Sunday, April 6, 2008

Quick tips for windows users

As I transition away from Windows, this post should get filed under "better write this down before I forget it."

Here are a few Windows productivity tips:
  1. Speeding up the Start Menu - as you install more application, the size of the Start Menu grows. No matter how much RAM you've installed, the menu still opens at the same slow speed. Unless .... Click Start, select Run, and type regedit. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. Double click on MenuShowDelay in the right hand pane. Change the value from 400 (slow) to 10 (fast). Reboot your machine and enjoy your faster Start Menu.
  2. Alt+Print Screen - Grab a screen shot of just the active window and save yourself some time by not having to trim out unwanted areas in Photoshop.
  3. Ditto - Ditto is an open-source extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to specify what gets saved, text, images or html. Download it here.
Enjoy.

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