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Hewie Poplock's presentation at the APCUG Annual Meeting and Regional Technology Conference in Cleveland July 2011 …

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  • 1. Windows 7Tips & Tricks
    Hewie Poplock
    Association of PC User Groups(APCUG), Director
    Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS), Windows SIG Chair
    Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS), Vice President
  • 2. Contact Hewie
    Hewie Poplock
    Association of PC User Groups(APCUG), Director
    Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS), Windows SIG Chair
    Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS), Vice President
    web@hewie.net
    http://www.hewie.net/winsig
  • 3. Agenda
    Aero Peek
    Disable/Enable Aero Peek
    Jump Lists
    Snap To It
    Aero Shake
    Show File Extensions
    Pin Programs to the Start Menu
    Small Icons on Start Menu
    Small Icons on Taskbar
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    • Sticky Notes
    • 4. Switch Through the Same Program
    • 5. View & Switch Windows
    • 6. Control the Power Switch
    • 7. Shuffle the Background
    • 8. Instant Search
    • 9. Search a Folder
    • 10. Windows Explorer Views
    If we don’t get to all of the Tips listed, this slideshow will be available on-line.
  • 11. Aero® Peek
    A versatile tool introduced with Windows 7 is the Windows® Aero® feature, “Aero Peek”.
    Click the rectangle in the lower right hand corner of the task bar for quick access to your desktop.
    The keyboard shortcut+Space performs the same function.
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  • 12. Aero® Peek
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  • 13. Disable/Enable Aero Peek
    Right click a blank spot on your taskbar and click Properties
    On the Taskbar tab, uncheck Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop, and click OK
    To enable Aero Peek again, just follow the steps above, check Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop, and click OK.
    +M or +D
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  • 14. Disable/Enable Aero Peek
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  • 15. Jump List
    Jump Lists in Windows 7 will help you keep your desktop free of clutter and find files quickly. They’re automatically populated based on how often and how recently you do things, so you’ll spend less time looking for your favorite song or the document you worked on yesterday.
    There’s a Jump List for each program on your Start menu and taskbar.
    With one click you can:
    See frequently and recently viewed Web sites on the Jump List for Internet Explorer ® 8.
    Drag and drop a file from the Jump List into Outlook ® as an attachment.
    See options to play a recent song or a playlist on the Jump List for Windows Media ® Player.
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  • 16. Jump List
    To add to your Jump List
    To remove from your Jump List
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  • 17. Jump List
    Jump List feature is designed to provide you with quick access to the documents and tasks associated with your applications
    Think of Jump Lists like little application-specific Start menus
    Jump Lists can be found on the application icons that appear on the Taskbar when an application is running or on the Start menu in the recently opened programs section
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  • 18. Jump List
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  • 19. Snap To It
    Snap resizes windows side-by-side for better viewing and easily compare two documents side-by-side.
    Here’s how it works:
    Drag the window to either side of your screen. When the mouse pointer hits the side of the screen, the window will snap to half of your screen.
    To expand a window vertically drag either the top or bottom border to the edge of your screen. When the mouse pointer hits the edge, the window will snap to maximize vertically while keeping the same width.
    + Left Arrow and + Right Arrow snap to half the screen
    + Up Arrow and + Down Arrow maximize and minimize
    + Shift +Up Arrow and + Shift + Down Arrow maximize and restore vertical size
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  • 20. Snap To It
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  • 21. Snap To It
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  • 22. Snap To It
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  • 23. Aero Shake
    Remember the Etch-a-Sketch where you would shake it to make things disappear? Windows 7 uses the same shake concept to help you manage your windows.
    Windows 7 Aero®Shake allows you to clear the inactive windows from your desktop by “shaking” over the window you’re working. Hover your mouse over the title bar of your active window, left-click and shake from side to side, and all your inactive windows will disappear.
    To bring them back, repeat the procedure and shake everything back into view.
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  • 24. Show File Extensions
    Go to Computer
    Press the ALT key to show the action toolbar.
    Click Tools > Folder Options.
