Windows 7 is around for many months now and everyone is enjoying this lighter aspect of Windows operating system. If you haven’t switched to it, I’d highly recommend it even if you have a system with low specs.
Some features of Windows 7 are redesigned taken from previous versions while most of them are new and advanced like Taskbar, Explorer, Start menu, control panel and many more.
After using Windows 7 for few weeks now, I found many new, hidden and interesting features, keyboard shortcuts and tips that still most of the users are unfamiliar of. Out of which here are 10 best and worth sharing tips for Windows 7 users. Hope you’ll learn and enjoy!
1. Windows Docking
To Dock a window to the left or right half of the screen, simply drag it to the edge; similarly, you can drag the window to the top of the screen to maximize it, and double-click the window top / bottom border to maximize it vertically with the same horizontal width.
You can control Windows through keyboard shortcuts as well:
Win+Left Arrow and Win+Right Arrow dock;
Win+Up Arrow and Win+Down Arrow maximizes and restores / minimizes;
Win+Shift+Up Arrow and Win+Shift+Down Arrow maximizes and restores the vertical size.
2. Switching Through Opened Windows
To Quickly Jump to Opened/Minimized Application or windows in Taskbar; Press Win+1, Win+2, Win+3 …. (upto Win+9) to control Running Application # 1, 2 and 3 and so on.
3. Controlling Taskbar Applications
To focus the control to Taskbar; press Win+T. Once you’re on Taskbar, use the arrow keys to select a particular window or group and then hit Enter to launch or activate it. To remove the focus from taskbar press Esc.
4. Pinning a folder to Explorer Jumplist
If you frequently work on some folders you can quickly pin them with the Explorer icon on the taskbar. Just hold the right-click button down and drag the folder to the taskbar, and it will be automatically pinned in the Explorer Jump List.
5. Show Only Current Window and Minimize Rest All
If you’re working on a folder or a single window and want to hide/minimize all other open in the background; Grab the window from the title bar and shake it! Yes Shake it a little to left and right and all your opened windows open in background will be minimized.
You can do this from keyboard by pressing Win+Home to minimize all the non-active background windows, keeping the window you’re using in its current position. When you’re ready or done working on your window, press Win+Home again to restore all the background windows to their original locations.
(Tip: To Minimize ALL running windows at once, press Win+D)
6. Powerful Calculator
The Windows 7 calculator may look simple like you’ve seen in previous version of Windows, but It includes many new advanced features like units conversions, date conversion and worksheets for mortgage and leasing calculations, vehicle and fuel economy calculations. You can switch between basic, scientific, programming and statistics mode of the calculator.
7. Hidden High Resolution Wallpapers
Windows 7 comes with many new high resolution wallpapers which can be accessed through Personalization option in Control Panel. But did you know that there are some hidden wallpapers and themes inside Windows installation folder? No, then open Windows Explorer and enter this address:
You’ll notice some folders of different locations with their theme files. If you want to apply those themes (which off course automatically sets associated wallpapers) then just double click any theme file.
8. Inbuilt Screen Recorder
Windows 7 comes with a in-built diagnostic tools – Problem Steps Recorder, that can be used internally to send feedback for a particular problem to someone to troubleshoot it. The Problem Steps Recorder provides a simple screen capture tool that enables you to record a series of actions.
Open Start menu, and find “Problem Steps Recorder” to find the application.
Once you hit “record”, it tracks your mouse and keyboard actions and captures screenshots. Once you stop recording, it ask you for a saving location and saves the whole thing to MHTML format in a .ZIP file.
9. Display Projection
To control over presentation/projector settings, press Win+X to open the Windows Mobility Center, which allows you to turn on a presentation “mode” in one click.
After switching to Presentation mode, you can try different modes of Multiple Display settings by pressing Win+P.
10. Multiple Instances of Single Application
If a program supports multiple instances like, default windows applications; calculator, paint, command prompt etc, then you can open its multiple instance without going to start menu to run it again.
If the program is already running, just hold down SHIFT key and press the taskbar icon of that program, this will open another instance of that same program. To do this without keyboard, press the middle (or wheel) button of your mouse on the taskbar icon of that running program.
How Important It Is To Allow Windows Updates To Install Automatically
Surely there isn’t a computer user around the globe who hasn’t encountered a windows update pop-up. We’ve all come across it unless you’ve always been a Mac user. Mostly people ignore these updates and think of them as something not too important. Eventually after having denied an update request for the umpteenth time, users resolve is to disable the automatic updates feature and instead handle updates manually.
But, these updates aren’t unimportant, one major reason is the security issue that it can cause if ignored, and surely no one would like their computer to be an easy target for hackers; that’s not all and there is more to it than security.
Therefore, we’ll discuss the factors which will enlighten you regarding how important it is to allow windows updates to install automatically?
Following are the factors which explain the importance of automatic updates:
1. Security Updates
Microsoft keeps improving any bugs and issues reported in its operating system. Therefore, patches are routinely released to fix these issues. After a patch is publicly released it becomes apparent where the loophole is; in such a circumstance quick action must be taken before hackers can make their move to unfairly benefit from the problem. If during this time you keep your updates on manual installation, then you’re providing hackers a golden chance to create a huge issue for yourself. Thence, automatic updates are important and essential, so that hackers can be prevented from harming your computer. Also, Microsoft adds malware definitions to Windows defender and Microsoft essentials; so if a virus hits your system, you’d surely want it to be detected before it infects and corrupt your system.
