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5 Essential Tips for Windows 7 That You Must Be Aware off – Part IV

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We have introduced the Essential Windows 7 Tips and Tricks series recently. With this series we are going to share the essential Windows 7 tips, essentials that everybody must be aware off. We have framed a set of series of Windows 7 Tips and Tricks, How-To’s, Troubleshooting articles and we are going to post them regularly. So, stay tuned for exiting series of Tips and Tricks.

In our Fourth Article on the Series we have discussed about the first part of the Series

  1. 5 Essential Tips for Windows 7 That You Must be Aware off – Part I
  2. 5 Essential Tips for Windows 7 That You Must Be Aware off – Part II
  3. 5 Best Tips for Windows 7 that you must be aware off – III.

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#1. Open Command Prompt at any Folder

Command prompt fans will welcome this tip. With this when you’re in Windows Explorer, you can open a command prompt from any folder.

This tip does exactly what the Windows XP Power Toy “Open Command Window Here” does.

To use it, hold down the Shift key and right-click a folder, and then choose “Open command window here” from the context menu that appears.


Note: This tip doesn’t work in the Document Folder.

#2. Search the Internet from the Start Menu

The Start Menu’s search box is a convenient way to search through your PC, but you can also have it do double duty and perform Internet searches as well. To enable this feature:

  1. In the Start Menu search box, type GPEDIT.MSC and press Enter to run the Group Policy Editor.
  2. Go to User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Start Menu and Taskbar.
  3. Double click “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu“, and from the screen that appears, select Enabled. Then click OK and close the Group Policy Editor.
  4. With this, when you type a search term in the Search box on the Start Menu, a “Search the Internet” link will appear. Click the link to launch the search in your default browser with your default search engine.

#3. Calibrate your screen

Colors you see on your screen will vary depending on your monitor, graphics cards settings, lighting and more, yet most people use the same default Windows color profile. And that reflects a digital photo you think looks perfect might appear very poor to everybody else. Fortunately Windows 7 now provides a Display Color Calibration Wizard that helps you properly set up your brightness, contrast and color settings, and a Clear Type tuner to ensure text is crisp and sharp. Click Start, type DCCW and press Enter to give it a try.


#4. Launch Taskbar Apps without a Mouse

Likewise, you can launch any program on the taskbar without the mouse. Press the Windows key and the number that corresponds to the position of the application on the taskbar  for example,

  1. Windows key-1 to launch the left-most application on the taskbar.
  2. Windows key-2 to launch the second left-most application and so on.

On pressing “win+7” to launch torrent shortcut as shown in image


#5. Enjoy a retro taskbar

Windows 7 now combines taskbar buttons in a way that saves space, but also makes it more difficult to tell at a glance whether an icon represents a running application or a shortcut. If you prefer a more traditional approach, then right-click the taskbar, select Properties, and set Taskbar Buttons to “Combine when taskbar is full”. You’ll now get a clear and separate button for each running application, making them much easier to identify.

Before :


After :


You’ll now get a clear and separate button for each running application, making them much easier to identify.

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8 Comments to 5 Essential Tips for Windows 7 That You Must Be Aware off – Part IV

  1. People have to be taught this? Whatever happened to users taking personal responsibility and learning about their system by clicking, reading, learning and remembering? Great Tips! Thnx for sharing

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