1. Change the Scenery. Windows 7 allows you to personalize your desktop
background to suit your many moods 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. To enable the shuffle feature, right click
on your Desktop and select “Personalize,” then “Desktop Background.” Choose
the folder where your favorite images or photos are stored and select as many as
you like. Make sure you check the “Shuffle” box, and choose how often you’d like
your images to shuffle. It’s a simple way to keep your desktop looking fresh and fun.
2. Crunch The Numbers. The new Windows 7 calculator is a number cruncher’s dream.
New functionality allows the user to not only calculate in the Standard and Scientific
modes, but also in Programmer and Statistics modes. And that’s not all! Ever need
conversion formulas for temperature, weight, area, or time? Finding the unit
conversion option makes it a snap and takes all the work out of the user’s hands.
There are even templates for gas mileage, lease estimations, and mortgage
3. Smart Printing. Windows 7 allows for several default printers in several locations.
Your computer will choose the correct printer for where you are. No need to reset your
default or remember what the printer name is; Windows 7 will figure out whether
you’re at home or at work with Location Aware Printing.
4. Shake It Up. 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
5. Clean Your Desktop! And Order It Too. You’ve always been able to auto-arrange your
desktop icons by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing “Sort By.” Now Windows 7
makes it even easier. To auto-arrange the desktop icons according to your default
settings, simply press and hold F5. Order is instantly accomplished.
6. Right-Click Mania. In Windows 7, right-clicking may just be your secret friend. There are many ways the right-click can simplify your computing experience. Here are just a few:
a. Right-click any empty spot in your desktop, and you have the control to change the screen resolution.
be. Right-click any of the icons in the Taskbar to “Unpin this program from the
c. Last but not least, right-click the Taskbar Explorer icon to access your most
frequently used folders.
7. Unveil Your Hidden Drives. Want to see the drives that aren’t currently in use when you
open My Computer? To display empty drives, click Computer → Alt to see the toolbar →
Tools → Folder Options → View (tab) → Uncheck “Hide empty drives in the Computer folder.” And they magically appear!
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