10 Tips and Tricks for Windows 7

You might not know these things about the computer you use every day!

1. Have you ever wanted control over what your kids do on the PC? In Windows 7, you now can with a utility called 'AppLocker.' It allows you to block which programs users can run.

2. Do you remember that old calculator in accessories that just couldn't do the more complex calculations you needed? In Windows 7, it has received an upgrade. Check the Options menu and you'll find you can switch to a scientific, programmer, or statistics calculator for those more difficult calculations.

3. If you have a wireless adapter and it has support, you can make use of a 'virtual router' to use your computer as a hotspot. This allows you to share your internet connection with other devices, such as a smartphone.

4. When it comes to wallpapers, some of us like change. On Windows 7, you can find some wallpapers you like, put them in a slideshow, and they'll change on their own. You can have them from as short as 10 seconds to as long as a day, so your desktop stays fresh!

5. Suppose you don't want your power button to completely shut off your computer. You can change it to a variety of things, such as restarting, going into sleep mode, etc. just by right clicking the start menu, selecting Properties, and changing the Power Boot Action to your liking.

6. In much the same way as you change the boot action, you can also disable the Aero Peak, or the preview when you mouse over an icon on the taskbar.

7. If you have a program you use a lot, and want something more convenient than a desktop shortcut, you can right click the icon on the taskbar and select the option to pin it. Now, whenever you close it, the icon will still be there, ready to open at a click.

8. Any of us who have a flash drive know how easily they can be lost. This can be a problem if sensitive information is available on one. However, by going to Computer, right clicking the flash drive, and turning on BitLocker, you can add a password. You might have to replace the drive and files, but at least your information will be safe.

9. If you're on a network, and want to keep folders private, this might also be helpful. Simply right click a folder you want to keep private, and select Share with. Then simply decide who you want to have access to this folder, and you're done.

10. If you want another instance of a program you have open, you can simply middle-click or shift-click the icon in the taskbar and another instance will open.

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