Eleven great Windows tips you can use every day

By | July 6, 2011
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These tips work for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

  1. Change computer time: Right mouse click on the clock in your system tray (lower far right) or right click in system tray and choose “adjust date and time”.
  2. To save a picture/image from a web page, right mouse click and choose “Save Picture As”. You can rename it at this time too.
  3. To see how much hard drive/hard disk space you have left, do this: Double click My Computer. right mouse click on your C drive (or any hard drive) and chose properties.
  4. Most common image formats are JPG, GIF, BMP and PNG. Most common image format exported from a digital camera is a JPG.
  5. If you accidently delete a file, click Control key + Z to bring it back instantly. You can also look in your recycle bin if you don’t realize it until later, then just right click on the file and choose “restore” and it will go back to where it came from.
  6. If you hold the shift key down when deleting a file, it bypasses the recycle bin. Control Z will still bring it back.
  7. If you occasionally see a red X instead of an image on a web page, it is not a setting problem with your browser. It usually means the webmaster who made the page put in a bad link.
  8. F1 key opens Windows Help quickly!
  9. You can quickly maximize a window by double clicking the title bar of the window… this is the big long blue area at the top of your window. Double click again to bring it back to the size it was prior to maximizing.
  10. Alphabetize the items in your start menu by clicking Start, Programs, and while hovering over any program, right mouse click and choose Sort by Name.
  11. Quick View of your System: If you hold the Alt key down while double clicking My Computer, it will open the System Properties window. This is where you can find your computer’s name, system restore, auto updates, hardware, and more. The first screen “general” will show you a lot of information about your system such as what version of Windows you are using, who the computer is registered to, how fast your CPU is and how much RAM you have.

6 thoughts on “Eleven great Windows tips you can use every day

  1. Julie Lutz

    Help!! I ran a Reimage scan on my very, very slow computer – all of a sudden! I have FIOS. The scan said hard disk, free memory were average. CPU is excellent.
    Temp is normal. Memory is below average – 1151 megabytes. Hard drives – 40.0 gigabytes – below average. Free disk space is below average – 27.3. HELP – How can I fix all this?? I hope I don’t need a new computer. Thanks – Julie

    1. Donna Coulter

      I love it when you give us the tips that are usually needed. I print them on orange paper and keep them handy— next to the PC.
      I can’t understand what Julie is saying but I do have to mention that I have had the worst mess ever ever ever on my PC— Reimage fixed it in one session. Good luck Julie

    2. Patricia Monteleone

      Sounds like Julie may have run the FREE scan but not purchased and run Reimage. Doing that will fix her problems. She has simply been told what the status of her computer is right now. Running Reimage will fix what is fixable.It won’t fix hardware problems. Looks like she also needs to defrag her disk drive. She doesn’t ned Reimage to do that.

  2. L. Samuel

    In reference to Tip#10, I have no option to “sort by name” in the drop-down menu when I right click on a program within my start menu. I am not using the “classic view” for my start menu. From what I see, it appears that the Start Menu was already in alphabetical order automatically from the beginning.
    I do though, have the option to “sort by name” if I right click on an item in my Favorites list. OS is Vista Ultimate.
    I have seen this tip mentioned before but I have never seen that option on right click within the Start menu.
    Hmmm? Beats me!


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