Windows 7 Tips

Are you still using Windows 7? You’re not alone. Windows 7 is a great operating system, but you might not be taking advantage of all it provides. Here are some tips to get more from Windows 7.

Access videos from the Start menu: With the Windows 7 Start menu, you can easily access your Pictures and Music folders, but you can’t do the same with your Videos folder. You can, nevertheless, change this. First right-click on the Start button and select “Properties.” On the screen that pops up, go to the Start Menu tab and click “Customize.” A dialogue box will appear. Scroll to its bottom, look for the Videos section, and select “Display as a link.” Click “OK” once and then again. Now, you can actually connect to your videos from the Start menu.

Modify your Shut Down button: You know that your computer’s Shut Down button turns off your computer. However, what if you almost never shut down your computer? A little known fact: you can personalize your Shut Down button so that when you press it, it carries out another action, anything from restarting your computer to putting it in sleep mode. To perform this, right-click the Start button and pick “Properties.” On the Start Menu tab, click the “Power button action” drop-down menu. You can then select what action you would like the power button to take as a default.

Add some privacy to your online searching: Windows 7 Internet Explorer automatically displays the most recent searches you have preformed. If this is troublesome to you or you would like more privacy, you can opt to turn this off. To do this, go the Start menu’s search box and type GPEDIT.MSC then click “Enter.” Once you do this, the Group Policy Editor will start. Then you’re able to select “User configuration” and choose “Administrative Templates,” “Windows Components,” and “Windows Explorer.” Once here, double-click “Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box,” click “Enabled” and then hit “OK.”

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Posted on: 10.24.12