Have you ever wondered how to pin a file folder to your Windows taskbar? Or, how to access the secret “Send To” menu? There are a few hidden Windows tips, tricks and keyboard shortcuts that will make your workflow smoother and quicker, without a whole lot of effort on your part. We’ve highlighted a few of the most useful tricks in the gallery above. The majority of the tricks apply to Windows 7, with the few exceptions noted on specific slides. What’s your favorite Windows secret? Let us know in the comments section below. 1. Select and Focus Taskbar Applications To select and focus applications in the taskbar, hold down the Windows key, press T, and use the arrow keys or type T repeatedly. This lets you scroll through the pinned applications without ever touching your mouse. 2. Copy, Paste or Undo a File Move Most people know that the key commands Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V and Ctrl+Z are handy for copying, pasting and deleting text, but did you know that you can use these commands for files as well? 3. Tile Windows 

With Windows 7 came Aero Snap, or the ability to maximize a window by dragging it to the side of the screen. But what if you want to easily tile your windows?

4. Open an Application

To start an appiction that is pinned to the taskbar, hold the Windows key and press the number that corresponds with its location (Win+number from one to nine). 5. Manage Your Applications To open a new window of the same application (for example, to open a new Chrome window or a second Desktop folder), hold the Shift key, the Window key and then a number from one to nine. If you want to page through the open windows, press Control, Window, and a number, from one to nine. 6. Pin item on Taskbar
By default, Windows 7 only lets you pin applications to the taskbar. But if you want to pin a different item like a file or folder, follow these easy steps. 1) Drag and drop the file onto your desktop 2) Right click > New > Shortcut 3) Type in: explorer “C:shortcutsFavorites – ShortcutName.lnk” 4) Name the shortcut 5) The Shortcut will now appear as a folder, which you can right click to pin to the taskbar 7. Open a Command Prompt To access the open a command option, hold down the Shift key and right-click a folder. This tip only works for Windows 7 or Vista. To do this on Windows XP, you must use a registry hack. 8. Access the Secret “Send to” menu Did you know that there is a secret “Send To” menu that you can access with the Shift key? Hold down Shift, right-click the folder and select the “Send To” menu. This lets you access a whole new set of file locations, so you can quickly re-locate a folder without the hassle. 9. Modify the Default “Send to” Menu If you want to change he options that appear in your default “Send To menu,” type “shell:sendto” into the location bar of a folder. You can then drag and drop new folder locations to the Send To folder. 10. Open any file or webpage The Run Command is an easy way to open any file, application or website. Use the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog box. From here, type in the name of any application and hit Enter. You can also enter a URL directly into this field to open up any webpage. 11. Create a Zip Folder A Zip folder is the quickest way to transport a large selection of files. To create a zip folder, right click a regular file folder and select the “Send To” option. The “Compressed (zipped) Folder” option will compress your folder and make it easier to upload the files in one fell swoop.

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