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Windows 7 Hidden Applications and Tools that you Might not Know

Windows 7 is one of the best operating system that have different kinds of tools and application to work with.But there are some useful applications and tools for Windows 7 that you might not know.These Windows 7 applications and tools helps improve computer performance, increases the security of the system, helps in working with Tablet PC and discovering other Productivity short-cuts.

Here are the Windows 7 Hidden tools and applications.

1.Dr.Watson

It is one of the debugging tool that comes with the Microsoft Windows.This tool collects error information when there is a program crash.Whenever an error is detected a text file Drwtsn32.log is created that can be delivered to the support personnel to identify the nature of the program error.

To configure Dr.Watson Follow the steps below:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type drwatson.exe

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2.File Signature Verification Tool

This tool is useful to find the signed or unsigned files on your computer.An unsigned files are those files that don’t have a certified digital signature and is copy of the original file.To open the File Signature Verification Tool follow the steps below:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type sigverif.exe 

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3.Desktop Gadget Gallery

In Desktop Gadget gallery you will find all the desktop gadgets that are installed on your computer.You can also install more gadgets on the windows website.

To open the program follow the below steps:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Dektop Gadget Gallery and hit enter.

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ii)Select the gadget you want to show on your desktop.You can Double-click to add the gadgets anywhere on the desktop or you can simply use the drag and drop feature.

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iii)To customize the settings, right-click on the desktop gadget icon.

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4.Private Character Editor

Using Private character code you can create your own characters and can insert them into documents using character map.You can save this characters, view your characters library and edit existing characters.

Below are the steps on how Private character editor works:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type eudcedit.exe.

iii)The Private character editor opens.Select the code and click OK.

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iv)Use the drawing tools to create a private character or you can copy character from the character map.

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v)Click on the Edit menu and select the option as Save Character as.Once it is saved click the OK button.You can use these characters to insert into documents using Character Map.

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5.Character Map

It enables you to select a Character from the Character Map,you can copy a single character or a group of characters and paste them into any document.It also has the Advanced view option where you can choose characters from the range of character set or you can search for the character that you want to insert into document.

Below are the steps on how Character Map works:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type charmap.exe

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iii)Once the Character Map opens select one character or group of characters.

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iv)Copy the selected characters to paste into the document.

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v)If you want to choose a character set or you want to search for a character then select the advanced view checkbox.

 

6.Resource Monitor

It is one of the powerful tool that helps you to view the information about your system resources.It allows you to view and analyze the information about the hardware (Memory ,CPU, Disk and Network) and software (file handles and modules) resources.To open the Windows Resource Monitor follow the steps below:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type resmon.exe

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7.Sound Recorder

Using Sound Recorder you can record a sound and save it as an audio file on your computer.

To open the Sound Recorder follow the steps below:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type soundrecorder.exe

iii)Click on the Start recording to record a sound.Once recording gets complete click on the Stop recording.It will ask you to save the file.

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iv)The file will be saved as .WAV file that is Windows audio file.

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8.Problems Steps Recorder

It helps to capture the screen shot automatically of each click taken on a computer.Once these steps has been captured you can save them to a file, so that can be used by the support professional to help you in solving with a computer problem.To open, follow the steps below:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type psr.exe

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9.Malicious Software Removal Tool

If you don’t have any antivirus software  tool installed on your computer then you can use the Microsoft Antivirus tool that helps to detect and remove malware , spyware and other infections on your computer.This is one of the best Windows 7 hidden tool.

To open, follow the steps below:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Run and hit enter.

ii) At the command prompt type mrts.exe.

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If you don’t have the tool installed on your computer, then you can download from Microsoft Safety and Security Center.

 

10.Personalize handwriting recognition

It helps to increase your handwriting , so that your Tablet PC will recognize your handwriting correctly.

To open the program follow the below steps:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type Personalize and hit enter.

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11.Snipping Tool

This tools helps you to capture screen shot or snip any object on your screen.There are four types of snips free-form snip,rectangular,window ,full-screen snip.After snipping any object you can save , annotate or share the image.

To open the program follow the below steps:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type snipping and hit enter.

ii)To select the type of snip click on the arrow next to the New button.

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iii)Once you have selected the snip type click on the New Snip button to snip a image.

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12.Sticky Notes

Using sticky notes you can write a to-do list that will help you to manage and organize your task effectively.Instead of using a piece of paper to jot down the phone number or address or anything you can use the sticky note.

To open the program follow the below steps:

i) Click on Start and in the search box type stikynot and hit enter.

ii)To add a new note click on the + symbol at the top left corner and to delete the note click on the cross symbol at the top right corner.

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iii)Right-click on the icon to select a different colour.

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13.Tablet PC Input Panel

It helps you to write text directly on your computer using a pen and digitizing tablet.It has the integrated handwriting recognition features that helps to recognize cursive or any kind of handwriting.It gives you two option to enter text ,you can either use the handwriting recognition to enter text or you can use touch keyboard to enter the text.

i) Click on Start and in the search box type tablet and hit enter.

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ii)Select the writing pad at the top left corner.In the below image you can see the integrated handwriting recognition features that helps to recognize cursive or any kind of handwriting.

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