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Other Useful Features

Aero Snap

Aero Snap is a new feature that makes it easy to look at or compare two windows at the same time. To use Aero Snap just drag one window to the right side of the screen until your mouse touches the right side and let go. This will automatically resize the first window to fill the right half of the monitor. To fill the other half of the monitor with another window drag it to the left side and release once your mouse touches the left most side. 

You should now have a view similar to the one below:

 Aero Snap.jpg

Aero Shake

Aero Shake allows you to quickly focus on just one window when you have several open. With several windows open, click the top of the window you wish to bring focus to and drag the window quickly side to side. This will automatically minimize all other windows that you have open. To bring them back, just repeat the process and they'll all open back up.

Show Desktop Button

There is a new "Show Desktop" button in Windows 7. It is located just to the right of the System tray as indicated in this picture:

System Tray - Show Desktop.jpg

 

Clicking on this rectangular button will immediately minimize all open windows.

Libraries

Libraries allow the grouping of multiple folders so that the files within these folders appear in one easy to find location. For instance if we had several Folders all containing documents for a project. We can create a library named "Project" and add each folder to the library. Then by opening the library we see all of the project files. 

This guide below will walk you through creating a new library of your own.

  1.  Click on the Folder Icon to the right of the start button: 
    Task bar - Explorer Icon.jpg
  2. This opens the Libraries window:Libraries Window.jpg
  3. Right click an open area and choose New, then Library:Libraries - Create new.jpg
  4. Create a name for your new library, in this example it will be "Project": 
    Libraries - Naming Library.jpg
  5. To add folders to your library, simple right click on the folder to be added, and choose the "Include in library" option and select your library that was just created: Libraries - Add Folder.jpg
  6. Now if we open the Libraries window again and open our "Project" library we'll see this: Libraries - full.jpg

In this view we see every file that belongs to our "Project" library sorted by their actual location. 

Flip 3D

Flip 3D provides a fast way of switching to another window while previewing each window as you go through them. To launch Flip 3D Hold the Windows Logo key on your keyboard, and press Tab. Each time you press tab the windows will "Scroll". Releasing the Windows logo key will bring the front most window to focus. Below is a demonstration of what Flip 3D looks like:

Flip 3D.jpg

Jump Lists

Jump Lists provide the ability to quickly access recent files or frequently used items within a particular application. For instance, in Excel, if you right click on its icon in the Taskbar you get a list of recently used Excel documents, or if you right click the Internet Explorer icon you get a list of recently visited or frequently visited websites. An example screenshot is listed below:

jumplist.jpg

Jumplists vary from program to program, but often provide access to some of the most frequently used functions of the program. Try various programs out to see what their jump lists have to offer.

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