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More useful tricks for Windows 7!

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by sijui nini, Nov 19, 2011.

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    sijui nini JF-Expert Member

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    Wakuu hii ni compilation ya baadhi tu ya tricks nilizowahi kukutananazo katika pitapita zangu sehemu mbalimbali kwamba nimeziandaa mimi nikuwa niliwahi kuzicopy an kuzihifadhi kwa nyakati tofautii kutoka sehemu mbalimbali na najua wapo baadhi yenu wanazifahamu baadhi ya tricks hizi ila wapo wengi pia hawazijui na niwatumiaji wa windows 7. Binafsi yangu mimi nyingi sijazijaribu sababu am not a windows 7 fan..siipendi tu mambo yake ya kisharobaro kwani kwangu mimi windows XP itabaki kuwa the best windows version ever... ila kwa wale wanaoifagilia win7 najua watapata kitu.. na kutokana na wadau wengi kutoa maombi ya vitu hivi kwa upande wa win7 nimeona leo nirejee hii collection yangu na kuimwaga najua there are still so many tricks out there...just lets share whenever we got any!! (Note: kuna baadhi ya sehemu zina link na sina hakika sana kama link zake bado zinafanya kazi maana sijazipitia zote)
    Twende kazi:

    Use hidden international wallpapers and themes
    When you first install Windows 7, it asks for your language, time and currency. Based on your responses, it installs a set of wallpapers and themes. If you choose English (United States) for your time and currency format, for example, the available desktop backgrounds and themes will include a United States section with scenery from locations such as Maine, the Southwest and so on.Hidden, though, are background scenery and themes from other English-speaking countries -- Australia, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. Normally, you can't access those backgrounds or themes, but there is a simple way you can install and use them:1. In the search box in the Start menu, type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT and press Enter. (Note: If Windows 7 is installed in a drive other than C:, use that letter instead.)2. Windows Explorer will launch and show you a list of subfolders underC:\Windows\Globalization\MCT: MCT-AU, MCT-CA, MCT-GB, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA. Each subfolder has wallpapers for a specific country: AU for Australia, CA for Canada, GB for Great Britain, US for the United States, and ZA for South Africa.For any of the countries whose wallpaper and themes you want to use, go into its Theme folder, for example, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme. Double-click the theme you see there (for example ZA).3. That will install a shortcut to the theme and wallpapers in the Personalization section of Control Panel.You can now use them as you would any other theme or background, by right-clicking the desktop, choosing Personalize, and choosing a background or theme. They will be listed in their own section. Picture1.jpg Also this is useful tip: Windows 7 by default has only few themes available for customization. People who are not satisfied with these in build themes can get few more themes forWindows 7 which are actually hidden. These themes are available for certain regional countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States and South Africa. These themes can be revealed and used by the following steps. 1. Open Windows Explorer and click Organize2. Select Folder and Search Options and navigate to the View tab.3. Select Show hidden files, folders and drivers and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). Click Yes, if prompted for confirmation.4. Click OK and now browse to the folder: Windows\Globalization\MCT5. There are five folders here with the name with format MCT-XX (where XX is AU, CA, GB, US, or ZA) which represents globalization settings for each region. Go into the folder that you want to activate its theme.Note that AU, CA and ZA regions have the same themes.6. Open the Theme folder inside the selected region folder.7. Double click on the XX.theme file to apply the theme to the Windows 7 desktop system. Once a theme is executed and activated, the theme will be available and saved into Personalization options, so that user can select this theme directly from the personalization settings.8. Now to go to Folder Options to reverse the first 5 steps to hide the hidden and protected system files and folders again. Now when you open the themes settings, you can see the hidden themes activated. Picture2.jpg

    Shake your desktop free of clutter
    If you frequently run multiple programs simultaneously, your desktop can get extremely cluttered. This can get annoying if you're working on one program and want to minimize all the other windows -- in previous versions of Windows you had to minimize them individually.With Windows 7's "shake" feature, though, you can minimize every window except the one in which you're currently working -- in a single step. Click and hold the title bar of the window you want to keep on the desktop; while still holding the title bar, shake it quickly back and forth until all of the other windows minimize to the taskbar. Then let go. To make them return, shake the title bar again.You can accomplish the same thing by pressing the Window key-Home key combination -- although doing that is not nearly as much fun.
    Shortcut Keys in Windows 7

