-To lock or log off in Windows XP, press the Windows Key and hit
L on your keyboard.
-To open My Computer/Windows Explorer, press the Windows key
and hit E on your keyboard.
-To open System Properties box, press the Windows key and
Page Break button on your keyboard.
-To use the run command, press the Windows key and hit R on
-To go to your desktop from any window, press the Windows
key and hit D on you keyboard.
-To minimize all active windows, press the Windows key and
hit M on your keyboard.
-To automatically log off your computer, press the Windows
key and hit K on your keyboard
-To close a window, press the Alt key and hit F4 on your
-To switch between
open windows, press the Alt
key and hit Tab on your keyboard. Continue pressing Tab to move across
the selection window.
-To get to the help and support window, press F1 on your
-To launch the find window, press F3 on your keyboard.
-To get to one of your
top menus in your open Microsoft program,
hold down the Alt key and press the first letter of the name of the
menu. Exception: for Format menu hold down Alt key and press O
-To copy in Windows, hold down Ctrl and press C.
-To paste in Windows, hold down Ctrl and press V.
-To cut in Windows, hold down Ctrl and press X.
-To copy in Windows, hold down Ctrl and press C.
-To undo last action in Windows, hold down Ctrl and press Y.
-To select all in Windows, hold down Ctrl and press A.
-To open the Windows move/restore/maximize/minimize box in any
window, hold down the Alt key and press the space bar.
-To determine which version of Windows you are running,
type WINVER from the run command.
-To quickly close a
window, hold Alt, hit space bar,
remove finger off Alt key, hit up arrow once and hit enter. Quick
fingers and practice prevail on this tip.
-To get to the properties of any selected icon, hold
down Alt key and hit enter.
-To view windows in full screen, press F11 on your
-To enhance computer
startup times and remove
unnecessary startup programs from the right bottom of your desktop, go
to the run command, type MSCONFIG, click the Startup tab and uncheck
third party software items. RECOMMENDATION: Only disable third party
programs such as Real Player, AOL, QuickTime, etc.. Please do not
disable your virus protection or anything you are unfamiliar with
including Windows system programs and video card software.
-To move your Window
task bar to the top or sides of your monitor, simply hold down your left mouse button and drag it to
the desired location. Don't forget to let go of the mouse button.
-To relocate the Quick
If you like using the Quick Launch toolbar for storing application,
folder, and URL shortcuts, but wish that it didn't take up room on the
taskbar, you'll be glad to know that you can easily move the Quick
Launch toolbar to any other location on the desktop. To do so, simply
position your mouse pointer over the vertical bar on the left edge of
the Quick Launch toolbar. When your mouse pointer turns into a
double-headed arrow, just drag the Quick Launch toolbar to any location
on the desktop. (A little trial-and-error may be in order here if you
have to click first to get the double-arrow.) You can anchor the Quick
Launch toolbar to the top, left, or right edge of the desktop. Once you
have it positioned where you want, you can then right-click on the
toolbar and select the Always On Top command (and Auto-Hide) so that you
can always access the Quick Launch toolbar just like you can the
-To prevent Windows XP
from turning off your PC if a system failure occurs:
Have you ever had your Windows XP machine just turn itself off and
restart for no apparent reason? Even though Windows XP is the most
stable version of Windows so far, this may still happen. When it does,
you'll likely lose any work you haven't saved. Luckily, there's a way
you can prevent this from happening in the future. All you need to do is
right-click on My Computer and choose Properties. Select the Advanced
tab, and then click the Settings button under the Startup And Recovery
section. A new window opens. In the System Failure section, deselect the
Automatic Restart check box, and then click OK to close each open
window. Now, if you notice a system problem, you'll at least have the
time to save your work. After that point, we recommend rebooting your
-To encrypt a folder,
open My Computer and then select
the folder. Right-click on it, and choose Encrypt. In the Confirm
Attribute Changes dialog box, select your encryption settings, and then
click OK. You'll still be able to work with the contents just as you did
before you encrypted the folder.
-To quickly change the
font on Web pages:
You may already know that you can change the size of the font appearing
on Web pages by opening Internet Explorer, and choosing View | Text
Size, and then selecting either Smallest, Smaller, Medium, Larger, or
Largest, depending on your preferences. But if you have a mouse with a
scroll wheel, you can accomplish the same task without having to access
the View menu at all. All you need to do is hold down the [Ctrl] key and
then scroll the wheel down to enlarge the text on the Web page, or
scroll the wheel up to reduce the text size.
