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Windows 7 Customization Part 1

We want to show you 10 tips how to make your windows 7 more easy to use and simpler. Windows 7 offers to its users lot of good and interesting features but you can make it even more simpler by taking advantage of a few enhancements you might not have heard about. We present you 10 tips with which you will customize your windows 7 to your personal taste and needs. They are very easy to follow and will make navigating your system easier, and give you quick access to commonly used programs and actions.

Windows 7 Customization Tips

Tip #1
Handy Keyboard shortcuts

Windows 7 includes many new keyboard shortcuts that can make your work quite easier and faster. They will be useful not only for working but for doing anything you want in windows 7. Learn these important combinations and you’ll soon be saving a few seconds of mousing time here and there throughout the day.
Here are some of the most important combinations you can find useful:

Display or hide the Explorer preview pane: Alt-P
Display gadgets in front of other windows: Windows Logo-G
Zoom in: Windows Logo-+[plus sign]
Zoom out: Windows Logo- –[minus sign]
Maximize window: Windows Logo-Up Arrow
Minimize window: Windows Logo-Down Arrow
Snap to the left-hand side of the screen: Windows Logo-Left Arrow
Snap to the right-hand side of the screen: Windows Logo-Right Arrow

Tip #2
Jump Lists

jump lists

windows 7 jump lists

A little but very helpful feature. Windows 7’s new Jump Lists appear in the Start menu and Taskbar buttons for programs that support the feature. Customizing windows 7’s jump lists will give you instant access to frequently used commands such as opening recent files or performing program actions. To access Jump Lists you can either click on the right arrow in program’s Start menu entry, or right-click an icon in the task bar or left-click and drag the list open. If there’s a document you want always accessible from the jump list, you can just click on the pushpin icon in the right of the document’s entry.

Tip #3

Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Programs

create keyboard shortcuts for programs

I have customized almost all of my windows 7 shortcuts for the programs I use most. Yes, sometime I look more like a pianist pushing all the buttons of my keyboard but that’s the way I like it and I much more faster in my work. First, right-click on the program icon, choose Properties to open the Properties dialog. Click on the dialog’s Shortcut tab, click in the Shortcut key text box, and press the key you want to use for that program. Your shortcut will use Alt-Ctrl plus your key—you can’t overrule standard system shortcuts. Also, you can’t use the Esc, Enter, Tab, Spacebar, PrtScn, Shift, or Backspace keys for obvious reasons.

Tip #4
Aero Peek

aero peek

Another option for navigating a screen cluttered with windows is Aero Peek. I guess you already know this tip but for me it is a very helpful feature. Move your mouse over the lower-right corner of the screen. Click the button if you want to keep this view, showing only the desktop. This takes the place of previous Windows versions’ Show Desktop icon in the vanished Quick Launch toolbar. If you’ve moved your Taskbar to the top or sides of the screen, this button will be at the top right or bottom of the taskbar, respectively.

Tip #4
Clean Up Your Screen


Do you often find your desktop full of open windows? Focusing on one window when you have multiple windows open can be distracting. But instead of having to minimize every window one-by-one you can quickly unclutter your screen using Aero Shake. Simply click and hold the title bar of the window you want to leave open, give it a quick shake, and your screen will be cleared of all windows except the one you’re working in.

Tip #7
Make Internet Explorer 8 Load Faster


I personally don’t use internet explorer because it is too slow but there is a way to make IE8 load faster by disabling add-ons that slow it down. To find which add-ons you need to eliminate go to Tools > Manage Add-ons, check the load time listed here for each, and delete accordingly. Try if yourself and if you are still not happy as I am just go for some other internet browser :).

Tip #6
Search the Web from Your Desktop

This feature of windows 7 is awesome. I suggest you customize your windows 7 so that you can use its built-in search as an online search tool without having to launch a Web browser, by using search connectors. For instance, if you wanted to search YouTube videos from your desktop, just download and install the YouTube search connector. This adds a “YouTube Search” option to your Searches folder, which lets you browse YouTube from your desktop. I am giving you example with YouTube because it is one of my most exploit sites.

Note the searches won’t be added to the Start menu’s search box. If you search on something in there first, and then click Enter, you’ll get to an Explorer window that now includes, for example, a YouTube search entry under Favorites. Click on this to get results at YouTube right in the Explorer window. Drag the icon with the right mouse button to create a desktop icon for the search provider.

Tip #8
Combine Taskbar Icons

When you have a ton of windows or apps opened at once (which we all have all the time), it can be hard to operate and navigate among them all. Luckily, Windows 7 let you combine icons to keep your taskbar neat and organized. To combine taskbar icons, right-click the Start button, go to Properties > Taskbar, and under Taskbar Buttons and choose “Always Combine, Hide Labels” or “Combine when taskbar is full.” Alternatively, if you want to see everything with labels, you can choose Never combine.

Tip #9
Add Videos to Your Start Menu


This is also very useful feature for me because I am making lots of videos and they are organized the way I want so that I can easily work on them. You can make your video library easy to access by adding it to your Start Menu. To do so, right-click the Start button, go to Properties > Start Menu > Customize and set the Videos to “Display as a link.” There are plenty more options for what you want displayed in the Start menu here, so browse through the list to see what would work for you. Choosing “Display as a Link” puts a text choice on the right side of the Start menu, and choosing “Display as a menu” will add a flyout menu to the link with subchoices. One particularly useful entry here is Recent Items, to help you quickly get to documents you’ve been working on.

Tip #10
Troubleshoot and Document System Problems


Windows 7’s new Problem Steps Recorder comes in handy when you’re looking to troubleshoot and document problems with your system. Typing psr into the Instant Search launches a recorder that can document what shows up on your screen as you recreate the problem step by step. You can even add comments. When you’re done, the recorder compiles the footage into a zip file you can then e-mail to a tech expert.

All these tips for windows 7 customization are simple and easy way to make your OS not so complicate and also they can be apllied by anyone who has at least some basic windows 7 knowledge and skills. If you think our tips for windows 7 customization have been useful to you share this article to your friends. Stay tuned for Windows 7 Customization Part 2

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