Tips and Tricks for Windows 7 End Users
Innovative multi-touch technology. Unprecedented desktop control. Intuitive access to media and applications. These are just some of the new features available to Windows® 7 end users. Get a sneak peek at them here.
Boost Your Productivity with Windows Touch
Using a keyboard and mouse is fine for many everyday tasks, but it’s not always the easiest way to do things. With Windows 7, if you have a touch-screen monitor, you can simply touch the screen to perform tasks such as scrolling, resizing windows, playing media, and panning and zooming on images or pages.
The Start menu, Windows Taskbar, and Windows Explorer in Windows 7 are touch-friendly, with large icons that are easy to select with your finger. Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer® 8 is easy, too — just use your finger to scroll down a Web page or browse your favorite links. You can even use your finger to arrange the pictures in a photo album.
Windows 7 also introduces support for new multi-touch technology, so you can control what happens on the screen with more than one finger. For example, you can zoom out on an image by moving two fingers closer together as if you're pinching something, or zoom in by moving two fingers apart. You can rotate an image on the screen by rotating one finger around another, and can right-click by holding one finger on your target and tapping the screen with a second finger.
The following chart shows just some of the gestures you’ll be able to employ when using Windows Touch in Windows 7. Note: Some product features of Windows Touch, such as touch navigation, require specific hardware. Selected Dell business systems, such as the Latitude™ XT2 XFR, are ready to support Windows 7 Touch right out of the box. To use Windows Touch functionality, a touch-screen monitor or laptop with a touch screen is required.
Additional Windows 7 Tips and Tricks
Project Your Display With Ease
Plugging in a projector and projecting your display is a snap with the Windows 7 driver display utility, displayswitch.exe. Simply press +P to display the following easy-to-navigate pop-up window.
By hitting your arrow keys (or +P) you can switch through multiple display settings, such as “clone,” “extend” or “external only.”
Multi-Monitor Window Management
Windows 7 makes using multiple monitors as convenient as it should be. When you’re working in multi-monitors, use the keyboard shortcuts +Shift+Left Arrow and +Shift+Right Arrow to toggle between monitors. The new window will keep its relative position to the top-left origin of the original.
Pin Up the Folders You Use Most
Windows 7 allows you to “pin up” the folders you use most on your taskbar. Simply hold your mouse over the favorite folder, right click, and drag the folder onto the taskbar. Windows 7 automatically pins itself to the Explorer Jump List. To open the folder, right click on the Explorer icon and select the folder you want.
Double-Up Your Windows
Sometimes, when you’re working within an application, you just want more of a good thing. To open another window of the same application (assuming the application can run more than one instance), simply hold Shift and click the taskbar icon. You can also middle-click your third mouse button for the same result.
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.
Shake It Up
Windows 7 Aero® Shake allows you to clear the inactive windows from your desktop by shaking over the window where 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 back the windows, repeat the procedure and shake everything back into view.
Adaptive Display Brightness
The display on a typical mobile PC consumes more battery power than any other part of the computer. Windows 7 automatically reduces display brightness after a period of inactivity, much as many cell phones do today. However, Windows 7 intelligently adapts to your activity. For example, if the screen dims after 30 seconds and you immediately move the mouse to brighten the display, Windows 7 will wait 60 seconds before dimming the display again.