Six Quick and Easy Windows Tips

By | August 23, 2018
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Six Quick and Easy Windows Tips

Once in a while, we like to feature some quick and easy Windows tips. These tips work in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. To open an extended context menu, press and hold down the SHIFT Key while right-clicking any file or folder.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift and then right-click on the Taskbar and you’ll see the option “Exit Explorer”
  3. Quickly create a shortcut by holding down the Ctrl+Shift keys and dragging and dropping the file or folder to the desired destination.
  4. In Notepad, press the F5 key to add the date and time to any Notepad file.
  5. Hold down Alt & click on file or folder to open its Properties box.
  6. Hold down the Shift key while you drag a file or folder to the Recycle Bin to delete it instantly.


5 thoughts on “Six Quick and Easy Windows Tips


    Be careful with these tips…#2 crashed my desktop forcing me to reboot…thank goodness all came up normal then.

    Unless you use the particular command very frequently, I recommend using the old methods for doing what these shortcuts purport to do.

    This in no way is intended as a criticism of Cloudlight which almost always offers tips and advice which is dead on and works very well. I highly recommend subscribing to the site for it suggests excellent tips almost every time.

    1. infoave Post author

      If right-clicking your taskbar while holding down your Shift key causes your computer to crash, you have serious issues with your PC. These tips have been time tested and have worked in every version of Windows since Windows 98. This problem is a problem with your computer, not a problem with these simple, standard Windows tips.

  2. uwe adric

    most of them don’t work for me with windows 7
    I’ll just use the standard methods.

    1. Susan Poston

      I wanted to show you something that came up when I open this today.
      So I made a copy of it to paste here and it did not work. Why?
      Sometimes that is the only way to explain something that has happened on my computer and have a question about it.

      Do the F keys have other uses?

  3. Jake Lyster

    These are very simple tips. They been around for a decade or more. I can’t fathom why people are having so much trouble. They work on Windows 7 and Windows 10 just fine. I don’t have Windows 8.


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