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Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists


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Windows 7 Essential Training

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Video: Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists

Jump List provides quick and easy access to frequently used files, sites, options and even information for any program displayed on the taskbar. For example, if you visit a website on a regular basis, you can access it quickly from the Internet Explorer button on the taskbar. Now instead of clicking the Explorer, button, right-click and you'll see up at the top frequently or recently visited sites. So you can quickly go to one of those sites by simply selecting it on the Jump List.
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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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Windows 7 Essential Training
6h 31m Beginner Oct 22, 2009

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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Running Windows XP programs within a Windows 7 installation Accessing favorites quickly through jump lists Establishing user settings through Windows Explorer Setting up a home network with Homegroup Displaying similar sites with suggestions in Internet Explorer 8 Syncing photos on two computers with Live Sync
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Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists

Jump List provides quick and easy access to frequently used files, sites, options and even information for any program displayed on the taskbar. For example, if you visit a website on a regular basis, you can access it quickly from the Internet Explorer button on the taskbar. Now instead of clicking the Explorer, button, right-click and you'll see up at the top frequently or recently visited sites. So you can quickly go to one of those sites by simply selecting it on the Jump List.

So, not only does it launch Explorer but it takes you directly to that site. Let's close this up, and I want to show you one other option with a Jump List. When we right-click the Explorer icon not only can we see those frequently visited sites but you notice as we hover over them, there is a little push-pin as well. So we are going to always see the frequently or recently used sites, but if you want to keep one there, simply pin it to the Jump List and it appears in a new category called Pinned.

So you can always quickly access that site directly from the taskbar. Let's try it with some files now. First, we'll go to the Windows Orb, click once and you should be able to find Paint there. What we are going to do is pin this to the taskbar, so right-click and choose Pin to Taskbar. Now it's down there. We'll click the Desktop anywhere. That closes up our Start menu, and now we have our shortcut to Paint. Let's go up to the Exercise Files, if you've got them, and double-click.

Now double-click the Chap02 folder and double-click 02_03. You'll find a few different files here. They are all images. We'll go to Otters, right-click and let's choose Open with and we'll choose Paint. Now, this launches the Paint program, and opens up our image, which is fairly large, so it's hard to tell what it is from this particular view. We might want to zoom down a little bit just to be able to get a better look at that image. And now let's close up Paint and close up our Windows Explorer folder as well.

And now down at the bottom if we want to quickly go back to that because we've got the Paint icon on the taskbar, we right-click, look at that, there is the recently used list including Otters at the top, so we can quickly go back to that. With a single click it launches Paint and opens up our file for us. That's the beauty of Jump Lists. Now, it also works for locations in Windows Explorer. For example, if we want to quickly go back to the Exercise Files we have them on the desktop as a shortcut, but instead of double-clicking Exercise Files, double-clicking Chap02 and double- clicking the 02_03 folder we can go to the Jump List right down here, Windows Explorer is on the taskbar by default.

You can see the 02_03 folder, right there. It takes us directly back to that folder much faster than having it double-clicked through all those folders. So, Jump Lists can really save you a lot of time. You also have the ability to manage the number of items appearing on a Jump List. So by default it's set to 10. To make changes to that, right-click the Windows Orb and click Properties. Now with the Start menu tab selected, click Customize, and down at the bottom you'll notice two options. First of all you've got the Start menu size, the number of recent programs to display in the Start menu.

But you've also got number of recent items to display in Jump Lists. There is that number 10, if you want less click the Down Arrow, if you want more pump it up. I am going to move up to 12 and click OK. When I click OK, those changes are saved, and now whenever I right-click any of those icons down below, I'll be able to see up to 12 items on that Jump List, including the ones that I pinned using that push-pin option So, remember Jump Lists when you want to save some time and effort when locating frequently used files, locations, or even sites.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Windows 7 Essential Training.


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Q: Is there a way to share files and printers between computers on network running Windows XP and Windows 7 without using the HomeGroup share method of Windows 7, since XP does not have this feature?
A: While Windows XP does not support the new HomeGroup found in Windows 7, there is another way to share files and printers between the two operating systems.  There are a number of steps to follow, but they are all listed here: www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/
Q: Is it possible for a computer running Windows XP to join a Windows 7 HomeGroup?
A: Unfortunately, only Windows 7 supports HomeGroup.  If the Windows XP computer must connect with the Windows 7 computer, there are have two options:

1.  Upgrade the XP machine to Windows 7 and joining will be no problem.
2.  Change the Windows 7 HomeGroup to a regular Workgroup and the XP machine will be able to connect to it.  

Here are the steps to changing a HomeGroup to a Workgroup:
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click the link for "View your active networks.” 
  4. In the next window choose "Work network." That will switch the group from a HomeGroup to a Workgroup so the two computers can talk to each other. However, the same workgroup name and share folders in Explorer must be assigned to both computers before they can be networked.
For ease of use, if there is already an existing HomeGroup on the Windows 7 computer, upgrading the XP machine to Windows 7 would be the recommended course of action. There is a course in the Online Training Library, Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, that explains the steps for transitioning to Windows 7.
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