Microsoft Monday

Shortly after Windows Vista launched, Ryan put together an article specifically focused on Windows Vista Tips and Tricks. He offered 12 different tips and tricks, but there are so many more. Today I’m going to focus on a few more that I’ve come across that won’t all necessarily make you more productive, but I think you’ll still find them useful.

— Hide the drive letters—

It’s not that the drive letters get in the way, because they really don’t. But, do they really serve a purpose? By default they’re displayed, but you can easily hide them. Removing the drive letters is simple, just follow these steps:

  1. Open up Windows Explorer by pressing the windows key and the letter “e”.(Computer)
  2. Select “organize” at the top.
  3. Next click on “Folder and Search Options”
  4. Click View
  5. In the advanced settings, un-check the option that says “Show Drive Letters.”
  6. Restart Windows Explorer, and the letters are gone!

 —Quick-launch applications—

FeeddemonshortcutThis tends to be a popular one, so if you already know it skip this part. If not, I think you’ll like it, read on:

You can create your own keyboard shortcuts for applications very easily. I use this for the applications that I use the most like Microsoft Word, Firefox, and FeedDemon. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Find the application that you’d like to create a keyboard shortcut for in the Start Menu.
  2. Right-click on the application in the start menu.
  3. Choose “properties”
  4. In the properties window, look for the field that says “shortcut key” and enter in the combination of keys that you’d like to open up the application.

For example, to launch FeedDemon I use the key combination of Ctrl + Shift + F. It’s a great time-saver, and a smart idea to create keyboard shortcuts for the applications that you use most.  Just use a combination that will be easy to remember, otherwise it defeats the purpose.

—Want Vista to remember window sizes?—

Sometimes Windows Vista doesn’t remember the size that you have previously set a window to be.  For example, have you ever changed the size of your Firefox Window (or other web browser) so that it’s just how you like it, then close the window and re-open it only to find that the window has been re-set?

Another easy fix. All you have to do is re-size the window to your liking, then hold down the Ctrl key, and close the window. Now Vista will remember your window size so that the next time you open it up, it will be exactly the way you left it the last time.

—Create up to two additional clocks—

This tip is great for business travelers who frequently travel time zones different from where they live, or for those who  have family in another time zone. They’ll never have to think about what the difference in time is again.  Windows Vista has a built-in feature that will allow you to create two additional clocks. The additional clocks are viewable by clicking on your local time or hovering over the clock in the taskbar clock.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Right click on the time in your taskbar and select “Adjust Date/Time”
  2. Click on the “additional clocks” tab at the top of the window.
  3. From there, set-up the additional clocks and select a time zone for each.

For my example, I added one clock which shows me the time in Morocco, and another that shows me the time in London. When I hover my mouse over my local time, it will display the two additional times that I set-up.

If you hover over the time, it will look like this:


If you click on your local time in the taskbar, it will look like this:



Hopefully at least one of the tips mentioned today will be useful for you.  If you have a tip that you think would be useful to others, let us know!

Source: Some of the tips mentioned today came from