Random Tekzilla Tips part 2

Here are a few more Tekzilla tips:

  • Streamline Windows : Right click My Computer / Choose Properties / Click on Advanced System Settings / Click on Performance Settings button / On Visual Effects tab, choose Adjust for Best Performance
  • Launch apps using the keyboard : Each item in the Quick Launch toolbar is implicitly numbered. Windows-1 will launch the 1st application shown in the Quick Launch toolbar. Windows-0 seems to be the 10th application. I guess it doesn’t work beyond 10.
  • Firefox in high definition : In Firefox, type about:config, go down to gfx.color_management.enabled and double click on it to set it to true.
  • Additional items on context menu : Shift-right click on any folder or file to get 2 or 3 more extra options on the context menu (a.k.a. right click menu)
  • Add Send To options : The Tekzilla Daily tip referred to Windows XP. I had to search around for comparable instructions for Vista. Make sure Vista is set to show hidden files. It’s somewhere in Control Panel / Appearance and Personalization. Then open a folder like: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo and just add shortcuts into that folder. %APPDATA% is something like C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\

Random Tekzilla Tips part 1

I’ve been accumulating Tekzilla Daily video podcasts and I wanted to retain some of the helpful tidbits somewhere without having to clog my iPod with video files. So, I’m just going to start a running list of tips and tricks here to keep them handy.

  • Tab Mix Plus : Firefox add-on recommended by many, many FF users. Now compatible with FF3.
  • Jump to the Address Bar in the browser : Press ALT-D to jump to the Address Bar in the web browser.
  • Run button in Vista : Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties. Go to Start Menu tab. Click Customize. Place checkmark next to Run command. Numerous other items can be added or removed here.
  • Preview all IE tabs as thumbnails : With multiple tabs open in IE, press CTRL-Q to preview the tabs as thumbnails (like Opera, Chrome).
  • Move ‘up’ a folder in Windows Explorer : Press ALT-UP to go up a level from the current folder.