Someone just showed me an amazingly cool trick with Windows 7 that's going to save me a whole bunch of time (and frustration) in the days, weeks, months, and years to come...
Someone just showed me an amazingly cool trick with Windows 7 that’s going to save me a whole bunch of time (and frustration) in the days, weeks, months, and years to come...
I was just chatting to my chum Nick in my office. He had heard the news about the size of my... wait for it, wait for it... new 28-inch monitor and he had come to feast his eyes on the little scamp.
We ended up chatting about the fact that I would ideally like two or even three of these monitors to form a huge desktop so that I could have lots of documents and images visible at the same time, but as far as I know there’s no way to do this with my Sony VAIO notebook computer (unless you know different).
While we were talking about this-and-that, I happened to be messing around trying to align two Word documents side-by-side. I’m sure you’ve done the same thing yourself. You start with the first document by clicking the Restore Down button as it’s now called (the one just to the left of the red ‘X’ button in the upper right-hand corner of the window.
Next, you mess around dragging the various corners of the Word document until it occupies about half of the screen. Then you repeat the process with your second Word document (or some other application). I do this sort of thing a lot. It isn’t difficult – it takes only a few seconds – but there is invariably a bit of messing around tweaking the dimensions of the two windows trying to get everything “just right.”
But WAIT! Instead of dragging the various corners of the Word window around, Nick showed me this really cool trick. All you do is use your mouse to grab the title bar of the window (move the mouse cursor over the title bar then press-and-hold the left mouse button) and drag the window to the right-hand side of the screen. As soon as the mouse cursor “hits” the side of the screen, the Word window automatically adjusts itself to fill the right-hand side of the display.
Similarly, if you drag an application window to the left, as soon as the mouse cursor “hits” the side of the screen, the window automatically adjusts itself to fill the left-hand side of the display.
How cool! This is so simple yet so useful. It’s also made me realize that it really doesn’t take much to make me happy, because I’m grinning from ear-to-ear as I pen these words :-)
Having said all of this, there is still something that is puzzling me with regard to Windows 7. You know that when you open a folder you can display its contents as Icons (small, medium, large, etc.), as a List, as a Detailed view, as Tiles, and so forth.
My problem is that if I make a change in one folder, that change seems to apply to every folder I subsequently access. What I want to be able to do is to make all of my folders display the Details view by default, but to be able to set selected folders to always display in icons.
There has to be some way to do this, because the Pictures folder (and its daughter folders) always opens up displaying icons, no matter what your other folders are set to … so how do I do this to other folders containing images that aren’t located under the Pictures folder?