How To Get the Most out of Windows 7

How To Get the Most out of Windows 7

Are you still using Windows 7? You’re not alone. Windows 7 is an efficient operating system, but you are probably not taking advantage of all it has to offer. Here are some tips to get more from Windows 7.

Access videos from the Start menu: With the Windows 7 Start menu, you can quickly access your Pictures and Music folders, however, you can’t do the same with your Videos folder. You can, however, change this. First right-click on the Start button and select “Properties.” On the screen that pops up, go to the Start Menu tab and click “Customize.” A dialogue box will appear. Scroll to its bottom, try to find the Videos section, and pick “Display as a link.” Click “OK” once and then again. Now, you can connect to your videos directly from the Start menu.

Modify your Shut Down button: Did you know you can personalize your Shut Down button to carry out an action other then shutting your computer down. For example, you could have your computer go to sleep, or restart. Just right-click the Start button and select “Properties.” Then on the Start Menu tab, pick the “Power button action” menu. This will give you a list of actions you can select as the default action for your Shut Down button.

Add some privacy to your online searching: Windows 7 Internet Explorer automatically displays the latest searches you have preformed. If this is bothersome to you or you would like more privacy, you can choose to turn this off. To do this, go the Start menu’s search box and type GPEDIT.MSC then click “Enter.” Once you do this, the Group Policy Editor will start. Then you’re able to select “User configuration” and choose “Administrative Templates,” “Windows Components,” and “Windows Explorer.” Once here, double-click “Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box,” click “Enabled” and then hit “OK.”