The Most Shocking Tricks About Windows You Won’t Believe
now that Mac users can be at peace with all the tricks I’ve taught them, windows users are probably thinking “hey, what about us?” don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten my amazing windows users and I’ve got a list of tricks for you guys too!
Select and Focus Taskbar Applications
To select and focus on applications in the taskbar, hold down the Windows key, press T, and use the arrow keys. This will allow you to scroll through the pinned applications without the need of using your mouse.
Copy, Paste or Undo a File Move
Most people know that the key commands Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V and Ctrl+Z are handy for copying, pasting and deleting text, but a lot of people weren’t aware of the fact that you can use these commands for files too!
Open an Application
To start an application that is pinned to the taskbar, hold the Windows key and press the number that corresponds with its location (Win + number from one to nine). I just love how easy and simple this trick is! And super useful too.
Manage Your Applications
To open a new window of the same application, hold the Shift key + the Window key and then a number from one to nine. If you want to switch between open windows, press Control > Window > and a number, from one to nine.
Pin Any Item to the Taskbar
Windows 7 only allows you to pin applications to your taskbar. But if you want to pin a different item like a file or folder, just drag and drop the file onto your desktop, right click > New > Shortcut, now type in: explorer “C:shortcutsFavorites – ShortcutName.lnk”. The next step is to name the shortcut and the Shortcut will now appear as a folder, which you can right click to pin to the taskbar. You see? It’s a piece of cake!
Open a Command Prompt
Hold down the Shift key and right-click a folder to access the open a command option. Unfortunately, this trick only works for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. If you want to do this on Windows XP, you have to use a registry hack.
Access the Secret “Send To” Menu
Buzzfeed.com says: “Did you know that there is a secret “Send To” menu that you can access with the Shift key? Hold down Shift, right-click the folder and select the “Send To” menu. This lets you access a whole new set of file locations, so you can quickly re-locate a folder without the hassle”.
Modify the Default “Send To” Menu
If you want to alter the options that appear in your default “Send To menu,” type “shell: sendto” into the location bar of a folder. You can then drag and drop new folder locations to the Send To folder. This trick won’t work for Windows XP.
Open Any File or Webpage
Use the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog box. Now you must type in the name of any application and click the Enter button. Also, you can type in a URL directly into this field to open up any webpage.
Create a Zip Folder
A zip folder is the fastest way to transport a massive selection of files. If you want to create a zip folder, right click a regular file folder and select the “Send To” option. The “Compressed (zipped) Folder” option will compress your folder and make it easier to upload the files in a blink of an eye!