Selasa, 24 Mei 2011

Top 10 Hidden Secret Features in Windows 7

Everyone likes to find hidden stuff, whether it’s loose change in the couch cushions or an Easter egg in your favorite video game. Windows 7 has its own hidden treasures. Yes, there are features and goodies to be uncovered—some obvious, some not. And you can access all of those listed here without downloading anything extra (well, mostly). Read on for 10 handy and largely undocumented items in Windows 7 that you probably weren’t aware of...and soon won’t be able to live without.

It may be hyperbolically named, but Windows 7’s God Mode is indeed omnipresent. It conveniently puts hundreds of settings from all around the operating system all in one place.
To turn on God Mode, create a new folder on your desktop, or anywhere you’d like,

and name it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Don’t include the final period. The resulting folder will contain 270 items, representing virtually every configurable option in Windows 7.

Windows’ built-in calculator hasn’t really changed much over the years, but Windows
7’s calculator has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, which you’ll find under the View menu.

It can do myriad unit conversions(temperature, weight, area), and even mortgage payment or car mileage calculations. It maintains a history of your previous calculations as long as the program is open.

The built-in WordPad word processor in Vista is of limited usefulness because it only supports RTF (Rich Text Format) and plain text (TXT) files. In Windows 7, on the other hand, WordPad isn’t quite as restricted.
Although Windows 7’s WordPad still doesn’t work with .doc files from Microsoft Word 2003 and earlier versions, it can open and save ODT (OpenDocument Text) files used by the free word processor as well as .docx files created in Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010.

Although WordPad can’t understand all the complex formatting (it will warn you of this upon opening or saving a file), it will still let you read the documents without having the native programs installed.

When your system is acting flaky and you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, the Reliability Monitor may help. Search for “reliability” from the Start menu, and run View Reliability History. You’ll get a graph of your system’s “stability index” over a period of days and weeks (rated on a scale of 1 to 10).

It displays which programs, Windows components, or miscellaneous items crashed on a given day, helping you identify problem items.

When you need outside PC help, it’s much better to let them see for themselves what’s happening on your system. But if remote access isn’t an option, the Problem Steps Recorder may be the next best thing.
Search for and run psr from the Start menu. Click Start Record, and the utility will record your activities through a series of screen shots, automatically including captions that show exactly where you clicked.

You can also use the Add Comment button to highlight specific areas of the screen and insert custom annotations. When you stop recording, everything will be stitched together and saved as a Web browser-compatible MHTML (MIME HTML) file, conveniently pre-ZIPped and ready for e-mailing to your geek of choice.

Power Efficiency Report
If your Windows 7 laptop isn’t getting the battery life you expect, or it experiences power-related issues, such as the inability to go into standby or hibernate mode, the problem usually lies with incorrectly configured power-management settings.

Windows 7’s Power Efficiency Report can help you sniff out potential problems. Type search for CMD from the Start menu, run it as an administrator (right-click cmd.exe on the menu and choose Run as administrator).
From the command prompt, type powercfg -ENERGY (include the space) to scan your system, and after about a minute, you’ll find a file called energy-report.html in your \windows\system32 folder. Copy the report to another location and open it (you’ll get a file-not-found error if you try to open it from the system32 folder) for detailed information about what system devices or settings are throwing a monkey wrench into your power management.

Pin Folders to the Taskbar
You know you can right-click your favorite programs and pin them to the Windows 7 Taskbar for easy access. There’s no such option for folders, but you can still keep them close at hand on the Taskbar. Rightclick any folder, drag it to an empty space

on the Taskbar (or to the Windows Explorer button), and let go when Pin to Windows
Explorer appears. Now when you right-click the Windows Explorer button, your folders will be accessible via the Jump List.

Wipe Free Disk Space
It’s no secret that when you delete files or folders in Windows, they’re not actually erased; the space they took up is simply marked as “available for use,” which allows the files to be recoverable until they’re overwritten with new data.

There is a utility built into Windows (even XP Pro and vista) that will overwrite all the free space on a hard drive, insuring any files you’ve deleted stay dead. Launch a command prompt and type cipher /w:X (X is the letter of the drive or partition you want to wipe). be patient; the process can take a
long time if you have a lot of free space.

If you check out the network connections of most Wi-Fi-equipped Windows 7 systems
(except those with Starter edition), you’ll notice an adapter called microsoft virtual WiFi miniport adapter. This adapter acts as a software-based access point, taking a wired or wireless network connection and making it available via a separate wireless network. This lets you create your own hotspot from whatever network you’re connected to—handy when, say, you want to connect multiple devices to a Wi-Fi network that charges for access. To do this, you’ll need a copy of the free Connectify software.)

Want an easy and mouse-free way to move windows around a display or, better yet,
between multiple monitors? When you press the Windows key along with the left or right arrow key, the active window will move from its original position and anchor itself to the edge of the screen in the direction of the arrow, and it will do so across every monitor you have. Similarly, if you press the Windows, SHIFT, and the left or right arrow keys at the same time, the active window will jump over to the same position on the adjacent monitor.

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