I think most people at some time or other have worked with windows or are still working with windows. So most people know quite a few of the shortcuts available.

I came across one today which I didn't know about. Quite often I have a need to have several programs running but need them tiled vertically or horizontally. I used to drag and resize with my mouse until they were tiled. Well, there is a faster way.

Press ctrl, select in the task bar with your left mouse button the programs you want tiled, then right click on them and select your desired option.

Thats it. Is pretty handy.

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Dylan says:

Whoa. That's awesome. I never knew you could ctrl-click taskbar buttons and work with them as a group. I usually just minimized the apps I didn't want to be tiled and then right-clicked the whitespace in the taskbar and chose how I wanted them tiled. This is much easier.

Wirehead says:

I think half the reason people hate Windows is that 99% of the useful features are UTTERLY undocumented. I hardly even bother to look for them anymore, because the only way you can find them is if you already know that there IS a neat shortcut that does something you want - and you almost certainly already know what the shortcut is if you are capable of finding it in the MSKB.

Why is it that, of all things, Windows is the piece of software that comes with a four-page manual that consists entirely of large, shiny pictures? What happened to, you know, maybe a FEATURE LIST? Why should I have to go spend $75 on a goddamn 3rd party book at Barnes & Noble or something to find out about stuff that I should have been informed of when I bought the product to begin with?

If I bought a car, and Ford didn't include anything other than instructions on fueling the car and then starting the engine, I would be fairly dissatisfied. I don't see why software (particularly OS software! The one piece of software that you are absolutely, completely certain to be interacting with 100% of the time you're using the computer!) should be treated any different.


Cool tip, though.

DataBind() says:

That's a great tip, thx!

Wirehead -- the Windows documentation is included inside Windows -- it is not printed. It is accessible via the "Help and Support" link in the start menu.

There is even a topic dedicated to "Windows Keyboard Shortcuts" ;)

lyrical warfare says:


lyrical warfare says:

I think half the reason people hate Windows is that 99% of the useful features are UTTERLY undocumented.

My girlfriend put it best - "Why do you have to go to "Start" to shut down?"

bob says:

This is why I like Apple more than Microsoft. OS X comes with a 32 page manual. That makes it 8X more useful than Windows. Switch all ye sinners and bow down before Teh Steve!tm

rnewhouse says:

I like having the manual IN the product. I have a dozen other products on my computer with printed manuals, which I have cleverly stashed somewhere in my office, but I can't find them because they are all under or behind or mixed in with all the other documentation of my technology and my life.

At least with Windows I can, without even getting off my chair, click Help and usually type a question in more-or-less English and have the computer look up all the related topics for me.

Probably having the embedded rather than a printed manual brings down product cost. Even in huge bulk, a manual that size would be incredibly expensive to print, and would be out-of-date as soon as there was some update to the product.

For me the major difficulty in finding stuff is that there is SO MUCH that I often don't discover it until I really really need to do some specific thing, or somebody tells me "hey, did you know you can do..."

I like the tiling shortcut. Thanks.

bob says:

When I see a person who is good at computers, I make it a point to always see how he does things. Often times I'll pick up a shortcut or better workflow point.

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