go-green-pc | Windows 7
At Go Green PC we are constantly looking at and testing new technologies to improve our low energy green computers. All our green computer systems have been tested with the latest version of Windows called 'Windows 7'
To help you get to grips with the operating system we have compiled some information explaining some of the best new features that can be found in Windows 7.
Task Bar - The all new taskbar groups applications that are open and those that aren't into one area. The applications that are running have a glossy look to them while the closed application are dull and non-glossy. (see below)
When you hold your cursor over the icon of an open program in the taskbar, a live preview thumbnail will pop up (see left) for every window it has open. When you hover over a thumbnail, it brings that window to the front, and makes everything else transparent.
Pinning - In Windows 7 the Quick Launch toolbar has been removed and instead you can now 'Pin' an application to the taskbar. To pin an application simply right click on the running application and select 'pin this program to taskbar' It will now have a permanent place on the taskbar and will have a glossy look to it while running.
- Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see the desktop.
- Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.
- Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it's maximized.
- Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.
- Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.
- Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display.
- Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out.
- Shift+Click a taskbar item: Open a new instance of that application.
- Win+TAB: Switch active windows.
- Win+(number keys 1-5) Launch the first 5 programs on your taskbar.
- Win+X: Launch windows mobility centre for laptops.
- Win+G: Bring desktop gadgets to the top.
- If you mouse over the small button on the right edge of the taskbar, every window will become see-through, for a quick peek at your desktop or gadgets.
When you highlight the thumbnail preview of an application window, it makes every other open window transparent, so you get a clear view of the window you're looking at.
Aero Shake - Simply grab whatever window you want to be the only one you see, and shake it. Everything else will be instantly minimised. Shake the window again to restore the windows.
- To maximise any window or application, just grab the window and drag it to the top of the screen. To un-maximise, just grab the top of window and pull down and it will instantly go back to its original size.
Drag a window to the far left or right of your screen, and when your cursor touches the edge you will see a quick animation and it will make that window take up exactly half of your screen.
- In Windows 7 every application can now have its own little menu called a Jump List. Each application has a place for categorized destinations and tasks that are specific to that application.
The jump lists can be accessed by right clicking on an application that is on the taskbar or by clicking on the little arrow that appears next to the application on the start menu.
As jump lists are a new addition to Windows 7 this function will become more useful as new apps are released that build functions into the jump lists.
An example jump list from Microsoft Word can be seen on the right.
Preview Pane - With the preview pane you can now preview an image of whatever file you have got selected, including pictures, movies and even office documents. The preview pane existed in Windows Vista but it was rather difficult to find. Now you can simply click the little button at the top right of the window to switch the preview on or off.
Virtual XP Mode
- The virtual Windows XP Mode will, let you keep on running your existing applications on a brand-new Windows 7 machine, even if the applications themselves don't yet run natively on Windows 7.
Virtual XP mode will only run on Windows 7 Professional or higher and requires that your PC supports hardware virtualisation on your CPU, either AMD Virtualisation (AMD-V) or Intel Virtualisation Technology (Intel-VT)