Windows Basics for Seniors

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For Seniors: How to Choose a Version of Windows for Your Computer

Choosing your new computer’s operating system (software that runs all the programs and organizes data on your computer) will be one of your first decisions. The current version of Windows is called Windows [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install a New Computer Program

You install new computer programs so that you can do new things by using those programs — things you can’t do with the programs you already have. You can install a program to add new capabilities to your [more…]

For Seniors: How to Navigate the Windows 7 Desktop

Microsoft Windows 7 is a special type of program or software called an operating system. Windows 7 gives a computer essential functions that enable you to run other programs and work with documents, photos [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work with the Windows in Microsoft Windows

Windows, with a capital W, gets its name from its main feature: windows, with a lowercase w. Getting comfortable with Windows means learning to open, close, resize, move, and switch between windows, which [more…]

For Seniors: How to Open a Computer Program

Now that you have a computer, you probably want to run and manage software programs, from programs that manage your finances to a great animated game of bingo. By using the best methods for accessing and [more…]

For Seniors: How to Customize the Windows Taskbar

You can customize the location and appearance of the Windows taskbar. The taskbar contains icons (buttons) for open windows, as well as icons that are pinned to the taskbar so that you can open those windows [more…]

For Seniors: How to Switch Between Open Computer Programs

You don’t have to close a computer program to open or switch to another application. You can use the Alt+Tab key to cycle between the programs. You can see all open programs by looking at the Windows 7 [more…]

For Seniors: How to Close a Computer Program

You’ve spent hours creating the perfect document, and now you’re done working with your computer. Before you call it a day, make sure that you save any open documents and close any open computer programs [more…]

For Seniors: How to Resize a Window on Your Computer

When you open a program window on your computer, you can resize the window to best fit your needs. You can maximize the window to fill the whole screen, restore it down to a smaller window, or minimize [more…]

For Seniors: How to Empty Your Computer’s Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin on your computer holds recently deleted items. Your old files sit in the Recycle Bin, and you can retrieve them until you empty it or until it reaches its maximum size limit, and Windows [more…]

For Seniors: How to Create a Shortcut to a Computer File or Folder

Desktop shortcuts are icons that reside on your computer’s desktop and provide a shortcut to opening a software program or file. These handy little icons give you quick access to items you use on a frequent [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change Your Computer’s Desktop Background

The Windows desktop gives you the flexibility to personalize it. You can display your favorite picture of your grandchildren on your desktop or use the color of your choice as your background. The possibilities [more…]

For Seniors: How to Choose a Desktop Theme for Your Computer

Windows has built-in desktop themes that you can apply to quickly change the look of your computer’s desktop. These desktop themes save sets of elements that include menu appearance, background colors [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set Up a Screen Saver for Your Computer

If you want an animated sequence to appear on your desktop when your computer isn’t in use for a period of time, set up a screen saver. Screen savers are animations that appear after your computer has [more…]

For Seniors: How to Create a New User Account on Your Computer

If multiple users will be using the same computer, you may want to create a new account for each person. Windows allows you to create multiple user accounts. Each account saves certain settings and allows [more…]

For Seniors: How to Switch between User Accounts on Your Computer

You can set up several user accounts for your computer, which helps you save and access specific user settings and provide privacy for each user’s files with passwords. You don’t have to turn off your [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change Your Computer’s User Account Picture

Not only can each person who uses your computer have his own user account, but each user can add a picture to user account. So if you don’t like the picture associated with your user account, you’re in [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set the Date and Time on Your Computer

The date and clock on your computer keep good time, but you might have to provide the correct date and time for your location. To set the date and time on your computer: [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set Your Computer’s Screen Resolution

You can modify your screen resolution setting, which controls how sharp and detailed a picture your screen displays. You can adjust your screen resolution to not only affect the crispness of images on [more…]

For Seniors: How to Remove a Program from Your Computer

If you don’t use a program on your computer, you may want to consider removing, or uninstalling, it. Removing a program from your computer may improve your computer’s performance, which can get bogged [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use Microsoft Windows Accessories

Windows 7 includes a few programs called accessories, such as the clock and Paint. You can start any accessory from the Start menu. If the program already appears on the Start menu [more…]

For Seniors: How to Listen to Music on Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player plays media. The term media on computers refers to something other than text: Audio and video are examples of media. Audio is a catchall term for music and other sound files, such [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work with Digital Photos in Windows

Windows 7 makes working with digital photos easy. You can pick and choose photos to look at or display a group of photos in a slide show. You can even make a favorite photo your desktop background so you [more…]

For Seniors: Close a Windows Program on Your Laptop

When you are through with a Windows program, close it to save computer resources. Closing a Windows program removes its window from the screen and the taskbar, and removes the program from memory. Before [more…]

For Seniors: Understand Your Laptop's Windows 7 Desktop

The Windows 7 desktop appears when you log on to your laptop. On the desktop you'll find the Windows Start menu, taskbar, and shortcuts to favorite programs and files. You can use various elements of the [more…]

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