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Windows Basics for Seniors

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For Seniors: Use a Laptop's Windows 7 Start Menu

Use the Windows 7 Start menu on your laptop to access your laptop's settings, files, folders, and software. You can customize the Windows Start menu if you like, to fit the way you like to work on your [more…]

For Seniors: Create Windows 7 Shortcuts on a Laptop

Shortcuts are icons you put on the Windows 7 desktop for quick access to programs or files you use frequently. On a laptop, shortcuts are especially useful for users who may have to get to what they need [more…]

For Seniors: Start a Windows Program on a Laptop

Before you can use a Windows program on your laptop, you have to start it (launch the program). Windows provides several ways to start programs; choose the method you like best. [more…]

For Seniors: Arrange Windows on a Windows Laptop Quickly

Using the Shake, Snap, and Peek features in Windows 7, you can quickly arrange windows on your laptop. You can minimize all windows, align them side-by-side, maximize a window, or take a quick peek at [more…]

For Seniors: Customize Your Windows Laptop’s Display

Customize your Windows laptop’s display by changing the Windows screen resolution, desktop background, window appearance, or screen saver. Customizing the appearance of your Windows laptop not only makes [more…]

For Seniors: Choose a Windows 7 Theme for Your Laptop

Windows 7 has built-in themes that you can apply to change the appearance of your windows, desktop background, screen saver, and even mouse cursors and system sounds. Windows themes are coordinated settings [more…]

For Seniors: Change the Color, Font, or Size of Windows Elements

You can modify the appearance of Windows 7 elements one by one. For example, you can change the color, font, or size of menus, windows, icons, scrollbars, and other Windows elements. [more…]

For Seniors: Open a File on Your Laptop

Files contain data, and when you open them, you can make changes. One way to open a file is to locate it first in Windows Explorer/Computer (the file management program in Windows). [more…]

For Seniors: Search for a Windows File

Search for files you can't locate in the Computer window of Windows 7. Search can not only look through filenames, but also the contents of files to find a match. [more…]

For Seniors: Create Shortcuts to Favorite Files and Folders

In Windows, you can create shortcuts to your favorite files and folders to make them easier to open. Shortcuts to files or folders are placed on the Windows desktop where you can use them to open the file [more…]

For Seniors: Add a File to Your Windows Favorites List

The Favorites list in the Windows Start menu offers another quick way to access frequently used files and folders. Add favorite files and folders to the Start menu and to the Navigation pane in Windows [more…]

For Seniors: Find Windows' Gadgets Online

Windows provides gadgets through its Desktop Gadget gallery, although you can search for more gadgets online. Gadgets are useful apps, and you'll find a collection of them on Microsoft's website. [more…]

For Seniors: Using Windows Desktop Gadgets

Gadgets are little applications (such as a clock or a calendar) you can display as icons on the Windows 7 desktop. Using Windows gadgets, you can quickly check the weather, review your calendar, check [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Clock Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Clock gadget on your Windows desktop, you can easily keep track of time. The Clock gadget allows you to change clock styles and set different time zones if needed. A gadget, by the way, is a small [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Slide Show Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Slide Show gadget on your Windows desktop, you can display a continuous show of the pictures. The Slide Show gadget allows you to select the folder of pictures to use, the number of seconds to [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Puzzle Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Puzzle gadget on your Windows desktop, you can play a quick game and relieve mental stress. The Puzzle gadget displays a mixed-up picture; your job is to put it right again. You can even time [more…]

For Seniors: Add the CPU Monitor Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the CPU Meter gadget on your Windows desktop, you can track your laptop's performance. If your laptop is acting sluggish, the CPU Meter gadget can tell you if the CPU is working hard and if memory [more…]

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