Laptops & Tablets For Seniors

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For Seniors: Shut Down Your Laptop with Windows 7

To shut down your laptop safely, you must log off Windows 7 properly. Windows lets you log off normally, or by hibernating, sleeping, restarting, or switching users. [more…]

For Seniors: Log Onto Your Laptop with Windows 7

Logging onto Windows is a process that typically involves turning on the laptop and typing in your password. Logging onto Windows the very first time is slightly different, but no more difficult. [more…]

For Seniors: Set the Date and Time in Windows 7

Windows 7 normally keeps good track of the current date and time, but often with a new computer, you have to change the Windows time zone to match your location so it can maintain time accurately. [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Windows 7 User Account

Windows 7 allows you to create different user accounts so each person who uses the computer can work with his or her personal Windows environment. After multiple user accounts are created, each user of [more…]

For Seniors: Managing Power on a Windows 7 Laptop

Managing battery life (the length of time it takes your laptop to run out of power) is important because without battery power, your laptop must be plugged in in order to use it. [more…]

For Seniors: Power Plans for a Windows 7 Laptop

A Windows 7 power plan can help you manage the battery life of your laptop. Windows 7 power plans have preset timings for actions such as dimming your screen or putting your computer to sleep. Managing [more…]

For Seniors: Customize a Windows 7 Power Plan

Windows 7 power plans can be customized to control precisely when the display dims or turns off, or the computer goes to sleep after a period of inactivity. By customizing a Windows 7 power plan, you can [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…]

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: Start a Windows 7 Program Automatically

If you use a Windows 7 program often, you can have it launch automatically every time you start your computer. Having Windows automatically start your favorite programs for you whenever you startup your [more…]

For Seniors: Access an Online Program Through Your Laptop

Online programs are complete applications that you can access with your laptop, from anywhere you have Internet access. The benefits of online programs are obvious — you save hard drive space on your laptop [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…]

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