Windows 7 added some nice features that help you to arrange windows on screen. But I find that WindowSpace does an even better job. Even though I usually work with dual monitors, I find myself needing to put windows side by side, top and bottom or maximize them vertically. By dragging a window or resizing a window to any edges of the screen WindowSpace accomplishes all of these tasks. But it gets better. If you want to snap windows to one another, even while resizing them, just get them close and window space takes care of the rest. The final feature that I find comes in handy from time to time is being able to make any window always on top. Typically I do this with either calculator or notepad. All you need to do is click the icon in to corner of the program, then use the new WindowSpace menu to make the program always on top.
The mail application built into Windows Moblie includes several shortcuts to make managing email easier. To use them simply hold down the corresponding number for about 1 second.
- 0 – List Shortcuts
- 1 – Replay All
- 2 – Reply
- 3 – Mark Read/Unread
- 4 – Flag
- 5 – Move
- 6 – Forward
- 7 – Delete
- 8 – Download
- 9 – Send/Receive
You can also search the message list by typing your search right at the message list. It will update the message list immediately with messages that match your search and highlight the matching term in the message.
I still do a lot of my coding by hand, so every now and then I need to do a global search and replace across several files. Notepad++ (see this post) has this feature built in. Simply open all the files needing the search and replace in Notepad++ (drag and drop works nicely for this) then press Ctrl+H to bring up the replace dialog. Fill in the find and replace text boxes and then click replace all in open documents. There’s a similar function on the find tab in the same dialog box that will find every instance of whatever you’d like in all of your open files. Then it will list them all with the surrounding text in the same dialog box. Just click on any one of them to jump right to it.
While you’ve got Notepad++ open. Press Ctrl+G to bring up the go to dialog box. You can jump directly to any line number from here. This is nice when debugging code and you get an error on line xyz. Make sure to read the dialog carefully, the guys who made Notepad++ seem to have a sense of humor.
Got a lot of favorites? You can get to any one of them easily by typing the name of it in the address bar of Internet Explorer. You can make it even quicker by naming your favorites with only one or two letters. I use “W” to jump to a weather forecast.
Ever need to open something in Notepad really quickly? You can add a “Send to Notepad” to the right click menu for any file type by changing the following registry keys:
Set default to “Send to Note&pad” (without the quotes)
Set default to “notepad.exe %1” (without the quotes)