5 awesome Windows 7 features that you probably did not know
You might have been using Windows 7 since a long time and think that you know all Windows 7 features inside out. But there are quite a few hidden features of Windows 7 that can be really useful. You can configure your Windows 7 PC to reduce the volume of various applications when making or receiving a call through a program such as Skype. There are many more under-used Windows 7 functions. Here are five such Windows 7 features that many users are not aware of.
Troubleshoot PC problems with Resource and Performance Monitor
Want to check which system processes or resources are affecting the normal functioning of your Windows 7 computer? You can get a system diagnostics report by opening the Resource and Performance Monitor. First of all, open the ‘Run’ window by pressing the Windows logo and ‘R’ keys together. Enter ‘perfmon.msc’ and click ‘Ok’. Â This will open the Resource and Performance Monitor that displays a report about the usage of various system resources and Device Manager error codes. You can get an overview of the system status at a glance with information about the CPU processes, services, disk status, memory usage, etc.
Get an energy efficiency report with ‘PowerCfg’
You can check Windows 7 energy efficiency problems on your PC by using the PowerCfg command line utility. Click ‘Start’ and type ‘Command prompt’ in the ‘Search’ box. Now right-click ‘Command Prompt’ and select ‘Run as Administrator’. At the command prompt, type ‘powercfg –energy’ and press ‘Enter’. After an evaluation of your computer for 60 seconds, energy efficiency problems will be listed. An energy efficiency report (‘energy-report.html’) will also be generated that will be saved in the current directory of the command window. The report contains information on system problems that are detected. It displays messages such as, “The display idle time-out is disabled”, and “The current power plan personality is High Performance when the system is on battery power”. This can help users to customize a PC’s power settings accordingly.
Decrease the volume of applications when making or receiving calls
If you frequently use Skype to make calls, you can configure Windows 7 settings to automatically reduce the volume of applications such as the multimedia player. There is an option to mute all sounds as well. The process is simple. Right-click the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of the taskbar and click ‘Sounds’. Now open the ‘Communications’ tab from the box that is displayed. Next choose an option regarding the activity to be performed when the PC is used for telephone calls. You can opt to reduce the volume of sounds by 80 or 50 percent or mute them.
Keyboard shortcuts to use multiple displays
If you want to use another screen with your laptop or use multiple monitors on your desktop, Windows 7 makes it easy to switch between the displays. Just press the Windows logo and ‘P’ keys together. You will get options to extend the display to another screen, have the same thing displayed on multiple screens, or enable one screen only. The keyboard shortcuts – ‘Windows logo + Shift + Left Arrow’ and ‘Windows logo + Shift + Right Arrow’ can be used to move application windows from one monitor to another.
Smart window management shortcuts
Want to open two application windows side by side? Just drag a window to the left or right edge of the screen to dock it in the left/right half. Keyboard shortcuts – ‘Windows logo + Left Arrow’ and ‘Windows logo + Right Arrow’ can also be used to dock a window. To maximize a window, press the key combination ‘Windows logo + Up Arrow’. While a window is open, you can use the Aero Peek feature to check the desktop by clicking ‘Windows logo key + Space Bar’. Or just place the mouse pointer over the rectangular button at the bottom right corner of the screen.