Monday, July 18, 2005

Systems Properties
To open the Systems Properties screen, most are aware of right-clicking My Computer off the Start menu, then clicking Properties. This is easier than finding it in the Control Panel. However, there is an even easier path -- Win+Pause will open it right away.
Minimize All
A little while ago I showed you a shortcut to clear the desktop. This one is similar, but useful when you have a number of open windows and one or more hidden dialog boxes on the screen. I say hidden because they are hiding behind some other window. This will happen to me when I am trying to do two or three jobs at the same time. I start an install and while it runs I check my email. The email screens are on top so I do not see the message dialog box that popped up regarding the install. I wonder why the install is taking so long. Then I finish the email and close the program. Now I see the message. So much for multitasking! Win+D would have cleared the desktop and I would not have seen the message. Win+M minimizes all windows having a minimize button. The messags dialog boxes will remain.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005