Fifteen Tips for Windows 7
It was released worldwide in October 2009, The Microsoft Windows 7 pleases its users for being fast, beautiful, easy to use and by providing an interface that encourages productivity. But, that such to make your experience on this operating system it is still more pleasant and profitable? For this purpose, the DigoPaul presents the following fifteen tips for Windows 7.
The tricks shown here were run on Windows 7 Home Premium in Portuguese of Brazil. Other versions of the system can display small differences pertaining to the instructions. Although we test thoroughly all the tips, can’t we ensure that all work on your computer or that will provide the effect expected.
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1 – Open new windows of open applications via the Taskbar
The Taskbar in Windows 7 is one of its big highlights, since it greatly facilitates the organization of software and files open. If you click any icon on this toolbar that represents an open application, simply causes the program to be displayed or hidden. But, and if you want to open a new window of this application? The solution will be to look for it in the Start Menu? Also serves, only that there is a faster way: just press the key Shift and click on the program icon desired at the same time. When you do this, Windows will open a new window of the tool chosen.
There is an alternative even easier: just click with the the middle mouse button (in most cases, a “wheel”) in the icon that a new program window will appear.
2 – quickly Lock-down your computer
Emerged that will urgent to go to the toilet, but you you want to avoid that other people will be snooping around your computer. The what to do? Simple, just block the access to Windows 7. For this, you you can press the keys Ctrl, Alt and Delete at the same time, and then click Lock this computer. Or, simply, you can press the keys Windows and L at the same time. To do this, all your programs will remain open, but the access to the computer will be locked until you enter your password.
3 – scientific Calculator? Calculation of dates? Worksheet to measure fuel consumption? It’s on the hand!
The Microsoft soooo in the calculator Windows 7! Instead of limit the program to the default formats and scientific, as in earlier versions of the system, the calculator in Windows 7 also offers resources for the statistical calculations, and for calculations used in programming. As if that weren’t enough, the tool also provides worksheets for the calculation of fuel consumption, unit conversion (Celsius to Fahrenheit, for example) and even the calculation of dates.
The best of all is that these resources can be used in conjunction with the calculators. It is possible, for example, display on the same screen scientific calculator and the conversion tool. To explore all of the possibilities, just open the calculator by the way the Start Menu / All Programs / Accessories / Calculator (or by typing calc in the field of searched from the Start Menu) and choose the options you want in the menu View of the program.
4 – do You think that the Taskbar takes up too much space? Then decrease the size
The Taskbar in Windows 7 is very practical, but users accustomed to previous versions Windows can find it too large. If this is your case, you can decrease the size of your icons and, consequently, of the bar. To do this, click with the right mouse button on a point free of the Taskbar, select Properties and, in the tab Task Bar, select the option to Use small icons and click Ok. Notice that the icons will become smaller, making the bar to occupy less space in screen. Note also that the procedure will cause the Bar of Tasks is with a look slightly similar to the same bar of Windows Vista.
5 – Make the Task Bar to display previews of the programs open more quickly
You probably already know that passing the mouse cursor over an icon on the Task Bar will with the Windows 7 display a preview (preview), that is, a small image of the corresponding program (since the application is open, of course). You can view this prior to be faster. For this, you have to stir in the Registry of Windows, therefore, please be very careful, because any wrong action can damage the system! Go to the Start Menu, type regedit in the search field, and press Enter. In the window that appears go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Control Panel / Mouse and on the right, double-click Mouse Hover Time. The field of this input displays by default, the value 400, indicates that the Windows takes 400 milliseconds to display the previous after the user pass the mouse cursor over an icon. You can change this value, for example, to 100 (place the value that you think is best). With this, after you restart the computer, the previews will display more quickly.
6 – Use projectors easily in Windows 7
Who is that never had problems connecting to a projector video (data show) to the computer? Or is the screen of your machine that is off, or the projection that does not occur, anyway. Windows 7 provides an easy way to troubleshoot problems of this type: after connecting the projector, go in the Start Menu / All Programs / Accessories / Connect to a Projector. Or, simply, press the Windows and P keys to the same time. When you do this, Windows displays four buttons: the first, Only the computer causes the image to be reproduced only on the screen of your PC, useful for when you need to to make an adjustment in the presentation and don’t want to the audience see, for example; the second, called Duplicate, causes the image is displayed both on the screen and on the projector; the third, Extend, causes the projector to complement the screen of the PC and vice-versa; the fourth button, Projector Only, causes only the the projector displays images, leaving the screen of the computer off.
7 – Create a DVD emergency to recover the system in case fault
Windows 7 is a operating system robust and great performance, but is not foolproof. For that you can recover your system in case of problems, Microsoft has released a tool that you create a recovery DVD. It is recommended that you create one. To do this, enter a DVD “the virgin” in the recorder from the computer, go in the Menu Start / All Programs / Maintenance and click Create a System Repair Disc. Then just click on Create Disk and follow the instructions the following. Save this DVD, since it can be very helpful in the future.
