Windows Vista Tips & Tricks

Windows Vista Shortcuts

With Windows Vista those of you running Aero Glass also have the so-called 3D "Flip Windows". Those of you who've used MACs before will chortle, but this is new in Windows. So here are some Windows Vista only "Keyboard Shortcuts". Some of these tips require you to be running Aero Glass which may not be available in your version of Windows Vista (Vista Basic does not have Aero Glass and some graphics cards do not support Aero Glass).

- Windows logo key +TAB  Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

- CTRL+Windows logo key +TAB  Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

- Ctrl+Shift+Esc -> Task Manager

- Ctrl+Shift+Enter -> Run an executable with elevated privileges

- Windows logo key+1-0 -> Launch the shortcuts on the Quick Launch toolbar

- Windows logo key+T -> Cycle through programs on the taskbar


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Optimizing Wireless Connections - Windows Vista

One of the first annoyances we noticed about Windows Vista are the default power settings for wireless adapters. If you use a wireless connection you might notice that if you leave your computer for a few minutes and return, you Internet connection has changed from "Local and Internet" to "Local" or "Limited connectivity".  If this plagues your computer try this tip:

Click the Windows Logo Button (formerly known as "the Start Button), then click Control Panel,  System and Maintenance, Power Options. Most of you will find your default to be "Balanced". Click change plan settings, then click on Advanced power settings, and find Wireless Adapter Settings in the list:

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The default setting for the default "Balanced Power Plan" is "Maximum Power Saving". Select "Maximum Performance" from the list, click "Apply" then "OK". You may have to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect. After you've changed to "Maximum Performance" you should notice that your wireless adapter is being powered-down by Windows and your connection to the Internet should not be interrupted just because you went and had a couple of cups of coffee :)


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