Five Quick Windows Tips II

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 26, 2007
Updated • Aug 22, 2017
Windows, Windows tips

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.

Five Quick Windows Tips II

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.

Five Quick Windows Tips II
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Five Quick Windows Tips II
Second part in the Windows Tips series. Explains how to open multiple Registry editors or Windows Explorer windows among other things.
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  1. York said on December 27, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but holding SHIFT while using the send-to menu will MOVE the file. CTRL makes a copy, while ALT is the one which creates a shortcut.

    And holding the same 3 keys while drag-&-dropping files achieves the corresponding effects.

  2. Ace_NoOne said on December 26, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    I really like those quick tips (quicktips? Q-tips?) – keep ’em coming!

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