Here are some useful little tricks and tips I've found in Windows over the years.
Keyboard shortcuts (The Win key is the one with the Windows logo)
- Win-E launches new Windows Explorer window
- Win-R opens the "Run" dialog box
- Win-M minimize all windows (show desktop)
- Win-Shift-M restore all windows back
- Win-D seems to do same as Win-M and Win-Shift-M, more of a toggle back and forth (no shifting necessary)
- Win-U launch Utility Manager (for accessibility options)
- Win-F launch Find or Search window
- Print Screen Takes snapshot of entire desktop and puts into memory. Open Paint and then Edit -> Paste (control-v) to save as a bitmap file. Or you can paste it directly into a Word file, a new email, etc.
- Alt-Print Screen Takes snapshot of only the active window. Very useful -- you don't know how many people I see taking snapshots of the entire screen and then carefully trying to cut out only the current screen.
- Alt-<underlined letter on desired menu option> Accessing menus by keyboard
- Alt-space Accessing the "Window" menu (the one with the application icon, and options for minimize, restore, close, etc.)
- Before installing anything potentially "dangerous" backup your Registry file. Good idea to back this up every month or so anyways. Win-R, type "regedit" and hit enter. Select Registry -> Export Registry File. Save it off to a safe place with the current date in the filename so you can restore if necessary.
NetMeeting on Windows XP
- NetMeeting doesn't seem to be exist in XP anymore, but it does. Win-R then "conf" runs the installer/setup and creates the Start menu options.