8 – Customize the look of Windows 7
Let Windows 7 with an appearance that you like is very easy, since the system offers a number of options customization of visual. For this, click the button right click any empty spot of the Desktop and select Customize. In the window that appears, you can choose a visual pattern quickly by selecting the available themes or by clicking on the link Get more themes online to get new standards on the Internet.
But, if you want to give a touch yet more personal, you can make settings through of the existing buttons at the bottom of the configuration window. In the Background of the Work Area, for example, you you can choose one or more images to serve as wallpaper. Case choose more than one, you can choose the range of time to transition from one image to another. If you choose The color of the Window, you can set the tone of the coloring of your window borders, Start Menu and Taskbar, you may even apply levels of transparency. Just devote some time to these settings, and you you will need a visual just for you!
9 – Create custom shortcuts for your favorite programs
You use a particular program several times per day and I would like a way cool opening it quickly. A solution for this purpose is to create a combination of keys shortcut to this application. To do this, locate the desired program in the Start Menu and right-click the mouse on the it. Then, choose Properties. In the window that appears, go to the tab Shortcut and in the field Shortcut Key inform a letter that you find to be convenient. For example, if you you want to create a shortcut for the program FileZilla, you can choose the letter ‘F’. Done this, every time you press the keys Ctrl, Alt and F simultaneously FileZilla will open.
10 – Install and display small applications on your Desktop
How about the temperature of the region in which you live? Or how is the use of the processor, and the memory of your computer? For this and for several other purposes you can install small applications (apps) on your Desktop of Windows 7. It’s easy: click with the right mouse button on any empty spot of the Area Desktop and choose Gadgets. In the window that appears, choose the applications that you want to install. Note that you can achieve various other on the Internet by clicking on the link Get more gadgets online. After you choose your applications, you can drag them in your Work Area to set the position each one of you. When you click with the right mouse button on each gadget, you can access your configuration options.
11 – An old program is not working properly? Make the Windows 7 try to find a solution
You use a old program, but need to their activities and realize that Windows 7 can’t run it. What do you do? Try a compatibility mode. To do this, locate the program in the Start Menu and click it with the right button of the mouse. Then, choose Properties and in the window that appears, go to the tab Compatibility. In the field Run this program in compatibility mode, select the version of Windows on the why the program worked before. If this does not resolve, you you can try the Windows XP Mode, however, this tool is only available for users of versions Professional and Ultimate editions of Windows 7.
12 – Arrange the open windows quickly
Windows 7 allows an organization quick and easy of your open windows. You can put windows next to each other, maximize open programs, among others, of the way pretty quick. To maximize a window, click with the left mouse button in its upper part (the Title Bar), and then drag to up. To make it go back to the previous size, the procedure it is similar, only that you must drag the window to low. To bring a window to the side of another, so that each occupy an equal part of the screen, drag one program to one side, and the second program to the other.
The most interesting thing is that you can perform all of these procedures using the keyboard only: to maximize the current window, simply press the key Windows more the button of arrow up. Press the button Windows more down arrow to do the opposite. Using the arrow keys to the left and to the right along with the button Windows you move to the side. Think that over? There’s more: if you hold the left mouse button pressed on the Bar Title of a program and the swing quickly, only this window will remain visible, the other will be minimized in the Taskbar. If you have a monitor with a big screen, you will see that these features will help you a lot in their activities.
13 – Use parental Controls to limit computer usage time by their children and the resources that they can access
If you have small children, it is important to give them access to the computer, however, this needs to be done with care to avoid excesses. For this, the Windows 7 offers a tool called Controls Parents. To use this feature, you must go to the Menu Start and click on Control Panel. Then, if you already not already done so, you should create one or more accounts in Windows for their children by clicking Add or remove user accounts. In the next step, you must click Set up parental controls for any user. To do this, Windows will ask for you choose an account to protect. In the next window, you must select the constraints you want to apply. You can limit the computer usage time, prevent access to certain programs and even prevent the execution of certain games.
14 – save time by using jump Lists
Another feature of Windows 7 that can help you in your productivity are the jump Lists (Jump Lists). Just click the button right click on the icon of any open program in the Bar Task. If you do this with Internet Explorer, for example, you you can easily access recently visited pages. If you click on the button of the Windows Explorer, you can access with only one more click to the frequently used folders.
And these are only examples, since each program may offer shortcuts for different resources. If you prefer, you can also access the jump Lists by clicking with the left mouse button about the icon, and directing the mouse cursor to the top soon then.
15 – Improve the image quality of your monitor with the calibrator colors of Windows 7
Windows 7 offers a tool that can help you calibrate the colors of your monitor so that you can use the computer with greater visual comfort. To do this, go to the Start Menu and type dccw in the search field. Follow the instructions in the window that appears. Notice that to obtain a satisfactory result you will be guided to use the adjustments of brightness and contrast of my monitor. Refer to the equipment manual if you do not know how to access these resources.
Finally, a extra tip: if you do not use any antivirus on your Windows, what about using the Microsoft Security Essentials? It is a lightweight antivirus, efficient, easy to use and it is totally free! Microsoft offers this tool for home users that have the original copies of the Windows XP, Vista and 7.