78. Keyboard shortcuts using
the Win Key (ÿ)
it or not, that windows logo key that sits on the bottom of your keyboard
actually has some useful functions besides opening the start menu. A whole
generation of computers users has grown up thinking that that key was only there
to frustrate users who accidentally hit it while playing Counterstrike and
dropped back to the desktop.
reveal the truth behind the Win Key...OK, overly melodramatic, but these are
useful shortcuts, so read on!
ÿ = Open
ÿ + D = Restore or minimize all open windows
ÿ + E = Start Windows Explorer
ÿ + F = Start Find Files/Folders dialog box
ÿ + L = Lock computer
ÿ + M =
Minimize all open windows
ÿ + R = Start Run dialog box
ÿ + F1 = Start Help Menu and Support Center
ÿ + Tab = Cycles through all open programs and taskbar
buttons. Press ENTER to select.
ÿ + Ctrl + Tab = Cycle
through all open apps/games Taskbar buttons, Tray icons, Start Menu and Quick
Launch toolbars (press Right or Left arrows to cycle through Toolbar and Tray
ÿ + Pause/Break = Open 'my computer' properties
ÿ + Shift + M = Restore all open windows
ÿ + Space = Scroll down one page at a time in Internet
ÿ + Back Space = Scroll up one page at a time
in Internet Explorer.
Improving Windows XP boot
79. Disable floppy drive seek
floppy drive seek BIOS option sets whether your PC will attempt to detect the
floppy (a:) drive during boot up. Whether it finds one or not, once Windows has
loaded it becomes irrelevant, as control of hardware devices including drives
are handed over from the BIOS to the operating system.
the 'floppy drive seek' option in the 'advanced BIOS features' section of the
BIOS can save you a few seconds on boot up, and since the setting has no actual
effect, disable it.
80. Set primary display adaptor
motherboards have a BIOS setting entitled 'primary graphics adaptor' or 'Init
display first' which affects whether the system will attempt to initialize an
AGP graphics card or a PCI graphics card first.
has no effect on any other facet of system performance, setting the correct
value here (many boards default to 'PCI') may save you a few seconds of booting
time. This option can be found in the 'advanced chipset features' or 'integrated
peripherals' sections of the BIOS.
81. Enable quick POST/memory test
motherboards have a setting in the BIOS which can instruct the system to skip
through certain portion of the POST (Power On Self Test), speeding up boot times
considerably. A variety of settings performing this function can be found on
examples are: 'perform quick memory test,' 'quick boot,' 'quick power on self
test,' etc. Enabling these options will cause your system to boot faster.
advised that you should disable this option when you have made modifications to
your computer's hardware, especially the memory.