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    I didn't know you could do this!

    I've been using Windows since circa 3.11 but I had no idea that if you double click in the top left of the active window's title bar, you can close the window.

    Just found out by chance whilst reading something on another forum.

    You learn something new everyday

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    Yep, that was in fact the fastest way of closing a window in 3.11 (other than Alt+F4) as the X in the top-right wasn't introduced until Windows 95.

    It still works on Office 2007 programs, even though the standard icon menu there has been replaced by the ribbon orb.

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    I didn't know this; if you drag a girl back to your cave by her hair, rather than dashing her brains out with a club, she is better able to do the cooking and washing (plus any other little extras you might have in mind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    if you drag a girl back to your cave by her hair, rather than dashing her brains out with a club, she is better able to do the cooking and washing
    Where were you six months ago? I could have avoided a quite costly jury-rigging exercise had I known this last November!

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    Check out Alt-Space too - it's a variation on the theme of using the left corner of the title bar.

    also:

    Double click anwhere on the body of the title bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius View Post
    Double click anwhere on the body of the title bar.
    Yeah, I'm always surprised by the look on people's faces when I do this to maximise something - it is like I've just pulled a rabbit out of my ar... um, I mean a sack! Also, in Win7 you can drag the window to the top of the screen to maximise it, but this strikes me as being slower.

    Other "common" shortcuts which a lot of people don't seem to know are Ctrl+A and Alt+Tab (also Win+Tab in Win7, but again this seems slower).

    For those of you with Smart boards, also show the teachers the "right click button" on the pen tray.

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    Don't forget the new 'shake the window' feature in Windows 7... it serves little point but it's really cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    Don't forget the new 'shake the window' feature in Windows 7... it serves little point but it's really cool!
    I've actually used it before, when I needed a student to look at a fairly small window on my screen and I had something slightly sensitive open behind it. The 'shake the window' thing allowed me to minimise the other window without ever giving it focus, so the student never saw what it was.

    Plus, as you say, it is quite cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    Don't forget the new 'shake the window' feature in Windows 7... it serves little point but it's really cool!
    There's a keyboard shortcut for that too : Win+Home

    DaveP posted this last year but it's worth repeating: Windows 7 Keyboard shortcuts

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    I only found out about a year ago that if you right hand click 'My Computer' and goto properties, you get the system part of control panel - previously to this I've always gone through control panel for it.

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    There's a shortcut for that as well - Windows Key + Pause

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniac View Post
    I only found out about a year ago that if you right hand click 'My Computer' and goto properties, you get the system part of control panel - previously to this I've always gone through control panel for it.
    And you also have the "Manage" option there that gets you into computer manager quickly.

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    Probably should have read this better - thought it said it minimizes the window, not closes it.
    Did it and lost a Dell server configuration I'd been doing

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    For a number of Control Panel items, I usually open them through Start->Run or rather Windows+R:

    Add/Remove Programs = appwiz.cpl
    Computer Managment = compmgmt.msc
    Disk Managment = diskmgmt.msc
    Local users and groups = lusrmgr.msc
    Last edited by Gerry; 1st March 2010 at 12:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    Probably should have read this better - thought it said it minimizes the window, not closes it.
    Did it and lost a Dell server configuration I'd been doing
    LOL, ul

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