Windows 7 Essential Training
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Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad


Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad

Windows 7 comes with a number of accessories to help you work with text. Text that might be as simple as a Sticky Note or more complex text that might be equivalent to some word processing applications. We are going to start with that Sticky Note. Let's say we just want to post a little reminder up on our screen. The Sticky Note accessory is ideal for this. We go down to the Windows Orb. You'll find it under Accessories. So we can go to All Programs here and we click Accessories and we'll find Sticky Notes there. Now this is something you use on a regular basis.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course 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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David Rivers

Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad

Windows 7 comes with a number of accessories to help you work with text. Text that might be as simple as a Sticky Note or more complex text that might be equivalent to some word processing applications. We are going to start with that Sticky Note. Let's say we just want to post a little reminder up on our screen. The Sticky Note accessory is ideal for this. We go down to the Windows Orb. You'll find it under Accessories. So we can go to All Programs here and we click Accessories and we'll find Sticky Notes there. Now this is something you use on a regular basis.

You might want to pin it to the Taskbar perhaps. So I am going click-and-drag mine down to the Taskbar when I see Pin to Taskbar appear I can let go. And now I have quick and easy access to it from here. One click will close up our Start menu. One more click now on the Sticky Note icon will open up our first Sticky Note and we're ready to start typing. Well, today it just so happens to be my mother's birthday, so I need a little reminder here to "Call Mom re: happy birthday." There we go.

There is a couple of little buttons here at the top, one for adding another new note. Notice the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N for another new note. That's while we are inside the note and when we are done with this note, the equivalent to peeling it off the screen, crumpling in up and throwing it in the trash bin would be to click this little Close button, Ctrl+D as in delete, on the keyboard. When we click the Desktop, those disappear. So Ctrl+N and Ctrl+D won't work now unless we go back into the note and try to make a change or if we click the Desktop, we can move right up to the very top to see those buttons again.

But we'll just leave it there for now. That's a Sticky Note. Now if you need to type in some actual text and you're not too concerned about formatting, you just want to get some sample text, some very simple looking text, the Notepad accessory is ideal for that. We will click the Windows Orb. Instead of going through All Programs>Accessories, let's just type in notepad. You will notice, it's one of the programs and it's the only program under the Programs section here. When we click it, we launch Notepad.

And this is the same Notepad you might be used to in previous versions of Windows. Here we have got a menu bar performing File, Commands, Edit, Format, View and even some Help over here. Flashing cursors sitting there, waiting for us to start typing. We can resize this window. Let's just type in the beginnings of our recipe for a Veggie Stir Fry. Now what you're going to see here is the default font. This is the font you used last. For me, I've got this wild-looking Goudy font.

You will probably seen something a little more tame. All right. Press Return, I am still working in that font and that's probably too much for this. So let's go up to Format and you will notice you can change the font. You don't select text in Notepad. It's going to affect the entire document. So let's just scroll through the list of fonts here and find something quite simple. I am going to go up near the top and where I find Arial. Now we have got some styles for Arial, for example, if we want it to be bold, maybe narrow and bold, you will see a sample down below.

We will change the size, I am going to go up to 12 and click OK. So you can choose whatever you like there and you will see the changes take place, even though we haven't selected that text. Okay, then we continue typing and if we want to save this, we will go to the File menu, notice we've got Save, which will just simply save it with the current name but if it doesn't have a name, and this one does not yet, it's says Untitled at the top, Save As is what it's going to show up. So we can choose Save or Save As either way.

We are going to be saving it by default to our Documents and that's fine. Down below you will notice the extension is going to be a txt extension. It's the only option. It's a text file. So let's just type in 'VeggieStirfry' and when you click Save that name now appears on the title bar. We can make some other simple changes to this document. Click File and go down to Page Setup. You can see the default is Letter size but we can choose other sizes like Legal, if we need a little more length.

The source of your printer where it's coming from the Default tray. You can see the Orientation can be selected as well. The Margins can be adjusted. Maybe I want 2 inches at the top, so I will change that. When I tab over to the Bottom one, you will notice the change here in the Preview does show up. We can also have information that's going to appear at the top and bottom of every single page. Right now under Footer, you will notice the word Page and then the code for the page number. So we're going to see information. You can type whatever you like.

If you want to change that from the word Page you can take that out and put dashes on either side of the page code and click OK. Now if we go up to File as if we are going to print this, notice print has the ellipsis after it, Ctrl+P, the shortcut. This is going to open up a dialog box. We can send it to our printer. We can send it to OneNote if you have got that installed, other options. But if we want to preview this, notice as we scroll through this, there is really no option to preview it.

