Making your life Easier on a Windows 7 PC

Most of us use a computer every day for various tasks, whether it be for work, social, gaming or grocery needs. You can do a lot of things on a computer now days. But not everyone knows how to make tasks slightly easier for themselves, especially in the user friendly Windows 7.

PinningWhat are the most common programs we use on a computer? I’m guessing Internet Explorer, My Documents, Microsoft Word and or Excel. So you turn your PC on and you want to open Microsoft Word, what do you do? Start, all programs, Microsoft Office then Microsoft Word. Seems simple but cut out a few steps, why not pin Word to the taskbar, so it’s there in front of you, one click away. Try it, open up Word, when you open it the icon will appear in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, from there if you right click that icon you get an option to “Pin this program to taskbar”, click that and close the program.

 

You should now see a shortcut to Word in the taskbar all the time. Want to browse to something that you have recently created or changed? Right click your new shortcut and a list of your recent documents will appear.

Works With Any ProgramThis isn’t just limited to one or two programs you can do it with any of them that have been installed in Windows 7. Try it, you can always right click the shortcuts and unpin them if you don’t want them.

Another useful feature in Windows 7 is snap. Snap allows you to lock program screens to the left side or right side or full screen. This is great when you want to have two documents side by side as it allows you to copy or move data easily without having to switch programs each time. Using your mouse, click and hold the top part of the program (as if you were going to move it) while still holding down the click move it either all the way to the left or right. You should see a circle appear and fade and then a rectangular box showing were the program will go. Release the click and it will snap to one side of the screen.

 Snapping

I use it all the time when I need to copy or gather data from one document to put in another, it is a very handy feature of Windows 7 and now you know how to use it, I’m sure it will help you like it has helped me!

 

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