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Windows 7 For Seniors For Dummies

From Windows 7 For Seniors For Dummies by Mark Justice Hinton

New to Windows 7? You can quickly take charge of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system by knowing how to use the Start Menu and taskbar, Windows Explorer, new features (for Windows XP and Vista users), and keyboard shortcuts for common Windows 7 tasks.

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, printers, and other peripherals. Use this visual guide to help to start exploring:

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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 to search for specific documents. Here's a look at the Libraries folder:

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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 circumstances, as noted:

Keys Action
Ctrl+A Selects all text or objects in a document or window
Ctrl+C Copies the selected text or objects to the Clipboard
Ctrl+X Cuts (removes) the selected text or objects to the Clipboard
Ctrl+V Pastes text or objects from the Clipboard to the cursor location
Ctrl+Z Undoes the most recent action
Ctrl+S Saves the current document
Win (the Windows logo key) Opens the Start menu
Win+D Displays the desktop (minimizes all windows); repeat keystroke to restore open windows
Win+E Opens Windows Explorer on the Computer
Win+G Displays desktop gadgets on top of open windows
Win+X Opens the Windows Mobility Center on laptops
Win+Tab or Alt+Tab Switch between open applications
F11 Display window full-screen (not all applications)

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:

  • Search the Start menu: XP users have to hunt for programs on the Start menu. Windows 7 improves upon Vista’s feature for typing into the Start search box what you want to open (program or document name or content). Opening anything could hardly be faster or easier.

  • Taskbar icons: You can now start a program that is pinned to the taskbar (always there). Taskbar icons indicate the number of windows open in a program and the progress in its background activities.

  • Jump lists: With a right-click or click and drag, taskbar icons display lists of recently opened documents and shortcuts to common tasks for that program, such as creating a new document or playing all your music.

  • Fewer UAC alerts: User Account Control security alerts occur much less often than in Vista but still provide essential security from programs you don’t intend to run.

  • Action Center: Security and maintenance alerts appear in the Action Center, making it easier for you to assess your computer’s condition and take appropriate action.

  • Aero Peek: Open windows turn transparent with Aero Peek so that you see through to the desktop, gadgets, and other windows that you might want to switch to (with Alt+Tab).

  • Themes with automatic background changes: Instead of having one static background picture on your desktop, you can use themes to change the picture regularly in a new kind of slideshow on the desktop.

  • Calculator history: Like the paper tape of old, the new calculator displays each of the steps you take in a calculation, and you can copy this history for pasting elsewhere.

  • Device Stage: Devices such as printers and flash drives can display more detailed information and options than ever before.

  • Improved Backup: Windows 7 provides a built-in backup program that can automatically backup your most important documents or your entire computer to a flash drive or portable hard drive.

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