WINDOWS TRICKS & SHORTCUTS

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the_Maven wrote:
1) start > shut down

2) select shut down from the menu

3) hold the shift key when pressing OK




ATNO/TW wrote:
I'm fairly certain it works with 98 and up (to the best of my knowledge) the_Maven...but not sure of any prior. I thought I posted that earlier, but perhaps not. I use that one quite a bit.


hey there ATNO,

Just thought I would share with you this does not work for me.
Xp Pro (SP1a) and a HP EVO Desktop.

The PC still powers completely down... :(
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i know why from the way you discribed to me . winXP has two shutdown and log on windows the small little window that resembles that of 2000pro and the whoe page unique to XP if using the XP way it wont work maybe it will the other way but . . . i dont remember how to switch between screens =(
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Hi!

Winkey + Pause = display the Systems Properties page (very useful!! :) )
Winkey + R = display the Run dialog box
Winkey + M = minimize all windows
Winkey + D = minimize all windows. Press again and desktop apps reappear.
Winkey + Shift + M = undo minimize all windows
Winkey + F1 = starts Windows Help
(F1 by itself brings up Help in the current application)
Winkey + E = start Explorer
Winkey + F = start Find
Winkey + F + CNTL = start Find Computer
Winkey + B = Sets focus on the task bar
Winkey + TAB = cycle through taskbar buttons
Winkey + BREAK = display Systems Properties panel
Winkey + L = lock Desktop

These are all Winkey-Shortcuts I know (hope I didn't forget one :wink: ). Now I have a small question to all of you: I'd like to edit them! I mean, I don't want Winkey + L to lock my desktop, I simply don't need this. For example: My IE should start with Winkey + I, XP shutdown with Winkey + L, maximize current window with Winkey + Arrow up...
Is there a special registry-key for winkey-shortcuts? Some of you are ingenious and might know this! :) I hope my English isn't too bad and you understand me. :)
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I'll look forward to reading and trying all these shortcuts.. :D what a long thread, this am i just hav'nt time, but the first page asks about a page that has shortcuts don't know if its for xp or 98 but see for yourself, i'll look over the week !
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http://uk.search.msn.com/results.aspx?srch=105&FORM=AS5&q=win+shortcut+keys

Thanks everyone i'm sure i'll find all this imfo useful as always at ozzu.
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My Favourite would have to be the classic Ctrl+Alt+Del :lol:
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EDIT: the "script language" tags MUST stay in the .js files
This envolves making changes to your registry, as with all changes to the registry it is recomended that ou backup your system priar to trying this.

To add "Google search" to your IE context menu like firefox has, here's how.
According to Microsoft, this method of adding context items should work as early as IE4.

Open notepad and paste this, (NOTE: You can change the paths to the js files if you want, just make sure you put the files where this says they are.)
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Google As Is]
@="C:\\google_context_noquote.js"
"Contexts"=hex:10

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Google w/Quotes]
@="C:\\google_context_quote.js"
"Contexts"=hex:10
  1. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
  2. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Google As Is]
  3. @="C:\\google_context_noquote.js"
  4. "Contexts"=hex:10
  5. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Google w/Quotes]
  6. @="C:\\google_context_quote.js"
  7. "Contexts"=hex:10

Save as a .REG file, right-click and select merge.

Now paste theese two sniplets and save as the two js files that the reg file points to.

google_context_noquote.js
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<script language="javascript">
// Get the window object where the context menu was opened.
var oWindow = window.external.menuArguments;

// Get the document object exposed through oWindow.
var oDocument = oWindow.document;

// Get the selection from oDocument.
var oSelect = oDocument.selection;

// Create a TextRange from oSelect.
var oSelectRange = oSelect.createRange();

// Get the text of the selection.
var sNewText = oSelectRange.text;

// Build Google QueryString
var googleQ = "http://www.google.com/search?&q=" + sNewText;

// Ask Google
oWindow.open(googleQ);
</script>
  1. <script language="javascript">
  2. // Get the window object where the context menu was opened.
  3. var oWindow = window.external.menuArguments;
  4. // Get the document object exposed through oWindow.
  5. var oDocument = oWindow.document;
  6. // Get the selection from oDocument.
  7. var oSelect = oDocument.selection;
  8. // Create a TextRange from oSelect.
  9. var oSelectRange = oSelect.createRange();
  10. // Get the text of the selection.
  11. var sNewText = oSelectRange.text;
  12. // Build Google QueryString
  13. var googleQ = "http://www.google.com/search?&q=" + sNewText;
  14. // Ask Google
  15. oWindow.open(googleQ);
  16. </script>



google_context_quote.js
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<script language="javascript">
// Get the window object where the context menu was opened.
var oWindow = window.external.menuArguments;

// Get the document object exposed through oWindow.
var oDocument = oWindow.document;

// Get the selection from oDocument.
var oSelect = oDocument.selection;

// Create a TextRange from oSelect.
var oSelectRange = oSelect.createRange();

// Get the text of the selection.
var sNewText = oSelectRange.text;

// Build Google QueryString
var googleQ = "http://www.google.com/search?&q=%22" + sNewText + "%22";

// Ask Google
oWindow.open(googleQ);
</script>
  1. <script language="javascript">
  2. // Get the window object where the context menu was opened.
  3. var oWindow = window.external.menuArguments;
  4. // Get the document object exposed through oWindow.
  5. var oDocument = oWindow.document;
  6. // Get the selection from oDocument.
  7. var oSelect = oDocument.selection;
  8. // Create a TextRange from oSelect.
  9. var oSelectRange = oSelect.createRange();
  10. // Get the text of the selection.
  11. var sNewText = oSelectRange.text;
  12. // Build Google QueryString
  13. var googleQ = "http://www.google.com/search?&q=%22" + sNewText + "%22";
  14. // Ask Google
  15. oWindow.open(googleQ);
  16. </script>


This will cause two new options to show up in the same menu that popsup when you have selected some text.

