What You Should Know About Windows – Some Tips and Tricks

data-internet-technologyIf you’ve been a user of Windows for any length of time, you are probably aware of the improvements and enhancements that Microsoft has continued to add with each new edition. While not every version has been a complete success (read “Vista” and before that “Windows Millenium Edition” (ME) ), overall the glitches and bugs have been mostly overcome.  If not overcome, they nonetheless will release a new version to make you forget about the miserable earlier issues. Windows 7 is proving to be a powerful operating system.  We are NOT big fans whatsoever of Windows 8 in the current form, and it will likely go forth in the tradition of “ME” and “Vista”.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Windows 9.   It really doesn’t matter what version of Windows you use. Each version has an amazing selection of shortcuts you can start using today to make your time at the computer easier and more productive.

Make things easier on yourself by putting the Windows taskbar to efficient use. If you need to switch between programs, or open a program, you use the taskbar. If you want, or need, to run more than one version of the same program at the same time, this can limit you. This isn’t something you can usually do. When you click on the icon for the program a second time, it will just open the currently running version. However, if you hold down the SHIFT key and click on the program’s icon, it will open another version of the currently running program. Each time you repeat these steps, a new copy of the running program will open and this is possible to do as many times as are necessary.

Were you impressed with the Aero Glass theme that came installed with your Windows 7? As lovely as these themes are, they do tend to use up memory and cause your PC to function at a slower speed. When a Windows 7 owner has enjoyed the Aero themes for a while, he or she may decide to save memory and gain more speed by changing over to one of the Basic themes that are available. You can easily change themes in the Control Panel under Appearance and Personalization from an Aero theme to a Basic theme. You can analyze how much affect the Aero theme has on your PC and, if it’s OK, you may decide you really want to enjoy one of the Aero themes.

altdeskThe virtual desktops of computer users can quickly become a jumbled mess, even if their actual desk is neat and orderly. It isn’t long before you have so many programs and files littering your desktop that you have trouble locating the one you want. Do you run several programs at the same time? This can create a bewildering situation.  If you want a great desktop virtual window manager, we recommend AltDesk from the folks at AstonShell.

If you want an easy way to keep tabs on what you’re doing, use the Shake feature from Windows 7. Click on the title bar of the window you’re using and shake it back and forth. The other windows that you have open will show up minimized in your Task Bar. This same procedure will happen if you press the Windows key and the Home key at the same time. It may seem childish at first glance, but you will be able to focus better if you don’t have other windows open.

Good logic dictates that you use Windows to your fullest advantage. If you want your Windows to run better and more efficiently, apply some of the tips we’ve outlined above. People use computers for different purposes and, regardless of your use, you can definitely find shortcuts to make your work more efficient. Be open to searching for ways to enhance your computer experience and you will discover the many possibilities available to you. Find out more about Lizardwebs Raleigh Computer Repair.