Here are 5 simple tips which could make your Windows Experience a little better.

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1. Utilise full screen capabilities.

This works great for viewing photos at their maximum size in Windows Explorer, utilising screen space which is usually filled by the toolbars at the top of the screen and the taskbar at the bottom.

To do this, Open the photo you wish to view in Windows Explorer. In Windows 7 and Windows XP, click the F11 key at the top of your keyboard.

The photo will enlarge to its maximum size and the title bar and taskbar will become hidden. To undo full-screen mode and return the window to its normal size and view, press the Esc (Escape) key at the top of your keyboard.

2. Pin a program or items to the Windows 7 taskbar

In Windows 7, you can pin shortcuts for favorite or frequently used programs, folders, and websites to the Jump Lists for each of those programs to the taskbar.

To pin a program shortcut to the taskbar, do one of the following:

  • If the program is already running, right-click the program’s button on the taskbar to open the program’s Jump List, and then click Pin this program to taskbar.
  • If the program isn’t running, you can pin it to the taskbar by clicking Start, find the program’s icon, right-click the icon, and then click Pin to Taskbar.
  • You can also pin a program by dragging the program’s shortcut from the desktop or Start menu to the taskbar.

Microsoft Windows logo - Air IT support3. Customise the Quick Launch Bar in Windows XP

In Windows XP, the customisable Quick Launch Bar also gives you convenient shortcuts to your favorite programs, folders, and files.

If the Quick Launch Bar isn’t already visible to the right of the Start button , you’ll need to turn it on. To do that, right-click an open area of the taskbar. Hover your mouse pointer over Toolbars, then click Quick Launch. The Quick Launch Bar appears on your taskbar.

To add a program shortcut to the Quick Launch Bar, click the Start button, click All Programs, then click and drag the application you want to the Quick Launch Bar. Release the mouse button and the application’s icon appears in the Quick Launch Bar.

To add a folder or file shortcut to the Quick Launch Bar, open Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder, subfolder, or individual file you want, click and drag the folder or file you want to the Quick Launch Bar. Release the mouse button and the icon for the folder or file appears in the Quick Launch Bar.

To remove a shortcut from the Quick Launch Bar, right-click on it, click Delete, and then click Yes when asked if you’re sure you want to delete the shortcut. Note: Although the shortcut is removed from the Quick Launch Bar, the actual application, folder, or file has not been deleted from your computer.

4. Arrange windows on your desktop

In Windows, you can arrange windows side by side, which can be especially helpful when comparing two documents or when moving files from one place to another.

Windows 7 

  1. Drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen until an outline of the expanded window appears.
  2. Release the mouse to expand the window.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with another window to arrange the windows side by side.

To return a window to its original size click the Maximise button in the window’s title bar and the window expands to full size.

Windows Vista and Windows XP

In Windows Vista and Windows XP, it’s easy to display any two (or more) windows side by side on the desktop, all equally sized.

  • Press and hold the Ctrl and click two or more of the window buttons on the taskbar that you want to open.
  • Release the Ctrl key, right-click, and then do one of the following:
  • Windows Vista users, click Show Windows Side by Side.
  • Windows XP, click Tile Vertically

5. Organise your files into groups

Windows offers a variety of options for organizing folders and files in the ways that work best for you.

Windows 7

The easiest and most effective way to organize files in Windows 7 is to use file arrangements in your libraries.

You can arrange files in the Music library by artist if you’re looking for an album or song by a particular band etc.

To arrange a library do the following;

  • In the taskbar, click the Windows Explorer button
  • In the navigation pane (the left pane), click a library (such as Music).
  • In the library pane (above the file list), click the Arrange by menu, and then choose a property. In the Music library for example, you can choose Artist to quickly arrange your music collection by artist.

Windows Vista

Open a folder that contains several different subfolders/file types. Right-click on an empty space on the window, point to Group By, and then click your grouping choice.

Windows XP

Open a folder that contains several different subfolders/file types. Right-click any empty space on the window, point to Arrange Icons By, and then click Show in Groups.