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Windows XP may be gone, but all is not lost. Windows 7 may replace it as the legacy Windows OS of choice, especially considering the little-known features hidden away in Windows 7 that may make you realize just how much you love the OS.

Hidden features you say? Absolutely. They include keyboard shortcuts, secret tricks and other interesting features that most long-term Windows 7 users never realized existed, and a few features that amazingly were added as late as the last year or two – evidence by the fact that they were just recently added to the Windows 7 New Features download provided by Microsoft.

I highly recommend that download, but if you don’t have time to sift through it, the following are a few highlights of the more impressive, little-known features that could boost your productivity Use 10 Virtual Desktops To Boost Productivity With Just One Screen [Windows] Use 10 Virtual Desktops To Boost Productivity With Just One Screen [Windows] Ever since I started using a second monitor, I realized that I just can't get enough screen space. Every task seems to require so much display real estate. When I'm editing, I like to have... Read More and deepen your love for Windows 7.

Playing With Open Windows

Most people who’ve used Windows 7 long enough accidentally stumble upon some of the more useful features that it offers, such as the convenient enhanced taskbar where you can hover over program icons and see a small graphic thumbnail of the actual application window without opening it.

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This greatly enhances the speed with which you can find the right application to open, but that enhanced taskbar also includes a few interesting keyboard shortcuts not a lot of people know about:

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  • Pressing Shift before clicking on the icon opens up a new instance, even if existing windows are open.
  • Holding Shift+Ctrl does the same, except it opens the new instance with administrator permissions!
  • Holding Ctrl before clicking an icon will open the window instance that you most recently used in a group of open windows.

You might have already known you could maximize an open window by sliding it over to the top of the screen, or resizing it to fill half the desktop by sliding the window over to the side. Did you know that you could do the same thing without even touching your mouse? Yup – with the active Window open, the following shortcuts to the same thing.

  • Hold the Windows Logo Key + UP arrow to maximize the window.
  • Hold the Windows Logo Key + RIGHT or LEFT to dock to to either side of the screen.

 Searching Beyond Your Desktop

Windows Explorer has an embedded search tool that lets you search your entire computer for files, documents and more. But, did you know you can expand that Windows Explorer search out to web sources by creating search connectors?

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To do this, you just need to download and install the search connector for any server compatible with the OpenSearch standard. This is also known as a “federated search”. You can google for search connectors for Windows 7 or SharePoint Servers – and download the OSDX file.  When you run the .osdx file, you’ll see a prompt for permission to add the search connector to your system.

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Once this is installed and you open up Windows Explorer, you’ll see the Search Connector show up in the left navigation pane. Select it, and now your searches in the search bar will directly query that connector. Select one of those search results and see a preview of the website in the preview pane.

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Many people have discovered the magic of search connectors early on and use them religiously in their Windows 7 installation, but a surprising number of people have spent their entire lives using Windows 7 not knowing about this capability to expand Windows Explorer search functionality in this way.

Explaining Problems to Others

One of the most frustrating things as an IT technician is trying to help a friend or family member troubleshoot a problem without being able to see their screen. Well, did you know there’s a quick tool they can use to capture a snapshot of their desktop automatically every time they click on the screen?  It’s called the Problems Step Recorder, and you can access it by clicking on the Start menu, and typing in “Problem Record” in the search box. Click on Record steps to reproduce a problem.

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This will launch the Problem Steps Recorder tool. You just have to press Start Record to begin recording all of your actions on the desktop.

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This isn’t a screencast tool. It simply takes a snapshot of the screen every time the user clicks on something. It then automatically lays all of those clicks out into a series of “problem steps” that walk you through the problem that the person is having. When the user is done recording, they’ll be prompted to save the recording as a ZIP file.

They can send that ZIP file to you, and you can view the MHTML file in IE (or with other browsers with the appropriate add-ons).

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Unfortunately, even many IT technicians don’t know about this Windows 7 tool. If they did, it would make their lives a lot easier when working with users over the phone.

3 More Windows 7 Easter Eggs

Here are a few Windows 7 easter eggs 5 Weird Windows Bugs & Easter Eggs You Have To See 5 Weird Windows Bugs & Easter Eggs You Have To See We all know that Windows isn't perfect. I will take a leap and say that no program is. The thing is, Windows errors, more than anything, can drive people crazy. But apart from plain old... Read More and hidden features that’ll really blow your mind.

God Mode

Create a new folder on your desktop and name it “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” and get instant access to all 270 configurable options in Windows 7 right at your fingertips.

