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Stupid Windows Trick: just start typing to jump to a specific file in Explorer

Lots of the Windows tips and tricks I've picked up over the years are the result of facepalm moments. For example, I went years before finding out that you could right-click the Start Menu's programs list to sort by name. These moments of 'duh' prompted me to share some of these Stupid Windows Tricks, and today I've got another one that probably took me way too long to figure out. If you open...

Stupid Windows 7 trick: unlock the secret God Mode folder

So, what exactly is God Mode in Windows 7? Well, for starters, it's not really a mode. And it's nothing you need to be a deity to pull off, either. Rather, it's a folder packed with shortcuts to just about every settings change and administrative function in Windows 7. Everything you'll find in the Action Center, Backup and Restore, Autorun, Desktop Gadgets, Devices and Printers -- it's...

Stupid Windows trick: print to your new USB printer from crappy old DOS programs

Plenty of people out there are still running the odd DOS application - many of them for business purposes. So what are you to do when that trusty old printer breaks down and you can't find a new one with a parallel port? Why not buy a fancy new USB-only printer and make use of a stupid Windows trick that's been around for a while? It's a fairly simple process. Step one is to install the...

Stupid Windows trick: disable shift + delete to avoid accidental obliterations

Knowing the various hotkeys provided by Windows is a good thing. They provide fast access to functions you use all the time, like invoking the start menu, copying and pasting, accessing the system properties page, and searching for files. One of my most-used combinations is shift + delete, the shortcut to permanently vaporizing unwanted files. It also works in apps like Outlook Express and...

Stupid Windows 7 / Vista trick: who needs Hawkscope?

Hawkscope is an interesting app. It's got some good features (especially if you install the GMail or Twitter plugins), but I really don't like the fact that it kills Aero Glass on my Windows 7 machine. The same is likely true for Vista, but it's been so long since I tested the app that I can't quite recall. At any rate, one of the key features of Hawkscope is that it allows you to "access all...

Stupid Windows 7 tricks: pin control panel to your taskbar

Running Windows 7? If you constantly fiddle with settings and install and uninstall as many apps as I do during the course of a week, do yourself a favor: pin the Control panel to your taskbar. Doing so gives you two-click access to system tools you've probably been utilizing frequently, like Programs and Features, system properties, Action Center, and Notifications. Since jumplists...