>When any one started using window, he/she wasted a lot of time in looking for the applications and features. Today I am here going to explain some features for new users or may be these will be new for old users. In the beginning it will be very difficult to remember to use these but after a while you will realize that this all stuff will be useful and technical.

Here you are, some of the best tricks that worked for me so well:

Make your own, customized shortcuts to favorite applications

  1. You can create your own shortcut-key combinations to your most used applications:
    • right-click the application’s icon and select Properties.
    • Go to Shortcut tab
    • click in the Shortcut box
    • enter your own key combination, such as Ctrl+D, in the “Shortcut key” field. If the combination is already assigned, Windows will choose something similar.
  2. You can create a shortcut to writing a new mail message without opening Outlook:
    • right-click anywhere on the desktop free surface
    • choose New -> Shortcut
    • in the Shortcut box type mailto:
    • press Next
    • if you want more speed, you can then assign a shortcut key combination to this item (see point 1)

Use the most common shortcuts for Windows XP

  • Minimize all windows to see the desktop: Windows key + D
  • Open Windows Explorer: Windows key + E
  • Open the Run dialog box: Windows key + R
  • Open the Search dialog box: Windows key + F
  • Open the Utility Manager dialog box: Windows key + U
  • Go to log in accounts panel: Windows key + L

Have your favourite applications at ease
For one-click access to frequently used apps, you can do the following:

  • Right-click the taskbar,
  • Select Toolbars, and check Quick Launch
  • Drag your shortcut icons onto the Quick Launch bar to the right of the Start button
  • To view more of them, click the double chevron for a list, or hover your mouse over the dotted area until it turns into a double-sided arrow and slide it over to the right.

That’s it for now with Windows XP, you can check my other articles, with most useful shortcut keys for Microsoft and Excel.