The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets

Date January 15, 2009

It’s great to see Windows 7 Beta finally released to the world! We’re very proud of what has been accomplished over the last months; in many ways, it sets a new quality bar for a beta operating system release. Building on top of the Windows Vista foundation, Windows 7 adds a great deal of polish and refinement to both the user interface and the underlying architecture, while at the same time introducing many new features and improvements that support new hardware, give power users and casual users alike better tools to manage their digital lives, and enable new classes of application experience.

Over future blog entries, I’ll spend time drilling into some of those areas in more detail; of course, there are plenty of articles already out there that dissect Windows 7 in some depth, with the Windows SuperSite and Ars Technica providing notably comprehensive entries. I’d also like to draw particular attention to the series of Windows 7 interviews that Yochay Kiriaty has been posting on Channel 9, which give the inside scoop on the development of many of the most significant new features.

For now, though, I want to focus in on some of “secrets” of Windows 7: the many little tweaks and enhancements that we’ve made in this release that I’ve discovered and collated over the last few months of using Windows 7 across my home and work machines. These are the things that are too small to appear in any marketing document as “features”, but that you quickly miss when you switch to an older version of Windows. There are some who think that we’re arbitrarily hiding functionality to make Windows easy for casual users, but I’d argue that a great deal of effort has been put into this release to satisfy power users. In homage to those of us who enjoy discovering the nooks and crannies of a new operating system list, I’ve put together the longest blog post that I’ve ever written. If you’ve downloaded and installed Windows 7 Beta recently, I think you’ll enjoy this list of my thirty favorite secrets. Have fun!

  1. Windows Management
  2. Display Projection
  3. Cut Out The Clutter
  4. Multi-Monitor Windows Management
  5. Command Junkies Only
  6. It’s a Global Village
  7. The Black Box Recorder
  8. The Font of All Knowledge
  9. Gabriola
  10. Who Stole My Browser?
  11. Rearranging the Furniture
  12. Installing from a USB Memory Stick
  13. I Want My Quick Launch Toolbar Back!
  14. It’s a Drag
  15. Standards Support
  16. Windows Vista-Style Taskbar
  17. Peeking at the Desktop
  18. Running with Elevated Rights
  19. One More of the Same, Please
  20. Specialized Windows Switching
  21. Walking Through the Taskbar
  22. The Widescreen Tip
  23. Pin Your Favorite Folders
  24. Starting Explorer from “My Computer”
  25. ClearType Text Tuning and Display Color Calibration
  26. ISO Burning
  27. Windows Movie Maker
  28. Hiding the Windows Live Messenger Icon
  29. Enjoy The Fish
  30. When All Else Fails…

This is really a great read. Find more in detail here: MSDN

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