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Windows 7 Taskbar
Taskbar features

Computer Notifications

Speaker Volume

Shows Desktop

Start Menu

A program pinned to the taskbar.

Shows hidden icons.

Internet Connection

Time and Calendar

For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Whats-new-with-the-Windows-7-taskbar

Live taskbar previews

By placing your cursor over a running program, a preview panel will appear to show all the running windows associated with that particular program.

For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/preview-an-open-window-on-the-desktopusing-peek

Running programs
When a program is running, it will have a glowed look to it.


When mutliple windows of the same program are running, they will have a stacked look.

You can pin your favorite and most frequently used programs along the taskbar. You can pin a program by opening it up, right-clicking on the icon, and clicking on Pin this program to taskbar. If you dont like the arrangement of the programs on the taskbar, you can rearrange them by left-clicking, holding, and dragging the icon of the program where youd like it placed. Keep in mind, there is a limited amount of programs you can pin onto the taskbar..


Jump lists
You can create jump lists for quick access to frequently used files, folders, or websites. To pin a file or folder, open up the file, right-click on the program icon. You will notice a section called Recent, the most recent opened document will be found nearest to the top. Hover the cursor over the file you would like to pin and left-click on the pin.

Now every time you right-click on the program icon, you will see the file you have pinned in the pinned list. To unpin the file, hover the cursor over the file and left-click on the pin.


To pin a favorite website, you can follow the same steps as pinning a file or folder as mentioned above. However, in some cases, you might need to pin a website by pulling down the website icon next to the web address. To do this, begin by typing in your favorite web address. In the address bar, locate the icon (located on the left directly next to the web URL),
If a website does not have a custom icon, a blank page icon will be available for you to left-click and drag like the ones shown here.

internet explorer


left-click on the icon, hold, and drag the icon into the web browser program icon that you are currently using and then let go of the hold.

Now you have successfully pinned your website.

For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Using-Jump-Lists-to-openprograms-and-items


Opening new windows

In Windows 7, clicking on a program icon that is currently open will not open another window. Instead, youll have to right click on the program you would like to open and click on the program name.

You can also open a new window by placing your cursor over the program icon and click on the icon using the middle (scroll bar) button on the mouse.

Changing the program icon display along the taskbar

If you prefer the older way the programs were displayed along the taskbar, you can change it by placing your cursor over the taskbar and right-clicking to display a menu and left-click on Properties.


Under the Taskbar tab in the Taskbar buttons section, left-click on the arrow to open a drop down menu and leftclick on Never combine. Then left-click on Apply and then OK.

Now you have successfully changed the appearance of the program icons on the taskbar.

If you want to combine the icons again, just follow all the steps mentioned above. However, this time select Always combine, hide labels from the list of options in the drop down menu. For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Change-how-buttons-appear-onthe-taskbar


Windows Side by Side

You can stack windows side by side allowing you to work from multiple programs at the same time. If you have two windows you would like to work from, you can arrange the two windows to sit side by side. To begin, place your cursor along the very top of the window where the name of the website, file, or folder is usually found and left-click in that area,

hold and drag the window to either the far right or left of the screen until you see a faint outline and let go.


Then follow the same steps mentioned above to move another window to the other side.

Now you have successfully arranged the windows to sit side by side.


Another way to arrange 2 or more windows side by side is to use a menu option from the taskbar. This option will arrange all the windows that are open and not minimized to sit side by side. Place your cursor over the taskbar and right-click to display a menu. From the menu click on Show windows side by side.

Now you have successfully arranged the windows to sit side by side.

If you have multiple monitors, a better option to arrange windows side by side is by using the keyboard shortcut. Click on the window you would like to move then press the Windows button (which looks like this ) and press either the () right or left () arrow key at the same time.
For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Arrange-windows-side-by-side-on-thedesktop-using-Snap 9|Page

Cool features
One nice feature is the convenient searching capability within your computer. To search for a file, folder, or program click on the start button to open the menu. Left-click inside the Search programs and files and type in your terms.

As you type your search terms, Windows 7 begins to search your computer and seperates the search results into three categories: Programs, Documents, and Files. From this menu, if you see what youre looking for then left-click on the item. If you do not see what youre looking for, you can expand the list of results by left-clicking on See more results.

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Windows Explorer
When you open Windows Explorer, you will find that it automatically opens to Libraries. Libraries gathers all of your documents, music, pictures, and videos in one place no matter where it is stored on your computer.

For more information about Libaries, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/enUS/windows7/products/features/libraries Or http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Working-with-files-and-folders You can pin a frequently used folder in the Favorites section of Windows Exlporer. To do this, first locate the folder in Windows Explorer. One you have located your folder, left-click, hold, and drag it over to the left side under Favorites until a pop up appears that says Create link in Favorites and let go.

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Now you have successfully pinned a folder in Favorites.

Windows 7 has improved upon the calculator and its functions. To see the functions of the calculator, leftclick on View.

Offers unit conversion and date calculation. You can also estimate your fuel economy, vehicle lease, and mortgage by clicking on Worksheets.

Changes the type of calculator.

For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/calculator

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Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool is an alternative to the Print Screen function. It allows you to select a specific part of the screen you would like to capture.

For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/snipping-tool

Sticky Notes
For quick information or reminders, Windows 7 offers sticky notes. A word of warning, you cant save sticky notes. You can move a sticky note around the desktop by leftclicking, holding, and dragging it into position.

