Make the Most of Windows 7

Windows 7 is a great operating system, in that it provides instant usability for those who want a turnkey operating system that lets them start working from the first time they boot up their computer. It also is pleasing for IT professionals, who prefer to have the ability to tweak the settings to make the operating system and their applications run smoother and more efficiently. Whether you are a casual user or an IT professional, here are four things that you can do to make the most of Windows 7 on your PC.

Turn off Windows Features

Many of us have been waiting for Microsoft to allow us to turn off the “features” we don’t need or want in our operating system. With Windows 7, you can turn off things like Internet Explorer and other programs that come native with this operating system. You can turn things on and off in the “Programs and Features” control panel.

Turn off Aero Snap

Aero snap is a feature of Windows 7 that tends to be more of an annoyance to those who work with several open windows simultaneously. Users just drag open windows to the edge of the screen and have them auto-resize and arrange themselves. Turning off this feature will save you the aggravation of having to manually move and resize windows when they do not appear as you would prefer. You can turn off this feature in the Ease of Access Center located in the control panel, when you select “make the mouse easier to use”. Click the check box entitled “Prevent Windows From Being Automatically Arranged When Moved To The Edge Of The Screen” and then click Ok.

Turn off Menu Icons

Although a graphic representation is nice, Windows 7 has followed in the footsteps of Vista in using Icons for control panel applets. And, they picked rather large icons. To improve efficiency, you can turn off these large icons for a more classic control panel look. The simple way to change this is to right-click in a white section of the window and select “View Small Icons”.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 7 offers a host of keyboard shortcuts that we have been waiting and asking for with previous versions of the Windows operating system. Interestingly, Microsoft seems to have found a new use for the Windows Key! Here are some of the shortcuts that you will find useful:

Windows + Spacebar – Shows the desktop
Windows Key + E – Open new Explorer Window
Windows Key + Plus (+) – Zooms in on Desktop
Windows Key + Plus (-) – Zooms out on Desktop
Windows Key + Right or Left Arrow – Moves current Window to right or left edge of the screen
Control + Clicking an Application in the Taskbar – toggles between running instances of the application