1. Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows Key and spacebar – Quickly show desktop.
Windows key and L – Locks the computer quickly.
Windows Key and Home – Minimises all windows but the active one
Windows Key and +/- – zooms in and out
Windows Key and M – Minimise all windows
Windows Key and R – Opens run command
Windows key and F – Opens search box
Windows Key and T – Scroll through items on taskbar
Alt and Tab – Switches between open windows
2. Pin to start menu or taskbar
Do you get sick of looking for programs either on a cluttered desktop or by going through your program menu? You can easily add programs to the taskbar or start menu with a couple of clicks.
To do this find the program in your programs list and right click on it. You will see 2 options in there “pin to taskbar” and “pin to start menu” Select where you want the icon to appear and press the left mouse button. (The image shows where the taskbar and start menu are located.
3. Desktop shortcut for favourite websites
This is another question I get asked often “Can I create a shortcut to a website on my desktop” the answer is yes just the same as you can create any other shortcut. Simply right click on your desktop select new and then shortcut.
You will be then asked where you want the shortcut to point to so put your web address in here and then press next. We have used our website but say for example you wanted google you would put http://www.google.com
4. Disable startup programs you dont need
There is a utility in windows that allows you to disable programs starting up when windows starts up that is called Msconfig. While it is not recommended you play around with other settings in here disabling some of the programs starting up that you dont need can give you a bit of your speed back on boot up and stop the annoying programs starting up (registration screens etc). It is also good for diagnosing a slow PC as you can disable and then enable programs to detect which may be causing issues.
On the left hand side you will see items with tick boxes next to them. Disable any that you are sure you dont need and press apply. You may be asked to restart your computer for changes to take effect.
5. Showing and adding gadgets to your desktop
You can get what are called gadgets on your desktop. These include things like calendars, clocks, newsfeeds, weather and a whole lot more. To add a gadget to your desktop right click on your desktop and select and click on gadgets in the menu.
The screen below allows you add the gadgets you want to your desktop by simply double clicking them with your left mouse button. You can also get more gadgets online by clicking the “get gadgets online” link at the bottom
You should now have a number of gadgets on your screen like the image below. You can move these gadgets around your desktop by left clicking and holding and moving the mouse to a new place on your screen then letting go of the mouse button.