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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.
When you launch Windows 7, and you log in with your user account. The very first thing you'll www see is the Windows desktop. This is where all of your work will be performed. At first glance, the Windows 7 desktop doesn't really look any different from the Windows Vista desktop. But there had been some changes and improvements. So let's explore the desktop now. We will begin in the bottom left-hand corner with our Windows Orb, also known as the Start button. Notice as we hover over this button, we see a little tooltip that says Start. And this is where we go to start just about everything, including shutting down our computer.
But when we click this button, there are some subtle changes that we will notice. For example, when you install new applications such as the Intel(R) Processor ID Utility that you see down here, you no longer have the choice of displaying a shortcut icon on the taskbar during the installation. Instead, newly installed programs appear for a short time on the left side of the Start menu down here at the bottom. And this is all part of the recently used list, so the other applications or programs we see here have been recently used.
You will also see some at the top with arrows, for example, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, something I have used recently, has a little black arrow, when I hover over PowerPoint. I am going to see some of the files I used recently so I can quickly access them from here, I don't have to go searching through the various files in different folders or once I launch PowerPoint, I don't need the Open button. I'll open PowerPoint directly with the file in place. Notice also when we hover over these that a little pushpin appears on the right-hand side.
If there's a certain file you use over and over, such as an Excel Spreadsheet everyday, you might want to pin it to this list, so that it never disappears. It'll appear at the top now under the Pinned category and Recent files will appear down below. Of course as you continue to use more and more files some of the older ones disappear from the Recent list but if you have Pinned one, it will always appear on the Pinned list. You can also unpin by clicking that pushpin. It goes back to the recently used list. All right, notice down at the bottom we've got a program, in this case that was recently installed.
And when you install programs you're going to notice them appear down here at the bottom, and if it's something that you want to have quick and easy access to, well you might want to pin it to the Task Bar, or keep it here on the Start menu. So you can pin programs as well. Let's right-click our Intel Processor ID Utility or any of the other programs you have on your list. It really doesn't matter. When you right-click you will notice an option to pin it to the taskbar, which will pin it down below at the bottom of your screen on the taskbar or you can keep it here on the Start menu by choosing Pin to Start menu.
I am going to choose Pin to Taskbar. Notice a shortcut appears down here on the taskbar and this item has disappeared from my Start menu. We can always unpin that by right-clicking on the taskbar. Choose Unpin this program. We'll go back to the Windows Orb and notice that that program appears back at the bottom of my Start menu on the left-hand side. Now, you can do this for any of the programs, another option is to create a shortcut right on your desktop. That's something you are accustomed to doing, no problem.
For example, if you use the Paint accessory on a regular basis, you might want a shortcut to that right on your desktop. All you do is go to the Paint icon, click and drag it over to the desktop and you'll notice, I haven't let go yet. It says I'm about to create a link in my desktop. And when I will let go, there is my shortcut. Of course, I can move that around if I want to stay organized, move it over here to the left. Now, this is just a shortcut. It's not the actual program. So if I move this to the Recycle Bin all I am doing is deleting the shortcut itself, not the program.
I can always go back to my Windows Orb and access it from here as well. Now, one cool new feature that I really like about Widows 7 is called Aero Themes. And with Aero Themes you get some really cool functionality. Let's start by right- clicking anywhere on the desktop. I'll go down to Personalize. Now, under Themes here you'll notice that you've got something called Aero Themes. And the 7 in brackets or the number you might see in brackets represents the number of themes you have in that category.
So you can choose any of these themes, this will change the background colors and the images you see, might affect your screen savers, some of the sounds that you're going to hear as well. So, if you have selected any of these Aero themes, you have access to some of the Aero functionality. So let's close this up, we'll come back to personalizing your desktop in another lesson. For now though, as long as we got an Aero Theme selected and it is a default theme that is selected for you, when you install Windows 7, we can start playing around with some of that functionality.
So we'll start by opening up some programs. We will go down to the Windows Orb. Let's open up Paint, one click opens that one up. We'll go back down to the Windows Orb, if you see the Calculator there, go ahead and click that. We'll also open up a game. So we'll go down to the Windows Orb. This time we'll just go to All Programs. You can click or just hover and eventually it'll open up. And now we'll go up to Games, click, and let's open up a game of Hearts. And you can see now, we have got several windows open up in front of us that could get a little bit confusing, a little bit crowded here.
If we wanted to focus on our Paint window, here is one cool feature. Of course, we could click the Paint window to bring it to the front, but we still see some clutter. So just click and drag and shake it, something called Aero Shake. And you'll notice now it's the only window appearing on the desktop, the others have been minimized, moved down to the taskbar. Now if we click and shake again, we'll bring those back. You can see they are both open up here in the background. Another option to stay organized and this is very handy when copying files, for example, from one folder to another, is to simply drag any window from it's Titlebar here at the top to one side of the screen, either left or right.
So I am going to drag this all away to the right. As soon as my mouse pointer hits the right side of the screen, you can see what happens. It's resized for me, and automatically fills the right side of my screen. I am going to do the same with my Hearts game here. Drag it over to the left. When I release, you can see it's automatically sized. So I can see both of these applications. So you can imagine if you are working with folders for example, how easy it would be to drag files from one to the other. You still have Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons showing up at the top.
But another option if you want to maximize is just to drag from the titlebar any application, you can see when I move back into the middle of my screen, it resizes or restores to it's original shape and size. I can move all way to the top and let go, and now I've maximized my screen. Notice that the Maximize button turns into a Restore button, clicking this button will restore it back down to it's original size where I can move it around. Now one last item that we need to discuss is something you may have noticed that was missing when you first installed Windows 7, and accessed the desktop and that's the Getting Started or the Welcome Center.
Now it no longer appears by default, but you can always access it when needed from the Accessories folder. Let's go down to the Windows Orb, go to All Programs and from Accessories, you'll notice something called Getting Started. And when we select Getting Started, this is what you probably are accustomed to seeing, when you first launched or installed other Windows versions like Vista for example. We have a lot of options here, for getting started with your new operating system. Once you have launched it though, remember our Start menu displays recently used items.
So I am going to close this up. You can go ahead and do the same thing. Click the Windows Orb, and you should see Getting Started now. It's one of those with a black arrow on the right-hand side. So when you move over to the right you'll notice the various tasks that we saw, in the Getting Started window. But we can access them directly from here now. For example, if we wanted to add a new user account, we could chose use Add new users and it takes us directly to that section. We could also get there from the Control panel. You can see the entire path that's required to get to User Accounts.
Here's where we can go to do things like Change your passwords and account names and Add new accounts and so on. I am just going to close this up for now, and let's close up all of the other applications or programs that we have running. And we return back to our desktop. So that does cover the desktop itself. We haven't gone into detail with a part of the desktop that has been enhanced down at the bottom, our taskbar. That's coming up next.
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