Modern operating systems are so user-friendly that a baby could sit at a terminal and easily find his way around (and they often do). As an adult, don’t you think that you should at least have a few computer tricks up your sleeve to show yourself that you are a little better than the baby?
Do the shift-and-right-click
When you right-click on a file, and hover your mouse over Send To, you get a possible list of places to send your file to – Compressed file, Desktop, DVD Drive, and so on. Have you ever tried pressing down Shift while right-clicking on the file, though? Not only do you get a bunch of extra options, you get many extra options under Send To, too. You get to send the file directly to My Documents or My Music or other specific folders, for instance.
Hide your data like a spy
Modern Windows computers store data by formatting hard disks and thumb drives in the NTFS file system method. When you store a file on a computer that’s formatted in this way, you get separate hidden storage space on each file – its Alternate Data Stream. This is where you store your secret data.
To access this secret hidey hole on a file, you need to know how to use the Command Prompt. It’s pretty easy. You just need to search for the Command Prompt program on the search tool. Once the little black window opens, you need to type in the necessary programming code. If you are interested in hiding the information I am an alien from K-Pax in a text file called Planet , for instance, you would type the following line into the command prompt window: notepad Planet.txt: I am an alien from K-Pax.txt . Most people don’t know these kinds of commands to get at your secret.
Look at the secret messages that others have
Web developers are people who have a sense of humor. They often tend to put secret messages in the headers of their webpages. You could have loads of fun regaling your friends with all the fun stuff that web developers say in their hidden headers. To view these, you need to install special software. On Firefox, you need to install an extension called Live HTTP Headers, for instance.
Animate your Windows 8 Modern interface Start screen
When you start up your Windows 8 PC, the tiles float into your screen in a kind of cool parade. Your Start screen doesn’t do anything cool each time you go to it after that, though. It doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a small registry tweak that you can do to get your Start screen to be very animated each time you go to it. A free registry tweaking tool called Start Screen Animations Tweaker will help you do it in a minute .
Make screenshots at supersonic speed
On every other version of Windows, getting a screenshot requires you to go through a whole routine. You have to press Print Screen, open Microsoft Paint, paste the screenshot in it and then save it. On Windows 8, it’s just 2 key presses – you hold down the Windows key while you press Print Screen. Windows right away captures your screen and saves it to your Pictures folder.