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If that doesn’t make you feel like God, nothing will…

Reliability History

Is your system acting really horrible and you’d like to see whether the stability of your system has changed recently (indicating a virus or malware)? Easy. Click the Start menu, and type “View reliability history” in the run field. This will show you a detailed report of everything that’s happened to your system and how stable it’s been over the past few weeks.

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Coincidentally, I just patched my Windows 7 system with the latest Updates, and this report showed my system became more unstable than it’s been in weeks!

Cipher

So, here’s one for the privacy and safety enthusiasts. Let’s say you just got notified by the FBI that a couple of agents will be dropping by your house to confiscate your computer because you’ve been identified as an avid Tor user.

You’ve deleted all of those incriminating files, but then you remembered what we’ve often told readers at MakeUseOf that you must use certain tools or methods to truly delete data How To Completely & Securely Erase Your Hard Drive How To Completely & Securely Erase Your Hard Drive Read More from your hard drive. Well guess what – Windows 7 has a feature built into it that lets you completely wipe all free space on a drive by overwriting that space, ensuring that all of those deleted files are actually deleted.

How do you do it? Just open a command prompt, and type in “cipher /w:C” – or whatever drive you want to clean.

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The process can take some time, but when it’s done, even those crafty federal agents won’t be able to extract the data you consider none of their business!

 Crazy and Useful Windows 7 Shortcuts

In addition to the Windows 7 features and tools above that a lot of people are unaware of, there are also a whole slew of extremely useful little-known Windows 7 shortcuts that could boost your productivity if you started using them.

If you think these are cool, be sure to check out Tina’s list of 25 cool Windows 7 shortcuts 25 Cool Windows 7 Keyboard Tricks That Will Impress Your Friends 25 Cool Windows 7 Keyboard Tricks That Will Impress Your Friends Read More and tricks sure to impress your friends.

So these were ways that you can enhance your use of Windows 7, and make your time much more efficient and productive. Do you know of any other cool shortcuts and easter eggs on Windows 7? What are some of the cool Windows 7 features that you like to share with your friends? Share them with fellow MUO readers in the comments section below!

 

  1. Dibyadarshan Pati
    March 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    God Mode works perfectly in Windows 10! But there are 233 ones instead of 270!

  2. ashwinsahu
    February 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Godmode didn't worked for me dude, can there a substitution to the above method ?

  3. kdsharma695
    October 23, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Is there a God Mode for Windows 8.1?

    • Cool N boy
      March 14, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      yes

  4. Tiesenhausen
    December 26, 2014 at 12:37 am

    It doesn't seem to me that the Search Connector feature is explained at all well.

    "you just need to download and install the search connector for any server compatible with the OpenSearch standard"

    Right. Sure.

    So I'd like to set S.C. up for Amazon or IMDb.

    1. How do I find out if they have a search connector?
    2. Where do I find it if there is one?
    3. How do I download it if I find it (maybe this last one will explain itself)?

    Can someone take it step by step, in words of one syllable?

  5. Harrison E
    December 6, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Thank,s Vernon, for your reply and time, but your response only touched a minor point which was the not basic issue. Obviously, my letter was devoted to the unethical way of marketing newly 'improved programmes", and the lack of presenting or making known all those tens of "tricks" and "aids" about which the consumer knows nothing. Unfortunately we have to be lucky [weird phrasing but appropriate I think] to come across an article in "Make use of"! which annoys me.
    I also asked supplementary questions about fonts to which I got no response. I know how to enlarge icons of course- but what they do in Windows 7 [which I was FORCED to purchase] is what evades me. I got no explanatory manual when the system was installed......
    So, Vernon, although I am really fed up with Microsoft [should be called "Microhard"], this does not prevent me from appreciating your taking time to answer one of the points in my letter.
    By the way, the so-called service centre of Microsoft in my area has never responded or helped in any way in all the 17 years since I have my pc!!!!
    Be well

    Harrison

  6. Vernon
    December 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    It was my understanding that you could change the size of Windows Icons in Win 7 the same way we do in XP. Right Click on DeskTop; click on properties; click on Appearance Tab; Customize; Drop-down to Icon and set to size you prefer.

