Best Of: Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know

By Julio Franco
Jun 12, 2013
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  1. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 364   +66

    Another one I have caught myself using a lot is dragging windows all the way to the right side of the screen until a water drop appears and the window auto splits. Useful for 1440p single monitors.
  2. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 771   +118

    Lol 1, I knew some of the tricks.. .the other tricks I knew nothing about. I found the VLC fix handy on audio out of sync problems (is this also available on classic mediaplayer in k-lite packs?)

    Lol 2, Game of Thrones series is a popular pirated material; I wonder why it is the example. :)
  3. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 413   +112

    Yes, that's exactly what I use private browsing for....
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,568   +47

    Very nice article, I knew quite a few of these but not others. The window snap between different monitors is just what I've been looking for recently.
  5. Who would want to use a cloud service; especially ones like google's or dropbox, after the revelation of the PRISM spy program?
    avoidz likes this.
  6. Pretty good list although I knew most of them apart for some involving words and giving focus to the address bar in a web browser.

    I just have one criticism about Win+M not being undoable isn't true unlike Win+D there is a separate shortcut to restore all the windows Win+Shift+M
  7. Stop automatic Windows shutdown
    Such a shutdown happens sometimes after installing updates or / and a wrong mouse click... If you are downloading something or creating text, you would perhaps lose data.
    ... so how to QUICKLY stop the shutdown:
    1. PRESS WIN + R
    2. TYPE cmd + ENTER
    3. TYPE shutdown -a + ENTER
    If you did it a few times, you are able to do this in 2-3 s...
    coolazeem likes this.
  8. Solaris7

    Solaris7 Newcomer, in training

    Very useful article. Thanks! To quickly shut down the computer I just use the power button, which can be configured in Power Options to use the Windows shutdown function.
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TechSpot Booster Posts: 222   +42

    I knew almost all of these tricks and I use them every day. Nice article. But doesn't watching Game of Thrones mean that you downloaded it, like illegaly? :D
  10. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 452   +53

    Not bad. I knew most but not all of these tips. Should stick this to the front page.
  11. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 479   +117

    Nice. Also knew most of these, but are great tips for the less savvy PC user...
  12. You don't need to run cmd. You can run shutdown -a directly from the Run dialog box.
     
  13. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign Newcomer, in training Posts: 44   +15

    Who cares? If you dont want people to see your files, OBVIOUSLY, you shouldnt be using a cloud service. Dont be a *****.
  14. lmike6453

    lmike6453 Newcomer, in training Posts: 82

    Great post :thumbup: knew most of these but there were a few that I found very useful thanks
  15. Some useful info in there. Didn't know about pressing F2 to rename. Here's another one: to go to properties, instead of right clicking and selecting the option, simply hold down Alt and double click.
  16. Knew most of this stuff, but I had no idea about CTRL + Shift + V, gotta remember that.
  17. Start + 1 (starts 1st pinned icon on taskbar)
    Start + 2 (2nd pinned icon)
    etc...

    Start + Left: Dock window left
    Start + Right: Dock window right
    Start + Up: Maximize
    Start + Down: Restore if Maximized, otherwise minimize to taskbar

    And my favourite command at the end of the day at work
    Start + R > "shutdown -f -s -t 1"
    Littleczr likes this.
  18. stbecker

    stbecker Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    At least for Win7, it looks like the "force" (-f) switch is implied for any time-out (-t) greater than zero on shutdown.

    There's my useless post for the day.
  19. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,147   +740

    Great article, even though I knew 80% of that stuff. Thanks.
  20. Tanstar

    Tanstar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 194   +18

    I just tried that (Win+M then reversing it with Win+Shift+M) under Win 7 and nothing happened when I hit Win+Shift+M.
  21. Tanstar

    Tanstar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 194   +18

    Yes, very useful for me as I need that at least once a week.
  22. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 174   +18

    For renaming files, powershell is unequaled, IMHO, however, you have to take the time to learn it. My apologies for not posting a link.
  23. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170


    I'm really surprised more people don't know this, even the people in our IT support department always use Ctrl+Alt+Del to get to the task manager.
  24. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 191   +10

    Yeah I usually use ctrl shift esc to get to the task manager


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