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Best Of: Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know

By Julio Franco
Jun 12, 2013
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  1. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 404   +78

    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 TS Maniac Posts: 1,025   +154

    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 TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

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

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,577   +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?
     
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  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...
     
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  8. Solaris7

    Solaris7 TS Rookie

    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.
     
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  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Booster Posts: 428   +96

    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 TS Maniac Posts: 454   +54

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

    m4a4 TS Addict Posts: 546   +149

    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. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Rookie Posts: 98   +6

    Great post :thumbup: knew most of these but there were a few that I found very useful thanks
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. Knew most of this stuff, but I had no idea about CTRL + Shift + V, gotta remember that.
     
  16. 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"
     
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  17. stbecker

    stbecker TS Rookie 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.
     
  18. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,054   +918

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

    Tanstar TS Enthusiast Posts: 203   +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.
     
  20. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Enthusiast Posts: 203   +18

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

    wiyosaya TS Enthusiast Posts: 262   +32

    For renaming files, powershell is unequaled, IMHO, however, you have to take the time to learn it. My apologies for not posting a link.
     
  22. 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.
     
  23. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Enthusiast Posts: 203   +11

    Yeah I usually use ctrl shift esc to get to the task manager
     
  24. Do not use the god mode tip with windows vista 64 or you computer will be f***ed
     


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