Do you have icons pinned to the taskbar of your computer? If so you can use your keyboard to open those programs up instead of a mouse or touchpad. Each icon is assigned a number based on its location starting from left to right, meaning the first icon to the right of the Windows icon is number 1, the next, number 2, and so on, you get the picture. To open these up quickly and easily simply press the Windows key plus the number of the program you wish to open.
Quickly launch a new instance of a program
You can also use those taskbar icons to quickly open a second (or third, or fourth...) instance of a program. Maybe you need a second Windows Explorer window or another YouTube window opened. You can do this simply by holding down the Shift button and left clicking on the mouse or by using the method above.
Add mouse-friendly checkboxes to icons
If you are one of those people who doesn't particularly care to use keyboard shortcuts and still enjoy the simplicity of the mouse, we have good news. Activating icon checkboxes lets you select multiple files without having to hold down the Ctrl button as you click each one. For Windows 7 users, type Folder options into the Start menu's search bar. Then you will open the "View" tab in the window that appears, there you can see if the "Use check boxes to select items" checkbox is checked. For Windows 8 users, simply open Windows Explorer, then open the "View" tab, and check the "item check boxes" box in the Show/Hide pane.
We will of course have more tips and tricks for you soon.