So Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system has been out for quite some time now, giving users ample time to get to know the software, how it works, and how to tweak it. This is great news for users like you because it means that you can benefit from the findings that others have made. In this article, we will go over some of the best Windows 7 tips that can help you turn even the hardest tasks into a piece of cake.
Master your jump lists
One of the best features of Windows 7 that helps to streamline its interface is the Jump Lists. Basically, Jump Lists are a list of shortcuts that pop out when you hover over an item in the Start Menu or Taskbar. The operating system automatically updates your Jump List shortcuts when you open a file, a website, or you perform certain tasks. To keep your Jump List under wraps, you can do one of the following actions:
- Right click a Jump List entry and select the pushpin icon to keep that entry permanently fixed to the Jump List. You can also unpin an item through the same process.
- Right click the Start Menu, select Properties, look for the Privacy entry, and uncheck both boxes under Privacy to disable Jump Lists all together.
Group your files by criteria
Let’s face it, keeping files organized can be a monumental task. Fortunately for users, Windows 7 gives us a number of features to help with keeping track of our files. One such task is the Details folder view option. This option can be used to organize your files by size, type, date modified, file name, and many other criteria. Better than this, you can use the Libraries system to help keep your files and folders well organized. Right-click a certain Windows 7 Library and you can add folders that will be viewed when you open your Libraries. You can then have the Libraries organize your files by shooting day, rating, tag, month, video length, and more.
Here’s a list of just some of the many keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Windows 7:
- Windows + Left or Windows + Right – Snap the active window to the left or right side of the screen
- Windows + Up – Maximize the active window
- Windows + Down – Minimize the active window
- Windows + T – Cycle through the thumbnails on your Taskbar and see previews of open programs
- Windows + [Number] – Launch or bring-to-front the Taskbar icon corresponding to the number that you choose (i.e. 1 launches the first icon on the Taskbar, 2 launches the second, etc.)
There are tons of other tips and tricks that you can use to help you get the most out of Windows 7. If you need more help with particular problems, you can simply click on your desktop, then press F1 to open the Windows Help and Support, which is much more helpful than the past version of Windows help.