Some Useful Computer Tips

Windows ‘God Mode’, improving speed and keyboard shortcuts – there’s a whole range of tips computer users should know about – but most don’t. Here’s a few just for you, hopefully enabling you to get the best experience possible out of your home computer use.

Unless you’re vastly experienced in home computing, it’s highly likely that you’ve all manner of programs running on your machine each time you boot it up – and you’re blissfully unaware of it. Programs like to start themselves up, so that they’re instantly ready when needed and can perform updates and checks via the Internet. However, too many of these can slow your computer down.

You don’t really need a lot of programs running in the background – so, depending on which version of Windows you’re running, go to the Startup folder in System Configuration (enter “msconfig” into your Run… box) and stop programs you’re familiar with from running. Don’t touch anything that you don’t know about, as it could be critical to operating the computer.

Keyboard shortcuts provide easier navigation, and one of the best is ALT + TAB, so you don’t have to go endlessly clicking around to find a program or folder. Try it now and see. To undo something, especially for typing, use CTRL + Z, and for when things go wrong and you want to end a hanging program that just will not stop running, go to CTRL + ALT + DEL and you’ll see the options there.

Web browsing is a major part of the home computing experience, and again there’s an array of shortcuts and tricks you can deploy to make it faster and more enjoyable. Closed a browser tab by mistake and want it back in a flash? No problem – just hit CTRL + ALT + T. Use CTRL + TAB to easily flick through all your open tabs, and get straight to the address bar with ALT + D. If you don’t want anyone to know what you were up to online, instantly launch privacy mode with CTRL + Shift + P in Firefox and CTRL + Shift + N in Chrome.

About that ‘God Mode’ – it’s a hidden file whose components can be adjusted to change various elements of the operating system, so it’s probably best to leave it in the hands of the creators!