Get the Most out of Windows 7

Not quite prepared to upgrade your operating system from Windows 7? No big deal, Windows 7 is fairly efficient. Here are some tips to take advantage of it before you take the plunge into another OS.

Access videos from your Start menu: It is likely you know you can access your pictures and music from the Start menu in Windows 7. What you perhaps don’t know is that you can customize it to enable you to access your videos as well. To do this you must first right-click on the Start button and click “Properties.” Then navigate to the Start Menu tab and click “Customize.” As soon as the dialogue box pops up, scroll to the bottom and find the videos section. Select “Display as a link” and click “OK” and “OK” again.

Modify your Shut Down button: You already know that your computer’s Shut Down button turns off your computer. However, what if you hardly ever shut down your computer? A little known fact: you can personalize your Shut Down button so that when you press it, it executes another action, anything from restarting your computer to putting it in sleep mode. To do this, right-click the Start button and pick “Properties.” On the Start Menu tab, click the “Power button action” drop-down menu. You can then select what action you’d like the power button to take as a default.

Add some privacy to your online searching: Windows 7 Internet Explorer automatically displays the latest searches you have preformed. If this is troublesome to you or you would like more privacy, you can elect to turn this off. To do this, go the Start menu’s search box and type GPEDIT.MSC then click “Enter.” Once you do this, the Group Policy Editor will start. Then you’re able to select “User configuration” and choose “Administrative Templates,” “Windows Components,” and “Windows Explorer.” Once here, double-click “Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box,” click “Enabled” and then hit “OK.”

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