Whether you’re working in a non-techie company or one filled with IT techs, there will always be useful tips and tricks that will prove useful for work, for stress release, and to impress your co-workers that you know your computer stuff.

Hide Files and Folders Using Command Prompt

After doing the steps below, your files and folders can’t be viewed by search options even if you click “Show All Hidden Files and Folders.”

  • Press window key+R: Run command dialog box appears.
  • Now type “cmd” and hit Enter. The command prompt window displays.
  • Now type “attrib +s +h E:\(file or folder name)” and hit Enter.
  • The folder you specified will be hidden and can’t be viewed by any search options.
  • To view this folder again, use the same command but replace ‘+’ with ‘-‘ on both flags ‘s’ and ‘h.’

Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know and Use

Using keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, keeps you focused, and makes your work faster.

  • Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Both Ctrl + C and Ctrl + Insert will copy the highlighted text or selected item.

  • Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Both the Ctrl + V and Shift + Insert will paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard.

  • Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y

Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y will redo the undo.

  • Ctrl + F

Pressing Ctrl + F opens the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser to find text on the current page.

  • Ctrl + Back space and Ctrl + Left or Right arrow

Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character.

Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. If you wanted to highlight one word at a time, you can hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction while highlighting each word.

When Using Windows Media Player

If you’re still fond of using WMP 11 on Windows 7 instead of other players, you might impress others with your knowledge of some tricks up this player’s sleeves.

  • Clear the History

If you don’t want other users on your computer to know what type of music you listen to, or what videos you’ve been watching, you can clear the history by going to the Privacy pane in the Options menu (Alt+T+O), and hit the Clear History button. You can also uncheck the “Save file and URL history in the Player” box.

  • Watch DivX Movies

Want to watch DivX-encoded movies including 1080i and 1080p high definition through WMP? Just install the DivX codec. Download the codec, and you can turn WMP into a DivX player.

  • Turn on the Radio

In WMP 11, the Internet radio tuner is hidden. To find it, click the down arrow below the Online Stores tab. Then select the Media Guide, and click on the Internet Radio link.

Use Flickr and Facebook Pictures

Drop in pictures from Flickr or Facebook by connecting your account through the Online Pictures option under the Insert tab.

Read Better on Word

Word’s new-look Read Mode that’s under the View tab makes browsing documents easier, and it supports touchscreen input as well.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:20:26 PM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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