Win 7 – My Favourite Features


Well after playing around with it I’ve decided to list down some of my favourite features which I will group into Simple and Complex. 

SIMPLE

  • Maximise A Window – Just by dragging the window to the very top of the screen automatically maximises it
  • Windows Clutter – When you have so many windows open and want to just work on one while minimising the rest.  All you have to do is select the window you want to work with, hold the the left mouse click and shake your wrist.  If you have AERO running you can see the animation of the rest of the open windows falling nicely. ( Win+Home works too )
  • Windows Dock – You can dock windows by dragging them to the respective right or left edges automatically.  Keyboard shortcuts are ..
  • 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.
  • The New Taskbar – Icons in the new taskbar are not fixed so it can easily be sorted/reordered according to you need.  You can then run instances of them simply by pressing Win+1, win+2, win+3 etc. depending on how you ordered them.
  • Right Click Everywhere – Right clicking practically anywhere gives you a lot more options.  Egs. Desktop – gives you resolution settings and more etc or at the Internet address bar you get history etc.
  • WordPad – Can now read and writed both Word 2007 compatible Office open XML and Openoffice.org files (ODT) aka OpenDocument fro Sun Microsystems.
  • Running With Administrative Rights – simply Ctrl+Shift and click a docked application.
  • Once Again Please – To run an instance of the same application just hold down the Shift key and click on the taskbar icon of the application.
  • Cycling Through Multiple Open Messages – If you have mulitple email messages open and want to quicky cycle through them simply hold down the CTRL key and repeatedly click the single Outlook icon to do so.  Works with other applications too.
  • <strongPin Your Favorite Folders.- If you’re always working in the same four or five folders, you can quickly pin them with the Explorer icon on the taskbar. Hold the right-click button down and drag the folder to the taskbar, and it will be automatically pinned in the Explorer Jump List.
  • GLADIACULATOR – At first glance the Windows 7 calculator looks just like Vista’s version, but explore the Mode menu and you’ll see powerful new Statistics and Programmer views. And if you’re clueless about bitwise manipulation, then try the Options menu instead. This offers many different unit conversions (length, weight, volume and more), date calculations (how many days between two dates?), and spreadsheet-type templates to help you calculate vehicle mileage, mortgage rates and more.
  • Sticky Notes -The Sticky Notes app is both simpler and more useful in Windows 7. Launch StikyNot.exe and you can type notes at the keyboard; right-click a note to change its colour; click the + sign on the note title bar to add another note; and click a note and press Alt + 4 to close the note windows (your notes are automatically saved).
  • Keyboard Shortcuts – Windows 7 supports several useful new keyboard shortcuts.

Alt+P

Display/ hide the Explorer preview pane

Windows Logo+G

Display gadgets in front of other windows

Windows Logo++ (plus key)

Zoom in, where appropriate

Windows Logo+- (minus key)

Zoom out, where appropriate

Windows Logo+Up

Maximise the current window

Windows Logo+Down

Minimise the current window

Windows Logo+Left

Snap to the left hand side of the screen

Windows Logo+Right

Snap to the right hand side of the screen

Windows Logo+Home

Minimise/ restore everything except the current window

COMPLEX

  • CCTUNE.exe – Clear Type Text Tuning for calibrating a better text view.
  • Dccw.exe –  Display colour Calibration
  • diskmgmt.msc –  Create and mount VHD Files aka Virtual Drive. DISKPART utility has also been upgraded with tools to detach a VHD file, and an EXPAND command to increase a virtual disk’s maximum size. Don’t play around with this unless you know what you’re doing, though – it’s all too easy to trash your system.
  • ISO Burning – you can double-click on any DVD or CD .ISO image and you’ll see a helpful little applet that will enable you to burn the image to a blank disc.
  • Startup Repair – If you’ve downloaded Windows 7 (and even if you haven’t) it’s a good idea to create a system repair disc straight away in case you run into problems booting the OS later on. Click Start > Maintenance > Create a System Repair Disc, and let Windows 7 build a bootable emergency disc. If the worst does happen then it could be the only way to get your PC running again.
  • Installing from a USB Memory Stick – take a spare 4GB USB 2.0 thumbdrive, reformatted it as FAT32, and simply copy the contents of the Windows 7 Beta ISO image to the memory stick using xcopy e:\ f:\ /e /f (where e: was the DVD drive and f: was the removable drive location).
  • Get a power efficiency report  – If you have a laptop, you can use the efficiency calculator to get Windows 7 to generate loads of useful information about its power consumption. Used in the right way, this can help you make huge gains in terms of battery life and performance. To do this you must open a command prompt as an administrator by typing ‘cmd’ in Start Search, and when the cmd icon appears, right-click it and choose Run as administrator. Then at the command line, just type in ‘powercfg -energy’ (without quotes) and hit Return, and Windows 7 will scan your system looking for ways to improve power efficiency. It will then publish the results in an HTML file, usually in the System32 folder. Just follow the path it gives you to find your report.
  • Super Control Panel aka god mode – Windows 7 has changed Control Panel a little, but it’s still too difficult to locate all the applets and options that you might need. God Mode, however, while not being particularly godlike, does offer an easier way to access everything you could want from a single folder. To try this out, create a new folder and rename it to:

 

The first part, “Everything” will be the folder name, and can be whatever you want: “Super Control Panel”, “Advanced”, “God Mode” if you prefer. The extension, ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C, must be entered exactly as it is here, though, including the curly brackets. When you press [Enter] this part of the name will disappear, and double-clicking the new folder will display shortcuts to functions in the Action Centre, the Network and Sharing Centre, Power options, troubleshooting tools, user accounts and others – more than 260 options in total.

  • Bitlocker – USB flash drives are convenient, portable, and very easy to lose. Which is a problem, especially if they’re carrying sensitive data. Fortunately Windows 7 has the solution: encrypt your documents with an extension of Microsoft’s BitLocker technology, and only someone with the password will be able to access it. Right-click your USB flash drive, select Turn on BitLocker and follow the instructions to protect your private files.
  • GPEDIT.msc – to disable PC search Queries , go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer, double-click “Turn off display of recent search entries…” and click Enabled > OK.
  • RESMON – to find out why your system is sluggish -Click Start, type RESMON and press Enter to launch the Resource Monitor, then click the CPU, Memory, Disk or Network tabs. Windows 7 will immediately show which processes are hogging the most system resources. The CPU view is particularly useful, and provides something like a more powerful version of Task Manager. If a program has locked up, for example, then right-click its name in the list and select Analyze Process. Windows will then try to tell you why it’s hanging – the program might be waiting for another process, perhaps – which could give you the information you need to fix the problem.
  • PSR – Program Steps Recorder – When any app starts misbehaving under Windows 7 then all your friends need do is click Start, type PSR and press Enter, then click Start Record. If they then work through whatever they’re doing then the Problem Steps Recorder will record every click and keypress, take screen grabs, and package everything up into a single zipped MHTML file when they’re finished, ready for emailing to you. It’s quick, easy and effective, and will save you hours of troubleshooting time.

 

Well there are also some great links for tips and tricks which can easily be found via a google search.

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