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Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Classic Icons (classic icons are the smallest) to quickly make just the icons on your Windows 7 or Windows Vista desktop larger and easier to see or smaller to minimize space required.

Q & A

Q.  In Win8 how do I close an App running in the Metro screen?
A.  Use ALT+F4 to shut down the active running App whether in Metro or Desktop mode.
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Tips & Tricks:

The following tips or tricks will help you improve your knowledge and productivity with operating system or office products:
Tip or Trick:
Description:
Customize your CMD window for QuickEdit Mode
Open a CMD Windows and click on the upper Left Button and click on Properties. Then click on the QuickEdit Mode and you will then be able to right click and paste stuff right into the Commad Prompt Window.
Keyboard Shortcut for Locking Windows
By holding down the Windows Key and the "L" key, your screen will lock and require and a Ctrl-Alt-Del and a password to log back in, allowing the user to keep his or her work private while at lunch or away
Quick Launch Toolbar
You can use the Quick Launch Toolbar to add your most commonly used items to help speed things up for you.
Get used to your Keyboard
Try using only your keyboard without the mouse to get used to shortcut keys, thus, speeding things up with having to change over to the mouse.
Keep your UPS battery strong
Make sure your battery in your UPS power supply is good. If the battery is weak or dead, It can cause real problems with your system being unstable.
Refurbishing harddrives
Modern harddrives include thousands of spare sectors. If yours has started showing many (over 100?) bad sectors and/or corrupted files, one way to "fix" it is to use Sysinternal's SDELETE program to "clean" the drive. Since, for an empty drive, that writes to every sector of the drive, all the bad sectors will be replaced by spares. Problem solved!
Create a window image graphic
Alt+PrtSc (print screen key) copies any window to clipboard. Ctrl+V to paste into any text area such as an email or Word.
Get answers to new PC users questions
Attend the New Users Q&A tutorial at 5:45-6:30pm before our main meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. Public is always welcome and there are no entry fees. Stay for the main SPCUG meeting and learn how PC users help PC users by sharing knowledge.
Enlarge browser text and graphics
Use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+ and Ctrl- to enlarge or reduce the browser screen image.
Use Magnifier to zoom view under your mouse
Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button, select All Programs and Accessories. Click Ease of Access, and then clicking Magnifier.
Limit Browser Search Terms
In your web search queries use a minus sign (-) in front of terms that you want to exclude
Show Menu Bar in Any Window
Show Menu Bar keyboard shortcut: ALT key press will show or hide the menu toolbar. After you make a selection, the menu bar goes away
IE Show Home Page
IE Show Home Page keyboard shortcut: ALT+HOME - Go to your homepage
Customize your CMD window for QuickEdit Mode
Open a CMD Windows and click on the upper Left Button and click on Properties. Then click on the QuickEdit Mode and you will be able to right click and paste stuff right into the Commad Prompt Window.
IE Download Manager
IE Download Manager keyboard shortcut: CTRL+J - Open Download Manager
IE Select Address Text
IE Select Address bar text keyboard shortcut: CTRL+L - Highlight the text in the Address bar
IE Add Webpage to Favorites
IE Shortcut Add Favorites keyboard shortcut: CTRL+D - Add a webpage to your favorites
Win8 Keyboard Shortcut
Use the WinKey (Windows Key) to display the Start (Metro) Screen. After opening the Desktop once use the WinKey to cycle back and forth between the Start Screen and the Desktop.
Win8 + C Shortcut
Use WinKey + C to open the “charms” or Win8 commands, Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings command groups.
Win8 + D Shortcut
Use WinKey + D to switch to the Desktop. Use just the WinKey to switch back to the Start screen.
Win8 + F Shortcut
Use WinKey + F to open the Search Charm. By default the Search Files opens but you may select to search Apps, Settings, or Files.
Win8 + I Shortcut
Use WinKey + I to open the Settings Charm command group. Select Power to view Shutdown, Restart, or Sleep choices.
Win8 + . Shortcut
Use WinKey + . (a period) to snap the apps window to the right, left, and back again.
Win8 + Q Shortcut
Use WinKey + Q: to open the App Search Charm command group. Note the search field is used based on which group is selected, Apps, Settings, or Files. Also NOTE that ALL your installed applications are visible when you Left Click somewhere outside of the Search Charm which displays along the right side of your screen.
Win8 + TAB Shortcut
Use WinKey + TAB to cycle through open Apps but only when in the Start screen (Metro) mode. Alt + TAB still works to cycle between all open applications
Create a Short-Cut Key for your favorite Program
Right-Click on any program’s icon and click properties. In the Shortcut key area, type in or hit your favorite shortcut like Ctrl-Alt-N for Notepad and anytime from that point on, your shortcut will launch that program.
Create a Short-Cut Key for your favorite Program
Right-Click on any program’s icon and click properties. In the Shortcut key area, type in or hit your favorite shortcut like Ctrl-Alt-N for Notepad and anytime from that point on, your shortcut will launch that program.
Create a Short-Cut Key for your favorite Program
Right-Click on any program’s icon and click properties. In the Shortcut key area, type in or hit your favorite shortcut like Ctrl-Alt-N for Notepad and anytime from that point on, your shortcut will launch that program.
Microsoft Troubleshooting Forums
Microsoft Troubleshooting Forums can be reached at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office
Microsoft Support page
You can get support on any application or subject at the Microsoft Support page: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us
Microsoft Support page
You can get support on any application or subject at the Microsoft Support page: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us
Microsoft Support page
You can get support on any application or subject at the Microsoft Support page: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us
Copy Command Prompt screen text to clipboard then paste into text editor.
Right-click on the Command Prompt window and click Select All, this will invert all of the colors by selecting the text, now press enter. All of this text is now copied. Paste (Ctrl+V) it into Notepad, Notepad++, Word, eMail, or whatever to preserve the Command Prompt window text.
IE Organize Favorites
IE Organize Favorites keyboard shortcut: CTRL+B - Organize your Favorites
Win8 + K Shortcut
Use WinKey + K to open the Devices Charm command group
Win7 Add a shortcut to your Start button
To add a shortcut to the Start button just Left or Right click and hold on a shortcut icon and then drag onto the Start Button, hesitate briefly while the Start list pops up and drag to place anywhere within your Start Button list.
WinKey + M Shortcut to minimize all active windows
Minimize all active windows by using the keyboard shortcut of WindowsKey+M. All active windows will minimize down to your taskbar ready to re-activate when selected.
Clean out the Recycle Bin
To free space on your computer, you’ll need to empty the Recycle Bin periodically. To empty the Recycle Bin, right-click the icon on your desktop, and then click Empty Recycle Bin.
Increase or decrease Icon sizes
Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Classic Icons (classic icons are the smallest) to quickly make just the icons on your Windows 7 or Windows Vista desktop larger and easier to see or smaller to minimize space required.
Win8 App Search Shortcut
When at the Start Screen (WinKey) begin an Apps search immediately by just starting to type your search characters. Continue to slowly type your App search phrase and likely apps appear in the left side of the screen. Clear the search field to view all Apps on the left side of the screen.
Win8 + W Shortcut
Use WinKey + W to open the Settings Search Charm. This action searches the Control Panel settings for all your configuration settings.
Win8 + X Shortcut
Use WinKey + X to open the Quick Link to Commands Menu. A quick way to reach all your command and control settings. For example, WinKey + X, M to open the Device Manager.
Win8 +Z Shortcut
Use WinKey + Z to show the commands available in an App that is running in the Start (Metro) screen.