Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

1.PC Safeguard

I rarely let anyone use my PC because I’m afraid he will mess it up, but it seems Microsoft has been thinking at me and came with a solution. The PC Safeguard doesn ’t let anyone mess your PC
settings, because after the user logs off, the configurations are reset
back to normal. Of course it will not restore the configurations changed by you, but only the ones
done by other users you define.
To use PC Safeguard, go to Control Panel -> User Accounts and create a new account, then select “Set Up Pc Safeguard ” and switch it on. Then you can stay relaxed when others use your computer, because
you won ’t find anything changed, including configurations,downloaded software,installed programs.

2. Screen Calibration Fortunately

Windows 7 comes with a display calibration wizard that lets you set up the screen brightness properly, so
you won ’t have any problems viewing photos or text. The problem was that on one PC a photo
could look sharp and bright and on another it looks awful. Now the problem can be fixed by
pressing the Windows logo key and then typing “DCCW”.

3. AppLocker

If you are usually sharing your computer with someone else, then you might want to restrict their access to your applications, files or documents. Using the Windows 7 AppLocker tool, you have a few options to do this by blocking other users to access Executables, Windows Installers, Scripts, a specific publisher or path. You can simply do this by pressing the Windows key then typing Gpedit.msc. Then go to ComputerConfiguration -> Windows
Settings -> Security Settings -> Application Control
Policies -> AppLocker.
Right click on one of the options (Executables,Installers, or Script) and
create a new rule. That should save you from a lot of headaches.

4. Burn Images

We all had trouble with image burning in Windows, because it couldn ’t do it itself, a standalone software being needed. With Windows 7 this will not be a problem anymore. All you have to do is double-click the ISO image and burn it on the CD or DVD that ’s inserted in the drive.

5. Display Empty

Removable Drives Windows 7 will not showempty drives by default, so if you connect an empty
drive to your PC, don ’t worry, just go to Tools ->Folder Options -> View and uncheck “Hide empty drives in the computer folder ”. This doesn ’t seem like a good idea and it should not be default
setting, because it will be hard for inexperienced users to figure it out. I bet a lot of users will return their newly bought drive thinking it ’s broken.

6. Dock The Current

Windows To The Left Side Of The Screen This new feature seems useful because sometimes it’s disturbing that windows seems to float like crazy on the screen and it’s hard to attach them to one side of it. Now this
can easily be done using a keyboard shortcut. Press the Windows key + Left key (arrow) to dock it to
the left side of the screen. 6.1 Dock The Current Windows To The Right Side Of The Screen Press the Windows key + Right key to dock it to the right side of the screen.

7. Display Or Hide

The Explorer Preview Panel Press ALT + P to hide it then once again to display it.

8. Display Gadgets On Top

Of Other Windows Press ALT + G

9. Background Photo Slideshow

If you are like me, lazy and bored, then you will want to change the background from time to time, wasting
a lot of time. Now you don’t have to do this anymore, because you can set up a slideshow. Right click on the desktop then go to Personalize ->Desktop Background and hold the CTRL key while choosing the images. Then you can choose the time intervals between imagesand opt to display them randomly or in a row.

10. Make The Taskbar Smaller

If you feel like the taskbar is using too much of your screen space, you can choose to make the icons smaller. To do this, right-click on the Start button, then go to Properties ->Taskbar and set it to “Use small icons”

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