CTRL+ indicates holding down the Ctrl key while hitting another key shown after the "+". "START" indicates hitting the Windows Start Key (also CTRL+ESC).
Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
START+x means hold the Windows START key down while pressing the second key.
Create your own keyboard shortcut
It's easy to set your own keyboard shortcuts to start applications quickly without having to search for icons on your desktop or the START menu.
Quick View of your Desktop
As listed in the keyboard shortcuts above, when you want to see the desktop view without quitting all your programs and windows, just press the Windows key + D. Repeat to toggle them all into view again.
Shortcut: Windows 7 also comes with a "Show Desktop" shortcut - look in your Start Menu. It may also be a blue screen icon located in the Taskbar.
Mouse method: Right click on the taskbar (bottom if visible) and select "Show the Desktop" from the pop-up menu ("Minimize all windows" in older Windows). To restore your windows, right click again and select "Show Open Windows".
Create Your Own Toolbar
Fast access to your desktop icons
In Windows computers, you can run many applications at the same time and simply switch between them. New users start an application by closing all open windows to access the desktop where they double click on an icon. More experienced users will use the START Menu where they can find their favorite apps. Another options is to add a new custom Toolbar to your Taskbar that points to everything on your desktop. You can also create a custom toolbar that contains your favorite shortcuts.
You may need to use "All Users" or "Administrator" for LOGINNAME depending on how you logged in to create the Desktop:
Exploring using detailed display
Click the Windows key and select Settings, then Folder Options. In the file manager (Exploring), you can select "Details" from the view menu to display file size, date created, file type, etc. To display files ordered by date, click on the date heading; click again for reverse date order; click on the name heading to order by file name. To quickly change a column width, point your mouse to any column heading border until the pointer turns into a cross. Double click on the heading divider to reset the width to the widest entry.
Style Your Folders
In Windows 7 "Windows Explorer", right click a folder and select Properties. Select the Customize tab. The first item allows you to select the type of files in the folder. Each type will display different information for each file in the folder. You will probably want to "apply the template to subfolders". Click OK to change the format.
In the Windows XP file manager "Exploring", select the View menu, then Folder options, then the View tab, then Like current Folder. Next time you run this program all folders will look like the current folder.
Changing Screen Resolution in Windows 95/98
Older Windows computers were set for a 640 x 480 display screen in 256 colour mode. Most people never bothered to change to a higher resolution and missed out on all the thousands of colours as well as some really beautiful Web sites.
Most Internet sites are optimized for an 800 x 600 display in either Hi Color or True Color. If you own a computer running Windows 95 with a 14 inch monitor, your display should be set to at least 65,000 colours and as high as your display will support. The resolution and speed you select will depends on the capabilities of the graphics board (check your computer manual).
If you have Windows 95/98 it is easy to change to these resolutions. [If you have Windows 3, you should locate the instructions for salvaging your Windows Setup if it doesn't work! You will need to reset the display settings by running the Windows SETUP program from a DOS command prompt.]
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