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Cool things discovered in Windows 7 (6801)

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tN0    0

Hi, I just want to share those little things that really make a difference in Windows 7 or at least are very useful. The love to detail has made the new Office 2007 UI so successful and now we can see how this really helps Windows.

- One of the most useful features is the new Content View in Explorer. It is some kind of a list with large icons with as much properties as available:

- As you can see in the above screenshot there is now a tool tip while you are scrolling showing where you are (depending on how the view is sorted it shows the name, tag, date and so on)

- While you are typing in to move the cursor to the first item that starts with the letters you are typing in, the column header changes and shows now what you are typing so that you can correct your input:

- The Gadgets on the desktop now can be arranged on all 4 edges. The borders of the screen are some kind of magnetic. The really cool thing about this is, that if the display resolution changed (maybe because of a display driver installation or a full screen game) the gadgets will stay on the right places! :)

- As you may have seen, it is possible to switch a window to full screen by dragging it to the top and arrange it on one of a half screen by dragging it to the edges on the side. This is really a big thing! If you get used to it this really can't be underestimated! But there is more: Dragging or double clicking the top or bottom border of a window to the edge will scale it to the full hight of the screen. This is also some kind of a new full screen mode, double clicking the title bar will bring back the previous size:

- The new Media Player 12 is extremely fast and played every video I have tried. On Vista I needed to install a Codec pack and even then a lot of videos only worked with VLC player. The most usefull thing here is the new Now Playing state of the player. It opens almost instantly (!). While in full screen mode there is now a close button in the top right corner that really closes the player not only the full screen view.

- Win + "+" starts the new magnifier. If you click the magnifier icon, you can also invert all color.

Have you found more cool things?

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Roger H.    773
we need aeropeek now :(

Just hold your horses lil one. You shall get what you seek soon enough.

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3 of 7    0

This looks new, I wonder if there's any advantage over the tools on your install disk?

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Y2Stu    12
Can't believe I forgot this:

- In the volume mixer, you can see the noise each individual application is making, not just the total noise coming out the speakers.

eg. You could see if it was windows media player or winamp making noise just by looking at the volume mixer.

thats in vista aswell

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Soldiers33    136

cool. wen is the new build 6933 goin to be available? i want to play with the new taskbar

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rainchild    0
well I just tried the Win+D and it does the same thing as Win+M as far as I can tell, all windows minimized and desktop is show, must be an ID10T error on my end :)

windows + M minimize all windows but can not bring them back up.

Windows + D will minimize and restore the windows.

I prefer Win + D

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SMELTN    142

and hopefully the problem with it getting corrupt :)

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Kirkburn    172
I think they should mark or highlight the native resolution for the LCD monitor as recommended.

Wouldn't that just be the biggest number in the list... ?

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Ambroos    803

Same drivers should work, but i've noticed this isn't the case at this moment. Also, many of the older default drivers, like legacy printers, have been removed.

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azz0r_wugg    1

Have all the pop out options (display options) been put into Explorer now?

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3 of 7    0
Why not just type "reso" into the Start menu and press Enter? ;)

Doesn't find it for me.

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Angel Blue01    8
Here's something I like. You can have the Solution Center ( formerly Security Center ) monitor things individually instead of simply turning the messages all on or off like in Vista.( really dumb idea )

You can do that in Vista, even XP, set them to "I'll monitor myself"

Windows 2k was by far the best upgrade from a previous version (at least of those listed) and set the groundwork for everything XP was to be (which, while good, was not that big a leap from 2k).

Exactly, that's why I've always liked 2000 more than XP, but I love Vista. If you're going to change make it at least a little big. 7 looks like 98 SE was to 95 (nice but not big)

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Quillz    923
I also found this to be a problem. Even zoomed in at 400% the font is completely fubar'ed, regardless of ClearType settings.

I can now confirm it's just some odd rendering glitch in Windows 7 as the font prints out perfect. It just displays oddly on the screen. I'm sure this is something that will be fixed by the next major release.

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sharp65    0
cool. wen is the new build 6933 goin to be available? i want to play with the new taskbar

We most likely won't see the new taskbar until the public beta very late this year or early next year unless someone internally leaks the build. I'm kind of hoping it's the latter though :)

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+Ely    202

That's all real cool, I think Microsoft is gonna get the "WOW" they have been looking for this time, can't wait.

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Calum    815
He asked for a screenshot of it so I took one, I've had powershell installed on vista for a long time.

I didn't know PowerShell was in Vista, so that screenshot was really helpful. Thank you :)

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Berserk87    49
hmm anyone know of any good sites/forums that are discussing drivers/hardware issues with win7?

your on it.

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+Brandon Live    232
I hope with WMP toolbar will be making a comeback.

Why?

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SuperKid    88

Nice! Looks very good and can't wait is this hoping to be released by next year or by end of this year or something? if so i will definaltly buy Win 7!

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magik    25

The new rich Command Prompt is freaking brilliant. I hope Linux evolves to use something like this in the future! (Y)

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Calum    815
Other cool things to try:

Win+Left and Win+Right hotkeys will snap a window to the screen edge.

Pressing Win+Right when a window is snapped to the right will move it to the next monitor in a multimon setup.

I think Win+Shift+Right will jump any window to the next monitor, etc.

Win+Up will maximize and Win+Down will restore.

Alt+P will show/hide the preview pane in Explorer.

It's good to see them finally making more use of the "Windows" keyboard key - this just keeps getting better & better...

Does anybody have a screenshot of PowerShell please?

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Denis W.    725

You're probably right. I fired up some 3D apps that used to kill the DWM. I noticed that... oddly enough, the screen didn't flicker. Looks like Windows 7 can finally handle 3D games without having to disable the DWM! Although if the game starts in a different resolution than your desktop's resolution, the DWM does go down along with window thumbnails.

Can anyone confirm? (test with that option on please)

edit: That option doesn't have an effect at the moment. Either way, the DWM doesn't go down. Is this something Nvidia implemented in their driver set, or Microsoft figured out a solution?

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Examinus    5
Unfortunately I'm not sure a seek bar is possible with the current taskbar APIs (which basically just let you add buttons). But I'll pass this bit of feedback along to the appropriate teams (both taskbar and WMP).

That's brilliant - thanks!

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bornslippy    0
thats in vista also btw

I've never seen it in the Advanced Boot Menu in Vista. I've always had to boot the install disk to get the repair menu.

If you know how to get it in the advanced boot menu on vista please let me know how.

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-Hiroshi-    0
Hidden partition is 200 MB and holds anything and everything relating to the boot loader. This is kinda nice because it reduces the risk of some idiot deleting their boot loader then blaming MS.

Oh nice.

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Denis W.    725
Google chrome seems that is not working?! anyone can confirm that?

Posting from Google Chrome in Windows 7...

it works. :)

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