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Windows 8 is not for everyone. Should you upgrade, or should you stick with Windows 7? Here are 10 reasons to stay with 7, 10 reasons to take the leap to 8.

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Everything’s strength is its ability to find any file on your computer.

Although search in Windows 7 is pretty good, it’s geared towards finding documents. So if you’re searching for a program file or a library file (.dll) or some other non-document file, it’s not much help. Windows Search also searches file contents as well as filenames, which is useful but slow. To find any file fast, try Everything.

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Right-click within a dialog box to gain access to a variety of file management tasks

One of less than obvious tools Windows offers is the right-click menu within file dialog boxes. Give it a try: open an application and then press Ctrl-O or click the Open icon to display the Open dialog box. Right-click any of the files or folders displayed in that dialog and you’ll see a context menu pop open.

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No need to click the Save icon – use the Ctrl-S keyboard shortcut instead

I was sitting around a fire with a bunch of friends on the weekend and one of them was doing some work on her notebook. All of a sudden she cried out – her battery had died and she hadn’t saved her work.

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SP1 installed

Usually, I advise people to wait a while before installing a service pack, just in case the service pack delivers its own set of problems. But SP1 for Windows 7 is unlike any previous service pack in one significant way: it’s almost a non-event.

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Locate a file on your computer

Windows file search is a handy feature, but it doesn’t always get you what you need. Here’s a simple tip to help you uncover a file within its context.

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Windows 7 lets you download your wallpaper from an RSS feed. That means you can get a stream of wallpapers from any photo blog or website with a feed.

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The breadcrumb bar, originally introduced in Vista, has brought an entirely new way of navigating in Windows. It replaces the plodding, sub-folder-based, dig-down method of yore with shortcut jumps.

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Backing up your data is preparation for the blow that will strike. With a recent backup in hand, even a distressing event such as a hard disk failure may prove to be no more than a blip in your routine.

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Using Bulk Rename Utility to change file extensions

It’s easier to change filenames in Vista and Windows 7 than in previous versions of Windows. Unfortunately, the improved file renaming method has one drawback: it makes it harder to change the file extension.

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Make text more readable

Windows 7 includes all sorts of small improvements that will make your computing life more enjoyable. These tips will help you make the most of your desktop working environment.

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With Windows 7, Microsoft has made substantial changes to the way you view and manage files within folders, building upon the dramatic improvements introduced in Vista. Compared to Windows XP, Windows 7’s file management is more powerful, more flexible and far more visually appealing. Find out how to take advantage of these new features.

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There’s no need to squint to view the icons on your desktop, you can resize them on the fly: Click an empty space on the desktop then hold down the Ctrl key and roll your mouse wheel forward to increase the icon size, backwards to decrease the size. This doesn’t change the size of the […]

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To quickly copy all the files in a folder in Windows 7 or Vista: Open the folder. Right-click the breadcrumb bar and select Copy Address. Minimise the open folder, right-click within another folder or on the desktop and choose Paste from the pop-up menu. A copy of the folder and all its contents will be […]

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The Send To option has always been one of Windows’ handiest shortcuts. It lets you copy a file – or a folder full of files – to another folder without having to navigate your way to that destination folder. Send To also lets you quickly upload, email or open a document. To use Send To, […]

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Display the Control Panel in My Computer

The Control Panel centralises access to Windows’ multitudinous settings. From the Control Panel you can adjust and tweak Windows’ appearance, performance, network connections, hardware settings and a whole lot more. While many of the settings in the Control Panel are also accessible in other ways – for instance, you can change the desktop appearance by right-clicking […]

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