Afew weeks ago, I gave you some Task Bar Tips (see http://kotoritechnologies.com/blog/post/2010/05/04/Task-Bar-Tips.aspx). In that article, we discussed how to pin icons to the taskbar in Windows 7. This week, I learned a new trick to go along with that, how to open these applications without your mouse. Lets say you have the following applications pinned in this order: Libraries (Documents),Outlook, QuickBooks, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Word. To open Internet Explorer, just press the Windows orb key on your keyboard along with the number that corresponds with the icon you want to open, in this case 4. Look for more Windows 7 tips to come. If you are interested in upgrading to Windows 7, contact Kotori Technologies today and we will be glad to assist you.
So last week while Neadom was training our new network engineer, Jeffery, he logged into my computer to show him how it is done. That was fine and dandy with me, until he logged out. Once he logged out of my computer, my task bar was at the top of the screen. Neat idea for some, but when you are not used to it, it really throws you off track and makes your mouse work double time, because of habits.
Well, the first thing I did was to do some research to figure out how to move it back. It is really a simple solution for most Windows users. All you have to do is right click an open space on the task bar to unlock the taskbar, then click on the taskbar and drag it to the side or top of your screen. I have since upgraded to Windows 7 and am loving come of the features I have discovered so far. Some of that has to do with the taskbar. I think my favorite is the ability to rearrange the tabs on the taskbar. I use quite a few programs on my computer daily and open them in a certain order so that I dont have to keep searching the taskbar for them. If for some reason I have to close, say Outlook (the second tab) midmorning, and reopen it, it used to be at the end of my taskbar, causing me lots of confusion. Well now, if I have to close the program, the icon is permanently in the same place on the taskbar. (To save an icon on the taskbar, simply right click and select pin to taskbar.) When I come into the office in the mornings, all my essential programs are already in the correct order on my taskbar and with one click of the icons, they are up and running. And if I choose to rearrange the tabs, all I have to do is click and drag it.
I was just upgraded to Windows 7 on Wednesday, so I am still experimenting and will update you on the new features and, of course, any tips I find.
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