Tips and tweaking of Microsoft Windows


  1. Explorer: Drag and hold file on taskbar shows desktop, drag to program tab restores it (you can also press WinKey+M [Minimize All] after starting drag)
  2. Explorer: Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V makes copy of file in current folder
  3. Explorer: Ctrl+right click on taskbar tabs
  4. Explorer: Hold alt on desktop toolbar while clicking gives properties
  5. Explorer: WinKey(+Shift)+Tab then Right, Left, End, Home
  6. Explorer: Drag folder with right-button from explorer to desktop toolbar adds it to toolbar
  7. Explorer: Dragging and dropping file in same window with left button while holding Ctrl makes copy of file (same applies for dropping in some other folder)
  8. Explorer: Dragging and dropping file in explorer with left button while holding Ctrl and Shift makes shortcut of file (when making shortcut of folder into start menu it becomes browsable via start menu)
  9. Explorer: entering in address bar (or run, open/save dialog) opens C:
  10. Explorer: Double click on column resizers in detailed view to autoresize them
  11. IE: Double click on text selects word, triple click selects paragraph (05.01.2002)
  12. IE: Ctrl+F5 or Ctrl+Refresh button click sends “Cache-Control: no-cache” in request header if HTTP 1.1 is used and “Pragma: no-cache” when HTTP 1.0 is used (24.12.2001)
  13. IE: Right click on back forward buttons
  14. IE: Ctrl+Dblclick on titlebar – full screen
  15. IE: use Ctrl+Wheel to change text size (when text-size isn’t specified in pixels)
  16. IE: Holding shift on address bar while pressing enter opens new browser (works with links too)
  17. IE: use Shift+Wheel to move in history
  18. IE: use Alt+D to move cursor to address bar
  19. IE: use Ctrl+Enter after typing domain name to address bar, kala and Ctrl+Enter opens website
  20. IE: You can type the name of a favorites folder in the Address bar, then select the page name in the AutoComplete list that appears.
  21. IE: to delete items from auto complete (username etc.) list move selection to the item and press Del.
  22. IE: To put current address to Favorites with some modifications (ie. http instead of https remove directory), then modify it on address line and then drag it to favorites, now press ESC with focus on address bar to restore previous URL
  23. IE: select and find
  24. IE: Drag link to Home or Favorites button on toolbar (applies to Explorer too)
  25. Mozilla: Holding Ctrl or Alt while refreshing page sends “Cache-Control: max-age=0″ in request header
  26. Mozilla: Holding Shift while refreshing page sends “Cache-Control: no-cache” in request header
  27. WMP: Hold Shift while resizing WMP (15.06.2002)
  28. Misc: type *.txt (06.01.2002)
  29. Misc: Win9x: shift on restart – reloads instead of restarts
  30. Misc: Dropping file on media player queues it
  31. Misc: Set environment variable and use its name (%envname%) to move to folder in open/save dialog
  32. Misc: In cmd.exe properties turn on QuickEdit Mode from Options tab, then select with mouse the area you want to copy with left button and then press right button/enter to copy this into clipboard, to paste from clipboard press right button or Alt+Space E P
  33. Misc: FDISK /FPRMT (This enables FAT32 for partitions lower than 512 MB)
  34. Misc: Win98: setup.exe /iw (skips copyright notice)
  35. Misc: Open font file (*.ttf, *.fon etc.) in font viewer and you can use it in programs without installing it while the font viewer is open (21.11.2002)
  36. OE: Ctrl+F3 opens message source
    Registry keys:
  37. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlFileSystem]
  38. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun]
  39. [HKEY_CURRENT_USERIdentities{GID}SoftwareMicrosoftOutlook Express5.0]
  40. [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsGlobalUserOffline]
  41. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINENetworkLogon]
  42. [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer]
    “No Start Banner”=hex:01,00,00,00
  43. space on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEHardwareDescriptionSystemCentralProcessorVendorIdentifer “Cyrix Instead”
  44. [HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop]
  45. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management]
  46. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management]
  47. [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings]
  48. [HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop]