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Windows 7: Transition from Windows XP

Lesson 1: Exploring the New Features on the Windows 7 Desktop

  • Topic 1A: Log On to Windows 7
    • (Optional) Ease of Access button
      • You can also find these options after logon by going to Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Ease of Access
    • (Optional) Shut Down button
    • Power button --> Ctrl Alt Del --> type <username> --> type <password> --> Enter
  • Topic 1B: Explore the Desktop Context Menu Options
    • Apply a Theme
      • Right-click desktop --> Personalize --> Click theme
      • (Alternate) Start --> Control Panel --> Personalization --> Click theme
    • Add a Gadget to the Desktop
      • Right-click desktop --> Gadgets --> drag gadget to desktop
      • (Alternate) Start --> Control Panel --> Desktop Gadgets --> drag gadget to desktop
    • Change the Screen Resolution
      • Right-click desktop --> Screen resolution --> Resolution drop-down --> Slider bar
    • Add a Desktop Background Slideshow
      • Right-click desktop --> Personalize --> Click Desktop Background --> click Picture(s)
      • (Alternate) Start --> Control Panel --> Personalization --> Click Desktop Background --> click Picture(s)
  • Topic 1C: Explore the Windows 7 Taskbar
    • Pin an Item to the Taskbar
      • Start --> right-click item --> Pin to Taskbar
      • (Alternate) Start --> drag item to taskbar
    • Pin an Item to the Start Menu
      • Start --> right-click item --> Pin to Start Menu
    • Pin an Item to the Jump List (on the Taskbar or the Start Menu)
      • Right-click icon --> Click pin
      • (Alternate) Right-click icon --> right-click jump list item --> Pin to this list
    • Preview the Minimized and Pinned Taskbar Applications
      • Hover over taskbar icon (to display thumbnail) --> Hover over thumbnail (to display preview)
    • Show Desktop button
      • Hover over Show desktop (to preview clean desktop)
      • Click Show desktop (to minimize all windows)
      • Click Show desktop again (to re-maximize all windows)
    • Customize the Start Menu
      • Right-click Start button --> Properties --> Start Menu tab --> Customize
    • Customize Notification Area
      • Right-click time --> Customize notification icons --> Always show all icons and notification on the taskbar box (unchecked) to choose:
        • Show icon and notifications
        • Hide icon and notifications (displays Show hidden icons arrow in notification area)
        • Only show notifications (displays Show hidden icons arrow in notification area)
    • Display an item in the Notification Area
      • Click Show hidden icons arrow --> Drag hidden icon to notification area

Lesson 2: Working with Enhanced File and Folder Management

  • Topic 2A: Examine Enhancements in Windows Explorer
    • Navigating
      • Start --> Computer (or <username>, or Documents, or Pictures, or Music) --> Ctrl+E
      • (Alternate) Click Windows Explorer icon on taskbar
        • Click section in address bar
        • (Alternate) Click right arrow in address bar --> choose folder
        • (Alternate) Click in address bar --> type address path
    • Customizing
      • Organize --> Layout --> Menu bar (to enable or disable menu bar)
      • Organize --> Layout --> [pane name]
  • Topic 2B: Work with Libraries (download course files)
    • Windows Explorer --> Libraries --> Includes
  • Topic 2C: Work with Windows
    • Drag title bar to left or right of screen --> Release mouse button (to snap to half)
    • Drag title bar to top of screen --> Release mouse button (to maximize)
    • Shake title bar (to minimize other open windows)
    • Alt+Tab (to switch between windows)
    • Windows logo key+Tab (to cycle through open windows)
  • Topic 2D: Share Files and Folders (in a Homegroup)
    • Create --> Join --> Share

Lesson 3: Working with the New and Enhanced Programs in Windows 7

  • Topic 3A: Work with New Accessories
    • Capture Screens with the Snipping Tool
      • Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Snipping Tool
      • (Alternate) Start --> type "Snip"
      • Why not to use it (opinion)
    • Set Reminders with Sticky Notes
      • Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Sticky Notes
      • (Alternate) Start --> type "Stick"
  • Topic 3B: Work with the Enhanced Accessories
    • Paint
      • Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Paint
      • (Alternate) Start --> type "Paint"
    • WordPad
      • Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> WordPad
      • (Alternate) Start --> type "WordP"
    • Calculator
      • Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Calculator
      • (Alternate) Start --> type "Calc"
  • Topic 3C: Browse the Internet Using Internet Explorer 8
    • Use Multiple Tabs
      • New Tab button
      • (Alternate) File --> New Tab
    • View all Open Tabs
      • Quick Tabs button
      • (Alternate) Hover over Internet Explorer icon in taskbar
    • Reopen Closed Tabs
      • New Tab --> Reopen closed tabs link
    • Search for Information on the Internet
      • Type search term(s) in the search box at the top-right
    • Search for Information within a web page
      • Ctrl+F
    • Find more about term(s) on a web page
      • Select unfamiliar word(s) --> click Accelerator icon --> Hover mouse pointer over service
  • Topic 3D: Use the Windows Media Center
  • Topic 3E: Set Up and Manage Removable Devices
    • Display Tasks Related to a Device
      • Plug in device to computer --> close AutoPlay dialog box --> Start --> Devices and Printers --> Right-click device

Lesson 4: Securing the Computer Using Enhanced and New Features

  • Topic 4A: Apply Security Settings
    • Security in the Action Center
      • Control Panel --> System and Security --> Action Center
    • User Account Control modifications
      • Control Panel --> User Accounts and Family Safety --> User Accounts --> Change User Account Control Settings
  • Topic 4B: Troubleshoot Problems
    • Finding a Problem
      • Control Panel --> System and Security --> Find and fix problems
    • Recording a Problem
      • Start --> type "PSR" --> Start Record --> recreate problem --> Stop Record --> Save

Appendix A: Windows XP Virtual Mode in Windows 7 (How to set it up)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:10