  7. Harrison E
    November 18, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Although your motivation in letting us know of these"secrets"' is praiseworthy for "those already in the know"' it really makes me angry, frustrated and nauseous-in that order!- to read items like this and people's comments. One is forced to purchase Windows 7 [or the abominable- to -use- 8, 8.1. etc.,] because the excellent simple and easy Windows XP no longer has help from the gods at Microsoft. And so I, who consider myself a computer amateur, am now struggling with a system which I find complicated, obscure with numerous miniature symbols, icons phrases etc., all, almost, if not completely, incomprehensible.
    The fact that you have so many different secrets to reveal to us means that I have purchased a "blind product" which I can never use to its maximal efficiency and usefulness.
    This is another way of calling what has happened as a "swindle"! where the consumer loses. We have been fooled.
    When Microsoft stopped their service for XP they broke the contract I had with them when I purchased it originally. Consumers should therefore have been compensated by being upgraded for free to the new system instead of having to fill the over-full coffers of Microsoft even more. And now I read that Windows 7 is due to be treated in the same illegitimate or unlawful manner as Josain Zsun mentioned above who has provided a valuable piece of information contrary to the strange criticism of Howard B.
    This is completely unethical in every way- a one-sided revocation of our purchase agreement yet again!
    Although you have kindly opened our eyes to some secrets, I confess I understood only about 50% of them. Certain keys you mentioned could not be found on mt recently purchased keyboard Logitech K120. I would also appreciate some advice on how to get some attractive fonts into the documentation system - which is inferior to the "old" XP.
    For example where can I find "Gabriola" and how to add it for use?
    Any help to zedpeh@bezeqint.net gratefully accepted.

    Be well and happy,

    Harrison

    • Vernon
      December 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Also Right Click onTaskbar and click on Task manager.

  8. Anandu
    October 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Has anyone tried Windows Key+Tab for switching windows with animation

  9. Charmin
    August 5, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Only on some computers there is a keyboard shortcut that turns on a keyboard light
    the ThinkPad T series has it. Fn PgUp.

  10. Hirusha J
    August 3, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Wow! Already knew the god mode trick and the Flip 3D but all the rest is totally new to me.
    Especially docking the window to a side is gonna be really useful. Thanks!

  11. Jorge B
    July 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Another clever trick: hold down the left mouse button on an open application in the taskbar, and while holding down the click, move up slowly, and you'll see the Jumplist appear until it's full solid. And again, holding down the button while the Jumplist is up, move down slowly, and the Jumplist will fade until it's gone.

    Just so you know ;)

  12. Lamees A
    July 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you, really liked it.

  13. An?r?d?a A
    July 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

    nice!!

  14. Tom P.
    July 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Wonderful article! Much that's useful. And loved the 'Windows-Tab' hint (alt-tab variant) mentioned in the comments above.

  15. Bao
    July 14, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I travelled with my laptop to friends house my laptop it lost drivers or my setting automatic change .I saw on theirs laptops seem as my need help please .....

    • Doc
      July 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      No idea what you're talking about, but you might have more luck asking (with details) in "Answers" (click the link at the top of the screen).

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

      As Doc said - more details would be useful. And yes, better to ask the question on MUO Answers.

  16. Creakey
    July 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Creakey
    Could not get the "God Mode" to work. Created the folder "God Mode{ED7BA470....etc...etc...} but this just clicks as "empty folder".
    I must be missing something obvious ! Can anyone help please ?

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Sure you're copy/pasting the exact text correctly?

    • Bruce E
      July 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      It looks like you missed the period after "God Mode"

  17. David
    July 13, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Interesting, Printing from different locations, sounds good but it is not supported from Windows 7 Home Premium..

  18. Nicolas L
    July 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Man, I didn't know the dual monitor shortcut. That one really comes in handy for me!

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Yeah - flipping back and forth quickly is always a pain with the mouse. Doing it this way saves a boatload of time. :-)

  19. Mason S
    July 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    And the search connector is built in to Windows 8.1

  20. Mason S
    July 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I discovered most of these things work on windows 8.1, Even the God Mode thing.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:20 am

      Excellent! I guess this article will come in handy for Windows 8 users as well. That's great. :-)

  21. Vasanth S
    July 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Wow... this is really helpful & informative! :)

  22. Tom S
    July 12, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Nice! I didn't know about some of these features! Thank you!

  23. Howard B
    July 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    "But, did you know you can expand that Windows Explorer search out to web sources by creating search connectors?" Completely useless to me, since I won't use IE for any reason.

    • mur_phy
      July 13, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Howard -- don't confuse Windows Explorer which is your means of finding local files with Internet Explorer which is your means (which of course you don't use) of finding information on the internet.

      Having looked at the little window of the websites found with search connectors in this article and noting that the icon is one for Chrome, it would seem, and logically so, that the search connectors simply connect to your default browser.

