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moond0ggie
05-17-2010, 7:14 PM
Someone might find this helpful or amusing,
I just discovered that if you drag & drop any image on your PC to an open browser window, that it will display the image immediately.
Try it, click open a new browser tab, then drag an image (rt. or left clk) from
your desktop into the browser window. It will display immediately.

Anyone else have a nifty computer trick they use?

bohoki
05-17-2010, 7:49 PM
cant really see the need in that if i double click it it immediatly loads up in windows picture and fax viewer

i find it convienient to rotate a pic that i have taken sideways

JDay
05-18-2010, 12:05 AM
cant really see the need in that if i double click it it immediatly loads up in windows picture and fax viewer

i find it convienient to rotate a pic that i have taken sideways

What camera do you have? Most of the newer ones will auto-orient your photos.

Sajedene
05-18-2010, 12:35 AM
Just tons of keyboard shortcuts:

alt+tab when I have multiple windows open (great for gaming)
winkey + m to go to desktop
and of course alt+f4 is ftw

esskay
05-18-2010, 4:55 AM
winkey + m to go to desktop


Now this one was new to me, thanks for the tip.

rkt88edmo
05-18-2010, 7:25 AM
winkey+e to go to "My computer"

engineers101st
05-18-2010, 7:54 AM
press"Prt Scr" then go to Mspaint press"Ctrl + V" for a screen capture

Chris M
05-18-2010, 8:12 AM
press"Prt Scr" then go to Mspaint press"Ctrl + V" for a screen capture

Alt+PrintScreen captures just the active window.

Instead of MS Paint, get Irfanview (http://www.irfanview.com). It's a really nice tool for working with images. If you want to crop an image, just drag a box around the part you want, and press Ctrl+Y. You can't do any drawing in it, but it's Batch Conversion tool is great.

There are lots of keyboard shortcuts I use on a daily basis.

Ctrl+A = Select All
Ctrl+C = Copy
Ctrl+X = Cut
Ctrl+V = Paste
Ctrl+Z = Undo
Ctrl+Y = Redo
Ctrl+P = Print
Ctrl+O = Open
Ctrl+F = Find
In a browser, Ctrl+L will select the entire URL, so instead of clicking up there, and backspacing, you can just press Ctrl+L then start typing the website you want to go to.
Ctrl+K = Add/Edit Hyperlink

Window+D = Desktop
Window+E = Windows Explorer
Window+R = Run (command line)

Alt+F4 will close the application, but Ctrl+F4 will close only the active file (or sub-window) within the application. I just tested it, and it works for Tabs in Firefox.

Then there's the special characters:

ALT+167 = (Degrees symbol)
ALT+171 =
ALT+172 =
These go on for ages, and it's nearly impossible to remember them all.

And I'm surprised how many people don't know about right-clicking and right-dragging. When you right-click on something, it gives you options, asking what you want to do. Same thing with the right-drag. Instead of simply dragging an item around and hoping that it will COPY instead of MOVE, simply get into the habit of Right-Dragging (dragging using your right mouse button). When you drop the item, you'll be asked what you want to do. It essentially eliminates accidentally moving things.

That's about all I can think of off the top of my head

nick
05-18-2010, 8:36 AM
Just tons of keyboard shortcuts:

alt+tab when I have multiple windows open (great for gaming)
winkey + m to go to desktop
and of course alt+f4 is ftw

Windows key + d would allow you to go to desktop and then restore the windows to their original positions the second time you press it.

XYZ
05-18-2010, 10:08 AM
I know most shortcuts through reptition and just overall experience. Anyone have a link to a good resource for all windows shortcuts?

TonyM
05-18-2010, 11:53 AM
One I use a lot is CTRL - + (+ on the number pad).

In Explorer view I use the detailed list view and this will automatically size the columns to fit the filename/date/size/etc/etc data.

TonyM
05-18-2010, 11:57 AM
winkey + m to go to desktop


Win + M actually minimizes the Windows, Win + SHIFT + M will restore them. It's very similar to Win + D as mentioned, but Win + D just moves the order to Desktop on top.

Res
05-18-2010, 12:35 PM
Any person who secretly surfs CalGuns at work, has to know about winkey + M, and Alt + tab :p

TonyM
05-18-2010, 12:59 PM
Any person who secretly surfs CalGuns at work, has to know about winkey + M, and Alt + tab :p

I still have one of these I got from woot.com in 2005ish: http://www.stealthswitch.com/

The no-handed use makes it awesome and you never look like you're scrambling for the mouse/keyboard. :cool: :p

XYZ
05-18-2010, 1:36 PM
I still have one of these I got from woot.com in 2005ish: http://www.stealthswitch.com/

The no-handed use makes it awesome and you never look like you're scrambling for the mouse/keyboard. :cool: :p

Way too funny. I've got to remember this one.

winnre
05-18-2010, 1:49 PM
If you want to go to http://www.cnn.com open a browser and type cnn in the address bar then hit ctrl+enter, and it populates the rest of the web address for you, saving you 15 keystrokes.

engineers101st
05-18-2010, 1:59 PM
Alt+PrintScreen captures just the active window.