2. General Updates and Bug fixes
Whilst the most important part of Windows updates is related to security, there are also general issues of Windows operating system which are required to be fixed. Updates are also made to resolve bugs, windows has a complex coding and possibility of several bugs is always there. Therefore, these bug fixes can help in removing annoying issues and aid in stabilizing the operating system; as speed can also be affected by bugs and not necessarily by a virus or malicious file.
3. New Feature updates
Windows updates also introduce new features at times alongside the bug fixes and security patches. For instance, Internet Explorer is updated. However, we know that users rarely prefer using Internet Explorer, still these updates can come handy in times of dire need. Also, when support and patches for an older version are ceased, then the unfixed loopholes can pose a threat to your computer; just as it was mentioned earlier, security problems are identified on the regular basis in various parts of the Windows operating system, including ActiveX and .NET Framework, alongside the main platform.
All in all, I’d conclude this by suggesting to enable auto updates. Previously people had faced issues with auto updates, like blue screen error or simply disliked it because by the time one came back from a short break, the windows update auto rebooted a computer within ten minutes and therefore, all important work on one’s PC used to vanish into thin air unsaved; this made them stop it altogether, but well gone are the days when that happened, and now that you are aware of its importance, you shan’t delay updates to refrain from being reminded by the continuous pop-ups. How important it is to allow automatic updates can also be defined by the fact that auto updates can no longer be disabled now; in windows 8 and above, windows updates may be delayed for almost 3 days before they finally install, but disabling them isn’t a choice.
Send Text Messages from Windows 10 Through Cortana
Microsoft has a cool feature up its sleeves! A feature that will allow users to send text messages from Windows 10 through Cortana, will be released soon by Microsoft. This is a good news for Windows users who find it inconvenient to switch between their mobile phone and desktop while at work. But this new feature integrated in Cortana will make it easier for users to tackle their calls and texts from their desktop.
Those who aren’t using Windows 10 on their desktop or mobile phone device, might not be familiar with the name. Cortana is a virtual assistant, similar to Siri which was introduced by Apple. Now with Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced Cortana as a personal assistant for their users. And alongside the several tasks that “she” performs for you, one of it is this new feature of text messaging from Windows 10.
How to send text messages from windows 10 through Cortana?
Well, there are two ways to send text messages from Windows 10; whenever you receive a message from someone or wish to send a new message, you can either type your message or simply use voice input to reply back from Cortana’s desktop app. The message will be then transferred to your mobile phone where it will be saved as part of the conversation. Alongside this Cortana also informs you of a missed call, which you can either ignore or reply to by a text message. This works by using your Microsoft account on Desktop and mobile, and syncs them both. If you have multiple computers then the missed call alerts feature can be disabled as well.
When Cortana Windows Text Messaging will be available?
Cortana windows text messaging feature currently works on Desktop with build 10565. However, two of the new Windows 10 mobile phones which were recently launched running build 10549 do not support windows text messaging through Cortana. For this, users who are currently using Windows mobile build 10549 will need to wait until Windows 10 mobile build 10565 is released, so it is expected that by December this feature will be available for Windows users. Another question is, whether this feature will work solely with Windows 10 mobile phones, or will it also work on Cortana for Android and iOS? However, that only time will tell!
How Windows 10 Helps Increase Your Business Productivity
The launch of Windows 10 was marked with pomp, online and in the media, especially on the implications it had for home users. However, the new operating system does have a suite of unique tools to offer businesses looking to increase their productivity. In this post, we see what upgrading from your current Windows version (Windows 7 or Windows 8) to Windows 10 means for you, your business and employees.
A user with a Microsoft Windows 10 device enrolls in your business system as a factor, such as a smartphone. So long as the user is close to your system, they can sign into it without requiring your password. A second security factor is a pin number or a biometric scanner for fingerprint or retina scanning. This multi-factored system allows your user to log into the system from any device or computer safely and securely.
The Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Windows 10 solution separates your business data from personal data. Business and sensitive corporate materials are automatically encrypted using BitLocker. This encryption happens as soon as you create or receive files concerning your business. You have the option of defining what you consider business and what is personal, and Window 10 automatically protects and secures these vital data on your company network.
For starters, Windows 10 does not require a learning curve. The operating system is firmly based on the familiar Start menu and Desktop of Windows 7. Also, the enhanced Start menu offers single click access to some of the most used files and functions on your computer. You can also setup virtual desktops easily and quickly, and switch between them depending on what aspect of your business you are working on. With separate desktops, you can enter the necessary workspace and quickly access the relevant files and programs without closing and opening numerous applications, folders and files.
Microsoft’s Universal Apps model means that you can now use the same application to keep track of your office inventory from home, on the road or anywhere in the world. You can do all these without downloading different systems and integrating numerous applications of various platforms. Your database software is available to you on any device that runs Windows 10. You can now use your corporate email program, word processor or any other program from the same page on whichever Windows 10 device. This capability offers you functionality without downloading different versions for each platform of the same software. The result is fewer overhead costs and easier fixes and updates.
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