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    15. Activate The Quick Launch Toolbar

    The Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows XP and in Vista seems a very good idea that you might miss when using Windows 7. Fortunately though, you can get it back in a quick few steps.


    Right click the taskbar, go to Toolbar -> New Toolbar and type “%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Interne t Explorer\Quick Launch” into the folder box, then click Select Folder.


    To make it look like it would in Windows Vista, right click the taskbar, uncheck “Lock the Taskbar”, then right click the divider and uncheck “Show Title” and “Show Text”. Then right click the taskbar and check “Show Small Icons” and you should be done.


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    16. Preview Photos In Windows Explorer

    While in Windows Explorer, Press ALT + P and a preview should appear on the right.


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    17. Desktop Magnifier

    Press the Windows Key and the Plus Key to zoom in or Windows Key and the Minus Key to zoom out. You can zoom anywhere on the desktop and you can even configure your magnifier. You can choose to invert colors, follow the mouse pointer, follow the keyboard focus, or the text insertion point.


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    18. Minimize Everything Except The Current Window

    Press the Windows Key + Home Key.


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    19. TroubleShoot Power Management

    Windows 7 can tell you how much power your system uses or provide detailed information about the power usage and issues caused by each application and device. This way you can optimize the way your battery is used, making It last longer.


    Press the Windows Key and type “POWERCFG –ENERGY –OUTPUT <path\filename>”, and it will create a file called energy-report.html in the folder specified by you, after observing your PC for 60 seconds.


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    20. Web Searches From Your Desktop

    Windows 7 lets you search for online resources, by adding a connector that be downloaded for free.


    For instance, go to and download the Flickr connector. After that, you should see the Flickr Search in your searches folder and you will be able to do it directly from your desktop, without needing to visit their website.


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    21. Add Videos To Your Start Menu

    If you were looking for a faster way to access your videos, then Windows 7 has the right answer for you.
    Right click the Start button, then go to Properties -> Start Menu -> Customize and set the Videos to “Display as a link” and you’re done, you will now find them in the Start Menu.


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    22. Shift The Window From One Monitor To Another

    If you are using two or more monitors, then you might want to move the Windows from one to another. There is a very simple way to do it.
    All you have to do is press the Windows Key + Shift Key + Left or Right Key, depending on what monitor you want to move it to.


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    23. Custom Power Button

    There is an option to replace the “Shut Down” button with another action, if you rarely shut down the computer, but you more often restart it or put it on sleep.


    Right click the Start Button, go to Properties and choose the ‘Power Boot Action” to do whatever you want, from the given options.


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    24. Easily Add A New Font

    Adding a new font it’s now easier than ever. Just download the font you want, double click it and you should see the install button.


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    25. Stretch The Window Vertically

    You can stretch the active window vertically to the maximum display height by pressing the Windows + Shift + Up (arrow) keys. Press Windows + Down Keys if you want to restore it.


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    26. Open Windows Explorer

    Press the Windows logo key + E to open a new instance of Windows Explorer.


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    27. Create A New Instance Of The First Icon In The Taskbar

    Press Windows + 1 Keys to open a new instance of the first icon in the taskbar. This could prove really useful in some circumstances.


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    28. Windows Action Center

    Windows Action Center offers you important information about your PC, like the Antivirus Status, updates, troubleshooting and provides a backup scheduling feature.

    To access it, go to Control Panel -> System And Security -> Action Center.



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    29. Windows Troubleshooting Platform

    This platform can help you solve a lot of issues you may encounter, like the internet connection, hardware devices, poor system performance and more. You can choose what to troubleshoot and it will come with some possible explanations for the problem that might really help you.
    There are a lot of options, guidance and information available there, so give it a try by typing “troubleshoot” or “fix” after pressing the Windows Key.


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