Windows 7 Hints

Split the screen easily

For this example, there is a window with Google, and a window for email behind.

To easily split the two follow this:

 
1. Drag the Google window right until mouse pointer touches edge of screen
2. a box is drawn, showing where the window will be placed, release the mouse button
 

 

 
3. the window is pinned to the right.
4. repeat the same process on the left with the email window and  you’ll get both windows pinned left and right

 

 

View the desktop

Click the button in the bottom right of the screen.

 

Zoom / Magnify

Press and hold the Windows Key then press + or – and the Magnifier program will start, then move the mouse around the screen to scroll. To exit press and hold the Windows Key  then press ESC

Add the missing menus to Internet Explorer 9 

Shut down in 4 key strokes

Press Windows Key  then Tab, then Tab again, then enter/return.

Increase / Decrease thumbnail size and icon size

When you are looking at some pictures in a folder, or icons on the desktop, press and hold CTRL then roll the mouse scroll wheel up or down to increase or decrease the size.

Find a document, or folder or programs etc.

Click the start menu Orb  , then type in the name of the item you are looking for, and wait while the computer searches, it’ll then show you a list of what it’s found.

View folders, like you used to see in XP

Go to the Control panel, then type folder, click on Folder Options, then tick the two boxed at the bottom of the window and press OK.

Add missing Desktop Icons: User Files, Computer, Recycle Bin

Right click the mouse in a blank area on the desktop and choose Personalize, then click Change Desktop Icons, Tick the relevant boxes and press OK.

Windows logo key keyoard shortcuts

Open or close the Start menu.
 +Pause Display the System Properties dialog box.
 +D Display the desktop.
+M Minimize all windows.
 +Shift+M Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
 +E Open Computer.
 +F Search for a file or folder.
+F Search for computers (if you’re on a network).
 +L Lock your computer or switch users.
 +R Open the Run dialog box.
 +T Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
 +number Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift+ +number Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl++number Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt++number Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
+Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl++Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl++B Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
+Spacebar Preview the desktop.
+Up Arrow Maximize the window.
 +Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
+Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
+Down Arrow Minimize the window.
+Home Minimize all but the active window.
+Shift+Up Arrow Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
+Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow Move a window from one monitor to another.
+P Choose a presentation display mode.
+G Cycle through gadgets.
+U Open Ease of Access Center.
+X Open Windows Mobility Center.