Windows 7 Tips and Tricks.

General Tips for Windows 7

  • Microsoft will NOT call you to let you know that your computer is having issues. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or Windows Support hang up on them. It is a scam.
  • To ensure your computer is running securely and effectively make sure you have Windows updates turned on. This will notify you when updates are available to your operating system. These updates can take a while to first download and then install so it's best to go about it when you're not doing other things on the computer. Towards the end of the process the computer will need to reboot and you'll receive a message saying not to turn it off - follow this - simply let the machine do its work.
  • Passwords keep you safe so change them often and don't use the same password for multiple things. Everyone hates keeping track of passwords so it's a good idea to keep them written down in a book or notepad that you keep in a safe area.
  • Putting a file into the Trash or the Recycle Bin doesn’t actually delete it. This can be good or bad depending on the state of your computer. If you didn't mean to delete the file you can simply go to the Recycle Bin and restore it. To actually delete the file (and free up disk space) you need to empty the Recycle Bin.
  • To open a file with a certain program, all you need to do is right-click on the file, and choose the 'Open With' option. From there, you can select which program to open it with. If your program isn't there, click the 'Choose Default Program' option. From there, you should be able to see your program, and select it from there. Great for if you're accidentally opening a Word document in Movie Maker.
  • Have you ever noticed that when you start up your computer, you get a message saying 'There are files waiting to be burned to disc'? If you can't get rid of this pop-up, follow this link here that will show an article on how to get rid that annoying message
  • Did you know that Windows 7 has a handy calculator that you can bring up with the touch of a button? This is great for those quick problems that you just can't solve on your head. To open calulator, click on the Start button, All Programs, Accessories, click on Calculator. For more information, click here:
  • If you don't like the position of your Taskbar where it is now, there is an easy way to change it. You can move it to any side of the screen, and customize it. Read about how to do it here
  • Have you got a bunch of files on your computer, and can't remember where they are? Don't worry, Windows 7 has a very easy to use and quick solution to that with Windows Search. Learn how to quickly find your files and folders here
  • Over time, your computers can become fragmented, in turn making the hard drive work harder and burn out quicker. Luckily Windows 7 has a defragmentation program that can run on a schedule and rearranges fragmented data. Read more and learn how to use it here
  • Sometimes your computer can slow down, and your hard drive can get full. A good way to alleviate this problem is to see whether your Recycle Bin is empty or not. If it's full, just right-click the icon, and choose the 'Empty Recycle Bin' option. This will completely empty the Recycle Bin, just make sure that everything that is in there is meant to be deleted.
  • If you have recently bought a new monitor, or are having problems with your screen, you might need to change your screen resolution. This controls how big icons are and how much you can 'see' on a screen. Learn how to adjust your screen resolution here

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

  • To immediately go to the desktop hit the Windows key+D key at the same time. Do it again to go back to where you were previously.
  • You can switch from one window or program to the next by hitting the Alt+Tab keys at the same time.
  • If you need to quickly secure your computer hit Windows+L. This will lock your system right away, requiring a password (if you've set one) to log back in again. This is a great way to stop someone else posting on your Facebook page if you have to step away from the computer.
  • To enlarge the text on any webpage press the Ctrl key ­­and the plus or minus keys. This will zoom in or out respectively. This can also be achieve by holding the Ctrl key and scrolling your mouse button up or down.
  • You can scroll down one page on a website by hitting the space bar. Hit the space bar while holding the shift key to scroll up one page.
  • You can switch from one window or program to the next by hitting the Alt+Tab keys at the same time.
  • To quickly open a second web browser simply hit the Ctrl+N key.
  • If you've just done something on your computer that you wish you hadn't, such as accidentally deleting a paragraph you just typed, try hitting Ctrl+Z and see if that undoes your OOPS!
  • A quick way to copy and paste is to select the text you wish to copy, hit Ctrl+C, and then Ctrl+V to paste it wherever you need.
  • If you're looking for a quick and easy way to select all the text in a document or all the files in a directory select an item and then hit Ctrl+A at the same time. These will 'select all'.

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