Understanding Windows 7

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Organize Your Open Windows in Windows 7

While working in Windows 7, you may end up with a screen overflowing with open windows. Organize those open windows in Windows 7 by using the hints in this table: [more…]

How to Use Aero Snap in Windows 7 to Resize Windows

Windows 7 includes several "gesture" features that can save you a lot of time. Foremost among them: a half-window docking capability that Microsoft calls Aero Snap. You can use Aero Snap in Windows 7 to [more…]

How to Use Aero Shake in Windows 7

Windows 7 includes several "gesture" features that can save you a lot of time. One that’s gotten a lot of buzz is the Aero Shake. You can use the Aero Shake feature in Windows 7 to keep your desktop workspace [more…]

The Different Versions of Windows 7

Windows XP had two versions: home and business. Windows Vista split into five different versions. Windows 7 boasts six different versions, but the versions are much easier to figure out. [more…]

Running Windows 7 for the First Time

If you’re running Windows 7 for the first time, click the Start button and click Getting Started to visit the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center covers just about everything you need to get Windows 7 up [more…]

How to Use Windows 7 Logo Key Shortcuts

Most keyboards now have a special Windows logo key. Because these keyboards are so prevalent, Windows 7 has increased the number of keyboard shortcuts that use this key. You can use Windows logo key shortcuts [more…]

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts save time and show off your Windows 7 prowess. Make Windows 7 do your bidding faster by using these handy keyboard shortcuts: [more…]

Useful Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts while working in Windows 7 minimizes keystrokes and saves time. Many of the following shortcuts work in any Windows 7 program or document, although a few apply only to specific [more…]

New in Windows 7 — For XP or Vista Users

If you're upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP or Windows Vista, you'll find pleasant improvements with the new features in Windows 7. Here’s how those new features stand out in Windows 7: [more…]

Helpful Hints for Working in Windows 7

Many people are dragged into using Windows 7 without a choice because their new computers probably came with Windows 7 installed. Working in Windows 7 isn't so hard if you consider the helpful hints in [more…]

How to Use Windows Explorer in Windows 7

In Windows 7, use Windows Explorer to discover what your computer has to offer. With Windows Explorer, you can navigate through Windows 7 libraries and folders, preview content details, and use keywords [more…]

Explore the Windows 7 Start Menu and Taskbar

Use the Windows 7 Start menu and taskbar to run programs such as Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and Windows 7 accessories. The menu and taskbar will also help you find documents and manage your computer [more…]

How to Activate Windows 7

When you buy a copy of Windows 7 in a shrink-wrapped box, you’re allowed to install it on one — and onlyone — PC. To ensure that you stick to that guideline, you’re required to activate Windows 7 within [more…]

How to Restart a Windows 7 Computer with the Last Known Good Configuration

If you’ve recently installed a new device driver and your computer stops running properly, you need to get rid of the new driver in order to get things going again. In other words, you need to restart [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Problems Using the Windows 7 Action Center

Windows 7 features many automated tools to help you pull yourself out of errors. The first place you should go to troubleshoot problems is the Windows 7 Action Center. The Action Center is packed with [more…]

How to Set Up Speech Recognition in Windows 7

The Speech Recognition feature in Windows 7 allows you to input data into a document using speech rather than a keyboard or a mouse. The Speech Recognition feature has been around for a while now, but [more…]

Exploring Windows 7's Help and Support Options

When you know you need help, but you're not sure what the best kind of help is, try exploring Windows 7's Help and Support Center. For Windows 7, Microsoft has expanded the Help and Support Center coverage [more…]

Getting to Know the Windows 7 Start Menu

As with Windows Vista and Windows XP, the blue Start button in the bottom-left corner can lead you to just about anywhere on a PC. Although the Windows 7 Start Menu is similar to previous versions, there [more…]

How to Set Up the Windows 7 Text to Speech Feature for Excel 2007

Before you can use the Windows 7 Text to Speech feature with Excel 2007, you must first add the Speak commands to the Excel Quick Access toolbar. Once you've set up Excel 2007 to recognize Windows 7's [more…]

How to Add or Remove Parts of Windows 7

Just as you can install and uninstall programs, you can add or remove parts of Windows 7 to suit your needs. Thanks to a few lawsuits, Windows 7 gives your much more control over what Windows applications [more…]

How to Deal with Windows Activation Technology for Windows 7

If you start receiving Windows Activation Technologies warnings and errors, you need to know how to deal with the problem quickly to repair any loss of functionality. Windows 7 uses Windows Activation [more…]

How to Use Jump Lists in Windows 7

One of the big changes in Windows 7 is the redesign of the taskbar with its Jump Lists. You can use the Jump Lists like shortcuts to the files you use most frequently with an application. For example, [more…]

Using the Scenic Ribbon with Windows 7

In an effort to improve the functionality and speed of Windows, Microsoft added what they are calling Windows Scenic. You’ll primarily notice Windows Scenic most when you use the Scenic Ribbons in Windows [more…]

How to Modify Windows 7's Text to Speech Settings

If you use Windows’ handy Text to Speech feature with Excel (or any other program), you can modify two different settings: the voice you hear and the speed at which it reads. You can use Windows’ Text [more…]

How to Choose Between 32-Bit and 64-Bit Versions of Windows 7

Windows 7 Home Premium is available in both a 32-bit model and a 64-bit model. Although both types of Windows 7 look and act the same on the surface, the way they work is quite different. How do you choose [more…]

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