Eight easy and useful Windows tips

By | July 14, 2015
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Eight easy and useful Windows tips

These tips work on most versions of Windows. The best way to find out if they work on your version is – try them. You sure can’t hurt anything and you’ll probably find they work as described.

1. Lock your computer

Press Win+L to lock your computer.

2. Switch user

Switch users without going through the Welcome screen. Click CTRL/ALT/DELETE to open Task Manager. Click the “Users” tab in Task Manager, right-click a User name and select Connect.

3.Hibrernate computer

Hold down the shift key in the shutdown dialog to change “Stand By” to “Hibernate”. Or just press H to hibernate instantly. You can also use the Power Control Panel to configure your power button to hibernate.

4.Choose details

Open Windows Explorer. From the View Menu, select “Choose Details” to select which file properties should be shown in the Explorer window. To sort items by a file property, check its name in the “Choose Details” in order to make that property available in the “Arrange Icons by” menu.

5.Display volume control icon in taskbar

To display the volume control icon in the taskbar, click Start/Control Panel then go to Sounds and Audio Devices and select “Place volume icon in the taskbar”.

6.Delete a file without sending it to the recycle bin

Hold down the shift key when deleting a file to delete it immediately. It won’t go to the Recycle Bin first, it will be deleted. Use with care.

7. Open your browser  to full-screen mode

To run Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome in full-screen mode just press the F11 key. Press it again to return to normal-mode.

8. Go backward or forward when browsing the Web using only your mouse wheel

To move backward or forward while browsing the Web with Internet Explorer or Firefox, hold the Shift key while turning the mouse wheel to go forward or backward.

One thought on “Eight easy and useful Windows tips

  1. Dorith


    Thanks for all your advices!

    What is the difference between stand by, sleep and hibernate?
    Can you explain please?

    All the best, Dorith


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