    Click the View tab
    Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types, and click OK
    +E to open Computer
    Alt key to show action toolbar
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  • 25. Show File Extensions
    Clicking the ALT key shows the Action Toolbar
    Clicking the ALT key again turns off the Action Toolbar
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  • 26. Show File Extensions
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  • 27. Pin Programs to the Start Menu
    From the Start menu, click All Programs
    Locate a favorite program
    Right-click the program’s icon
    Click Pin to Start Menu
    You can also pin an application by dragging and dropping its icon from All Programs to the Start Menu. The program is now “pinned” to your Start Menu. To remove it, right-click the program icon on the Start Menu and then click Unpin from Start Menu or click Remove from this list. Pinning to the Taskbar works in a similar manner
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  • 28. Pin Programs to the Start Menu
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  • 29. Small Icons on Start Menu
    Click the Start button
    Right-click in the Start menu
    Click Properties
    Click the Start Menu tab
    Click Customize
    Scroll to the bottom of the list
    Clear the Use large icons check box
    Click OK
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  • 30. Small Icons on Start Menu
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  • 31. Small Icons on Start Menu
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  • 32. Small Icons on Taskbar
    Right-click in the Taskbar
    Click Properties
    Click the Taskbar tab
    Click the Use small icons check box
    Click OK
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  • 33. Small Icons on Taskbar
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  • 34. Sticky Notes
    Instead of using paper, use Windows 7 Sticky Notes
    Enjoy the variety of seven fun Sticky Note colors by right-clicking the note
    Click the + sign in the top left corner of the existing note to create a new one.
    To access Sticky Notes, run StikyNot.exe or click Start / All Programs / Accessories / Sticky Notes
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  • 35. Sticky Notes
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  • 36. Switch Through the Same Program
    Windows 7 allows you to switch through same program windows with ease.
    Example: running multiple documents in Microsoft Word
    Press down on the Ctrl key while clicking the icon from the taskbar.
    Each click will change the window to the next in the sequence, in the order that you opened them.
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  • 37. Switch Through the Same Program
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  • 38. View & Switch Windows
    When you have lots of windows open, Windows 7 makes is simpler to find the one you want. You can see all of the windows from your taskbar and switch through them with ease.
    To view and switch windows:
    Hover the cursor over that program’s icon to see all of the open windows
    Hover over the previews to see the full screen
    Click on the preview to switch to the window you want to see
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  • 39. View & Switch Windows
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  • 40. Control the Power Switch
    On the Windows 7 Start Menu, the default power option is a simple shut down.
    If you’d like a different action, you can easily change your default to Switch User, Log Off, Lock, Restart, or Sleep.
    Right-click the Start button,
    Select Properties,
    Under the Start Menu tab,
    Select the “Power Button Action” that suits you best.
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  • 41. Control the Power Switch
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  • 42. Shuffle the Background
    Windows 7 allows you to personalize your desktop background with a new shuffle feature for your desktop
    You can program your desktop background to shuffle through your favorite images and get a change of scenery as often as you like
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  • 43. Shuffle the Background
    To enable the shuffle feature:
    Right click on your Desktop
    Select “Personalize”
    Select “Desktop Background”
    Choose the folder where your favorite images or photos are stored
    Select as many as you like
    Check the “Shuffle” box, and choose how often you’d like your images to shuffle.
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  • 44. Shuffle the Background
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  • 45. Shuffle the Background
    The background changes continually
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  • 46. Instant Search
    Find just about anything on your PC – from programs and documents to songs – just by typing in a few letters of the program’s name, a word from a document, or a song title.
    You can even search external hard drives and other Windows 7-based PCs and servers on your home network.
    To find what you want:
    Click open the Start menu and start typing in the search box at the bottom of the menu
    Select what you want from the list of search results which instantly appears
    For the complete list, click on See more results
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  • 47. Instant Search
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  • 48. Instant Search
    ** Hint **
    To look at item:
    Right mouse click
    Choose:
    Open in new window
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  • 49. Search a Folder
    Locate the folder where you think the file is located
    Use the Search box at the top of the open window to search the contents for the selected folder
    Type part or all of the name of the file or folder, or type a word or phrase that is in the file
    The results list will be updated as you type
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  • 50. Search a Folder
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  • 51. Windows Explorer Views
    There are 8 ways to view Windows Explorer
    Extra Large Icons
    Large Icons
    Medium Icons
    Small Icons
    List
    Details
    Tiles
    Content
    Preview Mode makes it easier to find the correct document or photo
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  • 52. Windows Explorer Views
    Extra Large Icons
    Medium Icons
    Large Icons
    Small Icons
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  • 53. Windows Explorer Views
    List
    Tiles
    Details
    Content
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  • 54. Explorer Preview Mode
    Photos
    Excel
    Acrobat
    PDF
    Word
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  • 55. Questions
    ?
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  • 56. Thank You
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