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Windows 7 Tips & Tools

While Windows 7 has been out for a number of years now, many people are still unaware of some of its tools and abilities.  Here are a few you might find useful.

Application/File Pinning – Windows 7 allows you to “pin” a shortcut to an application onto your taskbar or to the top of your start menu. This allows easy access to your most commonly used programs. To pin a program, right click on its icon and select either “Pin to Taskbar” or "Pin to Start Menu.” Once done, you’ll see an icon appear either at the top of the start menu or on your taskbar next to your Start button.

Jumplists -  Any programs you have pinned to your taskbar have a quick menu option commonly referred to as a jumplist. They are accessed by right clicking on the program’s shortcut on the taskbar. Most jumplists contain a list of documents previously opened by that program as well as the ability to start the program. The benefit of starting a program in a jumplist is that it will open in its own window. This is very useful when working with programs such as Excel that otherwise tend to try to open multiple documents in the same window. Some pinned applications also may offer additional options in their jumplists.

Snipping Tool – While not exactly feature laden, the Snipping Tool is a solid option for those looking to make quick and easy screenshots. If you are having trouble finding the tool, use the search box at the bottom of your Start menu and search for “snipping tool."

Sticky Notes – For those of us who have run out of room around our monitor with the real thing, this is a basic reminder that attaches to the desktop. You can find it by opening the Start menu and using the search box at the bottom to look for “sticky notes."

You also can find additional items for download on Microsoft’s free downloads website, including themes, screensavers, or even free Movie Maker software.

Jerry Ranum, Desktop Support Specialist; ITS Help Desk, (701) 231-8685

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