    • Doc
      July 15, 2014 at 12:04 am

      @mur_phy: I didn't(and still don't) think that Chrome would allow it to show up as a "pane" in Windows Explorer, or that Microsoft would be "alternate browser friendly" enough to do that...

      I installed the Amazon search connector (from Chris Pirillo's pack) and tried to search Amazon, and got "One or more locations could not be searched." (Firefox is my default browser).

      Perhaps the search results are URLs, and are using Chrome's "URL" icon?

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Technically the pane does utilize the IE component in Windows to show the search results I believe - so while you don't have to be an IE user in general for it to work, you can't have it turned off as a Windows component or you'll get the error Doc mentioned. I don't think it's because you normally use an alternative browser, because I use Chrome and the connectors worked fine for me.

    • Howard B
      July 17, 2014 at 5:08 am

      While I have Firefox Portable as my primary browser, I can't "disable" IE because I'm a web developer, and I occasionally have to use IE to debug a CSS/display issue. — Doc

  24. Walt
    July 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Yay God mode trick works in windows 8 too!

  25. Bored-on-Friday
    July 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Holy $#!+ this is amazing!

  26. Casa Del G
    July 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Cipher was introduced in XP and does a lot more than just wipe.

  27. Mak
    July 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, i have been using windows 7 but didn't knew , those tricks are awesome and extremely helpful.

  28. Nicut A
    July 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I adore the ”god mode” cheat!

  29. Xoandre
    July 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Introduced in WinVISTA (and continued in Win7) - the Desktop Icon resizing technique:
    If you are tired of your icons being way too large - or if you cannot read the text, you can left-click the desktop background once, then hold CTRL and scroll up or down with your mouse wheel (CTRL + / - also works) and watch those icons grow and shrink instantly!

    • Abdul Quadir
      July 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Hi there! I'm using Win 7 Home Basic and I can't change the size of my desktop icons using Ctrl + / - like you mentioned. And yes, my mouse scroll wheel doesn't work (have been that way for a long time now).

      Any Ideas how can I change the Icon Size???

    • pmshah
      July 12, 2014 at 2:45 am

      @Xoandre

      For whatever reason The Ctrl + Scroll wheel trick works but not the CTRL + / -

      @Abdul Quadir

      There is a special utility available on the net to customise your desktop in Win 7 Home. Natively it is not possible. I can't think of the name but I have done it on my wife's Asus netbook.

    • pmshah
      July 12, 2014 at 2:51 am

      I am guessing Peoblem Record could also be used to guide someone pictorially to achieve some result. However only if it can be found !!!!

      Is there any other way to start / locate "Problem Record" ? I have Win 7 Ultimate x64 installed with the latest updates. The search does not bring up any thing !! Or is this only available on Win 7 x86 ?

    • pmshah
      July 12, 2014 at 3:08 am

      You got the problem recorder thingy wrong. What you have to search for is "psr"

      Check this link on MS site.

      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/How-do-I-use-Problem-Steps-Recorder

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:16 am

      Thanks - good tip. The Ergo person at work told me about the Cntrl +/- tip to save on eye strain. Really comes in handy.

  30. Josain Zsun
    July 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    But hurry. Micro$oft just announced they are terminating W7 support January 2015.

    • Howard B
      July 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Please don't spread rumors and lies like that. You'll cause widespread panic, and that's not good.

      Windows 7 Home Premium
      Lifecycle Start Date: 10/22/2009
      End of Mainstream Support: 1/13/2015
      Extended Support End Date: 1/14/2020

      The last date is the *important* one: Like Windows XP, the "Extended Support" is crucial for security patches, etc. The "Mainstream Support" is when the last service pack/major feature release is supposed to end.

      http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=windows+7&Filter=FilterNO

    • Poop
      July 12, 2014 at 1:46 am

      Thank god.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Ahh....we're golden until 2020. I'm going to buy a new laptop now and install Windows 7. Thanks. :-)

  31. Jorge B
    July 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Great article.

    I just want to add a tip: middle-click a shortcut or open application in your taskbar and it opens a new instance, same as a Shift-Click. Just so you know ;)

    • Abdul Quadir
      July 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing!

    • Steve
      July 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

      If I do that on a link in Firefox, it opens it in a new tab.
      might work the same in other browsers!

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Didn't know that Jorge - thank you!

  32. intelligencia
    July 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Can I SAFELY use that Cipher Erasure command Prompt on my two SSD's???