Opens a new sticky note.

Deletes sticky note.

You can resize a sticky note by left-clicking here, holding, and dragging it to the size you want.

For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/sticky-notes

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Control Panel
If you want to customize your wallpaper, open the Control Panel window.

From the Control Panel under Appearance and Personalization, you can select to either change the theme or change only the background. If you would like to use your personal photos as a desktop background, then click on Change desktop background.

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To use your photos as your background click on the Change desktop background, and then click on the Browse button to open another window from which you can select the folder with your pictures. Then click on OK and Save Changes.

For more information visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/personalizing-your-pc Or http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/personalizing-your-computer

Screen Saver
To change your screen saver, from the Control Panel left- click on Appearance and Personalization.

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Under the Personalization section, left-click on Change screen saver

A screen saver window will open from which you can choose and personalize your settings.

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Internet Downloads-Firefox
A new feature in Windows 7 is the way downloads are being handled. The default setting in Windows 7 automatically directs all downloads to the downloads folder (which is located in under the Favorites section in Windows Explorer). If you would like to be asked where to save your download, follow the steps below for Firefox).

Changing the download settings

Open Firefox. Left-click on Firefox to expand a menu and left-click on Options and left-click on Options again.

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Under the General tab, you should see a Downloads section. You can change the location of where your downloads will be automatically downloaded to by clicking on the Browse button and selecting a new folder. Or you can select to choose the location of your download everytime you download something by left-clicking on Always ask me where to save files.

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Remote Desktop Connection

To change the settings for the remote desktop connection in order to have full use of the computer, open the Remote Desktop Connection program and left-click on Options to expand a menu.

Left-click on the Experience tab and left-click on the speed connection menu.

From the drop down menu, select LAN (the last option) by left-clicking on it.

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You should see every option check marked.

Left-click on the General tab to take you back to the login screen. Fill out your login information and left-click on Connect.

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Additional Help
What's new with the Windows desktop?

Getting started with Windows 7


Getting around the desktop


Changing Windows settings


Rearrange buttons on the taskbar


Using Jump Lists to open programs and items


Finding your files


Using e-mail and the Internet


Networking, e-mail, and getting online


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Keyboard Shortcuts
Microsoft Corporation. (2011). Keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft Windows. Retrieved September 20, 2011, from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Keyboard-shortcuts

Press this key

Windows logo key Windows logo key +Pause Windows logo key +D Windows logo key +M Windows logo key +Shift+M Windows logo key +E Windows logo key +F Ctrl+Windows logo key +F Windows logo key +L Windows logo key +R Windows logo key +T Windows logo key +number +number +number +number

To do this
Open or close the Start menu. Display the System Properties dialog box. Display the desktop. Minimize all windows. Restore minimized windows to the desktop. Open Computer. Search for a file or folder. Search for computers (if you're on a network). Lock your computer or switch users. Open the Run dialog box. Cycle through programs on the taskbar. Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program. Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D. Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D. Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area. Preview the desktop. Maximize the window. Maximize the window to the left side of the screen. Maximize the window to the right side of the screen. Minimize the window. Minimize all but the active window. Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen. Move a window from one monitor to another. Choose a presentation display mode. Cycle through gadgets.
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Shift+Windows logo key Ctrl+Windows logo key Alt+Windows logo key Windows logo key

+Tab +Tab +B

Ctrl+Windows logo key Ctrl+Windows logo key Windows logo key Windows logo key Windows logo key Windows logo key Windows logo key Windows logo key Windows logo key Windows logo key Right Arrow Windows logo key Windows logo key

+Spacebar +Up Arrow +Left Arrow +Right Arrow +Down Arrow +Home +Shift+Up Arrow +Shift+Left Arrow or +P +G

Press this key

Windows logo key Windows logo key +U +X

To do this
Open Ease of Access Center. Open Windows Mobility Center.

Windows Explorer Keyboard shortcuts Press this key

Ctrl+N Ctrl+W Ctrl+Shift+N End Home F11 Ctrl+Period (.) Ctrl+Comma (,) Num Lock+Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad Num Lock+Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Num Lock+Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad Left Arrow Alt+Enter Alt+P Alt+Left Arrow Backspace Right Arrow Alt+Right Arrow Alt+Up Arrow Ctrl+Shift+E Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Alt+D Ctrl+E Ctrl+F

To do this
Open a new window Close the current window Create a new folder Display the bottom of the active window Display the top of the active window Maximize or minimize the active window Rotate a picture clockwise Rotate a picture counter-clockwise Display all subfolders under the selected folder Display the contents of the selected folder Collapse the selected folder Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the parent folder Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item Display the preview pane View the previous folder View the previous folder Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder View the next folder View the parent folder Display all folders above the selected folder Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons Select the address bar Select the search box Select the search box

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Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts Press this key To do this

Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program as an administrator Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button Show the window menu for the program Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the windows of the group

Magnifier Keyboard Shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Windows logo key + Plus Sign (+) or Minus Sign (-) Zoom in or out Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar Preview the desktop in full-screen mode Ctrl+Alt+F Switch to full-screen mode Ctrl+Alt+L Switch to lens mode Ctrl+Alt+D Switch to docked mode Ctrl+Alt+I Invert colors Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys Pan in the direction of the arrow keys Ctrl+Alt+R Resize the lens Exit Magnifier Windows logo key + Esc
For more Keyboard shortcuts visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Keyboard-shortcuts

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