I’m sure a lot of you are now using the Windows 7 operating system. I know some of you are Mac users, so you will want to skip this small article.

There are some cool applications that are built into Windows 7 that you may not have noticed yet.

The Snipping Tool

You’ve always been able to press the PrtScn (or print screen) key on your keyboard and paste it to a program, but this tool lets you make little notes, circle things and then saves it without having to paste it somewhere. Type “snip” in your start menu to find it.

Sticky Notes

This is a great tool for when you want to remember something and see it on your desktop for easy access. You can change the colour (really important) and put it anywhere on your desktop! then delete it and save paper when you are finished.

Docking in Windows 7

One window is docked to the left and the other is docked to the right.


One the best things I have really appreciated in Windows 7 is being able to dock windows to either side of the screen and not have one disappear when you click on the other one.  Just click and drag the top of your window to the left (or right) of the screen and when the mouse “touches” the end of the monitor, the window automatically docks to that side.  Do the same with the other window, and you can do work while looking at one window while typing on the other.  This is especially helpful if you are researching something from the internet and need to record information to a document. This is one of my favourite features.