    Windows 7: How to Set the Taskbar Buttons to Show Text Instead of Icons..
    OnlyUnlike the Windows of old, Windows 7 uses an icon-only Taskbar. If you find this difficult to use, you can return the buttons back to the way they used to be so that the button displays a label for the open file or application.
    1. Right-click on an empty portion of the Taskbar and select Properties.
    2. Go to the Taskbar buttons section and use the dropdown to change it from Always combine, hide labels to Never combine.
    3. Click the OK button.
    Your Taskbar will go from this:
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    How to Show AM / PM Symbols in System Tray Clock in Windows 7
    Windows 7 doesn't show AM/PM symbols in system tray clock. Also it shows the time in 24 hour format i.e. 18:03If you want to get back the AM / PM symbols, then this tutorial will help you.
    1. Type intl.cpl in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Regional and Language Options window.
    2. Now click on "Addition Settings" button.
    3. Go to "Time" tab and you'll see the value of "Long time" will be set to HH:mm:ss. Just add tt at last of the value, i.e. change the value to HH:mm:ss tt
    4. If you want to show the time in 12 hour format (06:30 instead of 18:30), then change the value tohh:mm:ss tt
    5. That's it. Click on Apply button and you'll get the AM / PM symbols back in system tray clock.
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    Speed Up Windows 7 – Master Tutorial to Make Windows 7 Super Fast
    Although Windows 7 is already very fast and reliable but this tutorial will help you in getting the max performance out of your system.So without wasting any time, here we start our tutorial:
    1. Registry Tweaks:Following topic contains a few registry tweaks to optimize your system performance and add a few useful extras:Ultimate Collection of Registry Tweaks to Speed Up Windows 7You just need to download the ZIP file, extract it and run the file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it. Restart your system to take affect.
    2. Right-click on Computer icon on Desktop and select Properties (or press WIN + Pause/Break keys). Now click on Advanced system settings link in left side pane (You can open it directly by giving sysdm.cplcommand in RUN or start menu search box). Now click on Settings button in Performance section: It'll open another window. Disable all unnecessary options in Visual Effects tab, you can leave following options enabled according to your requirements:
    • Enable Aero Peek (If you want to use Aero Peek feature)
    • Enable desktop composition (If you want to use Windows Aero theme)
    • Enable transparent glass (If you want to use transparency in Windows)
    • Show thumbnails instead of icons (If you want to show thumbnails in Explorer)
    • Show window contents while dragging (If you want windows to show contents while moving them)
    • Smooth edges of screen fonts (If you want to show smooth fonts)
    • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop (If you want to show shadows under desktop icon labels)
    • Use visual styles on windows and buttons (If you want to use Windows Aero or Basic theme)
    3. Open Windows Explorer and go to "Organize -> Folder and Search Options" and click on "View" tab.Now disable following options:
    • Display file size information in folder tips
    • Hide extensions for known file types
    • Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
    • Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items
    4. Right-click on Computer icon on Desktop and select Manage (You can also open it directly by givingservices.msc command in RUN or start menu search box).Now go to Services & Applications -> Services. Here you can set a few unnecessary services to Manual, so that these services don't start automatically with Windows and you can get a faster startup.
    5. Type msconfig in RUN or Startmenu search box and press Enter. Now go to Startup tab and disable unwanted startup entries. You can disable your graphics card's driver utility, Sound Card utility, etc to speed up the system startup and to increase system performance.
    6. Open Sound applet in Control Panel (or type mmsys.cpl in RUN or Startmenu search box and press Enter). Now go to Sounds tab and select No Sounds from Sound Scheme section. You can keep some of your favorite sounds enabled but make sure to set Exit Windows, Windows Log off, Windows Logon and Start Navigation to (None). Also disable "Play Windows Startup sound" option to disable the sound clip which is played at login screen.
    7. Also don't forget to:
    • Defrag the hard disk regularly
    • Install only necessary software
    • Use the latest device drivers
    • Keep your Windows up-to-dateAfter following all the above mentioned points, you'll definitely notice major improvements in your Windows 7 performance.

    Windows 7 Services Configuration: Turn Off / Disable Unnecessary Services to Optimize Performance
    In this tutorial we'll learn about the services which are not essential and can be safely set to MANUAL to speed up your system:
    1. Right-click on Computer icon on desktop and select Manage, it'll open a new window. Now go toServices & Applications -> Services. You can also open the same from Administrative Tools ->Computer Management. Or you can directly open "Services" list by providing services.msc command in RUN or Startmenu search box.
    2. Now you can set the unnecessary services to DISABLED or MANUAL. Just double-click on any service and select the desired option in Startup type list box.NOTE: Always set the service to MANUAL, never disable it, so that whenever Windows needs to start a service it can easily start and use it. If you set any service to DISABLED, Windows will not be able to start it and will give some error messages.Here is a list of services that can be safely set to MANUAL:
    • Application Experience
    • Computer Browser (If your computer is not connected to any network)
    • Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (If you don't use Aero theme)
    • Diagnostic Policy Service
    • Distributed Link Tracking Client
    • IP Helper
    • Offline Files
    • Portable Device Enumerator Service
    • Print Spooler (If you don't have Printer)
    • Protected Storage
    • Remote Registry (Always disable it for Security purposes)
    • Secondary Logon
    • Security Center
    • Server (If your computer is not connected to any network)
    • Tablet PC Input Service
    • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    • Themes ( If you use Windows Classic theme)
    • Windows Error Reporting Service
    • Windows Media Center Service Launcher
    • Windows Search (If you don't use Windows Search feature frequently)
    • Windows Time (If you don't want to update system tray clock time using Internet)

    How to create a shortcut for locking the Computer Screen in Windows 7?
    There are many ways in which you can lock the computer screen. The most popular as well as the fastest way to lock it is to use a keyboard shortcut. The keyboard shortcut used to lock the computer screen is Win+L. A few of us choose to utilize the mouse to lock it. And of course many people like to use both the options.There is another method in which we can lock the computer screen. It is to create a shortcut for locking the computer screen in Windows 7. You can create a shortcut for locking the computer screen in Windows 7, XP and Vista too. Follow these steps in order to create a shortcut for locking the computer screen in Windows 7 as well as other editions:
    Right-click on the desktop where you would like to create the shortcut.
    Point to New.
    Click on Shortcut from the menu.
    Type in this text in the shortcut textbox. (This text will work for Windows XP as well even though the screen will be different)rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation
    Click on the Next button.
    Type in a name for your shortcut.
    Click on the Finish button.
    You have successfully created a shortcut to lock your workstation.
    Just click on the shortcut whenever you want to lock the computer screen.
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