10 Windows tricks you probably didn’t knew [Featured]

Below are some of the useful hidden tricks and shortcuts for Windows, which you might not be knowing earlier. Please try them out and share your experience with us.

1) Using Multiple home pages on any browser

set multiple sites to open in home page

Open the sites or links that you want to set as your home pages. Now go to

Mozilla Firefox – Tools >Options >Tabs and select Use current pages >OK

Internet Explorer- Tools >Internet options >General tab >Use current >Ok

Google chrome – Tool icon >Options >Basics >On startup >Use current >Close 

2) Double click on top left corner to close any open window

double click on top-left corner

3) Ctrl+Tab to shift between tabs in any multi-tab supported browser

shift b/w multiple opened tabs in browsers  

4) Copying text easily from error messages and dialogs.

For eg: Go to Run > type your name (mayur) > enter

copying text from error messages

Now press Ctrl+c and the text will be copied to the clipboard which you can in paste in notepad, word, etc.

[Window Title] mayur

Windows cannot find ‘mayur’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.


5) Copy and paste text in command prompt (cmd).

Right click on top of cmd window > Edit > Paste

copy-paste text in cmd

6) Drag n drop a file in command prompt to input its name.

use drag n drop in cmd

This trick works on all versions of Windows 95 to XP, but not on Windows Vista. [via]

7) Using toolbar of any folder on Windows taskbar

Right click on taskbar >Toolbars >Select new toolbar > browse a folder and done. 

make easy shortcuts on taskbar

This is how I carry all my songs and movies on my desktop using taskbar.

8) Get windows installation date and time of recent boot

know windows installation date and time of boot

9) Use ALT+F4 to easily close any window.

10) Checking Windows activation status – Run  slmgr.vbs –dlv 

Check Windows license status

I Hope you liked these hidden tricks for windows. Do share your tricks with us if you have any, by using the comments section below.

Thanks Pratyush for letting me know about some of these handy tricks.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

18 Responses

  1. Mayur says:

    @ Arun
    Thanks for reminding me. I left out that point. Post edited now

  2. Arun says:

    Hi Mayur, great trick, I didn't knew many :D. Also , I couldn't get how to copy error messages (Point four). Whats to method to copy the error messages ?

  3. Rob Layton says:

    I’ll be using 1 and 3, especially. 2 kind of worries me because I’ve accidentally closed some windows like that before. I really like that you put useful information on your blog. Keep it coming.

  4. telestagary says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tricks. I tried some its amazing and fantastic please keep it up such a nice work.


  5. GAGAN says:

    very useful tricks………thanks for sharing

  6. Mahesh D says:

    Mayur boss, you are doing a lot of study and works on every aspect of windows and internet

  7. Vinc says:

    Thx for the tricks….Mayur great research man!!!

    Do you have any tricks on softwares like Adobe Photoshop, etc.

    Keep it up man 🙂

  8. Jaspreet says:

    These tricks are awesome and very helpful. Thanks!

  9. akshay says:

    hey thanx…it really help a lot…

  10. tanya says:

    I have to say this one is too good because when you are on a browser you can have like 2 or 3 browsers in one page which i like because you don’t have to open a new browser everytime.

  11. Anuska says:

    Thanks for sharing the tricks

  12. tim says:

    5) Copy and paste text in command prompt (cmd).

    You can do this way faster, if you right-click the top of the window, go to defaults, check “QuickEdit Mode”.

    – To copy text from the cmd window: just highlight the text and right-click on it. It is now copied, and you can paste it in another program.
    – To paste text into the window: copy text from somewhere else, then just right-click in the window to paste it.

  13. dsp says:

    repost to correct typo. It’s not working on my xp machine.

    Just discovered your site. It’s great. Thanks for your efforts.

    You said:
    10) Checking Windows activation status – Run slmgr.vbs –dlv

    Is this applicable for Win XP sp3? It’s not working on my xp machine. A search for slmgr turned up nothing.

  14. Abhay Mittal says:

    I thought it will be good, interesting & new thing to learn for me. But, the matter of fact is that 80% computer users know all these tricks.

  15. Thilak says:

    Good post! Keyboard Shotcut to switch tabs is actually an operating system specific thing. Like I keep switching between my Macbook, Netbook *running Ubuntu Natty* and Windows 7 on my desk, and keyboard shortcuts keep changes. It’s a bit PITA you know!

  1. July 10, 2011

    […] 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! […]

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