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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.
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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