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Nice Win7 shortcut key combinations

A list of shortcuts specific to Windows 7

Windows shortcuts

WinKey + Up arrow

Maximize window

WinKey + Down arrow

Restore/Minimize window

WinKey + Left arrow

Snap window to left

WinKey + Right arrow

Snap window to right

WinKey + Shift + Left arrow

Jump window to left monitor

WinKey + Shift + Right arrow

Jump window to right monitor

WinKey + Home

Restore/Minimize all other windows

Taskbar shortcuts

WinKey + T

Preview the first taskbar entry

Press again to move forward through taskbar entries

WinKey + Shift + T

Preview the last taskbar entry

Press again to move back through taskbar entries

(after pressing the keystroke once, use left and right arrow keys to cycle through)

Winkey + # (1-9)

Launches a new instance of the application on the # (1-9) slot on the taskbar

Desktop shortcuts

WinKey + Space

View the desktop

WinKey + G

Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order

WinKey + P

Opens projection options (Computer Only, Duplicate, Extend and Projector Only)

WinKey + X

Mobility Center


Accessibility shortcuts

WinKey + +

Zoom in

WinKey + –

Zoom out

Explorer shortcuts

Alt + P

Show/hide preview pane

Mouse Shortcuts

Shift + Left click on taskbar icon

Open a new instance

Shift + Middle click on taskbar icon

Open a new instance

Ctrl + Shift + Left click on taskbar icon

Open a new instance with admin priveleges

Shift + Right click on taskbar icon

Show window menu (Restore/Minimize/Close, etc)

Shift + Right click on taskbar group

Show window group menu (Restore/Minimize/Close All)

Ctrl + Left click on taskbar icon

Cycle between windows (or tabs) in the group

How to make your machine think it has less memory than it really does

There’s a hidden, system, read-only file called boot.ini in system boot drive.

Here’s a sample to run 1 GB dual as a 128 MB uniprocessor:

[boot loader]

timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect /numproc=1 /maxmem=128

Recover deleted mail in outlook

Have you ever deleted an email, emptied your deleted items folder and then realized one day or two later that you need them? Well you can recover them in outlook using the following easy steps:

Select the ‘Delete Items’ folder
Go to Tools->Recover Deleted Items…

You will see a nice list of all the email that you have deleted. However, you’ll need to know either the sender or the subject since you can’t search or open the items but you could always recover everything and then re-empty the Deleted Items Folder.

Update: In Outlook 2010, its Folder –> Recover Deleted Items

Disable standby/sleep

powercfg.exe is a windows built in tool to config power management. powercfg.exe is a command line utility, it’s easy to integrate powercfg.exe into scripts.

Turn hibernation off

powercfg -hibernate OFF

Set the power configuration to High Performance

powercfg -setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

Set the absentia power scheme (the scheme used when no one is logged in)

powercfg.exe -setabsentia 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

Activating Server Core

Slmgr.vbs is the tool that designed to be used to activate Server Core.

Windows Software Licensing Management Tool
Usage: slmgr.vbs [MachineName User Password] <One of the Options>
MachineName: if machine name is not provided, slmgr.vbs runs on local machine (do not require User/Password)
Note, this management tool is only for Windows
Global Options:
-did                                 , Display product GUIDs and descriptions
-ilc <License File>                  , Install license
-ipk <Product Key>                   , Install product key
-upk <Product GUID>                  , Uninstall specified product key
-ato [Product GUID]                  , Activate specified product
, (activate all products if parameter not provided)
-atp <Product GUID> <Confirmation ID>, Activate specified product with user-provided confirmation ID
-dli [Product GUID]                  , Display license information for specified product
, (all licenses are displayed if parameter not provided)
Volume Licensing: Key Management Service (KMS) Options:
-dbi                                 , Display KMS and client license information
-skms <KMS Machine Name>             , Set name of KMS Computer to be used
-ckms                                , Clear name of KMS computer used
-sai <ActivationInterval>            , Set how often client connects to KMS computer (in minutes) before computer is activated
-sri <RenewalInterval>               , Set how often client connects to KMS computer (in minutes) after computer is activated
-bmc                                 , Immediately attempt to connect client to KMS computer
-ekms <Product Key>                  , Enable Key Management Service on this machine