TIPS (Tricks - Ideas - Problems - Solutions)

Pinch zoom. You can pinch (and “reverse pinch”) on the trackpad surface to zoom in compatible apps and experiences, such as a photo you’re viewing in the Photos app.

Pan and scroll. You can use two fingers to pan and scroll. To pan, which is basically a horizontal scrolling (typical for multi-screen Metro-style experiences, including the Start screen), you drag two fingers from left to right (or vice versa) across the surface of the trackpad. Scrolling works as it does today: You drag two fingers up and down on the trackpad surface.

Charms. To display the Charms, you slide in on the trackpad surface from the right edge of the trackpad.

Switcher. To access the new Switcher interface, you slide in on the trackpad surface from the left edge of the trackpad.

App bar. To display an app’s (or the Start screen’s) app bar, you slide in on the trackpad surface from the top edge of the trackpad.

Rotate. An uncommon gesture (and it could be disabled by default), this lets you use two fingers to rotate an onscreen display, such as you might want to do in an image editing solution.

GVNotifier is a powerful app that brings Google Voice right to your Windows desktop. Quickly send or receive messages, listen to or read voicemail, connect calls and more. GVNotifier was featured on LifeHacker in 2009, and 2010. Tons of features have been added since then! Find it at offers a really cool current wind map of the US that can show the motion of the wind by using animations. An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. 

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Need a free alternative to MS Office and open office? Give Kingsoft Office a try. The only down side is that it does not save in Office 2007/2010 .docx format but it does save in Office 2003 .doc format. 

Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features. In this latest version, new features such as watermark in document, and converting PowerPoint to Word documents are also supported.

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Your photos are precious memories. PicBackMan helps you keep your photos safe, in multiple places, automatically. This free service can automatically upload your photos to Flicker, Picasa, SmugMug, Skydrice, Dropbox, Facebook and more.


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Windows explorer has a lot of options but it has need of more. Check out stexbar for a extension of it's capabilities.