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Windows 7 Tips and Tricks Part 1

Microsoft released its 7th version of the Windows Desktop operating system back on October 22nd.  Although it is the 7th version of Windows this number is a little deceiving because there have actually been 25 versions released.  Starting with Windows 1.0 then 2.0, Microsoft release three versions in 3 (3.0, 3.11 & NT).  The first version was released in 1985 but that is enough of the history lesson.


Many of us in the technology industry held our breath to see how Windows 7 would perform in the business environment.  My first response would be “so far, so good”.  Unlike some of the previous bombs like Vista and ME, Microsoft did their homework and created a much more stable operating system that performs quick and user friendly.  I wanted to share my top 10 new feature with Windows 7. 


Tip 1-5 are listed below, click here for Tips 6-10.  


Tip 1: Change the Scenery

Windows 7 allows you to personalize your desktop background with a new shuffle feature for your desktop.

You can program your desktop background to shuffle through your favorite images and get a change of scenery as often as you like.

To enable the shuffle feature, right click on your Desktop and select “Personalize,” then “Desktop Background.” Choose the folder where your favorite images or photos are stored and select as many as you like. Make sure you check the “Shuffle” box, and choose how often you’d like your images to shuffle.


Tip 2: Stay One Click Away From the Programs You Use Most

You can pin the programs you use most on your taskbar so that you can access them with one click.

Hover your cursor over the favorite program and drag it to the taskbar, or

Right click on it and choose “ pin to taskbar”.

Your program will then be pinned to the taskbar. To open the program, just click on the icon on your taskbar. You can unpin any program at any time.


Tip 3: Keep What You Want Within Easy Reach

Jump Lists in Windows 7 will help you keep your desktop free of clutter and find files quickly. They’re automatically populated based on how often and how recently you do things, so you’ll spend less time looking for your favorite song or the document you worked on yesterday.

There’s a Jump List for each program on your Start menu and taskbar.

With one click you can:

See frequently and recently viewed Web sites on the Jump List for Internet  Explorer ® 8.

Drag and drop a file from the Jump List into Outlook ® as an attachment.

See options to play a recent song or a playlist on the Jump List for Windows Media ® Player.


Tip 4: Aero Peek Your Desktop

• A versatile tool introduced with Windows 7 is the Windows® Aero® feature, “Aero Peek”.

• Click the rectangle in the lower right hand corner of the task bar for quick access to your desktop.

• The keyboard shortcut (Windows key) + Spacebar performs the same function.


Tip 5: Notify Me, My Way

Windows 7 helps solve more problems, and, solve them on your schedule.

The Action Center is a new, integrated Control Panel experience that provides a central place to go for tasks and notifications associated with keeping your computer running smoothly.
You’ll see fewer notifications on your desktop because the Action Center consolidates alerts from ten existing Windows features.

When Windows 7 needs your attention, you’ll see a new icon in the notification area.

To find out more, click the icon to see a menu that offers options for directly addressing the issue, or you can go to the Action Center for more details.

In addition, you can choose which notifications you’re interested in hearing about.

From the Control Panel go to System Security Action Center and click the “Change Action Center settings” link on the left to choose which alerts to receive.


Click here for tips 6-10. For more information about how we can help your organization transition to Windows 7 or any of our other network hardware and business software services, please contact Tim Heikkila of our Technology Partners group at 440-449-6800.

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