That's the disadvantage to using something like Notepad. So I will click Cancel. We've already saved it, so close that up. And we are not asked to save anything. The next option for working with text is WordPad. And WordPad lets you take it a step further. For example, you can use rich text formatting, insert pictures, and other documents, links and so on. So let's go down to our Windows Orb and type in 'wordp' and you'll notice there is only one program starting with wordp, WordPad.

We will select it and it opens up and you can see it's looking a little bit more like some other word processors you may work with, Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. We have got the ribbon across the top now. So now here you can see we have got our button at the very top. Here is where we have go to do everything like opening and saving and printing. We can click that to see the list. But we have also got tabs for the ribbon, the Home tab and the View tab. So lots of different options to work with. So let's say we wanted to create a report on learning how to surf.

I am going to type that in. 'Learn How to Surf.' I am going to press my Enter key a couple of times just to dropdown and leave some space. There is my title. Maybe I want to put in the date. Well, I can actually insert the date from the Insert section here on the Home ribbon. One of the options is Date and Time. So when I select that you can choose the format. I am going to choose this one here, September 03, 2009. And I am going to press Return a couple of times, type 'by David Rivers'.

Now this looks very plain, almost as if it were in Notepad. But we can start making changes to parts of the text. Let's select our title. If you move in to the left margin, click once to select the entire line. Now you can see right here from the Font section of the ribbon, we can choose the Font family. As we scroll down, we've got lots to choose from. I am going to go quite a ways down the list to this one, Jokerman. There we go. That's a fancy looking font. I might want that centered.

While it's still selected, I will choose the Center button here in the paragraph section. In fact all of this should probably be centered. So I am going to click-and-drag until I select the other two lines, center them as well. Here we go. You can see there's a lot we can do with WordPad compared to Notepad. When I press Return or Enter couple of times. I am still centered, so if I want to go back to the left, I can click the Left. You can also insert pictures. Click the Picture button. You can see there is a dropdown here if we wanted to change or resize a picture but in this case we're just inserting it right now.

Let's just browse to our Exercise Files. If you don't have the Exercise Files, no problem. You can use any image you like. We are going to go to the Chap05 folder, at the 05_01 sub-folder and there's our SepiaSurf image. So with it selected, we will click Open. And that just inserts it right here on the page. Now one thing I like to do when working with an application such as WordPad is to maximize it. I am going to maximize it so it fills my entire screen.

Notice down at the bottom right-hand corner, we can also adjust the zoom level, which is at normal or current size at 100%. Just bring it back down so we get a feel for the entire page itself and I would say that this needs to be centered as well. So we will click the image and we can center it just like we would text. We need to bring this down as well. You can click just in front of the title. You might want to zoom in a little bit now. You can hit Return as many times as you like and what's going to happen is everything is going to move down the page. It's a little more centered that way.

We can also have the ability here to change our line spacing. We can add bulleted lists and so on. Now just scroll down, click after the picture and hit Return a couple more times and we'll insert an object. Now an object could be another document, for example. So if I go up to Insert Object, you will notice there is a lots that we can Create New or from a File. I am going to choose Create from File. Now we just have to go browsing for that file. It could be an Excel spreadsheet.

It could be a Word document, we are going to go to our Exercise Files one more time and in the 05_01 folder we do have a Text Document. So select that and click Open. It now appears in the path and when we click OK, you can see it actually appears here in our document. So we can scroll down a little bit, we might zoom in as well and we can resize this.

Now this is actually a Notepad document. So double-clicking shows us the text that's going to appear in our document. If you prefer, you could actually just highlight this text. We are in Notepad right now, click Edit and Copy and we can close this up. If you prefer, delete the icon and paste. And we can paste directly from the Paste button here in ribbon. When we choose Paste, it's going to be pasted the way it is. Paste special allows us to do things like match it to our current font or current formatting.

So Unformatted Text means the formatting won't come across. It will use the formatting of our current document and there it is. One last neat little thing, there's so much we can do with WordPad. Let's just select all of that text and turn it into a bulleted list. We got a button for that. You can start a list. There is the default bullets. You can click the dropdown if you want to try something else like a Numbered list or using Letters, Roman Numerals. I am going to go to the Roman Numerals. Click out here on the page to deselect and you can see WordPad allows us to take a big step past what we can do with Notepad.

And it's just another one of the options you have in Windows 7 for working with text. Close that up and choose not to save it. Documents you create in WordPad are text documents but the difference is you will see the rtf extension, Rich Text Format, which can be opened by all kinds of word processors including Microsoft Word.

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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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