Windows Tips

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Multiple monitor control: Pressing the Windows Key + Arrow Keys will cause a window to quickly snap to each side of either monitor. Alternatively, hitting Shift + Windows Key + Arrows will cause the window to jump to the other monitor.  Windows key + P will allow you to set up a second display. Also if you type on the runbar  DisplaySwitch.exe will make you choose your preferred display.

Find/Delete large files wasting space A handy tool called WinDirStat (Windows Directory Statistics)can be used to easily find which files and folders are taking up the most space on your drive. From there, you can delete them and open up a ton of storage space.

Auto add www. and .com to your URL: Type the URL and simply click CTRL + Enter. If you need .net instead of .com, press CTRL + Shift + Enter instead.

Jump your cursor directly to the address bar: Pressing CTRL + L or F6Key or ALT + D

To move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word, use CTRL + Left Arrow. To move it to the beginning of the next word, use CTRL + Right Arrow. In OS X you can accomplish the same using the Option key.

If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can hit CTRL + Z to bring it right back to where it was. In Chrome and Firefox you can also undo closing a tab using CTRL + SHIFT + T.

Windows hidden God Mode folder: Windows offers a centralized Control Panel for all of the OS settings, which makes it easy for users to tweak everything from desktop background to setting up a VPN. To enter this mode, create a new folder with this exact name: SuperFolder{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} (copy and paste it). The folder icon will change to a Control Panel-style icon, and you will be able to jump in and change all kinds of settings. Please Don’t try this on Windows Vista 64-bit as it’s known to cause a reboot loop.

Startup Disk: When you install Windows 7, it’s a good idea to create a system repair disc straight away in case you run into problems booting the OS later. Click Start > Maintenance > Create a System Repair Disc, and let Windows 7 build a bootable emergency disc. On emergency, this could be the only way to get your PC running again.

Minimize all windows: Simply pressing Windows + D will minimize everything you have up, also noted that Windows + M offers similar functionality, but there are no undoing, so Windows + D is the more favorable approach.

Rename files sequentially: Select all the files you want to change, right-click the first one in the list, select rename and type the name. It will automatically change all the other files with the same name with a suffix as 1,2 …

Use private browsing: Press CTRL + Shift + N will launch a new private in Chrome; CTRL + Shift + P in IE & Firefox.

Auto switch to default Printer: Windows 7’s location-aware printing allows the operating system to automatically switch your default printer as you move from one network to another.

  • To set up click Start, type Devices, and click the Devices and Printers.
  • Select the printer and click Manage Default Printers(this feature is only available on laptop)
  • Choose Change My Default Printer When I Change Networks option, select a network, the default printer you’d like to use, and click Add.
  • Repeat the process for other networks and pick a default printer.
  • Once you connect to the defined network, Windows 7 will check the list and set the default printer assigned.
  • How good is that!!

Bring up the system information window: Press Windows + Pause/Break

Copy only active window to clipboard: ALT + Print Screen only copies the currently active window to the clipboard.

Close the current program: ALT + F4 will close the program that is running

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