Run command optimized

In Windows 7 the run command is integrated with the search option. However, if you’ve disabled the search option in the Start Menu there are other ways to access it more efficiently.

1. The traditional shortcut to Run is still available in the Programs->Accessories->Run. You can go to that location and copy it to the start menu. Now you can click Start->Run and enter your command.

2. An efficient option that I use is the Hot Key (<Windows>+ R) to launch the Run Command window.

3. You can further optimize your productivity by adding the Address Bar to your Taskbar if you don’t prefer Hot Keys.

You can do this by:

  1. Right-clicking the task bar
  2. Go to Toolbar->Address
  3. Ensure that it is checked. If not, check it.
  4. You will then see an address bar like the one in Internet Explorer on your Taskbar.

This option is a good substitute for the Run Command, Internet explorer address bar as well as the Windows Explorer address bar. You can even use <Ctrl>+Enter to automatically complete the extension for websites. Eg: Enter Bing and press +Enter to launch your default browser with http://www.bing.com

Show Windows Live Messenger Icon in Tray on Windows 7

Problem:

Windows Live Messenger on Windows 7 shows up in the Taskbar when you close or minimize the window. Here is a solution to show it in the System Tray instead.

Solution:

  1. Go to the Windows Live Messenger shortcut (on your desktop or start menu) and right-click and show properties
  2. Click on the Compatibility tab and select the option to run it in Windows Vista compatibility mode.
  3. If the icon is hidden in the system tray, you need to customize the Icons to show Windows Live Messenger

Speed up the Start Menu

Problem:

Most people use the start menu to navigate through various functions and applications in the system. However, the menu item’s are displayed with a delay of 400ms usually. You can reduce this delay. It is one of the simplest tweaks you can make to improve your experience in Windows.

Solution:

In the Registry Editor:

1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop

2. Add a string value named MenuShowDelay if it doesn’t exist

3. Set it’s value with a smaller number (usually I would set it to 0), with a value specifying the number of miliseconds (400 is default, smaller numbers are faster).

4. Restart your machine

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