Windows 7 Tips and Tricks
Windows 7 has been designed to be as straightforwardand as user-friendly as possible, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some powerful features and toolshidden away below the surface.
In this Guidaroo we’ll introduce you to some useful Windows 7 tips and tricks that you might otherwise miss, as well as exploring its key features and options. However you interact with the operating system and your files, there should be something of interest for you here.
If you’re making the step up to Windows 7 from XP or Vista, some of the new features in Windows 7 will take time to discover – you might not notice or appreciate them until you’ve spent several days or even weeks using the software. By trying out some of the tips and tricks we’ve included in this guide, you should be able to get up to speed much quicker.
The new operating system includes a host of small but significant interface improvements that make it easier for you to sort through your programs and system folders. For example, try shaking one window from side to side and you’ll find that the others disappear from view. Shake the original window again and the original layout will be restored.
If you haven’t already done so, we’d recommend creating a new Windows 7 user account for your own personal use. This means that you’ll be able to apply any tweaks or customisations that you like the look of without interfering with anyone else who shares the machine. You can do this by visiting the Control Panel and following the Add Or Remove User Accounts link on the right.
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- Welcome to Windows 7 — Explore the new and improved functions in Microsoft’s latest OS.
- Customising the desktop — Get the Windows interface looking and functioning they way you want.
- Managing photos in Windows 7 — Keep your photos organised with Windows Live Photo Gallery.
- Fixing and enhancing photos — Improve the look of your photos using Windows Live Photo Gallery.
- Editing your own movies — Turn home movies into polished videos with Windows Live Movie Maker.
- Burning your own DVDs — Output your home movies on disc using Windows DVD Maker.
- Watching TV on your PC — Tune into TV programmes on your PC using Windows Media Center.
- Streaming media around the home — Share media files across your network using Windows Media Player.
- Managing a network in Windows 7 — Control all aspects of your network using the Network & Sharing Center.