BREAKING NEWS: More Uncovered Vista Tricks

So here are some interesting goodies – tips and tricks, again, for Vista. These may be heaven sent for some of you! let us know of anything else you may be aware of!

Activating the check boxes feature makes it easier to select multiple files

 Use check boxes to select files

When you want to select multiple files in Windows Explorer, you can hold down the [Ctrl] key as you click on each file. If the files are in consecutive order, you can select the first file, hold down the [Shift] key and select the last file. However, when using either of these techniques, it’s easy to slip up and have to start all over. In Windows Vista, there’s a way to put check boxes next to each file in Windows Explorer. As such, you can select files for regular file management operations just like you would select files in many backup programs.

To enable this feature, launch Windows Explorer, press the [Alt] key to toggle the Menu Bar on, pull down the Tools menu, and select Folder Options. When you see the Folder Options dialog box, select the View tab. Then, under the Advanced Settings scroll down to the bottom of the list and select the Use Check Boxes To Select Items check box. Click OK to complete the operation.

Now, when you hover your mouse pointer over the files in Windows Explorer, a check box will momentarily appear next each file as you move past it. If you select the check box, it will remain next to the file and the file will be selected. You can continue selecting files in this manner until you’ve selected all that you want. You’ll also notice that there is a check box in the Name column header. If you select that particular check box, all the files in that folder will be selected.

Windows Vista contains a little VBScript tool that will provide you with information about your license

Check the license status

As you know, activating your license in Windows Vista is a big deal. If you ever feel the need to check the status of license on your computer, you can of course go to the System screen by pressing [Windows] [Break] and check out the Windows Activation section to see if it is activated properly. However, Microsoft included a little VBScript tool that will provide you a bit more information about your license.

To launch this little VBScript tool, press [Windows] R to access the Run dialog box. Then, type slmgr.vbs -dliin the Open text box and click OK. In a moment, you will see a Windows Script Host dialog box. As you can see, in addition to informing you that your copy of Windows Vista is indeed licensed, it also gives you your edition, tells how you acquired it (Retail or OEM) and even shows you a partial product key. While you can’t tell in this screen shot, it’s only the last five characters in your product key.

You can save yourself a step when opening a Command Prompt by activating the Run As Administrator option.

Create an administrative Command Prompt

If you’re running Windows Vista from within a limited user account, you know that you can use the Run As Administrator command to open an administrative Command Prompt. To do so, you right-click on the Command Prompt shortcut and select the Run As Administrator command. You then see the UAC dialog box, which prompts you to type in the Administrator password. While this is a simple enough operation to carry out, you can shorten it by one step.

Right-click on the Command Prompt Shortcut and select the Properties command. When you see the Properties dialog box, click the Advanced button, When you see the Advanced Properties dialog box, select the Run As Administrator check box. Then, click OK twice, once to close each dialog box.

Now, when you click the Command Prompt shortcut, you’ll immediately see the UAC dialog box which prompts you to type in the Administrator password.

You’ll need to enter you password twice in order to complete the operation

You’ll then see the Automatically Log On dialog box, and will be prompted to type your password twice. To continue, click OK and restart your system. When Windows Vista boots up, it will automatically log you in to your account.

From this hidden User Accounts dialog box, you can enable an auto logon in Windows Vista

Enable an auto logon in Windows Vista

As you know, one of the many areas in which there are vast improvements in Windows Vista is security. Even so, if you’re the only one who has access to your computer in your home, having to log on each time you turn on the computer, may seem like overkill. Fortunately, you can configure Windows Vista to automatically logon with your account when you turn on your computer.

To do so, click the Start button and type netplwizin the Start Search text box and then press [Enter]. When you do, you’ll encounter a UAC confirmation dialog box and can click Continue or enter the Administrator credentials.

When you see the User Accounts dialog box, make sure that your account in selected in the User for This Computer list. Then, clear the Users Must Enter A Username And Password To Use This Computer check box and click OK.

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