Friday, November 26, 2010

Ten tweaks to enhance your Windows experience.

1.Active windows.
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7
Press [Alt] + [Esc] to cycle through your active items in the order in which they were opened. Then press [Alt] +[Tab] to pick the window you want to work on.........


2. Cut back services.
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7
Free up resources by disabling unnecessary services, or setting them to start manually. To turn off services in Windows, go to Start > Run or windows logo & R and type : "services.msc". Double-click on the service youwant to alter and change the Startup Type to Disabled or Manual. The Remote Registry Service is a serious security threat if it's turned on, so make sure this is disabled.

3. Remove text from icons
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7. Windows won't let you rename a desktop shortcut to a single space. However, you can force it to accept a spaceby holding down [Alt] and typing "255" on the number pad. For multiple items, use an increasing number of spaces.

4. Mute shortcut
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7.Right-click the desktop and choose New > Shortcut.Enter the following for the shortcut location: "C:\Path\To\nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 2". Name the shortcut "mute_unmute". Double click it to mute your speakers and do so again to turn them back on.

5. Quick folder Properties
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7. To move quickly to a folder's Properties dialog, double-click it while holding down [Alt].

6. Send To expansion.
Works with: Windows 7
When you right-click a file or folder in Windows 7 and choose Send To, there's a limited number of options. But hold down [Shift] as you right-click and you'll open an expanded menu containing My Documents, Downloads and more useful locations.

7. Active windows
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7.
Press [Alt] + [Esc] to cycle through your active items in the order in which they were opened. Then press [Alt] +[Tab] to pick the window you want to work on.

8. Get past the welcome screen
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7.
You can automatically log on and bypass the welcome screen with this simple tweak. Choose Start > Run(or Windows logo & R) and type "control userpasswords2" without the quotes into the Open bar.Click OK to see a dialog with each user installed on the PC. Clear the box marked "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer". Click OK. Now restart, and you'll go directly to your desktop.

9. Quickly open Explorer
Works with: XP, Vista, Windows 7.
Press [Windows] + [E] to open up Windows Explorer at My Computer. Press it again to open a new Explorer window.

10. Half screen
Works with: Windows 7.
For an easy way to snap the active window to the side of the screen without dragging it, press the [Windows] key plus the left or right arrow to dock it to the left or right. To minimize, press the Windows logo and the down arrow key.

11. To minimize a program press Windows logo and M or in a full screen program you press alt and esc.

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