This is not some performance tweak if that’s what you’re looking for.
At least not CPU performance, but rather your own performance
Turn off the new and fancy (IMO useless) startmenu,
go back to the simple classical one.
Add all programs you use the most to the top of the startmenu.
Fastest done by simply dropping them on the “start” icon.
Step through each of the program shortcuts you’ve added and
make sure the first letter of the shortcut name is a unique starting
letter in the menu. For example I have Matlab there, so I named
the Mozilla shortcut “o Mozilla”. Looks a bit strange, but in the end
you’ll rarely even look at the menu.
Now you can start any of your most used programs with two keypresses!
I’ve had it this way for a long time, so I don’t even think when I want to
start a program. “Winkey O” and poof there’s mozilla, “Winkey F” and
a FTP client starts up. “Winkey R” and there’s Renoise.
The result: I rarely even look at the menu. You can’t possibly do it faster
The backside of this is that it eats shortcut space that could be used by other programs.
And with my approach you don’t have to remember the shortcuts to do it fast,
and other users of the computer can benefit from it as well.
maybe i’m wrong but … all items in the quickstart menu will be loaded after booting and are still in memory … not so good for getting max performance and memory! … i’m using aquadock (YZ-clone) for quickstarting stuff …
Nah. Can’t be. One folder I have a menu for directly on the taskbar is more
than 500Mb. The filenames might be cached (doubt that as well, changes
since last time are reflected any time you open the menu), but that’s not
important, just a few bytes per menu item…
I’d rather believe that running an external program eats resources…
But tweaking the performance on such details is just plain rubbish anyway.
Nice tip Martin! I’ll do that when I get my new computer up n running again…
To continue on the subject… quick way to shut down windows: Winkey + up arrow + return. Will pop up the shut down menu. You can also do this with Alt+F4 when the desktop is active. The downside of this is (at least what I sometimes do) that a quick launch toolbar is active and then that is closed instead…
No, they are not pre-loaded at all.
All they are is a bunch of shortcut icons in an Explorer folder.
(C:/Documents and Settings/Richard/Application Data/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Quick Launch on my machine for example)
I store all my games and main apps in there and just use the little “>>” arrow when I want to run something.
If you’re using Win XP, here’s one that will increase your performance:
Open Control Panel, double-click on System (or press any Win key+Pause Break to go directly to System Properties), click Advanced tab. Here the Visual Effects tab is open by default. Choose ‘Adjust for best performance’. This will remove all the fancy XP visual fx that only hog system resources. I noticed a big difference.
A couple of those little things that has made my life easier:
Any Win key+D. In stead of closing/minimizing all windows with the mouse, this takes you directly to the desktop. Press the key combo again to go back to the prevoius state.
That one is a bit tricky to find: Alt+Space + N, press Alt-Space toghether and then N (The last key may differ if you run another language than English, press Alt+Space and look wich letter that is underscored under the Minimize option) And the easiest way to maximize the latest minimized windows again is probably to press Alt-Shift - Tab (Press Alt-Shift toghether and then Tab while Alt-Shift still is pressed).
Here and here you will find more useable shortcuts…