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5 Windows 7 productivity tips to save you time

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Time is money, and for small business there never seems to be enough of it. That’s why we’ve compiled another list of Windows 7 productivity tips to help you maximise your productivity!

Set a new Windows Explorer launch folder

By default, Windows Explorer opens the Libraries folder. In most business networks, users store their data on a network drive. Save yourself some time with this handy tip, and set Windows Explorer to open on the folder of your choice. Here’s how:

  1. Right click on the Windows Explorer icon in the task bar.  From the context, select Properties.
  2. Change the Target field as shown in the image. If your network folder is on the Z: drive, then replace the text with ‘Z:’ (excluding the quotes).  Hit OK when you’re done.
  3. Launch Windows Explorer and it will open the new location.

 

Launch a second instance of a program from the taskbar

Have you ever wanted to open a second copy of Word or some other application and wondered why clicking the icon on the taskbar won’t do it? There’s two ways to do this:

  1. Using the mouse, right click the icon on the taskbar. When the jump list pops up, click on the application name. In our case, Microsoft Word.
  2. Hold the shift key, and click on the icon. Voila!

 

Create a new folder without the mouse

This is as simple as pressing Ctrl+Shift+N. I use this all the time!

Sticky Notes

Is your computer screen covered with yellow post notes? Windows 7 introduces a handy little app called Sticky Notes which means you can say goodbye to those little yellow squares. Sticky Notes lets you choose from 6 colours and can be placed anywhere on the screen.

 

Pin Document Templates to the Taskbar with Jump Lists

One of the biggest enhancements to Windows 7 is the new taskbar. If you regularly use document templates in your work, such as Word templates, Outlook email templates, or Excel Templates, this could save you a lot of time.

Let’s suppose I have created a template for quoting customers. I tend to quote a lot, so I’ll be making good use of this template. Using Jump Lists, I can drag the template file from the folder I saved it in, to the taskbar.

Now, any time I want to open a new Word document using that template, I simply right click on the Word icon and select it from the list.

That’s it for today – For more useful computer tips, visit our blog.

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Long Tran

Long is an Axiom IT Cloud Champion. He works with clients to help them achieve maximum ROI from Office 365 and the cloud. With an MCSA in Office 365, he's the technical mastermind behind many of Axiom IT's successful cloud deployments.