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Google Talk Shortcuts

Google Talk is one of my favorite applications: it’s light, unobtrusive and you can store your old conversations in Gmail. But I realised I wasn’t using it as well as I could, so I looked for some keyboard shortcuts. Here’s a few:


CTRL + R Right align text

CTRL + E Center align text

CTRL + L Left align text


CTRL + 1 For single spaced lines

CTRL + 2 For double spaced lines

CTRL + 5 For 1.5 spaced lines

Function keys

F9 Send an email to the contact you’re chatting with

F11 Start a voice chat with the contact

F12 Cancel the current call


ESC Close the current window

ALT + ESC Close all Google Talk windows

WINDOWS + Esc  Open Google Talk if minimized, or behind other windows

Tab/CTRL+Tab/Ctrl+i Cycle through open windows

Shift+Tab Cycle backwards through open windows


Google Talk keyboard shortcuts

Shortcuts from Customize Talk


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How to use Windows 7 Shortcuts

Here’s a list of the best Windows 7 shortcuts, many of them culled from the excellent list at Lifehacker. The full list is here. Maybe there are more?


Win+number Opens corresponding program on taskbar
Win+Alt+number Opens tasklist on corresponding program
Shift+Win+number Opens a new instance of corresponding application
Ctrl+Win+number Cycles thro open windows of corresponding application
Alt+Win+number Opens the Jump List for corresponding application
Win+T Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar
Win+B Focuses the System Tray icons



Ctrl+Shift+N Creates a new folder
Alt+Up Goes up a folder level
Alt+P Toggles the preview pane
Shift+Right-Click on a file Adds Copy as Path, which copies the path of a file to the clipboard
Shift+Right-Click on a file Adds extra hidden items to the Send To menu



Win+P Adjust presentation settings for your display
Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out
Win+G Cycle between the Windows Gadgets on your screen (if you have any)
Win+X Open Windows Mobility Center (change brightness, sound, power, WiFi settings…
Win+L Lock your workstation



Win+ left/right arrow Move window to right/left half of screen
Win+up/down arrow Maximise window/return to original size
Win+Shift+up arrow Stretch window vertically (to top and bottom edges of screen; down arrow reverses)
Win+Shift+left/right arrow Move window between multiple screens
Win+M Minimize all windows (+Shift to Maximise?n)
Win+Home Minimize all but active window (press again to reverse)
Win+D Display the desktop (press again to reverse)
Win+Spacebar Preview desktop
Win+Home Minimize all but active window (press again to reverse)



Win+E Open Explorer/Computer
Win+F Open Search window
Win+R Run dialog box


Non MS programs

Win+K Shifts focus to Klips (if installed)
Win+S Opens clipper in Evernote (in installed)

  You might also be interested in this: How to Search in Windows Seven

 The Master List of New Windows 7 Shortcuts – Windows – Lifehacker

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How to Search Specific Sites With Speed Launch


Microsoft’s Speed Launch is a basic, but useful, launcher program which allows you to quickly access files, folders, websites etc from a small popup text box. Think Launchy or ActiveWords but with the more novice user in mind. These kinds of tools are especially useful for those people who don’t like leaving the keyboard when they’re working, but like drag and drop over fiddly macros and strings to get things automated.

And it does actually offer some features that even advanced users might find useful: in particular, the ability to be able to search specific websites, search engines or even your webmail straight from the popup toolbar. But it’s not as easy to set up as you might hope, and the explanational video has way too much music and not enough explanation to tide you through.

Here, therefore, is how to add a website relatively easily in ten simple moves:

Install Speed Launch if you haven’t done so already.

Open  a browser and the search engine/website/webmail program you want to search.

Enter a search term. (It doesn’t matter what it is at this point.)


Drag the URL of the results page onto the Speed Launch target icon:


A window like this should appear:


Give the search a name, followed by a period:


Click on the Add button.

Another dialog box will pop up, asking you “what type of information will people supply for use with this function”:


Enter the type of information you’re accessing (in this case news search term):


Then find the text of the search you just made in the lower URL (in this case pakistan), and highlight it:


Click Finish. The dialog box should disappear.

Now time to test your new shortcut.

Hit the Windows key and C (Win + c) to bring up the Speed Launch dialog.

Type in the name of your new search. Speed Launch will auto suggest, and you don’t need the period. A dialog will pop up:


Enter the term and hit Launch:



You can’t edit an existing short cut but you can add to it. So, for example, if you wanted to search multiple sites with one search, just follow the same instructions, but when you’re prompted whether you want to merge or replace a shortcut, choose merge.

I’m not sure this is the quickest way of doing this kind of thing, but I certainly think it’s got potential. I like the drop and drag nature of it; it’s great for adding files and folders, as well as websites, on the fly. The interface could definitely be improved, but the authors make clear they’re not experts in their field, and just feel they’ve come up with something useful that others might like. Would more Microsoft software be developed like this.

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