Showing posts with label Windows Tricks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows Tricks. Show all posts

Keyboard Shortcuts | Windows Most Usefull Shortcuts | How Do Use Them

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are the easiest way to do things faster, but with the wide variety of software we all use it's hard to remember all the different shortcuts. In turn, even though we all know shortcuts are useful, few of us bother using them. Here's how to learn to make use of shortcuts, ranging from the beginner to expert.

  1. Copy only active window to clipboard: Normally, the Print Screen key copies the entire display (or two displays if you got them), ALT + Print Screen only copies the currently active window to the clipboard. Whether taking a screenshot to diagnose a problem, or just because you want to show something to a friend, this will come in handy.
  2. Fix those little mistakes: Did you know you can undo almost any action? CTRL + Z is the ultimate hot key, and for sure you knew about it already, however note that undo doesn’t just apply to typing. If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can hit CTRL + Z to bring it right back to where it was. In Chrome and Firefox you can also undo closing a tab using CTRL + SHIFT + T.
  3. Cycle through open windows: Pressing ALT+TAB allows you to cycle through currently open windows. This makes switching back and forth between running processes quick and painless. If you want a more stylish method of cycling through open programs, Windows + TAB will do the job for you.
  4. Interrupt all processes: CTRL + ALT + Delete is one of the most common PC shortcuts, and one almost everyone is familiar with. The important thing to note is that it interrupts all processes, including the one that is bogging down your system, which can mean the difference between needing to restart or not.
  5. Close the current program: Typing ALT + F4 will close the program that is running. This is useful as it saves you time mousing over the "X" and clicking. People will often use this as a joke, telling you to press ALT + F4 to fix a problem. Don’t fall for it unless you want to close what you are doing.
  6. Minimize all windows: Sometimes you have a bunch of stuff running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. It should be noted that Windows + M offers similar functionality, but there is no undoing, so Windows + D is the more favorable approach.
  7. Open the task manager: directly If you want to bypass the interrupt that happens when pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL and jump right to the task manager, typing CTRL + Shift + ESC launches it directly.
  8. Close the current window/tab: Stick of moving all the way to that X button? Press CTRL + W and the current window will close.

Trick To Manage/Remove Start up Programs | Reduce Burden of Program on Windows Start up

Manage/Remove Start up Programs

If your PC is taking too long to boot, it’s probably because you have far too many programs running at startup. Reducing this is easy, it will make your PC launch noticeably faster and lighter upon first load.

To change the items running at startup, go to Run using the hotkey Windows key + R, and type "msconfig.exe" A small window will appear (see the screenshot below), select the Startup tab. From here you will be able to turn off many startup programs, which can shave several seconds (or minutes) off your boot time.

Manage/Remove Start up Programs

(Note Windows 8 has moved this functionality to the Task Manager).

Click the Startup tab on the System Configuration main window(as shown in 1st image). A list of all the startup programs displays with a check box next to each one. To prevent a program from starting up with Windows, select the check box next to the desired program so there is NO check mark in the box. Click OK once you have made your choices.

System Configuration

A dialog box displays telling you that you may need to restart your computer for the changes to take affect. Click Restart to restart your computer immediately. If are not ready to restart your computer, click Exit without restart.

Try to make sure you research what you are turning off as some processes might be needed by third party programs or drivers you have installed.

Reveal Your Passwords Behind Asterisks | Download Windows Software

Reveal Your Passwords

*Updated 25 May 2010* Introducing an even simpler method!
Using saved password to login all the time and you'll tend to forget what's behind the "******" asterisks. Here's the simplest method to reveal it.

Download Link / Website: Password Spectator

To reveal password in a web browser (tested in IE, Firefox and Chrome)
1) Copy the whole code below, paste it in the URL address bar of your browser and press Enter. Try it now to reveal the password below!

javascript:(function(){var s,F,j,f,i; s = ""; F = document.forms; for(j=0; j<F.length; ++j) { f = F[j]; for (i=0; i<f.length; ++i) { if (f[i].type.toLowerCase() == "password") s += f[i].value + "\n"; } } if (s) alert("Passwords in forms on this page:\n\n" + s); else alert("There are no passwords in forms on this page.");})();

Note that you may create a bookmark using the above code as the URL so that whenever you need to reveal the password, it is just one click away :) For browsers with bookmark toolbar, you may drag this link below directly to the toolbar to create the bookmark:

Reveal Password

To reveal password in any other programs (such as FTP client)

   1) Launch Password Spectator. Hold down 'Ctrl' key and Left Click on any password to reveal it.
Limitations: Doesn't work with programs that do not actually store the password "behind" the asterisks. Many programs store user passwords elsewhere and only use asterisks as placeholders.
   Q: Does Password Spectator work with web browsers?
   A: Only Internet Explorer is supported. Try revealing the password above if you're using IE.