Rewind a decade. A once bankrupt computer company known as Macintosh seriously gains ground in the home computer market boasting claims of a redesigned, user-friendly interface and more streamlined tasking. Branding themselves as the practical person’s computer, the company now known as Apple Computers has the reputation for being “quick and easy” with an almost religious following to boot. But are Apple Computers really the “quick and easy” option? Did Macintosh really reinvent themselves and their machines or was this craze a product of clever marketing? Proponents of Windows believe they use a superior operating system due to fact that they have ultimate control over task management. What many don’t mention is that many of the so called Apple shortcuts exist in the Microsoft world as well.
PERMANENT DELETE: Although Apple users brag of their ability to perform either an archive or a permanent delete without the extra step of emptying their recycle bins, a little known “trick” has been available for Windows users over the past twenty years. By simply selecting the file or files to be deleted and holding down the SHIFT key and pressing the DELETE key (with these files highlighted), these files will bypass the recycle bin altogether. This habit maintains a clutter free hard drive which can prevent the sluggishness that seems to plague most 2+ year old machines.
ACCESS WINDOWS EXPLORER: Just as Windows operating systems claim to give you administrative control of your files and folders, accessing them has been a different story. Sure there is the desktop icon labeled MY COMPUTER, but if you’re like most 21st century web surfers, multiple tabs and windows are inevitable. Instead of frantically exiting these open windows to access your files only to open your browser yet again, try this simple tip. Next time you need access to the files on your computer: hold the WINDOWS button and press the E key. Doing so opens up the MY COMPUTER folder in a new window. Time saved.
BROWSE OPEN APPLICATIONS: If having numerous windows open and running multiple applications is an everyday occurrence, this Windows shortcut is sure to help even the most impatient PC users avoid headache. By holding the ALT key and pressing the TAB key simultaneously , a window appears on the center of the screen allowing the user to scroll through their open applications using the directional arrows or the TAB key itself. This is sure to benefit those looking to manage multiple open programs in a time crunch.
Although many of the aforementioned Microsoft “tricks” are able to be performed (and might be more “fun” to perform) on a Mac, knowledge and mastery of Windows ensures the same user-friendly convenience which attracted the masses to Apple. Considering most PC’s have the same performance at half the price of their Mac counterparts, Apple owners may begin to express remorse over their overpriced machines. With knowledge of these Windows shortcuts, any PC user can demonstrate equal “user-friendliness” yet take comfort in knowing they’ve paid half the price.