1. Windows 7
Set up shortcuts in the Favorites lists
Windows Explorer allows you to pin your
frequently accessed folders for quick access anytime.
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
Options buried in a further submenu can
be utilized quickly.
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
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