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Comparing two folders in Windows

Have you been in the situation where you have two folders that are almost exactly identical, and you want to know the difference between the two folders? Maybe you want to compare the System32 folder of one computer with that of another, to make sure they both have the same drivers. Checking for differences between folders in Windows is pretty simple, but is a bit hidden from plain view.

For the sake of this tutorial, consider that we FolderA and FolderB, both on the Desktop, and we want to see the difference in the folders’ contents. To do this, we will make use of the Windows Command Processor, which is also known as the Command Prompt.

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Windows 7: The Least You Should Know About Keyboard Shortcuts

Are you stuck in a world dominated by a mouse and clicking around a screen? Have you ever wanted to be more of a “Keyboard Junkie?”

Today, I’m going to introduce you to several keyboard shortcuts that will make your life easier while working in Windows. These keyboard shortcuts are tricks that I have been trying to pass along to participants in my workshops over the years, but now they’re written down in one place for easy reference.

I’m not going to be discussing specific applications, but rather universal shortcuts. I’ve also included some web browser short cuts toward the end that will make your life easier.

Let’s start by taking a tour of the common keys that will be used throughout this post:

Labeled Keyboard

Above, you’ll see several keys pointed out and numbered. The numbers correspond with the list below.

  1. Escape (Esc)
  2. Function Keys (F#)
  3. Tab
  4. Control (Ctrl)
  5. Windows Key (Win)
  6. Alt
  7. Home Group
  8. Arrow Keys
  9. Option Menu
  10. Shift

The only keys that are discussed in this post that are not labeled on the above image are the letter keys.

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