A short list of hidden Windows 7 hints
April 17, 2017
Listed here, for convenience, are a few hints for windows 7.
Start menu location:
Location of folder options:
Control Panel >> Folder Options >> View
... or ...
windows explorer >> organize >> folder and search options >> view
Location of file types settings in the old folder options:
Control Panel >> Default Programs >> Associate a file type...
sys config :
Control Panel >> Administrative tools >> System Configuration
Adding the "quick launch" toolbar:
right-click on an open area of the taskbar
choose Toolbars >> New Toolbar
paste the following into the top location bar:
%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
choose the “Select Folder” button
finally: the Quick Launch toolbar appears on the taskbar
right-click to unlock the taskbar before moving it all the way to the left
right-click on the left side dots and unselect "show text" "show title"
add and modify the icons within the quick launch
lock the quick launch toolbar
Turning on/off the taskbar icons:
control panel >> taskbar and start menu >> customize >>
-- or --
(right-click on the taskbar) >> properties
Turning on the network icons on the taskbar:
(this might work)
use CCleaner: cleaner >> windows >> advanced >>
>> run cleaner
How to disable the windows 7 startup sound.
control panel >> Sound >> Sounds (tab) >>
To add a custom startup sound, follow these instructions: here
How to add screensavers to windows 7:
place the screensaver files *.scr into the windows directory: "C:\Windows"
then right-click on the screensaver file and hit: "Test" or "install"
...this also installs any other *.scr file in that directory.
How to get windows explorer to open up in a certain directory:
right-click on win explorer icon >> properties >> set "target:" to:
%windir%\explorer.exe /n, /e, D:\files
If windows 7 can't startup due to corrupt files,
to find and correct the corrupted files.
to auto login a user, run: netplwiz
then turn off:
"Users Must Enter A User Name And
How to add the speaker control to the taskbar:
control panel >> notification area icons >> Volume >> ...
How to add modify and edit files secretly labeled "read only",
Use xcopy to copy the file to a seperate temporary directory :
xcopy c:\troubled_file.txt d:\temp_directory\troubled_file_copy.txt
edit the new file "d:\temp_directory\troubled_file_copy.txt"
then, after editing, try to use xcopy to replace the old file:
xcopy d:\temp_directory\troubled_file_copy.txt c:\troubled_file.txt
if that doesn't work, then use windows explorer
How to delete files or folders that refuse to be deleted:
use the unlocker tool: unlocker version 1.9.2
if the unlocker tool can't be found anywhere else,
Location of windows update files for win7
How to change the default font size:
control panel >> personalizations >> display (on left menu) >>
Set custom text size (DPI)
If we can't create files on a secondary data drive turn off user account control (UAC):
control panel >> user accounts >> change user account control
How to reduce the size of hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys:
> powercfg.exe /hibernate off (turns off hibernation, reduces hiberfile.sys)
to reduce the size of pagefile.sys:
control panel >> system >> advanced system settings >>
Can't directly play bluemars.m3u from seamonkey using winamp
Solution is to: directly copy and paste the URL for the m3u file
How to stop windows from jumping back to the middle of the screen if we have moved them off the screen:
control panel >> ease of access center >>
then tick on:
"prevent windows from being automatically arranged
then hit apply.
How to set a system restore point:
control panel >> system >>
How to set the folder's view to a single setting for all folders.
First setup the folder's columns to how we'd like to see them. Then,
windows explorer >> organize >> folder and search options >>
(this should now keep the settings for all folders)
The file searching utility in win7 doesn't work so well, so instead install these other applications to help with file searches:
For general file search try:
For searching through code try: AstroGrep
With the above installed its possible to turn off window's SearchIndexer.exe :
control panel >> organize >> administrative tools >> services
Then disable: Windows Search