Cool Computer Tricks Everyone should know

Computers have simplified our life to a great extent. But unnecessary clicks and searches not only waste time, they severely hamper productivity. Here are some tips and tricks that will turn you into a power user.

Organize your open windows:

If you need to use two windows side by side simultaneously, simply use the windows key and the left or right arrows. They dock your active window to the right or left of the screen instantly. The up and down keys will maximize and minimize the window. If you have multiple monitors, press the shift key at the same to move the window to another screen. You can also right-click on the taskbar and choose from several different ways to stack or arrange the windows.

Amazing Computer tricks

Quick-start pinned applications:

Applications and programs that you have pinned to your taskbar are automatically assigned a number based on their position. Press the windows key and a number from 1 to 9 to launch the corresponding program.

Open new instances of an open window:

Use the shift key when launching a program to open a new instance. This works with the trick above for most programs like Explorer or music players. However, for programs like MS Word, it will open a new blank file. For some browsers, it may simply open a new tab instead of a new window.

Quickly open a link in a new tab:

Open a link in a new tab quickly by pressing the Ctrl key and left-clicking on the link. It will open in a new tab in your browser. Shift-click opens the link in a new window.

Unlock the magic of shift-right click:

A lot of advanced and hidden features are hidden behind the shift-right click combo. For instance, the ‘Send to’ menu will give you many more options that can make life simpler.

Universal shortcuts:

Shortcuts like Ctrl-C (Copy), Ctrl-V (Paste), Ctrl-Z (Undo), etc. are universal. They not only work across various office applications but also in Windows Explorer and most internet browsers. If you accidently move a file to the wrong location, a simple Ctrl-Z will reverse the action. You cannot ‘undo’ a permanent delete (Shift-delete), so be careful.

Unleash the power:

Create a new folder in your desktop and name it Control “.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” (without quotes). You can replace ‘Control’ with any other word, but everything following it, including the period, must be accurate. The icon will change to a Control Panel icon. Double click and discover an unprecedented level of customization and control over your computer. Be extremely careful as this is essentially god mode for your PC. Do not attempt this if you use Windows Vista – it may cause irreparable damage.

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