There is less and less time for Windows 7 to come to light, and by now we have to give Microsoft credit for achieving something that they have not been able to do for almost a decade: create excitement among users for the next version of Windows. That is why in Genbeta we will offer you a series of articles in which we will review interesting aspects of this operating system, its advantages compared to Vista and XP, things that still need to be polished, etc.
The objective of this special is provide us with useful and relevant information in case you use this operating system, or are considering switching to it when it comes out. For example, is it worth upgrading from Vista to Windows 7? And from Windows XP? Is it a good idea to install it on a low-end netbook? To begin we offer you an article that collects a number of cool Windows 7 features About which not much has been said, but which can still be very useful for those who are using the new Microsoft OS.
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<h2>Atajos del teclado</h2>
Along with the new gestures such as the Aero Shake, Aero Peek, or the Aero Snap have also been implemented keyboard shortcuts that allow us to emulate these functions without resorting to the mouse (all of them based on the “Windows key”). For example, with WIN + up / down arrow we will maximize / minimize the current window, with WIN + right / left arrow will make it occupy half of the screen, with WIN + Home key (Home) all windows will be minimized except the one we are using now, and with WIN + space bar all windows will become transparent and we will be able to see the desktop.
We also have shortcuts to use the “superbar” more efficiently. With SHIFT + Click we will open a new instance of the application (it only works for applications that can be opened several times, such as the Calculator, Microsoft Word, browser, etc). With SHIFT + CTRL + Click we will open the application with administrator permissions, and with CTRL + Click will switch between several windows of the same application, without having to go through the classic thumbnails of the new taskbar.
<h2>Hacer que la barra de Windows 7 se comporte como la barra de tareas de Vista</h2>
Personally, I love the Windows 7 taskbar. I consider it much more intuitive, easy to use, and attractive than the one that existed in previous versions of Windows. But how in terms of taste there is nothing written there will probably be many people who prefer the taskbar they had in Vista or XP. This tip is dedicated to them, with which we can get back to the quick start and put aside the “giant buttons” on the superbar.
First, we right-click on the taskbar and go to Properties. There we deactivate the “Lock the Taskbar” box, activate the “Use Small icons” box, and in the “Taskbar buttons” field we select the option “Combine when taskbar is full” or “Never combine”, depending on our tastes. Just with that we will have something very similar to the Vista taskbar. But if we want to go even further, we will have to right click on the superbar, go to Toolbars> New Toolbar, and in the box that will appear enter the following command:
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We give it “Accept” and we will have the Quick Start back. To make it “look better”, it is convenient to move it to the extreme left of the bar, and deactivate the “Show Text” and “Show Tittle” options. Then we remove all the programs anchored to the “superbar”, and voila! we will have a task bar almost identical to that of Windows Vista.
<h2>Calibrar el suavizado ClearType y el color de la pantalla</h2>
A novelty of Windows 7 quite unknown and about which little has been said is the new calibration wizard that allows us to easily adjust the brightness, gamma, color balance and contrast of our screen to set them to optimal levels. Once we have finished the wizard, we are allowed to compare between the old and new settings so that we can decide which one to keep. There is also a wizard for adjusting the anti-aliasing of ClearType fonts.
To find both assistants, we simply go to the Start menu and type “calibration”, and then select the option “Calibrate your display color”. The wizard to calibrate the screen color will open, and once we have finished it, we will be asked if we also want to adjust the ClearType anti-aliasing.
<h2>Grabador de problemas</h2>
Windows 7 comes with an integrated “problem recorder” that will allow us to keep a record of the steps leading up to a certain error message or fault that we want to solve. That way it will be easier for the user to ask other people for help.
To find it you just have to write “record” in the Search Box from the Start menu and then click on “Record steps to reproduce a problem”. Then we click on “Record” and this tool will record and take screenshots of all the actions we carry out until the recording is finished (we can pause it to insert comments from us in between). Once finished, we will get an MHTML file in which it will be explained step by step, with screenshots included, which were the actions before the problem occurred.
It can also be useful when beginning users ask us how this or that action is carried out. We simply use the “problem recorder” and mail the file to you. MHTML.
<h2>BitLocker To Go</h2>
One of the more interesting security-wise features introduced in Vista was the BitLocker, a special encryption system that allows us to protect the information on the hard drive in case of theft of our computer. In Windows 7 this feature has been improved and now also allows us encrypt data on disks USB removable.
To take advantage of this we just have to go to Control Panel> System and Security> BitLocker. Then we enter a disk USB, and we wait for it to appear in the “BitLocker To Go” list, so we can start the encryption wizard. It is important to mention that when Windows 7 is released, BitLocker will only be available in the Ultimate / Enterprise editions.
<h2>Crear disco de recuperación</h2>
An interesting Recovery Tool was introduced in Vista aimed at help us solve problems every time Windows failed to boot, or had a serious error. The problem is that this recovery tool it only came in the DVD Windows Vista installationSo if we didn’t have it, we couldn’t use it.
Luckily, with Windows 7 we can create a recovery disc without having to have the DVD Windows installation. For this we simply have to go to the Start menu and type “Recovery Disc”, then click on “Create recovery Disc”. The recovery tool takes up little space, so a CD will suffice for this purpose (a disk is not necessary DVD).
<h2>Opciones para proyectores</h2>
In Windows 7 it is much easier to configure the desktop for when we connect a projector to our laptop and want to make a presentation. The options that we have for these cases are not entirely new, but now it is much easier to access them.
To invoke these options, just press the Key WIN + P, with which we will see a 4-button menu like the one seen in the screenshot. The first option (the one that is established by default) is to show the desktop only on our computer screen, then we have others such as double the desk on the projector, to extend the desktop to the projector, or display the desktop only on the projector (be careful with selecting this option without having a projector connected to your PC).
So far, these are the most interesting tricks I have come across. Obviously there are more interesting features, but we have already talked about many of them, such as federated searches, or dynamic wallpapers. If you have found another useful and little known function, you can write it down in the comments.