    Thank You,

    i

    • Steve
      July 12, 2014 at 1:27 am

      SSD's actually delete the data completely the first time, not like spinning hard drives that just tell the system it can overwrite the file if it needs to.
      Doing a wipe actually shortens the life of your ssd.
      Do a google on the subject and see !

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:12 am

      intelligencia - not as reliably. It's flash memory and works differently - as Steve points out. Read about it here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/erasing-ssds-security-is-an-issue/

  33. xhark
    July 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Ctrl+Shift+Esc to kill process very fast :)

    • Abdul Quadir
      July 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Ctrl + Shift + Esc opens up the Windows Task Manager.
      I use this one frequently. Really useful for killing processes.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Very nice. Hard to do with one hand though. :-)
      It sure does save time - who wants to use cntrl-alt-del just to open the task manager to kill a process? Nice top xhark - thank you!

    • Nahla D
      July 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      I've been using that trick for a long time, too!

    • Nahla D
      July 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Key to rotate your screen. I kind of discovered this by mistake.
      To put it back to default, just click Ctrl+Alt+Up. I seriously don't know why anyone would use that setting though. I just do it to fool my non-techie buddies. ;)

  34. Chaim B
    July 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Very useful stuff! I appreciate that it covers a range of skills and abilities. I do have to wonder about the cipher tool, though -- unless it truly writes 0s to the drive, I don't see how the data could be rendered truly unreadable.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:08 am

      According to all of the documentation I've read, it literally writes data to the drive/memory, completely eradicating everything that was stored there. I tested it and it did in fact work as advertised. Nice to have it built right into Windows 7 too.

  35. Nahla D
    July 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Great article! Learned a lot tonight. Although I have known the windows toggle shortcuts long time ago (by mistake actually), I haven't heard of God Mode, The Problem Recorder, and Cipher. Very cool!

    Search connectors? While they look interesting, I still prefer using a browser to search stuff online rather than in a simple window.

    • Abdul Quadir
      July 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I agree with you on Search Connectors.
      It's better to use a browser than search from within Windows.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:07 am

      Another argument supporting not adopting Search connectors in a big way is that many of the "free search connectors" on the web tend to be viruses, unfortunately. It's so important to be careful to only use connectors from reputable sources.

  36. Vaibhav G
    July 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Good ones but one that I never saw someone mention yet is Windows Logo + Tab. It actually works as the Alt+Tab but is more fascinating.

    • Abdul Quadir
      July 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Windows Logo + Tab is actually called "Flip 3D" while Alt + Tab is called Aero Flip.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Do you guys think that one is not as well-known as the others? I always thought that the Logo-Tab flipping through windows feature was one of those big, well-known Windows 7 features that everyone loved.

    • Vaibhav G
      July 17, 2014 at 12:31 am

      It might have been famous just never heard about it on any website. BTW, If you wonder how did I discover it? I discovered it myself for myself.

  37. Saikat B
    July 11, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Minor, but there's a nice new OpenType font Windows 7 called Gabriola. It is stylish.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

      Saikat - I just checked it out....Nice! I think I have a new favorite font. :-)

  38. Alan W
    July 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Maybe you should consider changing the title from 5 Windows 7 Features You Didn’t Know Existed to 5 Windows 7 Features MAYBE You Didn’t Know Existed Ryan :)

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Ah true....there are always those die-hard gurus who know about all of these obscure tricks... Thanks Alan.

  39. Angie B
    July 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Wow!.. Thanks!.. These are indeed Win 7 features I was not aware of & also look extremely useful!.. Namely the Problem Steps Recorder & Reliability History.. Looks like
    tablets/smartphone are gonna get a little rest..

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:02 am

      Wait - you use your tablet or smartphone to record problems you're having with your desktop PC? I'm sure I'm missing something.... :-)

    • Charmin
      August 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Yup. Tablets and smartfone get a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng rest.

  40. Ko te maruapo Kaikoura tereina (aka : TheKaikouraTrainspotter)
    July 11, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Cheers mate, this will come in very handy! =)

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

      You bet - glad they came in handy for you! :-)

  41. omkar khoy
    July 11, 2014 at 5:10 am

    awesome!! i didnt know this

    • ibrahim uriel ricardo
      July 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      wow! thanks for this great infos. really helps to make life easier for w7 loyalists like me.

    • Ryan D
      July 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Thanks Omkar & Ibrahim - There were a number of these I didn't know about myself, until I started digging as part of research for this article. Crazy how you can use an OS for so many years and never realize such things exist in it, huh?

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