There are a vast amount of features within Windows 7 that many users do not know. If you are frequently on the computer then many of these features may be helpful to you. There are five main features that will be shown. These include: changing color scheme, changing time settings (like when your computer shuts down automatically), using multiple background images, hiding files, and changing your keyboard language.
Changing the color scheme in Windows 7 is a very simple task that many people would find interesting to do. You can change color and transparency of the borders of everything from files to the taskbar. To do this you do the following:
Right click on your desktop background, click personalize, and then click window color and appearance at the bottom.
From this window you can either select a predetermined color, or you can click on “show color mixer” and create any color you wish! You can enable or disable transparency in this window if you choose also.
Changing the time settings is something that is also fairly simple. Many people don’t know how to do this. It would include choosing your power settings (if you are on a laptop what your computer does if you unplug it from the charger), and it also allows you to change if your computer shuts off automatically. To access this feature you do the following:
Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options, or you can go to the battery icon in the bottom right in the taskbar and right click and select power options if you are on a laptop.
Next is enabling multiple images for your desktop background. This will make the image change periodically between pre-selected images. To accomplish this first you need to put all the images you want to have as the background in a new folder. Then drag select all of the images and right click them, and then select “set as desktop background”.
The fourth and most sneaky tip is hiding files. Doing this makes the files invisible no matter where you have them if you have the option checked. You can then check or uncheck the option to view hidden files which will have a transparency to them to represent this. To hide files and control the sight of them on your computer you do the following:
Right click on the file(s) or folder(s) you want to hide and select properties, then at the bottom check “hidden”.
If your file disappeared then hidden files is enabled, but if it just got a little more transparent then it is disabled. To switch these options do the following:
Go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > View
From this window under “hidden files and folders” you can change the visibility of hidden files, give it a try!
The last option which is arguably the most interesting is changing the language of your keyboard. Using this option will enable to allow you to type in many different languages that are on your computer by default. Once do the following to accomplish this:
Right click the “EN” beside the taskbar and select “settings”. If “EN” is not at the bottom simply type in “language” into the search function in Start at the bottom left. Then click on “region and language” and select “keyboard and languages”.
Once you are at this window from either method you can add languages by clicking “add”, you can adjust the language bar, and you can also change the hotkey to switch between languages (if you want to switch without going to this window).
Overall there are many tips and tricks present in Windows 7. Hopefully the ones outlined within this article have been of assistance to you. The five tricks/tips presented here are helpful to all computer users. In conclusion, Windows 7 has a vast amount of features that are incredibly helpful.