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Did you know? (a post for useful hints for people to share)

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Leehaa, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. Leehaa

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    To start off:

    In XP, If you left-click and drag your "my computer icon" to the left of the desktop, then drop it, it creates a handy menu so you can navigate to drives and control panel much quicker...
     
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  2. hbroomhall

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    Neat! That is one I never knew! Works in Win2k as well.

    Harry.
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    Did you know...

    Windows Vista comes with a new feature called the Windows Sidebar. It lives on the desktop when enabled but is see through so if it's empty, you wouldn't know it was there by looking. You can add "gadget" to the sidebar such as a calendar, calculator or stock quotes. The sidebar then acts as a constant source of information on your screen as you do other work.

    From "Microsoft Windows Vista All in One" by Greg Perry, Published by SAMS.
     
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  4. hbroomhall

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    Does that always work - or only with Aero?

    Harry.
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    And 95 if memory serves me correct harry :)

    Did you know, Ctrl + Shift + Esc brings up Task manager far quicker than the right click option
    Did you know Windows Key + L locks your workstation, brilliant for those who are up and down from there desk a lot
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    Thanks, Ryan. I am up and down a lot and company policy is to lock your desktop, even if you're going to be away from your cube for a second.

    Did you know that pressing Ctrl + L brings up a field that allows you to enter a URL of a document or file and open it in IE?
     
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  7. Leehaa

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    ...and windows key + Break brings up system properties...
     
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    Windows key + E for windows explorer
    Windows key + D for desktop

    Harry.
     
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  9. Boycie
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    What a great thread - loads of good shortcuts!
     
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  10. Baba O'Riley

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    I expect you all know this one but:

    F6 in any browser takes you straight to the address bar.
     
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  11. tripwire45
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    Windows key + R opens the Run dialog box.

    Windows key + U opens the Utility Manager (called "Ease of Access Center" in Vista)
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    Windows key + M: Minimizes all windows

    CTRL + ESC: Opens the Start Menu for those who don't have a mouse or a Windows key.
     
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  13. Phoenix
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    Hey baba, I never knew that F6 one, top find :)
     
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  14. AJ

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    Well there's the old Alt + Tab to switch between windows

    Ctrl + A to select all

    and the opposite of Windows+D

    Shift-Windows-M to restore the windows to the desktop
     
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    F1: Help / Help and Support Center
    F2: Edit (on apps that support it)
    F3: Search
    F5: Refresh
    F6: Address Bar (as stated previously, for apps that support it)

    Most people already know these, but in case someone doesn't...
    CTRL+X: Cut
    CTRL+C: Copy
    CTRL+V: Paste
    ...all those keys (XCV) are right together. Makes it easy to Cut/Copy/Paste things without having to click around the screen.
     
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    These tips are pretty nice. There are quite a few on here that I never knew before! Props, folks!
     
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  17. Phoenix
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    AJ mate
    Windows + D should work both ways, once to goto desktop, again to go back (D for desktop)

    Windows + M and Shift + Windows + M do the same thing though :) (M for minimize)
     
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  18. AJ

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    They certainly do mate.

    Let's think of:

    Ctrl U - Underline
    Ctrl B - Bold
    Ctrl I - Italic
    Ctrl P - Print Menu

    Shft Left Click and Ctrl Left click to select muliple or singular files
     
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  19. Baba O'Riley

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    Let's not forget Alt+F for the file menu, Alt+E for edit etc. Also, if you just press Alt you can navigate the title bar menus with the arrow keys.

    @Phoenix, you're welcome.:D
     
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    Not in Opera :(
     
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