This Microsoft page offers a full list of such commands in Windows 7. You can create a shortcut to a custom search by simply dragging the magnifying-glass icon in the File Explorer location bar to the desired location. Clicking it will always give you up-to-date results. You can also pin the custom search shortcut to the File Explorer Jump List, causing it to appear when you right-click File Explorer's taskbar icon. Which brings up another point: Jump Lists rock. Right-clicking a taskbar icon brings up that's program's Jump List—quick links to the most recent files you've opened with that program.
Got a file or template you open often? Pin it to the Jump List by dragging it onto the program's taskbar icon, or by clicking the pin icon to the right of the file name in the Jump List itself.
These small, yet obscure Windows tips and tricks can make a big difference in your workflow—and save you tons of time in the process. Windows 10 is chock-full of handy, hidden new features worth exploring, especially after the recent October Update. Check out the best.
Jump Lists can skirt around Windows' frustrating refusal to pin individual folders to the taskbar, pinning folders to the Jump List instead. If you come to lean heavily on Jump Lists as yours truly does , there may eventually come a time when you have so many files pinned to programs that the default item limit on Jump Lists just won't cut it. Fortunately, it's easy to alter the number of files displayed by Jump Lists. Right-click on the taskbar, select Properties , then open the Jump List tab in the dialog box that appears. Here, you'll find some basic tools that let you fiddle with how Jump Lists behave—including the number of items you want displayed when you open a Jump List.
Set it to the number you desire more than 15 to 20 gets unwieldy and click OK to save your changes. Another way to quickly open favored folders is, well, by adding them to the Favorites section at the top of File Explorer. The process for doing so isn't exactly obvious, however.
Drag the folder itself onto the Favorites icon in File Explorer's left-hand pane, or navigate to the chosen folder directly, then right-click the Favorites icon and select Add current location to Favorites. Dropping common folders into Favorites is especially handy when it comes time to save files.
Windows has always had an "Administrator" account that allowed you to install programs and manage system files with elevated privileges. The OneDrive icon looks like a cloud. Click the Share icon atop your doc or photo toolbar to open the panel, and then click Turn On Nearby Sharing to see which nearby recipients are in range. Do you like to multitask on your PC? Tips 11 - The Windows Key shortcuts you have to know. There you'll find a small little sliver of an invisible button.
If you wind up filling your Favorites with too much stuff, just right-click the icon in File Explorer and select Restore Favorites links to wipe the slate clean and bring back the default folders. Windows has a ton of keyboard shortcuts baked right in, but you can roll your own to open the software of your choice lickety-split—no mouse-clicking or launcher-hunting required. Right-click the program's launch icon and select Properties. Open the Shortcut tab, then click in the "Shortcut key" field and press the key you want to use to launch the program. It's a seriously useful trick, especially if you don't want to stuff your taskbar full of quick-launch program icons.
Don't forget to click OK when you're done to save the shortcut. If your taskbar isn't already overflowing with software icons and their associated Jump Lists, you can add even more functionality with toolbars. Right-click on your taskbar once again, select Properties , then open the Toolbars tab. I like the Address and Desktop toolbars. Address plops a URL bar in your taskbar, which you can use to browse directly to any website in your default browser.
Desktop adds a drop-down drop-up? Okay, okay, this won't cure any headaches, but it's just plain cool. But did you know the classic Windows XP-style task switcher is still hidden within even the latest versions of Windows?
Just hold one Alt button, press and release the other Alt button while still holding the first one , then start pressing Tab to rotate through software like it's These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. If you truly want to squeeze Windows for all its worth, check out PCWorld's guide to 17 obscure Windows tools and tricks too powerful to overlook. Windows is so deep and flexible that many of us never touch its more potent tools—and beneath Internet Explorer and the Start button hides a universe of features that are positively brimming with potential.
All Slides. Hidden powers and secret timesavers. Launch taskbar programs with your keyboard. Quickly launch a new instance of a program. Copy a file path to the Clipboard. More secret right-click options. Tweaking the Send To menu. Erase the past. Add mouse-friendly checkboxes to icons.
Aero Snap desktop windows. Windows' powerful, rarely used search tools. Pin common items to Jump Lists. Increase the number of items in Jump Lists. Add new folders to File Explorer's Favorites. DIY keyboard shortcuts. Browse all of the web or all of your PC from your taskbar.
Old-school task switcher. Deeper, darker, more powerful secrets.
Share this Slideshow. Direct link:. Hidden powers and secret timesavers Time is money, or so the saying goes. Launch taskbar programs with your keyboard Many of us—especially users of the Start Menu-less Windows 8—use the Windows taskbar as a quick launch bar, populating it with our day-to-day programs. Quickly launch a new instance of a program Those taskbar icons can also be used to quickly launch a second or third, or fourth, or… instance of a program—a fresh browser window alongside an already populated one, for instance, or another Windows Explorer window.
Copy a file path to the Clipboard Why would you ever want to copy a file path to the Windows Clipboard? More secret right-click options Secret right-click options revealed by the Shift key don't end with file paths, though. Tweaking the Send To menu What's that, you say? Microsoft Windows Vaughn Highfield. Tips 6 - From passwords to notifications 3. Tips 11 - The Windows Key shortcuts you have to know. Should I upgrade to Windows 10? See related. How to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 8.
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