I still remember when Windows Vista was released and I took my first look at it, the first thing I notice is that the desktop icon size has gone larger compared to the desktop icon size in Windows XP. Then I got some comments from my friends around saying that they don’t like the desktop icon size to be that size. It would be better if its size remains the same like Windows XP.
In Windows 7, as a successor of Windows Vista, this feature remains. By default, the icon size is set to medium size. However, each user can customize the icon size to their preference easily. Here’s how:
1) Right click on your Desktop
2) Move your mouse over the View and you can select your desired desktop icon size here.
Here, you can also set for:
- Windows to arrange your icons automatically,
- align icons to grid so that they look neat,
- show/hide your desktop icons, and
- show/hide desktop gadgets
What is Microsoft Fix It Center?
Microsoft has released a beta version of a new tool called Microsoft Fix it Center. This tool provides one single point you can go to in order to run several different troubleshooters to solve the different issues you are having with your computer. Although currently in beta it already provides a multitude of automatic troubleshooters to you. If you are having problems not addressed by the tool, you can report your issue through the tools online center and hopefully Microsoft will follow up on it. The tool looks promising, especially for those of us that falls into the category of being the family and friends it-guy! Just make sure you have this installed on their machines – and you can easily guide them through its use.
Microsoft Fix It Center can be installed on:
- Windows XP SP3
- Windows XP Pro (64-bit) SP2
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2003 SP2
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2008 R2
Note: You may need Internet connection to get started with Microsoft Fix It Center.
Installing Microsoft Fix It Center
First, you need to download Microsoft Fix It Center
After the downloading is complete, run the setup file that you have just downloaded. You will then see the window below.
After the installation has completed, you will be asked to set it up and personalized it for your PC.
Based on your PC hardware and software, Microsoft Fix It Center will suggest additional troubleshooters it can download.
Next, you will be required to create an account at Microsoft Fix It Center Online
If you are creating a new account, you can use your current Windows Live ID to sign up.
Then, Microsoft will ask for your permission to share some information about your system with the online service.
Finally, you have successfully installed Microsoft Fix It Center on your PC.
Getting to know about what are the shortcut keys that are available is very important as it will definitely increase our productivity. I will definitely not use the traditional “Search & Destroy” technique where we use the mouse to “hunt” for a specific button to click on. I would prefer more to use the keyboard shortcut as it is faster, and sometimes prevent me from clicking the wrong button next to the one I intended to click on. So, I hope these keyboard shortcuts below will help you improve your productivity.
|Windows Logo Shortcut Key||Description|
|Windows logo key||Open or close the Start menu.|
|Windows logo key +D||Display the desktop.|
|Windows logo key +M||Minimize all windows.|
|Windows logo key +Shift+M||Restore minimized windows to the desktop.|
|Windows logo key +E||Open Computer.|
|Windows logo key +L||Lock your computer or switch users.|
|Windows logo key +R||Open the Run dialog box.|
|Windows logo key +T||Cycle through programs on the taskbar.|
|Windows logo key +number||Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.|
|Windows logo key +Tab||Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.|
|Windows logo key +Spacebar||Preview the desktop.|
|Windows logo key +Up Arrow||Maximize the window.|
|Windows logo key +Left Arrow||Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.|
|Windows logo key +Right Arrow||Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.|
|Windows logo key +Down Arrow||Minimize the window.|
|Windows logo key +Home||Minimize all but the active window.|
|Windows logo key Move a window from one monitor to another.|
|Windows logo key +P||Choose a presentation display mode.|
|Windows logo key +X||Open Windows Mobility Center.|