting in Windows Explorer, you generally use the
keyboard and the mouse, Ctrl-clicking every file you want to select. But if you're mouse-centric, there's a way to select multiple files in Windows 7 using
only your mouse, via check boxes. To do it:
1. In Windows Explorer, click Organize, and then select "Folder and search
2. Click the View tab.
3. In Advanced Settings, scroll down and check the
box next to "Use check boxes to select items." Click OK
4. From now on, when you hover your mouse over a
file in Windows Explorer, a check box will appear next to it; click it to select
the file. Once a file is selected, the checked box remains next to it; if you
uncheck it, the box will disappear when you move your mouse away.
Tip 5: Depending on your system settings, when you go to Computer in Windows Explorer,
you may be in for a shock -- you may not see all your drives such as memory card
readers if those drives are empty. If this disconcerts you, there's a simple way
for you to see them even if there's nothing there:
1. Launch Windows Explorer and press the Alt button
to reveal the top menu.
2. Select Tools --> Folder Options and click the
3. Under "Advanced settings," uncheck the box next
to "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder." Click OK. The drives will now
always be visible