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More Tips For Windows 7

So I been Messing Around With Windows 7 and Created a list of new things for people that don't know much about windows 7.

Minimize (Almost) All Windows: Win + Home

This combo lets you send all open windows packing--except the one that's currently active. Sure beats clicking Minimize on a bunch of individual windows. When you tap the shortcut a second time, it restores all previously open windows.


Make Windows Transparent: Win + Space

This is the keyboard equivalent of mousing over the transparency tool in the right corner of the System Tray--great for those times when you need to something on the desktop (like a gadget) but don't want to minimize all your windows. After tapping Win-Space, your windows will stay see-through until you let go of the Windows key.


Quick-Launch Taskbar Apps: Win + (1-9)

As you know, Windows 7 makes it a snap to "pin" frequently used programs to the taskbar. But did you also know that these programs are automatically assigned a number and corresponding Windows-key shortcut? Just press Windows-1 to launch the first pinned program (the one closest to the Start button), Windows-2 to launch the next one, and so on. Fastest app-launching known to man! Except, of course, for this...


Quick-Launch Any App: Hotkey

Like Vista before it, Windows 7 lets you assign a quick-launch hotkey to any installed program. Just right-click the program's icon, choose Properties, and then click the Shortcut tab. Click once in the Shortcut key field, then press the hotkey combo you want to assign (Ctrl-Shift-H, for instance). Click OK and you're done! Assuming you have a good memory, app launching doesn't get any faster than this.


Dock Active Windows: Win + Left or Right Arrow

A great shortcut for users with widescreen monitors, this combo docks the active window to the left or right half of the screen (depending on which arrow you tap), at the same time maximizing it top-to-bottom.


Magnify Your View: Win + (+)

Windows 7's built-in magnifier lets you zoom in wherever you place your cursor. Just tap Win-plus (that's the Windows key and the plus key) to enable the magnifier and set a 200% zoom level. When you mouse to any edge of the screen, your view scrolls accordingly. The more you tap the keys, the higher the zoom. Of course, you can just as easily zoom out again with Win-minus.


Open Presentation Settings: Win + P

Good news for business users constantly struggling to get Windows to cooperate withprojectors: A quick tap of Win-P activates a monitor-settings panel. Click Duplicate or Projector only to send your display to the big screen, or Extend if you've connected a second monitor and want extra screen real estate.


Create a New Folder: Ctrl + Shift + N

Forget the old way of creating new folders. In Windows 7, all it takes is a tap of Ctrl-Shift-N. This works in any open Explorer window, but also on the desktop. After the new folder appears, just type in a name as usual and hit Enter.


Bring Gadgets to the Fore: Win + G

Now that Windows' gadgets are no longer relegated to the Sidebar, they're free to sit anywhere on your desktop. Of course, that means they can get obscured by other windows. As you now know, a tap of Win-Space makes those windows temporarily see-through, but what if you want to put the gadgets on top of your windows? No problem: Just tap Win-G.

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I just got my sisters laptop fixed and now I don't


If you are talking about the user password in Windows 7 then you will probably have to take it back to the shop and get it fixed again.

The only way you can reset the Password in Windows 7 is to have the Password Reset Disk. Her computer will not accept the Password Reset that is on your computer. It has to be created from her computer. 99% of the people that have Windows 7 and a login password do not take the time to create a Password Reset Disk. I just don't understand it. Anyway, your only option is to reinstall windows 7 if you don't have the Password Reset Disk that was created on that computer for that userid.

Apr 08, 2012 | Acer Computers & Internet

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Will Heroes of the Pacific run on Windows 7? When I click on 'play', it reads the disk, but then nothing else happens. Any thoughts?


Looking around google this game is old and it only works on windows XP. When am looking at the list of compatible games for windows vista and 7 it don't even have the game listed.

Jun 08, 2011 | Codemasters Heroes of the Pacific

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