Given the popularity of Windows, in all of its incarnations, there is a reasonable number of people who consider themselves experts on the OS. While that may be true, there are always some hidden features, small tweaks, tips and tricks that slip through the cracks. I’ll do my best to avoid the most obvious ones, and present some which you might not have been aware of, even if you consider yourself a Windows experts. So, let’s get on with it, shall we?
Windows Mobility Center
When I found about this little gem, I was over the moon. If you prefer laptops over desktops, this shortcut is the best thing since sliced bread. The combination of Windows and X buttons opens up the Windows Mobility Center. The window wasn’t something I have seen before, but it combined so many familiar and useful features into a single window for easy access. The features you will find there include your battery status, and choice of battery profile, your wireless connection status, which you can turn on and off, the brightness of the screen, and volume. If you use an external display, or hold presentations, you can access those settings, too.
Windows Mobility Center doesn’t offer much else, but it doesn’t need too, because it does what it needs to do, and that’s to provide you with lightning-quick access to some of the basic settings with the use of a single shortcut. Otherwise, you would have to rummage through several different menus in order access each of them. Short and sweet, Windows Mobility Center is one of my favorite hidden Windows features. I have to point out that this only works on Windows Vista and 7. On Windows 8, Win-X combo gives a list of shortcut which you can use to access similar Windows features.
Capturing and Managing Screenshots
Capturing a screenshot on your Windows PC has always been a pain in the butt in my opinion. You would have to press the PrtScr button on your keyboard, and then go and paste the image for the clipboard into Photoshop, or Paint, and then save it. There has been some improvement, with the appearance of Snipping Tool on Windows 7, and starting with Windows 8, you can even do a little bit more. Instead of pressing PrtSc like you usually would, press Win-PrtSc. Not only will it take a screenshot, but it will save the captured image to your Pictures folder.
Right-click the File to Send It Anywhere
For those of you who still choose to stick with an offline email client, you can easily send your files to someone else, without having to scavenge for the exact folder they’re located in through your email client. Right-click on the file, then go to Send to, after which you will be presented with a number of options, like emailing the file, sending it to your USB drive, or to a different directory on your computer. In case you want more options, hold down the Shift key while you right-click the file. You can send the file to Dropbox, Skype, and even more directories on your computer.
I have an article about using Antivirus software – think about the time and anguish you’ll save yourself if you take my advice. That’s another time saver for you!