Tips for Windows 7 For Those Who Are Not Ready to Upgrade

Are you still using Windows 7? You’re not alone. Windows 7 is an excellent operating system, but you are probably not taking advantage of all it can offer. Here are some tips to get more from Windows 7.

Access videos from your Start menu: You can access your pictures and music from the Windows 7 start menu, but did you know you can personalize Windows 7 to enable you to access your videos too? If you’d like to do this, right-click the Start button and click “Properties.” Then, on the Start Menu tab, click “Customize.” A dialogue box will pop up, scroll to the bottom and look for the videos section. Click “Display as a link” and hit “OK” and “OK” again.

Modify your Shut Down button: Did you know you can personalize your Shut Down button to perform an action other then shutting your computer down. For example, you could have your computer go to sleep, or restart. Just right-click the Start button and select “Properties.” Then on the Start Menu tab, select the “Power button action” menu. This will give you a menu of actions you can select as the default action for your Shut Down button.

Add some privacy to your online searching: If you use Internet Explorer, your pc instantly displays your recent searches. If you wish a little more privacy, it is possible to turn this off in Windows 7. In order to switch off this feature, you have to type GPEDIT.MSC in the Start menu’s search box. Click “Enter” and this will activate the Group Policy Editor. Select the “User configuration” option and choose “Administrative Templates,” “Windows Components,” and “Windows Explorer.” After you have navigated here, double-click “Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box.” Click “Enabled” and then click “OK.”