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

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Finally, We have introduced the Essential Windows 7 Tips and Tricks series. From now, we are going to share the essential Windows 7 tips 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 First Article on the Series we have discussed about the first part of the Series 5 Essential Tips for Windows 7 That You Must be Aware of – 1, in this article we are going to Check 5 Best Tips for Windows 7 that you must be aware off – II. Its our First post in the Series, Dont forget to Comment and Subscribe us for more exciting stuff.

1. Use Hidden International Wallpapers and Themes

When you first install Windows 7, it asks your language, time and currency. Based on your responses, it installs a set of wallpapers and themes. If you choose English (United States) for your time and currency format, for example, the available desktop backgrounds and themes will include a United States section with scenery from locations such as Maine, the Southwest and so on.

Background scenery and themes from other English-speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. Normally, you can’t access those backgrounds or themes, but there is a simple way you can install and use them

  • In the search box in the Start menu, type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT and press Enter.

Note: If Windows7 is installed in C drive then use the above command. Otherwise change the drive name and make use of it

  • Windows Explorer will launch and show you a list of subfolders under C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT: MCT-AU, MCT-CA, MCT-GB, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA. Each subfolder has wallpapers for a specific country: AU for Australia, CA for Canada, GB for Great Britain, US for the United States, and ZA for South Africa.
  • For any of the countries whose wallpaper and themes you want to use, go into its Theme folder, for example, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme. and make double click on it……you will see the window appear as below

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2. Customize the Shutdown Button

The default action of the Shut down button in Start Menu is to turn off your PC. If you want to use the button for another action, such as restarting your PC, you click the arrow to the right of the Shutdown button and select an action from the drop-down menu.
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What’s the actual case if you rarely shut your PC down completely like me but frequently restart it? You can change the Shutdown button’s default action to be Restart or Switch user, Log off, Lock, Sleep or Hibernate etc., anything you can.

  • To change your default, Right-Click the Start button and select Properties.
  • On the Start Menu tab, click the “Power button action” drop-down Menu and select which action you want to be the default. Then click OK, and OK again.

3. Get back the Quick Launch bar

Windows 7’s new taskbar functions as a program launcher as well as task switcher. As a result, the old Quick Launch bar, the area on the left side of the taskbar that contained shortcuts for frequently used programs, has been banished. However, if you really miss the little applet, you can add it back. Here’s how to do it

  • Right-click the Taskbar and choose Toolbars –> New Toolbar.
  • You’ll be asked to select a folder for where the new toolbar should live. In the Folder text box at the bottom of the dialog box, enter this text: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  • After you do that, click Select Folder. A link for the Quick Launch bar will be added to the taskbar. It will be on the right of the taskbar, just to the left of the Notification area.

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  • It’s not particularly useful dock all the way to the right with no application icons showing, so we’re going to do a bit of work on it to make it useful.
  • Right-click the taskbar and in the pop-up menu, remove the check next to “Lock the taskbar“. Now right-click Quick Launch and remove the checks next to Show Text and Show Title.
  • Once you’ve done that, drag the vertical triple dotted line next to the Quick Launch bar to the left until you expose its icons.
  • To prevent further changes, right-click the taskbar and check lock the taskbar.
  • You can now use the Quick Launch bar as you could in Windows XP and Vista, including adding icons to it and deleting them.

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4. Auto arrange your desktop

  1. If your Windows 7 desktop has icons scattered everywhere then you could Right-Click it and select View > Auto Arrange,  just as in Vista.
  2. But a simpler solution is just to Press and hold down F5, and Windows will automatically arrange its icons for you.

5. Run Multiple Copies of Applications from the Taskbar

The Windows 7 taskbar serves a dual purpose, which can get confusing at times. It’s used to launch programs, and also to switch between programs that are running. So you launch a program by clicking its icon, and also switch to that program after it’s running by clicking its icon.

But what if you want to launch a second instance of the program?

  • Once the program is running, it seems there’s no way to launch a second instance, because when you click its icon, you only switch to the running instance.
  • There’s a simple fix: If a program is already running and you want to launch a second instance from the taskbar, hold down the Shift key and click the icon. A second instance will launch. You can keep launching new instances this way.

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