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    Lightbulb Windows 7 tips, tricks and shortcuts

    I thought it'd be a good idea to have a thread that features tips, tricks and shortcuts that the members find while using Windows 7. Where possible please post a detailed explanation and a screenshot. If you don't have a screenshot program, you can use the "Snipping Tool" that came with 7!

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    Default Snipping Tool

    The Snipping Tool is a great tool for making screenshots with 7 as seen below:

    Step 1
    Select the Snipping Tool from the Start Menu:




    Step 2
    You will get a menu with "New" already selected.
    You can also cancel or go to options from here.




    Step 3
    Drag the cursor around the area you want to use as your screenshot and a new window will open with your selection.
    From here you can save, highlight, erase or even email the selection.




    Step 4
    If you close the box without saving, you will be prompted to save as a precaution:




    Note: The location of your screenshot is determined by the user during the save process.


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    Default Show Desktop

    The Show Desktop button is now located at the end of the taskbar next to the clock and date. Hover over it with the cusor to momentarily see the desktop. Click on it and all windows will minimize to the taskbar:





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    Nice guide maX

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckturner View Post
    Nice guide maX
    Feel free to add to the thread.

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    Default Full Screen Previews

    For a full screen preview of an application open on the taskbar, first hover over the icon on the taskbar. Then hover over the small (Vista-like) preview and the window will momentarily open on the desktop until you remove the cursor.


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    Default File downloading status

    If you are downloading a fairly large file that will take some time, there is no need to keep opening the download window to see the progress of the downloaded file. The Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar automatically tells you how far along the download has come.


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    Quote Originally Posted by maXimus View Post
    If you are downloading a fairly large file that will take some time, there is no need to keep opening the download window to see the progress of the downloaded file. The Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar automatically tells you how far along the download has come.

    hehe anyone else see the irony here

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBucket101 View Post
    hehe anyone else see the irony here
    Using Windows to download Linux??

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    One of favorite features about Windows 7 is the ability to drag and drop gadgets where you wish. As you can see you can customize it anyway you want. Just grab it and drop it where you want

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