Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

Finding Out What the Windows Zip Utility Can't Do, and Learning About Wi-Fi Sense by Kelly Lynn

Opening large .zip files in Windows If you are happy with the new 4 TB hard drive in your computer and believe that it's adequate for anything you could ever need, you might find that Windows disagrees. In at least one common Windows task, you could find that the operating system asks for a little more space -- 2 or 3 exabytes. Since an EB is 1 million TB, you could find it hard to help the problem. Windows usually comes up with ridiculous demands for space when attempting to open very large zip files -- ones containing a couple of dozen gigabytes' worth of files. The problem lies in the stock Windows Compressed Folders program, a product that is severely limited, and is meant for small, everyday jobs, rather … Continue reading

Here’s How You Use Task Scheduler to Automate Window Tasks by Kelly Lynn

Windows lets you use Task Scheduler to time any program to automatically run when you want it to. Task Scheduler has other uses, though; many Windows utilities use it to schedule important system tasks to run at set times or at regular intervals. Disk defragmentation is one example of an automatable system task. While it was the user who had to remember to set up the defragmentation utility once a week or so back when Windows XP was current, today, modern versions of Windows completely automate it. They use Task Scheduler to make it happen. It's also possible to use Task Scheduler to customize system tasks. For instance, if you'd like Windows to create system restore points more often than usual to make sure that you always have a recent … Continue reading

Great New Shortcuts for Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 7 introduced several shortcuts that were unavailable on previous versions of Windows. While the operating system has been around for five years now many users are still unaware of these useful tricks. Here are several pro shortcuts that everyone should know about. Folder shortcuts Shift- Ctrl-N : This combination creates a new folder, whatever Explorer window you may be in. Alt-Up : When you're in a folder, pressing the Alt-Up key combination will take you one level up. While it would be nice to have an Alt-Down shortcut, it wouldn't make sense -- while there's always only one way to go up in any folder, you may have more than one subfolder to drill down into. Windows wouldn't know which way to go lower down if you held … Continue reading

Uninstalling Bloatware on Windows 7 for a Smoother Experience by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 7 comes with a load of bloatware that most users either have little knowledge of or no use for. You can easily uninstall all this unnecessary software for a leaner, cleaner system. All you need to do is to search in the search box on the Start menu for Turn Windows features on or off . When you turn the utility on, you'll see a dialog box that allows you to pick the features to keep and the ones to get rid of. Here are ideas for several features that would make good candidates for uninstalling. The fun stuff Windows comes with a number of simple games built in -- Titans, Spider Solitaire, Purble Place, Free Cell and other well-known names. Since it's easy to find far better … Continue reading

More Nifty Tricks for Your Taskbar by Kelly Lynn

  The taskbar tricks in an earlier article talked about convenient keyboard shortcuts to use with the taskbar. Here are more shortcuts to try out, and an advanced tweak. Useful little keyboard shortcuts for the taskbar . When a program has a number of open instances, holding down the Control key while clicking repeatedly on its taskbar button allows you to cycle through all the instances. . If you want to pin a file to the jump list of the program that opens it, usually, you would open the file, right-click on the program's button on the taskbar, find the name of the file on the Recent segment of the jump list, and pin it. There's a much easier way, though -- you simply drag the file that you need … Continue reading

God Mode and Other Great Hidden Features on Windows 7 and 8 by Kelly Lynn

  Windows comes with a great many hidden possibilities. Here are five that everyone should know about. God Mode Many people have heard of God Mode in Windows, and imagine it to be some kind of mystical experience. Rather than mystical, though, it is simply convenient. It puts nearly every kind of Windows setting, adjustment and tweak that you may need to access, all in one place. Firing up God Mode isn't a very intuitive process. You need to type in code to get it going. To begin, you need to create a new folder on your desktop. The folder should be named with a specific string of code: God.ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C (the God. part is only something that helps you name the feature; you can just as easily use any other … Continue reading

Accessing the Full List of ‘Send To’ Options in Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 7 offers a convenient option in the right-click menu called 'Send To,' which does exactly what it sounds like. It allows you to choose from a list of places to send the right-clicked file or folder to. For example, you could right click a collection of recently worked on project files on your desktop and send them to your default email program to get that project sent in before your deadline instead of having to attach them internally from within the email. The options that are generally shown under the 'Send To' option are Compressed Folder (for creating a zipped version of the file/folder), Desktop (create a shortcut), Fax or Mail recipient (to send it to someone), or your DVD or CD drive if you are trying to … Continue reading

Here's How Windows 8 Offers Better Security Than Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 8 and 8.1 aren't just the same old Windows 7 with an experimental interface tacked on. Under the hood, they include real improvements, especially in the security department. Some of them are deep, low-level changes to the way Windows functions; others are visible ones. Here are 6 ways in which Windows 8 offers you a more secure user experience than Windows 7. Inbuilt antivirus Windows 7 doesn't include antivirus. It requires that you install either Microsoft Security Essentials or a third-party antivirus product. With Windows 8, though, Microsoft Security Essentials comes inbuilt -- only, Microsoft now calls it Windows Defender. Quick-launch anti-malware In Windows 7, antivirus software isn't allowed to start up until well into the Windows boot up process. This is a serious security problem because rootkits are able to start well before antivirus programs do. In … Continue reading

What Is the Games Explorer in Windows 7? by Kelly Lynn

  Every version of Windows since Vista has had something called Games Explorer. On Windows 7, for instance, you see it as one of the choices on the Start menu. Many people are confused about Games Explorer because clicking on the button doesn't give you access to all the games on your machine. What does it do then? What Games Explorer does While Games Explorer was prominently featured on Windows Vista and 7, you won't easily find it on Windows 8. The truth is, it's a feature that Microsoft is trying to move past. In the online documentation that Microsoft provides for Windows 7, the company calls Games Explorer a repository for all the games on your computer and all game updates, statistics and newsfeeds. While you do see Mine … Continue reading

How to Format Your Hard Drive in Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  If you are running Windows 7 and need to format the hard drive that it is installed on, follow these simple steps below. Keep in mind that by formatting your hard drive, you are deleting all of the files, folders and other documents or programs that are installed, so be sure to back up your system before you begin. Let's Begin: · Open the Windows 7 Disk Management Utility and locate the drive in which you want to format. If you do not see your hard drive listed in the box or you get an Initialize Disk window you most likely have not partitioned the hard drive yet. · You will need to partition the hard drive before you will be able to continue, so if you get this … Continue reading