-To view your digital
images with details:
Windows XP allows you to sort your digital images in over 30 different
ways. For example, you can sort your photos according to date taken,
resolution, and even the model of the camera used to take the shot. And
lucky for you, choosing how to view your images is a breeze. Open your
My Pictures folder, and then choose View | Choose Details. In the Choose
Details dialog box, select the details you want to display for the
images in the folder. Then, choose their arrangement by clicking the
Move Up or Move Down buttons. Once you've finished, click OK. Now, to
sort your photos according to a new category, simply click on the
category's title bar at the top of the column. For example, to sort
photos by Name, click the Name column heading.
-To place the Internet
Explorer Address Bar on your Windows XP taskbar:
If you'd like to have quick access to Internet Explorer's Address bar
without having to open the application, you can customize Windows XP's
taskbar to include one. Right-click on the taskbar and make sure the
Lock The Toolbar option is deselected. Next, select Toolbars from the
menu and then choose Address. An Address bar appears in your taskbar,
which operates exactly the same as in Internet Explorer.
-To silence your modem
If the noise your modem makes as it connects to your ISP is grating on
your nerves, you'll be glad to know that XP includes a setting designed
to silence your modem. However, it doesn't work for all modems so you'll
have to try it and hope for the best. Open the Control Panel and in
Classic view, double-click on the Phone And Modems Options icon. In
Category view, click on the Printers And Other Hardware link, and then
click on the Phone And Modem Options link. On the Modems tab, select
your modem, click the Properties button, and move the slider under
Speaker Volume all the way left to the Off setting. Click OK, and then
click Close. From now on, that modem will connect in silence.
-To have your mouse automatically go to a dialog window,
go to Control Panel, go to Mouse, go to Pointer Options tab, and place a
check next to "Automatically move pointer to the default button in a
-To determine where
your mouse pointer is at all times,
go to Control Panel, Mouse, Pointer Options tab, and place a check next
to "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key". Now you can hit
control and a rippling effect will occur.
-To change the name of
your computer, simply
right-click on your system's My Computer icon, and select properties. In
the System Properties dialog box, select the Computer Name tab, and then
in the Computer Description text box, type the name of each computer.
Then, click Apply and OK to close the dialog box.
-To send start menu
shortcuts to your desktop:
Minimize all your open windows, and then click the Start button and
navigate to your favorite shortcut. Right-click on the item you want to
turn into a desktop shortcut and drag it to the desktop. Release the
mouse button, choose Copy Here from the resulting menu, and your
-To organize your
Start menu's All Programs list:
If you find that the Start menu's All Programs list becomes a shambles
shortly after installing and removing programs (even if the listing is
in alphabetical order), you'll be pleased to know of this shortcut that
can help you keep it organized. And best of all, it takes very little
time to perform. All you need to do is to arrange your All Programs list
into folders. To do this, right-click on the Start button and choose
Explore All Users. Then, double-click on the Programs folder. All of the
entries that make up the Start menu's All Programs list now appear in
the Windows Explorer format where you can create folders, rename
folders, and add program files to folders. In other words, you can make
the All Programs list as organized as you need it to be.
-To reduce the amount
of disk space allocated to the Recycle Bin:
If disk space is at a premium on your system, there's any easy way to
trim the excess from areas where it may not be needed in order to
provide you with more space in which to store your files. By reducing
the percentage of your hard drive's space allocated to the Recycle Bin,
you can free up some hard drive space quickly and easily. All you need
to do is right-click on the Recycle Bin's icon on your desktop and
choose Properties. On the Global property sheet, move the slider to the
left to decrease the percentage of hard drive space that your system
allocates to the Recycle Bin for your deleted files (the default is
10%). Keep in mind, however, that if you delete files that are larger
than the amount of space available in the Recycle Bin, they'll be
deleted immediately from your computer, instead of being temporarily
housed in your Recycle Bin, as they normally would. Click OK to close
the dialog box.
-To install XP
Professional's Remote Desktop Connection software on another Windows
If you've tried out any of Windows XP Professional's cool new remote
access features, you know that they can be lifesavers when you need to
connect to a computer that's different from the one you're currently
sitting in front of. Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) allows you to
connect to another XP Professional machine and work with its files and
programs just as if you were working on the remote system. But, what
happens when you need to access an XP Professional system from one that
isn't running the XP Professional operating system? Luckily, all you
need to do is install the RDC program on your 98, 2000, or XP Home
system using your XP Professional installation CD-ROM. Insert your XP
Professional installation CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive of the non-XP
Professional PC. When the Welcome screen appears, click on the Perform
Additional Tasks button. Then, click on Set Up Remote Desktop
Connection. You should then be able to use your other system to connect
to your XP Professional computer using RDC. Keep in mind that you can
only use RDC to connect to computers running XP Professional.