Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Managing windows is probably one of the most fertile areas for keyboard shortcuts because otherwise, you manipulate them solely with the mouse. Here’s my top-20 list of must-know shortcuts for taming your windows; you’ll never have to move your hands from the keyboard. For completeness, I’ve included many keyboard shortcuts you might already be familiar with; skip down the list to see the ones you don’t know. Switch between open windows Alt + Tab Minimize/restore all but the active window Windows key + Home Minimize all windows Windows key + M Maximize window Windows key + up-arrow Minimize/restore window Windows key + down-arrow Make all windows transparent so you can […]

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Windows Live Messenger Error Code 80072ef3

OVERVIEW Are you using Windows Live Messenger in a corporate intranet, and experiencing the error code 80072ef3 when trying to sign in? CAUSE Changed port configurations in the latest version of Windows Live Messenger (2009) cause this issue SOLUTION Solution 1: Add Messenger servers to exception list Click Start, Control Panel, Internet options. Switch to the Zones tab. Mark the entry Trusted sites, and click the Sites… button. Add the following entry to the list of trusted sites: https://*.contacts.msn.com Click OK, and switch to the Connections tab. Click the LAN settings button. If the Advanced button is active, click it and add *.contacts.msn.com to the Exceptions list. Click OK to […]

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Alternative key strokes for terminal services

I can never remember what the terminal services equivalent key strokes are for the local key strokes, i.e. CTRL+ALT+DEL. Key combination Function Similar local keys CTRL+ALT+END Opens the Windows Security dialog box CTRL+ALT+DELETE CTRL+ALT+BREAK Toggles the Terminal Services client display from window to full screen NONE ALT+INSERT Cycles through running programs on the remote computer ALT+TAB ALT+HOME Displays the remote computer’s Start menu ALT+DELETE Displays the remote window’s Control menu ALT+SPACE BAR CTRL+ALT+NUMBER PAD MINUS Places an image of active window onto the TS clipboard ALT+PRINT SCREEN CTRL+ALT+NUMBER PAD PLUS Places an image of the entire Terminal Services client on the Terminal Services clipboard PRINT SCREEN

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How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

Before Windows 7 users had to use third-party tools like Tune-Up-Utilities in order to change the logon screen background. Windows 7 now supports customization of Windows 7 logon screen. Replacing the old logon screen is just another task like changing wallpaper (Desktop background). Thanks to withinwindows for finding out this excellent feature, and intowindows where I found this article. Follow the procedure below to change the Windows 7 logon screen. 1. Download the registry file from here. Extract the file and double-click on the file to enable this feature (Alternative method: right-click, select Merge). 2. Now, head over to the following folder: C:\Windows\System32\oobe (“C” is your Windows 7 Installation drive) […]

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