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5 Windows 7 tips, tricks and secrets

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1. Create a new folder shortcut

When you need to create a new folder in Windows 7 Explorer, don’t reach for the mouse. Just press Ctrl+Shift+N to create the folder in the active Explorer window, then type its name as usual.

2. Open a jumplist

Most people right-click a Windows taskbar icon to view its jumplist. You can also hold the left mouse button over the icon, though, then drag upwards to reveal the jumplist and choose the option you need, a more natural action that should be just a little faster.

3. Search quickly

If you’d like to search for something in an Explorer window then there’s no need to use the mouse. Simply press [F3] to move the focus to the search box, enter your keyword and press [Enter] to run the search.

4. Search file contents

There’s no obvious way in the Windows interface to search the contents of files that haven’t been indexed, but all you need to do is start your search with the “content:” search filter. So entering content:Microsoft , for instance, will find all documents (whether they’re actually indexed or not) that contain the word Microsoft.

5. Leave the Homegroup

Homegroups are an easy way to network Windows 7 PCs, but if you don’t use the feature then turning it off can save you a few system resources.

Click Start, type Homegroup, and click “Choose homegroup and sharing options”. Click Leave the Homegroup > Leave the Homegroup > Finish.

Now click Start, type services.msc and press [Enter] to launch the Services Control Panel applet.

Find and double-click both the HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider service, clicking Stop and setting Startup Type to Disabled in each case, and the services won’t be launched when you need reboot.

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