Instead of MS Paint, get Irfanview (http://www.irfanview.com). It's a really nice tool for working with images. If you want to crop an image, just drag a box around the part you want, and press Ctrl+Y. You can't do any drawing in it, but it's Batch Conversion tool is great.

There are lots of keyboard shortcuts I use on a daily basis.

Ctrl+A = Select All
Ctrl+C = Copy
Ctrl+X = Cut
Ctrl+V = Paste
Ctrl+Z = Undo
Ctrl+Y = Redo
Ctrl+P = Print
Ctrl+O = Open
Ctrl+F = Find
In a browser, Ctrl+L will select the entire URL, so instead of clicking up there, and backspacing, you can just press Ctrl+L then start typing the website you want to go to.
Ctrl+K = Add/Edit Hyperlink

Window+D = Desktop
Window+E = Windows Explorer
Window+R = Run (command line)

Alt+F4 will close the application, but Ctrl+F4 will close only the active file (or sub-window) within the application. I just tested it, and it works for Tabs in Firefox.

Then there's the special characters:

ALT+167 = (Degrees symbol)
ALT+171 =
ALT+172 =
These go on for ages, and it's nearly impossible to remember them all.

And I'm surprised how many people don't know about right-clicking and right-dragging. When you right-click on something, it gives you options, asking what you want to do. Same thing with the right-drag. Instead of simply dragging an item around and hoping that it will COPY instead of MOVE, simply get into the habit of Right-Dragging (dragging using your right mouse button). When you drop the item, you'll be asked what you want to do. It essentially eliminates accidentally moving things.

That's about all I can think of off the top of my head


Thats a lot better thanks :)

Baconator
05-18-2010, 2:25 PM
If you want to go to http://www.cnn.com open a browser and type cnn in the address bar then hit ctrl+enter, and it populates the rest of the web address for you, saving you 15 keystrokes.

Shift+Enter does it for .net extensions
Control+Shift+Enter does .org extensions

Here's some more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_keyboard_shortcuts

Bug Splat
05-18-2010, 2:29 PM
Your CD/DVD tray doubles as a coaster for your beer. :D

winnre
05-18-2010, 2:29 PM
Alt+155 =

SeanCasey
05-18-2010, 2:45 PM
Windows 7 (mostly the same as XP and Vista, but adds a couple more): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Keyboard-shortcuts

Vista: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Keyboard-shortcuts

XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301583

XYZ
05-18-2010, 3:41 PM
Windows 7 (mostly the same as XP and Vista, but adds a couple more): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Keyboard-shortcuts

Vista: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Keyboard-shortcuts

XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301583

Thanks. That's what I was looking for.

JDay
05-18-2010, 4:17 PM
Just tons of keyboard shortcuts:

alt+tab when I have multiple windows open (great for gaming)
winkey + m to go to desktop
and of course alt+f4 is ftw

That's actually minimize all windows, winkey + d is desktop. You can hit it again to bring your windows back. There's also winkey+tab (Vista/7) to change between open windows (its an enhanced alt+tab). Many more too. This link should contain a complete list of keyboard shortcuts.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Keyboard-shortcuts

JDay
05-18-2010, 4:21 PM
If you want to go to http://www.cnn.com open a browser and type cnn in the address bar then hit ctrl+enter, and it populates the rest of the web address for you, saving you 15 keystrokes.

Firefox, Chrome and most other browsers will auto-complete it for you. IE sucks.

moond0ggie
05-19-2010, 10:18 AM
Thanks for posting all the neat tricks, many I haven't used before,

Heres a neat little hack I have on my machine, it allows you to change the text on the Start button.
changing start button text (http://www.google.com/search?q=changing+start+button+text&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a)

winnre
05-19-2010, 10:36 AM
Google "Easter Eggs" and check out the movie in Windows 95 and the flight simulator in Excel 97, and more.

And we wonder why programs are bloated.

JDay
05-19-2010, 1:56 PM
Google "Easter Eggs" and check out the movie in Windows 95 and the flight simulator in Excel 97, and more.

And we wonder why programs are bloated.

Microsoft has made sure that stuff like that is not included in their software anymore.

bigwhitetruck
06-03-2010, 6:51 PM
Just tons of keyboard shortcuts:

alt+tab when I have multiple windows open (great for gaming)
winkey + m to go to desktop
and of course alt+f4 is ftw

ctrl+w does the same thing