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Windows 7 Vista and XP Tips and Tricks

Emailing Large Files?
I’m constantly being asked, “How is the best way to send a file that is too large to be sent as an email attachment?” Old answer: Used to, to get that done for free, you had to use a site like And you still can send a maximum of 100 MB for free on But nowadays there’s a much better way to send and receive large files. New answer: Microsoft Windows SkyDrive as well as a number other free to use online data storage services.

On-screen Keyboard

Windows XP and Vista have a little known program called osk.exe. It’s an on-screen keyboard. Click Start > Run and type osk to have it pop on the screen. Why would you ever want to use this? I haven’t the slightest idea.

Snipping Tool Shortcut

If you’re like me, you take a lot of screenshots (capturing an image on your monitor). Windows Vista and Windows 7 (beta) have a handy little tool called Snipping Tool that make taking screenshots so very easy. Just click on the above link to learn all about how to use Snipping Tool. The only problem with using this great feature in Vista is that there is no easy way to get to it. So here’s a neat way to make a keyboard shortcut to Snipping Tool in Vista. This should work with Win 7 as well.

Bring up the Start Menu, and then click on All Programs. Click the Accessories folder, and you will see the Snipping Tool. Right-click it and then click Properties. Click the Shortcut Tab. The Shortcut key box should have “none” written in it so click that box and type your Ctrl key and your F12 key so that it looks just like the image to the left of this text. Click Apply and OK and deal with Vista’s annoying User Account Control or UAC and you’re done.

Now anytime there’s something on your screen you want a picture of, just type Ctrl F12 and start Snipping.

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