The Windows operating system has come a long way thanks to Microsoft. Some versions had more problems than others, but any issues that surfaced were immediately addressed and corrected. There are many techniques and features you can use with whatever version of Windows you have that will make using your computer easier and more efficient.

It’s easy to click on the icon to minimize or maximize your view, but what is an easy way to get a full-screen view? You will love the full-screen view when you are looking at one of your pictures or a video because the detail will be more precise What’s the difference between maximized and full-screen?

With full-screen you don’t see the text bar at the bottom or the header at the top of the screen. If you open your picture or video with Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer, and then hit the F11 key in the top row of keys on your keyboard, you will switch to full-screen view. If you press the Escape Key (ESC), it will take you out of full screen and back to wherever you were.

You can easily change themes in the Control Panel under Appearance and Personalization from an Aero theme to a Basic theme. Of course, if you’re really attached to the Aero theme, you should keep it, but this is something worth considering if you want to speed up Windows.

Just about everyone who owns a notebook or laptop PC wishes their battery would stay charged longer. Windows allows you to run an Energy Report which gives you information on how to make your battery charge last longer. It’s not hard to generate this Energy Report. Open the Start menu and type CMD in the search box; right click on the command prompt that appears at the top and select ‘Run as Administrator.’ The next screen with be a familiar DOS screen. Then you have to type in “powercfg -energy.” Makes sure to leave the space as shown. You will them get a report that will give you ways to save energy so you battery charge lasts longer. It will also tell you if there are upgrades or drivers you may need to make your computer more efficient. Follow what this Energy Report suggests and your battery charge should last longer.

There are endless possibilities built into Windows far beyond the simple commands that most folks learn to use with ease. Remember that Windows is designed to be user-friendly, so even people with no computer experience can easily learn to navigate their way around their computer and the web. Most people become at ease with the basic uses of Windows, and it only stands to reason that they are then ready to add some of the tips we’ve talked about here into their routine.

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