It’s great to see Windows 7 Beta finally released to the world! We're very proud of what has been accomplished over the last months; in many ways, it sets a new quality bar for a beta operating system release. Building on top of the Windows Vista foundation, Windows 7 adds a great deal of polish and refinement to both the user interface and the underlying architecture, while at the same time introducing many new features and improvements that support new hardware, give power users and casual users alike better tools to manage their digital lives, and enable new classes of application experience.
Over future blog entries, I’ll spend time drilling into some of those areas in more detail; of course, there are plenty of articles already out there that dissect Windows 7 in some depth, with the Windows SuperSite and Ars Technica providing notably comprehensive entries. I’d also like to draw particular attention to the series of Windows 7 interviews that Yochay Kiriaty has been posting on Channel 9, which give the inside scoop on the development of many of the most significant new features.
For now, though, I want to focus in on some of “secrets” of Windows 7: the many little tweaks and enhancements that we’ve made in this release that I’ve discovered and collated over the last few months of using Windows 7 across my home and work machines. These are the things that are too small to appear in any marketing document as “features”, but that you quickly miss when you switch to an older version of Windows. There are some who think that we’re arbitrarily hiding functionality to make Windows easy for casual users, but I’d argue that a great deal of effort has been put into this release to satisfy power users. In homage to those of us who enjoy discovering the nooks and crannies of a new operating system list, I’ve put together the longest blog post that I’ve ever written. If you’ve downloaded and installed Windows 7 Beta recently, I think you’ll enjoy this list of my thirty favorite secrets. Have fun!
This side-by-side docking feature is particularly invaluable on widescreen monitors – it makes the old Windows way of shift-clicking on two items in the taskbar and then using the context menu to arrange them feel really painful.
If it’s not obvious by the semi-tortuous steps above, it’s worth noting that this isn’t something we’re exactly desperate for folks to re-enable, but it’s there if you really need it for some reason. Incidentally, we’d love you to really try the new model first and give us feedback on why you felt the new taskbar didn’t suit your needs.
How does the booting from USB work? xcopy doesn't copy over the boot sector, does it? Can someone explain this? Am I missing something?
It’s great to see Windows 7 Beta finally released to the world! We're very proud of what has been accomplished over the last months; in many ways
Windows Explorer doesn't seem to comprehend the taskbar features. Shift + Clicking, Win + 1-5, Win + E just brings the explorer window you already have open to the front.
Tim Sneath just posted a blog item titled " The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets ", lots of neat tricks,
(Don't know if you'll get to this feedback, but anyway)
Middle-clicking on a program to open a new instance instead of the existing instance seems like a bad decision. While it is nice in that you're basically using the only other button available on the mouse to provide that (perhaps important) action, I think you'll find there are two issues.
1) People really don't need to do it as often as you think - I can't think of the last time I've wanted to do that on my mac, which follows a similar default model for the dock (clicking the icon switches to that app).
2) In every other multi-document interface (e.g. tabbed interfaces), middle-click tends to mean "close the tab". In fact, I get miffed whenever I use an app where middle-clicking on the tabs doesn't work. Firefox, IE, Visual Studio, and I'm sure others also follow this paradigm, and I've now built the muscle memory that middle-click = close. I'm sure I'll try it on Win7, too, and be /really/ disappointed that it does the /opposite/ of what I wanted.
Kudos, though, on a strong beta release :)
Nice information! Allthough a lot of these already work in Vista.
Some great stuff here many thanks. I will say that even after a bit of use I am not a fan of new taskbar much prefer the old taskbar/quicklaunch combo. Trying to launch a second instance of a program (Visual Studio mainly) has to be done via the menu as clicking on an existing instance just uses that instance..
Yes, but there is no ISO mounting or creation. Other OSes have had it for ages! What is so difficult about it?
Wow, I totally just caught the BETA fish reference =)
I feel a bit slow today. (You may want to mention for those who don't know that clicking, then dragging/shaking the window does the same as Win + Home)
I understood the fish reference right away because I used to have one...someone pointed out the 7 bubbles coming from it's mouth to me.
Gracias al gran Juls , acabo de leer un excelente artículo sobre Windows 7. Es de lectura imprescindible
Check out this blog post from Tim Sneath for some tips and tricks on on Windows 7. Tim Sneath : The Bumper
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Es ist so weit… die Welt hat nur darauf gewartet :-) Ich hatte direkt am Donnerstag Abend den MSDN Download angeworfen und auf Freitag als ersten Windows 7 Tag gehofft… leider kam es anders. Der Download ist mehrfach abgebrochen. Der Download Speed ist
"I Want My Quick Launch Toolbar Back! "
Actually, what I really want was an insanely useful feature that existed until XP - then went underground in Vista (you could still do it - but you had to wrestle with Vista to do it) - but seems finally completely gone now.
You used to be able to take a folder and smack it against the side of the desktop, turning it into a toolbar. What i would then do is remove the title, the icon labels and then switch to small icons.
You could stick shortcuts for lots of apps there and launch them in one click. You can also drag-drop a file onto the icon to open that document.
Here's a jpg of my current desktop to show what I mean. (Yes, I also keep all my hard drives on the desktop - I tend to do everything in the desktop).
I know the new taskbar kind of does this - but it would be very difficult to put this many applications on the dock. Maybe if they were more closely spaced.