Windows Accessories

By | September 19, 2011
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Windows Accessories has a lot of features that you may not be familiar with, so let’s take a closer look at all these freebies Microsoft includes for you. To get to Accessories, click Start, All Programs, then click Accessories. This tip features accessories found in Windows 7, so if you are using older versions of Windows you will see some variations or accessories that are not available in your version.

We will be featuring some of the more complex or less common accessories during the next few weeks and go in to more detail. In this issue we cover Windows Mobility Center and Math Input Panel. In the meantime, be sure to take some time and explore the many options available in your accessory menu; you can hover over any of them when you click Start/Accessories, and you will see a short description.

  • Calculator: Performs basic arithmetic tasks with an on-screen calculator
  • Command Prompt: Performs text based (command line) functions
  • Connect to a Network Projector: Display your desktop on a network projector
  • Connect to a Projector: Connect your computer to a projector using a display cable
  • Getting Started: Learn about Windows Features
  • Math Input Panel: Opens the Math Input Panel to write and create math equations
  • Notepad: Create and edit text files using basic text formatting
  • Paint: Create and edit drawings, or edit images and pictures
  • Remote Desktop Connection: Use your computer to connect to a computer that is located elsewhere and run programs or access files
  • Run: Opens a program, folder, document or website
  • Snipping Tool: Capture a portion of the screen so you can save, annotate or share the screenshot.
  • Sound Recorder: Record sound and save it to your computer
  • Sticky Notes: Create short handwritten or text notes
  • Sync Center: Sync files between your computer and network folders
  • Windows Explorer: Display files and folders on your computer
  • Windows Mobility Center: Opens the Windows Mobility Center so you can adjust brightness, volume, power options and other mobile (laptop) options
  • Word Pad: Create and edit text documents with complex formatting
  • Windows Mobility Center

3 thoughts on “Windows Accessories

  1. Colleen

    I have used those accessories many times. However the “snipping tool” disappeared several months ago. I have tried doing a search on my computer for it and it shows no sign of it. I have searched the internet and Microsofts website and still not able to get it back. Any ideas? Thank you.

    1. infoave Post author

      Things don’t just disappear, but shortcuts do. You can access Snipping Tool by pressing the Windows Key + R key and typing snippingtool.exe – and press Enter.

      1. Colleen

        wow infoave you are awesome. Thank you so much. Is there anyway to get it back into the Accessories or a shortcut?


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