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Exploring changes to the UI


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Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Exploring changes to the UI

Internet Explorer 8 ships with Windows 7. And it contains a number of new or enhanced features that are worth exploring. So let's begin with a quick tour of the user interface, which by the way is going to simplify your browsing experience. You can access Internet Explorer directly from the Explorer icon on the taskbar. It's there by default. If you've remove yours though, don't worry about it. Click the Windows orb and go up to All Programs. You'll find Internet Explorer 8 near the top left-hand side of the Start menu. All right the first thing you see when you launch Windows Explorer is the homepage, which is set for you by default.
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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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Exploring changes to the UI

Internet Explorer 8 ships with Windows 7. And it contains a number of new or enhanced features that are worth exploring. So let's begin with a quick tour of the user interface, which by the way is going to simplify your browsing experience. You can access Internet Explorer directly from the Explorer icon on the taskbar. It's there by default. If you've remove yours though, don't worry about it. Click the Windows orb and go up to All Programs. You'll find Internet Explorer 8 near the top left-hand side of the Start menu. All right the first thing you see when you launch Windows Explorer is the homepage, which is set for you by default.

But you can select your own homepage. We'll do that in a moment. The other thing you're probably going to notice, if you've installed Windows Live Essentials, is a toolbar containing some direct links to some of the features under Windows Live Essentially, like the Mail program, and Photo gallery, etcetera. Now if you don't see this, it means you haven't installed Windows Live Essentials or you've turned it off, disabled this little add-on. To do that, we can click the little X in the top left corner here next to our Windows Live toolbar and you can see this is going to disable our Windows Live toolbar.

When we click Disable, it disappears. You can bring that back at any time. When you install Windows Live Essentials, you are going to get that by default or as an option that you can leave up here in by default. You can turn it off at any time, and let's bring it back. We'll go to Tools and you'll notice if we go down to Toolbars, it's one of the options, Windows Live Toolbar. A quicker way is just to right-click the toolbar anywhere you'll see Windows Live Toolbar not checked off right now. Select it, re-enable the add-on that displays this toolbar. And there we go.

So we have got those quick links now to some of the Windows Live tools. All right, the other thing that's a nice little improvement is in the address bar. The search functionality is built into your address bar up here in the top right-hand corner. So let's say, we wanted to search for lynda.com. We could start typing lynda. You can Bing Suggestions at the top. We have also got History down below. And as we continue to type more, that list gets filtered, and I am going to type lynda.com, there it is lynda.com training.

And there is a whole bunch of links related to lynda.com training. And there's the one. I want that's going to take me directly to the homepage. I could have just typed that in the address bar, if I know that was the actual address. And maybe I would rather have this as my homepage, the page that appears every time I launch Internet Explorer. Well, in that case, all I have to do is go over to the little Home button here, click the dropdown, and choose Add or Change Home Page. Look at this. I can use this webpage as my only home page or add this webpage to my home page tabs.

I can have more than one home page. I am going to choose that and click Yes. And let's just close this up and relaunch it. Just to see you that this worked. Notice now we have got the Microsoft link. And we got another tab across the top for lynda.com. So I have got both tabs showing up automatically when I launch Internet Explorer. Another nice improvement with our tabs to help us stay organized is there are going to be color-coded now. Watch what happens when from the lynda. com page, we'll just go down to one of the links, where we see the little finger pointing.

We'll right-click and let's choose to open this in a new tab. And when we choose Open in New Tab, you'll notice the two tabs are color-coded, in this case, green for me. So this tells me that these two are related and this one over here kind of stands on its own. And I can flip between these tabs just by clicking them. When you're ready to close up the tab, just click the little X next to it. All you have to do is select it to be able to do that. Notice Ctrl+W is the keyboard shortcut. But we can also move these around, which is kind of neat.

I can move this tab over to the right, and keep my lynda ones on the left. So it's really helpful with these tabs, helping you to stay organized. Let's just close up some of these tabs. So we are left with one. If you need to access tabs that you've already closed, no problem. Here's a cool thing. You can right-click a tab, and notice down below, you can Reopen Closed Tab or go down to Recently Closed Tabs and select a specific tab to go right back to it. So don't have to create a new tab and then try to locate the page you were at.

Just right-click any tab to access those closed tabs. That's a nice feature as well with tabs. So I am going to close up the lynda.com one and leave the Microsoft one open. And that's just a quick look at some of the changes to the user interface itself. In the next lesson we'll dig a little bit deeper into Internet Explorer 8.

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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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