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Tip: Quicken the Windows 7 UI

Windows 7, with all of it’s cuteness in Aero Glass, is aesthetically pleasing, but at a cost. Transparent windows and floating, appearing menus can impact Explorer’s performance. I, for one, do not care for all of the eye candy. One way to trim all of the fat from the UI, for sake of performance is to set Windows’ appearance for best performance.

From the Control Panel, go to the System applet and choose the Advanced System Settings link. This will open the Advanced tab of the System properties window. 

Tip: Open MS Word without creating a new document

Create a shortcut for Word on the desktop and modify the target to be the following...

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE" /n

Important to note, the /n has to be outside of the double-quotes or the shortcut will not work. 

That's it. Every time Word opens a new document will not follow.