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5 Windows Tips You Probably Don’t Know About

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Windows is ubiquitous, but there are quite a number of features that are quite unknown to a majority of users. Here are some of them. They’re pretty unpopular, and if you find anything new here, do share the article on Twitter or Facebook!

1. Double click the top-left corner to close a window

Double click left window corner to close a window

The Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut closes the active window. Some of you might right click on the window title to do the accomplish the same thing, but you can use this super cool trick to get rid of a window quickly: just double click on the top-left corner of any window and it’ll close itself. Thanks Mayur!

2. Ctrl+C to copy error messages


If you ever encounter a dialog box with an error message in Windows, you probably do a Google search for the error message by typing it in manually. This is cumbersome and you might miss some important information while retyping the message.

The next time you do this, just hit Ctrl+C when the dialog box is in focus. This copies the text in the dialog box to your Windows clipboard. You can then paste it in the Google Search box, or a forum post pretty easily.

3. Shift+Click for No To All

If you’re still using Windows XP for some reason, make sure you know this. If you get a file copy dialog like the one above, you might probably be wondering why they totally forgot about a ‘No to all’ button. Don’t worry though. Holding Shift while clicking on the No button is the equivalent of ‘No to all’, as Amit assures.

4. See which programs are occupying a lot of space

Sort applications by size in Windows Uninstaller

Checking out apps that are occupying the most space in Android is a piece of cake. A similar option is available in Windows, but it’s overlooked. All you need to do is right click some empty space in the ‘Add or remove programs’ window and choose Sorty by > Size.

You can quickly check the biggest disk space hogs by using this window, instead of using a third-party disk space analyzer app. In addition, you can also sort programs by the date they were installed on. Just right click and choose Sort by > Installed on.

Related: Check out how you can free up space in your primary C:\ partition.

5. Ctrl+Shift+N For New Folder

Previously mentioned Ctrl+Shift+N shortcut can be used to create a new folder anywhere in Windows Explorer. This shortcut works in Windows 7 without a hitch. You needn’t necessarily fiddle with the menu bar or the right click menu to create a new directory. To get the same feature in Windows XP, install bxNewFolder.


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July 10th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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  • Loved the fourth tip. It’ll help me determine which program to sacrifice if I have to remove something. 

  • Yep, especially if the C: partition has low disk space. Just discovered it a few days ago 🙂

  • Yep, especially if the C: partition has low disk space. Just discovered it a few days ago 🙂

  • PBRU

    I also like the fourth tip very much as for the third tip however I do have an alternative which is not only working for error messages but any text. After having installed clickto you just highlight the text you want to search (in this special case the error message) and press CTRL+C to make a row of icons appear, by clicking the google icon a google search is launched automatically. I really like this simple principle as well as the fact that there are quite a lof of other programs available. The site is

  • Glary utilities Disk Analysis is better try it out

  • dickhead

    any moron who has used windows more than a few times would know this stuff. this is a complete waste of space.

  • Hmmm… i’m not much impressed.
    There are also more operating systems than Windows on the market, see

  • Thiago

    Not a waste of space, I have been developing software for 8 years…

    ASM Reversing, C++, C#, SQL, PHP, and more.

    I have tried several OS’s including Linux(favorite), Unix, freebsd etc etc…


    WOW. I still haven’t tried it, but I will when I get an error message. 😀

    2. Ctrl+C to copy error messages