Windows Tips & Tricks (May 2012) - Part 1 : Define a standard action for the shutdown button

5/24/2012 5:29:08 PM

1.    Windows 7

Set up shortcuts in the Favorites lists

Windows Explorer allows you to pin your frequently accessed folders for quick access anytime.

Description: Shortcuts can be very useful as a quick way to access Windows 7′s

Shortcuts can be very useful as a quick way to access Windows 7′s

The 'Favorites' option present to the left of the screen in Windows Explorer is a good way to enable a quick access to different folders such as the 'Desktop' or 'Downloads'. If you wish to add your own entries for popular and frequently required folders, then simply click on the desired folder icon in Windows Explorer and drag it onto the 'Favorites' list. You could even reorder the icon amongst the available favorites by just dragging and dropping it again. A horizontal line will pop up to help you with the positioning. If you already have the desired folder open in Windows Explorer then you could save time by right-clicking directly on the 'Favorites' option and then selecting the context command 'Add the current location to favorites'. With this, Windows automatically adds it to the end of the 'Favorites' list. Now if you wish to delete an entry from the favorites list then you need to select it under 'Favorites' by clicking on it, and then just press the [Delete] key.


2.    Windows 7

Define a standard action for the shutdown button.

Options buried in a further submenu can be utilized quickly.

Description: The default action for the visible button can be any of these, while the rest fall into a submenu

The default action for the visible button can be any of these, while the rest fall into a submenu.

The Windows Start menu by default offers only the 'Shut down' button for terminating a session. All the other options like 'Log-off' or 'Stand by' are hidden in a submenu that can be seen only if you click the small drop-down arrow to right of the option 'Shut down'. If you generally keep your system switched on and shut it down or restart only in exceptional cases, then the most sensible standard option would be 'Log off'.

For this, just click on 'Start' with the help of the right mouse button and select the context command 'Properties'. You can even open it via 'Start | Control Panel' and then go on selecting the options 'Appearance and personalization' and then Taskbar and Start menu' (or directly on Taskbar and start menu' in the classic view of Control Panel) one after the other. Now, in the 'Properties' dialog of the taskbar and Start menu, you will find a combination field on the 'Start menu' tab along with a 'Power button action' option; from here, you can change the default settings for closing provided by the operating system in the Start menu. Confirm it with 'OK'.

Thus, the following actions are available: the 'Switch user' option is linked to the welcoming screen such that you can log on to a different user account. However, Windows does not really log off the current user and thus we can say that two or more users are active at the same time. Do not forget to select the option 'Log off' so as to change to the welcoming screen and ensure that the current user is logged off.

Make use of the 'Lock' option in order to just interrupt the current session and to continue later. Now, you need to type in the password in order to activate this session. This option is the most commonly used especially if you need to move away from your desk quite often. The option 'Restart' boots your system again and the 'Stand by' option puts your operating system in t he energy saving mode. Selecting the option 'Shut down' would of course mean closing the Windows session and switching off the computer.

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