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Windows 7: Small discoveries

07 Jan 2011   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Small discoveries

Since I never read any manuals, I am often not aware of the small tricks of the trade. I just discovered a couple of small tricks - that most of you probably know. LOL - But for those who don't know,I like to share them.

1. When the system freezes and you cannot move the cursor, I used to hit the power-off button and then restart the system. The little trick is to press the Start button on the keyboard and navigate with the right arrow key to where the picture shows:



As you can see, there is always one letter underlined for the various actions in the pop-up window - e.g. "R" for Restart. Just hit that letter and the action will be performed.

2. If you open a window and it is not maximized, grab the window at the top blue frame and bump it against the top of the screen. It will automatically maximize.


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07 Jan 2011   #2
StalkeR

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Excellent whs. This will helps a lot to others who do not know.
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07 Jan 2011   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Good Tips -- I really like Number One about when the system freezes. Wish I had known that a week ago.
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07 Jan 2011   #4
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

In addition, some aero snap shortcuts,
Windows key+left arrow-> move the active window to the left .
Win key+right arrow to move it to the right.
Win key+ Up arrow -> maximize the current window.
Win key+down arrow -> restore the active window.

Its easier than dragging the window with the mouse to the sides.
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07 Jan 2011   #5
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

I didn't know that, Thanks Wolfgang!
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07 Jan 2011   #6
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

And for those of you wondering why Wolfgang's original image has 'sleep' instead of 'shut down' or anything else... there's a tutorial for that

Power Button - Start Menu
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07 Jan 2011   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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1. When the system freezes and you cannot move the cursor, I used to hit the power-off button and then restart the system. The little trick is to press the Start button and navigate with the right arrow key to where the picture shows.
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do you mean 'the windows key on your keyboard'? you just need to press that, then the right key twice, then up and down to your heart's content.

'press the start button' sounds too much like clicking the start orb, which you can't do if you can't move the cursor.
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07 Jan 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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1. When the system freezes and you cannot move the cursor, I used to hit the power-off button and then restart the system. The little trick is to press the Start button and navigate with the right arrow key to where the picture shows.
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do you mean 'the windows key on your keyboard'?

'press the start button' sounds too much like clicking the start orb, which you can't do if you can't move the cursor.
Of course the WIN key on the keyboard - I will correct that.
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07 Jan 2011   #9
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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1. When the system freezes and you cannot move the cursor, I used to hit the power-off button and then restart the system. The little trick is to press the Start button and navigate with the right arrow key to where the picture shows.
...
do you mean 'the windows key on your keyboard'?

'press the start button' sounds too much like clicking the start orb, which you can't do if you can't move the cursor.
Of course the WIN key on the keyboard - I will correct that.
Good info WHS, i was just in that situation awhile ago and did a hard shut down it would have been handy then. Thanks again
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08 Jan 2011   #10
Imperfect1

 
 

Great 'shut down' tip whs! Rep+ to you.
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