Windows 7 Essential Training
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Browsing without navigating using accelerators


Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Browsing without navigating using accelerators

Accelerators are new to Internet Explorer 8 and they are designed to speed up your web browsing experience. You may do this by providing fast access to functions that you'd normally take longer to reach through copying and pasting into other sites. Take for example, an address. Maybe you want to get a map to a specific address. You find the address on a website, you highlight it, copy it, open it up in another website like Google Maps or MapQuest, paste it in there and you catch your map eventually. Well, we can save a lot of time using an Accelerator, so let's test this out.
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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
  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

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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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David Rivers

Browsing without navigating using accelerators

Accelerators are new to Internet Explorer 8 and they are designed to speed up your web browsing experience. You may do this by providing fast access to functions that you'd normally take longer to reach through copying and pasting into other sites. Take for example, an address. Maybe you want to get a map to a specific address. You find the address on a website, you highlight it, copy it, open it up in another website like Google Maps or MapQuest, paste it in there and you catch your map eventually. Well, we can save a lot of time using an Accelerator, so let's test this out.

I am going to use the website if you want to follow along with me. We are going to go over to the About Us link, and down below click Contact. Now here we do have a mailing address, so we can highlight the address and all we need is the street address over here as well as the city, state, and zip. And when you let go after dragging across that text, you will notice a little Accelerator icon appears. And you can click that to display your default Accelerators, and these are the ones that actually come with Internet Explorer 8 already installed and set up as your defaults.

So you can blog, or you can send e-mails. There is map with Bing right there. And when I hover over Map with Bing, I actually see a map for that particular selected address, there it is, right there in front of me. And of course, I can access this site just by clicking instead of hovering and it's going to open up a new tab and give me all of the tools that I need for looking up this map. You can see I have got Aerial view, Bird's eye view, and Traffic, and all kinds of cool tools built into my Maps here at Bing.

When I am done, I close the tab, after I printed the map, lets say, and that might be something I'd use in trying to get to for example. So that's just one Accelerator. Let's try another one. Let's go back to the homepage by clicking on logo and let's highlight some text like this paragraph here. Let's say we want a translate this and use it in another webpage or in some text, for example. When we select text like this, there is our Accelerator icon, we click. This time I will go down to Translate with Bing and this is another one of those Accelerators that gives us a preview on the right-hand side here.

And you can see, English was automatically detected as the language. Over on the right we get to choose the language we want to actually translate this to. If English shows up there for you, you probably never use this. Click the dropdown and you will see a whole list of languages to choose from. Let's try Spanish. Just takes a minute to translate it into Spanish. Let's go to another language, we will click the same dropdown and choose French. It takes another second to translate it into French. So this is just a quick preview but it gives us the text, helps us understand with reading.

If we want more tools of course, we can go over here back to the list and click Translate with Bing. Opens up the Bing Translator this time, a brand new tab. There's our originally highlighted text, there is the translation on the right, and we have got all of the tools at our fingertips here and the Bing Translator site. Close that up when we are done. So those are just a couple of default Accelerators, but there's more in the Add-ons gallery and we can access them from this little icon. When we click the Accelerator icon, you will notice down below All Accelerators, so it's going to display all of your defaults here, as well as two links.

We can Find More Accelerators directly from here. It will take us to the gallery. Or we can go to Manage Accelerators, where we can access some of the features as well as finding more Accelerators from here. So let's go to Manage Accelerators. Here, under Manage Add-ons, you'll see Accelerators is selected. Over on the right-hand side, you'll see the actual Accelerators we saw on that pop-up list. And if we want more information about one of them such as Translate with Bing, select it, and there is information down below.

It's Default, available on Document, Selection, Link. So if we select text, for example, it's available, if it's in a document or an actual link, we will get to see this one as available. Notice it is a default because the button down below here, Remove as default, can change it to just an actual Accelerator. That's not the default for translating if you have got something else you would like to use. We can disable it, so it's still on the list, but doesn't appear. Or remove it totally.

And as I mentioned, we can access additional Accelerators from this window too. Here is where we click Find More Accelerators. Now this does open up a new Explorer window, and we are at the Add-ons Gallery under Accelerators. You can see there's quite a few on this page and there are many pages to choose from. So let's just scroll down here, take a look at some of these cool ones and choose how about Google Define, which will look up definitions for us. We will click the Add to Internet Explorer button.

If we click Add, it gets added, but we can also make it the default for definitions by clicking the checkbox so we don't have to go into the Manage window to do that. When we click Add, it becomes our default for getting definitions. So let's close this window, and we will close our Manage window, and come back to Let's just double-click any word here, like competitive. So we got the word selected, we want definitions for this, we can click the Accelerator icon and now we have got a new one here, Define with Google.

As I hover over this, I don't get a real-time preview of this. It's one of those where I have to actually click. It's going to open up a new tab. It's going to display my selected word and you can see Related phrases is well across the top and there is all my definitions down below and where they come from. So when we are done, we click the Close button on the tab to return to our original site. Now, let's go back to Managing. Now sometimes you will want to get rid of Accelerators. If your list is getting too long and there are some that you don't use, you need to know how to manage them.

I like to just select anything on a page, click the Accelerator icon, move down to All Accelerators and click Manage from here. It's the fastest way to get there, and there's my Define with Google. If I want to remove it as the default, it's no longer my default. It's still enabled. You can see the status but it's just not my default. And when I select the text, it becomes available to me. If I want to remove it altogether, I click Remove and I will need to confirm that I'm taking this Accelerator off my list.

And that's how we manage our Accelerators. Click the Close button when you are done. So there you have it. With Accelerators in Internet Explorer, getting the info you need just got faster.

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:
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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