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Exploring the Windows 7 desktop


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Exploring the Windows 7 desktop

Your default environment here in Windows 8.1 is this Start screen. Many of the apps and tiles that you see on this screen will run in this environment. But there are still many programs that were not designed to run in the new Windows 8 point environment, and they will continue to run in another environment. That's what we're going to talk about now. The old desktop environment. There's a couple of different ways to get there. First of all, here on the Start screen, you will find a tile labelled, Desktop. Mine, as you can see, is a solid blue background.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 7 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
5h 3m Appropriate for all Oct 17, 2013

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Productivity Home + Small Office
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Exploring the Windows 7 desktop

Your default environment here in Windows 8.1 is this Start screen. Many of the apps and tiles that you see on this screen will run in this environment. But there are still many programs that were not designed to run in the new Windows 8 point environment, and they will continue to run in another environment. That's what we're going to talk about now. The old desktop environment. There's a couple of different ways to get there. First of all, here on the Start screen, you will find a tile labelled, Desktop. Mine, as you can see, is a solid blue background.

You may see something different. But give it a click and you'll switch to that environment. Now this should look familiar to Windows 7 users, where you'll see the background on your desktop. You'll find the Recycle Bin in the top left corner, that's where all of the files, folder that you delete go temporarily, you might have the Exercise Files folder like me. Down at the bottom of your screen, as you move your mouse down, automatically hidden is the old task bar. And this is going to look a little bit different than it did in Windows 8.

First of all, in the bottom left hand corner we have the return of the Start button. Just simply clicking this will return us to the Start screen, so let's go ahead and do that. So there we are. Now, the desktop is actually running like any other app in the background. That means if we go to the top left hot corner We'll see a tile representing the desktop, and we can click it to flip back. Let's go back down to our taskbar. When it appears, notice there's also Internet Explorer and File Explorer icons, little shortcuts.

And of course we can customize the taskbar and add additional icons down here if we wanted to. In the bottom right hand corner, we have a keyboard icon for the touch keyboard, which will appear on your screen like a virtual keyboard. And if you have a touch screen, you can start tapping the screen to type. If you're like me, working with a standard hardware keyboard, then you won't need this. Also, the action center, network and speaker icons appear. Here you might also see the date and time. Again, fully customizable.

I'm going to change my speaker volume. I'm going to bring it down a little bit to about 37. There we go. I'll click in the background to turn that off and go back down to my task bar now and let's customize this. Let's right click Where you'll see options like displaying additional toolbars. There's that Touch keyboard. If you don't need it, you can turn it off from here. Let's right click again, and go to Properties this time. One of the properties that I like to turn off is the Auto hide.

I like to see it all the time, so I'm going to deselect that check box, and click Apply. Now it'll appear across the bottom of my screen, no matter what else is running. I don't mind having it locked to the bottom of the screen, so I can't move it, I'll leave that one checked. Other options for navigations, jump list, toolbars, just as we're accustomed to seeing in a Windows 7 environment appear here. Let's click OK, to save any changes we may have made. The other customization of course is to the background itself.

You might be seeing a new pattern. I have this solid color. Let's right click and from here we can change how we view and sort our icons on our desktop. We could also adjust the screen resolution directly from here. Just as we could in Windows 7. We can create new folders and shortcuts, but also, new files. Notice bitmap images, contacts and documents, can all be created and the appropriate accessory or program will launch, when we select one of these. We'll be doing that a little bit later as well.

For now though, let's just go to Personalize to make some changes to your desktop. You're probably looking at the default theme. Which is this gold background and for me, I prefer to go with a solid background. It's not so busy and easier to see my icons. That's why I have this sinked theme under my themes, but of course, you can create your own, save those themes and be able to use them. For example, if we go to the desktop background down below, you can choose from different images, patterns.

Let's go to picture location, click the dropdown and choose Solid colors. Now, from here you can choose a color such as solid blue. Notice it changes in the background. Save those changes and notice we have a new unsaved theme that we can save. I'm going to click Save Theme and call it David's Default and that is a theme I can now go to if I change to something different and want to come back.

Still fully customizable just like we could in Windows 7, that's our desktop environment. Now, let's just press the Windows key on the keyboard. Takes us back to the Start screen. Now press it again. It'll always take you back to the last app you were running. In this case, our Desktop. So we can toggle back and forth at the tap of a single key. The Windows key on your keyboard. Let's go back to the Start screen now, and look at a different way to get to the desktop. We'll move down to where it's the bottom left side of our screen and click the arrow that's pointing down to Display All Apps.

Now many of these have icons that you can tell will run in the new modern style in the new Windows 8.1 environment. But as we scroll over to the right, you're going to see some that looked just as they did in the old Windows 7 environment. The calculator, Notepad, for example. Let's click Notepad. Notice that this is designed to run in the old environment. It was not programmed to run in the new Windows 8.1 environment, and that's why we're sent to the Desktop to use Notepad. So off we go typing our text.

We close this up, and we're left on that old desktop environment. Let's go back to our Start screen and we'll continue from there. Now that we have a, new Start screen, a new work environment, it's good to know many of the programs that we used to use in, older versions of Windows will still work here in Windows 8.1. That will be sent back to that old desktop environment to work with them.

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