"Google As Is" sends a query to google with the selected text just as it is, no quotes.

"Google w/Quotes" does the same as above except it places quotes aroung the selected text.

You only need to restart your browser to get this to start working.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Alt + Tab and Ctrl + Tab are the best shortcuts ever. If you are running Firefox (like everyone should IMHO) Ctrl + T opens a new tab and Crtl + Tab switches between tabs. (For Mandrake Linux users, Ctrl + Tab allows you to switch between desktops.)

Sorry if these were listed before, I skimmed through about 5 pages and didn't see anything.
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My favorite is possibly CTRL+Z need that one a lot :lol:

plus CTRL+ALT+DELETE which broke on my install of mindows XP, which is now off my system, hopefully forever (I hate XP :twisted:)

ALT+TAB is fantastic if you like to run 300 or so apps at once :)

JoeBert - that IE context thing is so cool - I'll be trying that when I get home fom work :)
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In task manager for win2K (dont know about XP) select the processes tab, click view from the menu, then click "Select Columns", This will popup a dialog with 3X as many options as there allready is to watch :D
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Sorry if I seem dumb, but what exactly is Firefox? I am a windows guy, but I have never heard of it.
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It's a free web browser developed by Mozilla.

Download it from here and check it out. Most of us that use it love it.

http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
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opps, found this one out by mistake, you all know the crtl-Enter trick (adds http://www.******.com)

but it you go Ctrl+Shift+Enter it will give you http://www.*****.com.cn

I don't know any .com.cn sites, but if I did, this would be cool
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Here's about 72 and a half million of them -- knock yourself out!

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=U ... TF-8&q=.cn

Interesting tip though.

(BTW -- hope you can read Chinese *lol )
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acutally, there are only about 4.6 million '.com.cn' 's and I don't read chinese
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Yep. For those needing details on the scientific calc.... open calculater. Click View| Scientific Great tool for webmasters when you're trying to convert decimal to hex and vice versa.
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One of my favorite "Winblows" tricks is: setting the screen saver to a DOS prompt (only tested in XP home).... heres how to do it:

<1> make a copy of C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe and rename it (prompt.scr) and place it in the syste32 directory...

<2> now open display properties (right click on desktop) now select the screen saver tab, now click on the dropdown menu "prompt" should be displayed if not restart your computer for the changes to take effect, then apply the screen saver it will popup when you hit apply.

<3> now instead of loading a screen saver your computer will open a DOS prompt, you can also change the logon screen saver by replacing C:\windows\system32\logon.scr with the renamed cmd.exe... Have fun :wink:
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hey i visited site 2day and read them all. All good tweaks,shortcuts!
#I got a few myself....

Registery HAck:- win button + R > regedit > local_machine > software > microsoft > command processor > change value to 9.
Now when in DOS, instead of typing i.e. cd program files, you can now do cd p +tab, this will then type the rest for you.

ill paste more, nice forum guys :shock:
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oops i forgot this one, i use all the time...

win button + e > alt + t > o > file types > go down to N/A - Folder

Advanced > New >
Action :- View In Dos >
Application :- cmd.exe /k cd /d %1

Now right click any desktop icon and it takes you straight there in DOS.

Keep tweaks coming guys these are a good read

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In internet explorer, hit CTRL + D to save the page to your favorites.
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Freakyp wrote:
Heres one that I have used, several times before... its great...

1. start fdisk, (delete all DOS partitions)

2. Insert Linux CD



heehee...interesting trick, but you should mention to make sure the CD is bootable first! *lol
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Since I've started using firefox, Slim Browser has lain dormant. I decided to put it to use as a 'tabbed explorer'. It configures nicely as an explorer window and you get the benefits of tabbed browsing.

I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this but I thought I would offer it up.

Cheers,
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A trick with explorer....

When you are in a none framed explorer and you want to open a directory with the left frame showing the tree, select the folder and press SHIFT + ENTER
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Heres one if you want to put your XP machine into hibernation..... when you click the logoff button on the start menu wait until the option menu pops up then press SHIFT then a new option appears.
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Alt + Shift to change the language while u type :)
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Alt + tab to switch between open windows. :)
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you learn something new everyday! Never knew there were so many handy little shorcuts - dont think this one has been posted...
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To delete a file from HD completely rather than sticking it in the recyle bin.

highlight file -> hold shift and press delete ;)
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Copy and pasting in Command Prompt

Highlight text to be copied and hit enter - This copies to clipboard.
Or Highlight text -Right click the Title bar. Select Edit |Copy
To paste Right Click Title Bar. Select Edit |Paste

To change the appearance of the DOS window, Right CLick the Title bar and select defaults. The options are self explanatory.

*note - if you happen to get stuck in Full Screen mode, hit the Windows Key to escape.
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Not sure if someone has posted thisbut
microsoft key and L locks the PC in XP. Saves that awkward ctl-alt delete



Also hold down the tab when you press alt will give you a preview of what programs are available to flick through.
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ctrl-n will open a new window
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Don't know if someone mentioned (come on it's 11 pages:shock: :shock: )

Bring up your Computer properties with:

Winkey + Pause

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