100 Ways To Speed Up Windows (Part 4)

11/28/2012 5:12:19 PM

51-71. Windows Key Shortcuts

The Windows key has many uses. Here are just a few...

Windows + Left Arrow

Dock the current window left             

Windows + Right Arrow

Dock the current window

Windows + Up Arrow

Minimize the current window

Windows + Down Arrow

Minimize the current window

Windows + M

Minimize all windows

Windows + Shift + M

Maximize windows

Windows + Space

Make all windows transparent

Windows + L

Lock your desktop

Windows + B

Move the focus to system tray

Windows + E

Launch My Computer tray

Windows + F

Open the Find dialog

Windows + CtrI + F

Open the Find Computer dialog

Windows + Pause

Display System Properties

Windows + [+]

Zoom in on the screen

Windows + [-]

Zoom out from the screen

Windows + U

Open Ease of Access Center

Windows + T

Cycle through taskbar items

Windows + Tab

Cycle through open windows

Windows + R

Open the Run command

Windows + L

Lock your Windows PC

Windows + F1

Open the Help folder

Description: Windows Key Shortcuts

72.  speed up start menu searches

Right-click the Start button and select Properties. Click Customize, scroll down the list of available options, and select "Search without public folders" under "Search other files and libraries." Click OK and results should appear much quicker than before, as there are far fewer places to search. Public folders are rarely used by most people, so axing them in search is a cost-free speed up trick.

73.  load websites more quickly

By changing your DNS server to OpenDNS, you're able to browse the Internet more quickly and safely. Visit to sign up for a free basic plan.

74.  scale back visual effects

If you don't have a lot of memory installed (1GB in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, or 256MB in Windows XP), click Start, right click Computer or My Computer, and select Properties. Select "Advanced system settings" (Advanced tab in Windows XP) and under Performance click Settings. Select "Adjust for best performance" and click OK to give yourself a speed boost.

75.  quickly access the command prompt

Did you know that you can open the command prompt from any folder? Press the Shift key while right-clicking the folder and then choose the option to "Open command window here." This trick also works on the desktop.

76.  give your pc a helping hand

If you have a spare USB flash drive, you may be able to use it to give your PC a small boost. Plug the drive in and if prompted choose "Speed up my system." Otherwise, click Start > Computer, right-click your flash drive and choose Properties, then choose "Use this device to enable Ready Boost." Mind you, this likely won't improve performance on a 64-bit install of Windows, but if you're rocking a 32-bit version of the OS you should check it out,

77.  Make your pc as good as new

Get that shop-fresh feeling back by reinstalling Windows using the disc that came with your PC. When you're done, go to Start > Search, type Backup and Restore and set a restore point, so you can roll back to this clean setup in the future, bypassing the installation process.

78.  Manage your fonts

Over time, the number of fonts installed on your PC swells and each one uses up precious system resources. Use a program such as AMP Font Viewer (www.ampsoft.netl to remove those fonts you never use. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users should right-click the program shortcut, choose Properties > Compatibility and tick "Run this program as an administrator" for it to run properly.


79.  Launch Items

To open a Jump List, simply right click a program icon on your taskbar to see a list of recently opened files associated with that application. It's quicker to launch a file from here than from the file's location.

Description: 79. Launch Items

80.  Pin items

Only the 10 most recent items are shown, but you can "pin" your favorite items to a Jump List so they're shown permanently. Click the pin to have them locked and click it again to unpin.

81.  Get in Control

You can add more recent items by right-clicking the taskbar, selecting Properties, and then going to the Start menu tab. At the bottom you can adjust the number of recent items to display

Description: 81. Get in Control

82.  Pin Sites

You can pin the websites you browse regularly to the taskbar, enabling you to launch them quickly. In your browser, just click the icon next to the URL and drag it down to the taskbar to add it.

83.  Get more

If you use Internet Explorer 9, some websites have added functionality and are quicker to use when pinned. Try dragging Twitter or Facebook to the taskbar from Internet Explorer 9, and you'll see the difference.

84.  check defrag

One of the oldest tricks for speeding up a PC's performance is hard drive defragmentation. Applicable only to mechanical drives (as opposed to SSDs), defragging takes alt the various fragments of data that get scattered across hard disks over time and puts them in nice order so the drive doesn't have to work as hard at data retrieval. With Vista and Win7, defrags should happen automatically. To ensure that defragmentation is enabled on your hard drive (and not enabled on your SSD), right click your drive's icon in Explorer, select Properties, then Tools, and click the Defragment Now button. Besides verifying the defrag status, you can select a schedule that wilt have the least impact on your computing activities.

Description: With Vista and Win7, defrags should happen automatically

With Vista and Win7, defrags should happen automatically

85.  tweak library settings

Edit an existing Library or create a new one by clicking Start > Computer followed by Libraries in the Navigation pane. Click New Library or right-click an existing Library and choose Properties to include new folders in the library or remove existing ones.

86.  set up your favorite folders

If you want even quicker access to specific folders again from any folder window or when choosing Open or Save in a program just browse to the drive or directory containing your target folder, then click and drag it into place on the Navigation pane under Favorites.

87.  add programs to favorites list

It's also possible to add programs to Explorer's Favorites list, although the process is a bit different. Open Windows Explorer and type C:\Users\[user name]\ Links in the address bar (replacing [username] with your user account name).

Now drag and drop program shortcuts from the Start menu, desktop, or other location into the Links folder. Those program links will now appear in your Favorites list.

88.  Use the 'send to' folder

There are a number of useful shortcuts available to any file or folder, simply by right-clicking it and choosing Send To. You can open a file in a specific program, compress it into a zipped folder in order to save space, and create desktop shortcuts. And that's just for starters.

89.  invert deselection

If you need to select a large group of nonconsecutive files within a folder, it's quicker to select the files you don't need before choosing Edit > Invert Selection. If you can't find this at first, don't worry the Edit menu is hidden by default in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Choose Organize > Folder and Search Options > View, then tick ''Always show menus'' and click OK to show it.

90.  speed up internet explorer

If Internet Explorer takes an age to open, select Tools > Internet Options > Programs. Click "Manage add-ons” and view the Load Times for each add-on (you may need to scroll to the right to view this). Add-ons cause Internet Explorer to run more slowly, so have a go at disabling sluggish add-ons unless they're important, such as those linked to your security program.

This isn't a problem that's confined to Internet Explorer. Firefox is renowned for its array of add-ons. If you've added applets that you're not using, slash them and enjoy the feeling of a more responsive browser.

Internet explorer speed-up tips

Make Windows’ web services work faster for you, too

91.  Alt + D

Select the text in the Address bar

92.  F4

Display a list of addresses you have typed

93.  Ctrl + Left arrow

When in the Address bar, move e cursor left to the next logical break in the address (period or slash)

94.  ctrl + right arrow

When in the Address bar, move the cursor right to the next logical break in the address (period or slash)

95.  ctrl + enter

Add www. to the beginning and .com to the end of the text typed in the Address bar

96.  ctrl + shift+ del

Delete browsing history

97.  ctrl + shift + p

Open an Inprivate Browsing window

98.  ctrl + t

Open a new tab

99.  ctrl+ 1-9

Switch to a specific tab number

100.       alt + home

Return to your homepage

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