Windows Hints & Tricks
Hardly a day goes by that I do not make use of these "tricks".
Fix the mouse's double-click speed I've yet to find anyone
who doesn't prefer working with the longest delay between clicks that
Windows allows. Go to My Computer/Control Panel/Mouse/Buttons. Grab that
"double-click timing" indicator and move it all the way to slow. The
procedure might vary a bit depending on what mouse drivers are installed
on the computer. Some drivers don't use a slider. Instead, they show box
to be clicked on twice to set the double click speed. Click it once.
Order a pizza. When the pizza arrives, click the mouse again. Well, not
really, but you get the idea.
Make it easier to identify files Go to My Computer/View/Options:
Click on "Show all files". Unclick "Hide MS-DOS file extensions for file
types that are registered"
Get to the Desktop quickly There are a bunch of ways to do
Move files, copy files, and create shortcuts with less
confusion Instead of left-clicking when dragging and dropping a
file, try right-clicking instead. When you drop the file, a menu will
appear asking whether you want to Move it, Copy it, or Create a Shortcut
Close many Windows at once Pressing the shift key is pressed
when a window is closed closes all of its ancestors, too.
Recover from dragging errors If you notice when dragging an
item (a file, window frame, or whatever) that you're moving something you
didn't intended to move, you can cancel the operation by pressing the
escape key before dropping the item.
- Press Windows-M, where "Windows" is the Windows key, located
between the left Ctrl & Alt keys.
- Click on the Show Desktop icon on
the Quick Launch bar to the right of the Start button. If your Quick
Launch Bar is not being displayed,
- Right-click on the Start
- Choose Properties.
- Click on the Taskbar tab.
- Check the
box for "Show Quick Launch"
- Right-click on any empty part of
the Taskbar and then click on "Minimize all Windows".
Copyright © 1999 Gerard E.