1 Use keyboard shortcuts
Get into the habit of using keyboard shortcuts for any task you do regularly, and the time you save will soon add up.
Ctrl and C Copy the selected item
Ctrl and X Cut the selected item
Ctrl and V Paste the selected item
Ctrl and Z Undo
Ctrl and Y Redo
Ctrl and A Select everything
2 Access Computer or Documents quickly
Do you often need to access your Computer, Documents or Network folder? To add their icons to your desktop, right-click the desktop, select Personalize, then click on Change desktop icons, and select which icons you want. By right-clicking on them you can navigate to their advanced features.
3 Get familiar with the Windows key
Windows key and D Display the desktop
6 Bringing it all back home
7 System info in a flash
9 Master the art of desktop shortcuts
10 Check network connection status
11 Know Internet Explorer shortcuts
Ctrl and F Find something on a page
12 Lock your PC from the desktop
13 Assign hotkeys to your shortcuts
14 Pin frequently used programs
HANDLE WITH CARE Be careful if editing the registry; get it wrong and it could mess things up
15 Send an email from your desktop
Make a new shortcut and type in mailto: followed by your recipient’semail, for example mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Click Next, give the shortcut a meaningful name and then click Finish. Double-clicking the shortcut will open up a blank email with the address already filled in.
EASY EMAIL You can send an email to a contact direct from your desktop.
16 Assign your Start programs
If you have a program you open as soon as you turn on your PC, get it to start automatically. Create a shortcut to the program and move it to Start > All Programs > Startup. Right-click, select Open and paste the shortcut here.
17 Quick email attachments
You can quickly add attachments to an email by clicking the file and dragging it to the main body of the email.
18 Create shortcuts to favourite web sites
You can save time by having shortcuts to frequently visited web sites on your desktop. Browse to the page that you want and then drag and drop the small icon in the address bar to your desktop.
19 Get the App Launcher gadget
A number of gadgets from gallery.live.com can speed up how you use your PC. The App Launcher gadget grants you fast access to files and folders by clicking on an icon that launches them.
LAUNCH PAD Use the App Launcher gadget to open programs with a click of a button
20 Get breaking news with RSS feeds
If you check a number of news web sites regularly, save time by subscribing to their news feed (by clicking on theorange RSS icon). You can then read all the latest headlines all from one RSS reader, such as the RSS Reader Sidebar gadget.
21 Put files in their place with Send To
Add applications you use to open files to the Send To menu. You can also add folders to the Send To list. Open up Windows Explorer and in the Address bar type %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo and add shortcuts to the programs.
22 Start Search
Use the Start Search to quickly launch programs. Below are handy phrases to bring up applications:
CMD Command prompt
DEV Device Manager
SYS System Restore
NETW Connect to Network Projector
UPD Windows Update
PROG Default Programs
EVE Event viewer
23 Dragging and dropping
To copy a file while using drag and drop hold down the Ctrl key, to move a file hold down Shift and to create a shortcut hold down the Alt key.
24 Launch programs from the Taskbar
Add toolbars to help access programs. Right-click on your taskbar and go to Toolbars > Address to add an addressbar. You can also add any folder.
25 Get organised with Magic Folder
The Magic Folder gadget (from gallery.live.com) sends files to a predetermined folder depending on their file type, soimage files such as JPEG and BMP are sent to the Pictures folder. Just drag and drop the file on to the gadget.