The first article of the five quick Windows tips series was successful and it made the decision to write another one easier for me. These tips are most of the time one-liners that can be applied in no time to your operating system.
I personally love these quick tips because they can immensely increase productivity by introducing easy methods to complete tasks faster.
This time we have five quick tips for Windows: they explain how to create Shortcuts using Send To , add a Run-like dialog in the task bar, open new Explorer windows, open several instances of the Registry and explain how to rename multiple files at once
Please let me know if you know of tips like these, I would love to read about them and try them out on my system.
1. Send To Shortcuts
If you right-click a file, select Send To from the menu and hold SHIFT pressed while choosing the destination a shortcut will be created at the destination instead.
2. Run in Taskbar
You can add a toolbar to the Task Bar that functions more or less like the Run dialog in the Start Menu. You can add this by right-clicking free space on the Task Bar and choosing Address from the Toolbars menu. The keyboard shortcut Windows R is a tad faster in my experience.
3. Open a new Explorer window
If you only use one Explorer window / folder by default you may find this tip useful. You can open another explorer window by holding Ctrl when opening a folder with a double-click or selecting it and hitting Enter on the keyboard.
4. Open the Registry in several editors
You can only open the Registry once with the command regedit. If you want to open it more than once, to compare settings for instance, you can start it with the /m parameter. (Windows-R, regedit /m, enter)
5. Rename several files at once
It is possible to rename several files at once. Press Shift for files that have the same name and CTRL for different file names. Then right-click the selected files and select Rename from the list of options.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.