Windows 7 is available for purchase/install today. I’m really excited – downloading my official copy right now. All the reviews are highly positive for this new release.
Cali Lewis says Windows 7 is as great as Mac OS X and, “PC users finally have an OS that is a joy to use”. Her review is says it best… watch now:
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New location-aware services, such as with maps on iPhones or BlackBerry’s, are moving to your computer. Soon your computer will know where it is physically located and offer services based on this information.
A few examples might include…
Here’s an easy way to include the date in your system tray on your task bar. Download this small, free utility: http://www.rcis.co.za/dale/tclockex/.
Windows only shows the time in the tray. Although you can hover your mouse over the time to get the date, some might prefer it permanently attached.
This application requires little resources, so your system still runs fast. You can customize it to display a simple date + time, or change the font and go wild with colors. Very configurable. Very easy.
It can be aggravating to have a program start every time you turn on your computer. If you don’t use AOL Instant Messenger but see it every time you login, or Weather Bug pops up, or Adobe Updater, etc. These all just slow down your startup, and running Windows in general thereafter.
If we’ve worked on your computer, we’ve probably limited your start items. This is common practice for any tech savvy person to help “clean up” your computer. The method below may seem technical, but it is in fact quite simple and effective.
Here you will see a complete list of items that start when you load Windows. Some may look like Greek to you, no worries! Look for the program you don’t want to load and uncheck it. Click OK and reboot your computer. After your computer loads, you may see a popup warning. Check the box and hit OK. You won’t see it again thereafter.
How about all the other stuff you see in that startup list? NONE of it is required to run Windows. However, some of it could be very important. For example, your backup program is probably listed, probably something to run your sound or mouse, etc. Have a look through the list and feel free to turn off anything, give it a try, and turn back on if there is a problem. Be careful here as you could disable something that you shouldn’t.
– Contributed by Terry Kirby
Speed things up by running Disk Defragmenter periodically.
It’s easy to forget simple things when there are so many third party cleaning programs out there. As routine maintenance on your PC, you should defragment your files periodically. Over time, accessing files and programs, installing new programs, and even uninstalling programs can disrupt the flow of data on your hard drive. A simple fix is to run Disk Defragmenter.
To run, simply follow these steps:
This process can take an hour or more, depending on the size of your drive. This tool should be used periodically as a routine maintenance, once every 3 months or so.
If you notice your PC is running slower than usual, let Disk Defragmenter analyze your drive and get you back into shape.
As you advance your computer skills you will prefer less interaction with the mouse. There are tons of shortcuts you can use on your keyboard to limit back and forth from keyboard to mouse. So you can work more efficiently, here are a few shortcuts I use daily.
Spacebar – When browsing the web, use the space bar to go down a page
F2 – With a file selected use F2 to quickly rename it
PrtScr – This button will copy the entire screen. Use the Edit menu and Paste the picture to an email or image editor for a fast screen shot
CTRL + C (hold the CTRL button and tap C) – Will copy text for you to paste elsewhere (text must be highlighted first)
CTRL + V – Pastes your copied text to the area you have selected
CTRL + F – Find text on a page
ALT + TAB – Cycle through your open programs
Windows Key + D – Minimizes all screens so you can see your desktop instantly
ALT + F4 – Closes the open window
Delete – Everyone uses backspace, but do you use the delete key? It does the same thing as backspace but from the left side of the cursor instead of the right. Try it!
Windows + L – Quickly lock your computer