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How can I delete the “Frequent” list within Windows Explorer taskbar Icon?

If you right click on your Explorer icon in taskbar you will find a “Frequent” list.

In case you want to remove/disable that list you have to:

1. Right click on Start button and select Properties

2. Remove the check marks from “Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu” and “Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and taskbar” in the “Privacy” section.

That should be all …

 

How can I disable “Recent Items” from start menu?

This “Recent Items” list appears in the start menu. In this list you can find the latest files that you had used (open, create, modify). If you don’t want to simply remove this list from the Start menu you have to:

1. Right click on start button and “Properties”

2. Click on “Customize” button

3. From the list, find “Recent Items” and deselect it.

4. (Optional) If you also don’t want to keep a history of your recent items accessed that you may also want to deselect these two options:

How to put passwords to your important folders in Windows

Some of my friends keep ask me about putting passwords to Windows folders. It seems that Windows does not offer this options. If you want to keep your personal folders under the safety of your personal password you can simply create different user accounts for you and the other people with whom you’re sharing your computer.

Very often you may need to increase the security of a few folders that can also be carried on flash drives. In this case the windows users policy does not fit very well.

One possibility that I find very simple is to create .zip folders. And this .zip folders (archives) can also be secured with a password. The good news is that all windows versions after XP has the possibility to open .zip folders (archives) without any other additional software.

But … to put passwords to your folder you need an additional software. What I recommend is a small, simple and free software called 7zip.

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1. Download 7Zip software.

2. Install 7Zip

3. After 7Zip installation right click on the folder that you want to secure with password. In the right click menu list you should find a sub-menu 7Zip. From this one select “Add to archive”.

4. A new windows will appear. Here you should select the zip Archive format from the top left of the windows. In the right you can write your password.

5. Click OK. A new copy of your folder will be created. This one will have a different icon and will be password protected. Note that you may still be able to open your folder because you are the author. In case of moving this .zip folder to another computer or open it from another user you will be asked for the password.

Now you can delete your old copy of the folder and keep just the .zip password secured copy.

The complete list of Windows 7 Keyboard shortcuts

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts:

Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt+Left Shift+PrtScn (or PrtScn) Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five times Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U
Open the Ease of Access Center

General keyboard shortcuts

F1 Display Help
Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert) Copy the selected item
Ctrl+X Cut the selected item
Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert) Paste the selected item
Ctrl+Z Undo an action
Ctrl+Y Redo an action
Delete (or Ctrl+D) Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift+Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
F2 Rename the selected item
Ctrl+Right Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl+Left Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl+Down Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl+Up Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text
Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl+A Select all items in a document or window
F3 Search for a file or folder
Alt+Enter Display properties for the selected item
Alt+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active program
Alt+Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Ctrl+F4 Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Alt+Tab Switch between open items
Ctrl+Alt+Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Alt+Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F4 Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
Shift+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Ctrl+Esc Open the Start menu
Alt+underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
Alt+underlined letter Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
Right Arrow Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Left Arrow Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 (or Ctrl+R) Refresh the active window
Alt+Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
Esc Cancel the current task
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Task Manager
Shift when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
Left Alt+Shift Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
Ctrl+Shift Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
Right or Left Ctrl+Shift Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl+Tab Move forward through tabs
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Move back through tabs
Tab Move forward through options
Shift+Tab Move back through options
Alt+underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Enter Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
Spacebar Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1 Display Help
F4 Display the items in the active list
Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key
Open or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Pause
Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +D
Display the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +M
Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +E
Open Computer.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F
Search for a file or folder.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F
Search for computers (if you’re on a network).
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +L
Lock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +R
Open the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key Picture of 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.
Shift+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number
Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +B
Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Spacebar
Preview the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Up Arrow
Maximize the window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Left Arrow
Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Right Arrow
Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Down Arrow
Minimize the window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Home
Minimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow
Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow
Move a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +P
Choose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G
Cycle through gadgets.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U
Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +X
Open Windows Mobility Center.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl+N Open a new window
Ctrl+W Close the current window
Ctrl+Shift+N Create a new folder
End Display the bottom of the active window
Home Display the top of the active window
F11 Maximize or minimize the active window
Ctrl+Period (.) Rotate a picture clockwise
Ctrl+Comma (,) Rotate a picture counter-clockwise
Num Lock+Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock+Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock+Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad Collapse the selected folder
Left Arrow Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
Alt+Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt+P Display the preview pane
Alt+Left Arrow View the previous folder
Backspace View the previous folder
Right Arrow Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Alt+Right Arrow View the next folder
Alt+Up Arrow View the parent folder
Ctrl+Shift+E Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Alt+D Select the address bar
Ctrl+E Select the search box
Ctrl+F Select the search box

Taskbar keyboard shortcuts

Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program
Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program as an administrator
Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button Show the window menu for the program
Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group
Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the windows of the group

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+ Plus Sign (+) or Minus Sign (-)
Zoom in or out
Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl+Alt+F Switch to full-screen mode
Ctrl+Alt+L Switch to lens mode
Ctrl+Alt+D Switch to docked mode
Ctrl+Alt+I Invert colors
Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
Ctrl+Alt+R Resize the lens
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+ Esc
Exit Magnifier

Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts

Alt+Page Up Move between programs from left to right.
Alt+Page Down Move between programs from right to left.
Alt+Insert Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.
Alt+Home Display the Start menu.
Ctrl+Alt+Break Switch between a window and full screen.
Ctrl+Alt+End Display the Windows Security dialog box.
Alt+Delete Display the system menu.
Ctrl+Alt+Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl+Alt+Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.
Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

How can I change my computer username?

This post can be applied when you:

  • want to simply change your username (administrator, without creating a new username)
  • bought an old computer and want to personalize it without reinstalling it’s Windows
  • want to change your network name

If you want to change your computer in order to have a new desired name you have to:

1. Click on Start button and Control Panel

2. Open “User Accounts

3. Click on “Change your account name

4. Type a desire username and click “Change

5. Optional. If you want to change your computer name (network) you have to:

5.1 Go to Control Panel -> System

5.2 Click on “Advanced system settings” from the right list

5.3 In the new window go to “Computer Name” tab and click on “Change…” button.

5.4 Type desired name in “Computer Name” field and click OK.

Restart your computer and that’s all.

Microsoft Windows 7 – new installation tutorial

This tutorial will follow all the steps for a new installation of Windows 7. This is designed for new computers (unformated hardware) but can also be a good source of information and orientation for all kinds of Windows 7 installation (upgrade, reinstall).

1. First step: Open your computer and insert your Windows disk into optical drive. Be sure that your computer is set to boot from disk.

2. Boot from disk. Wait to load the Windows installation wizard

Select your language and click on “Next”

3. Click “Install”

 

4. Read and accept the terms then click “Next”

5. Select “Custom (advance)” from the installation types option. Choose Upgrade in case of you have a previous version of Windows (like Vista). The upgrade option will not be discuss now.

6. Partition your hard drive. You can choose to create one or more partitions as you wish. I saw in the last years a tend to create a single partition, even if is very large. I personally use 2 or 3 partition for hard disks larger that 200 GB.

A system partition will be created next to your partition(s).

7. Waiting for windows installation and first restart.

8. Type your name, an optional password and your product key.

9. Configure updates and time then wait until installation is finished.

10. After some moments you will receive a Welcome message and your desktop will be available.

And this should be all. This are the very simple steps of installation of Windows 7. If you need further help please comment here or use the support form.