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Become a Windows 7 Power User Richard Corzo March 1, 2011 Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
DESKTOP CUSTOMIZATION Start menu, taskbar, gadgets Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Windows 7 Themes Desktop backgrounds Window color Sounds Screen saver Pick one… Right click desktop Select Personalize Choose an Aero Theme, or click Get more themes onlineGet more themes online Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Your Desktop— Is almost always covered up. It’s icons are rearranged upon changing resolution. Doesn’t show a folder hierarchy.So… It’s not a good Start menu It’s not a good place to store files Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Quit the habit… Right click the desktop Select View Uncheck Show desktop icons Instead… Use the Start menu, taskbar, or keyboard shortcuts for starting programs Use your home (a.k.a. personal) folder to store files Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Start menu Left side has program shortcuts ◦ Frequently used and pinned programs ◦ All Programs leads to traditional hierarchical Start menu ◦ Back goes back to recent list Right side has places: personal folder, Computer, Control Panel Search box Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Search box Find programs, files Locations and file types searched are controlled by Indexing Options in Control Panel Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Jump lists Recent documents or websites, or Tasks To access, right click taskbar icon, or click triangle next to Start menu shortcut Pin or unpin recent items Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Taskbar… Combines open tasks and XP’s Quick Launch bar. Pin your most needed programs to the taskbar (or Start menu) to replace Quick Launch bar Labels next to icons of open tasks are optional Use Aero Peek at right end of taskbar to reveal desktop ◦ Click once to minimize windows ◦ Click again to restore windows Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Customize the Taskbar Right click and select Properties… Hide labels or use small icons to make room for more open tasks Auto-hide taskbar to make more vertical room on widescreen displays Unlock taskbar temporarily to change position of pinned programs Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Keyboard shortcuts Right click Start menu shortcut Select Properties Click in Shortcut key box and press desired shortcut keys To avoid conflict with application shortcut key, try Ctrl + Shift + Alt + letter Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Notification area Formerly known as System Tray. Hidden icons now live in a usually hidden window. Choose behavior: Show/Hide icon and notifications, or Only show notifications. Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Gadgets for the Desktop Built-in weather, clock, calendar, etc. Good third party gadgets may be hard to find... These work for me: ◦ Multi Meter (Dual Core) ◦ Stocks for Windows 7 ◦ PackageMapping.com—package tracking ◦ Pandora—from Pandora, 64-bit requires 64-bit Flash Set opacity on gadgets to reveal background Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
APPLICATIONS IN WINDOWS 7 What’s missing, installing new, 64-bit Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Aero Snap To maximize window height, drag window border to top or bottom edge of screen To compare two documents, drag one to right and one to left edge of screen Nudge window to snap it back into its former shape Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Missing from Windows 7… Mail program (Outlook Express/Windows Mail) Calendar (Vista had Windows Calendar) Address book (Vista had Windows Contacts) Windows Photo Gallery Windows Movie Maker Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Windows Live Essentials 2011 Download from http://explore.live.com/windows-live- essentials to get Windows Live— http://explore.live.com/windows-live- essentials Messenger Mail (including Calendar and Contacts) Photo Gallery Movie Maker Mesh (sync folders, IE favorites) Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
INSTALLING APPLICATIONS Be discriminate on what you install Don’t use express/standard install Pay attention to options: Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
64-bit vs. 32-bit Windows 7 64-bit requires at least 2GB of RAM With 64-bit Windows use 64-bit programs when available 64-bit Windows 7 has 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer Use Internet Explorer (64-bit) to find 64- bit programs to download, for example Java, iTunes Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
ORGANIZING AND SHARING DOCUMENTS Libraries, Homegroups Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Libraries Collect folders of the same type from different locations: ◦ Documents ◦ Music ◦ Pictures ◦ Videos Define your own libraries, for example, Downloads ◦ Select folder and click Include in library > Create new library Libraries show up in Windows Explorer windows and open/save dialogs Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Networking Network and Sharing Center Home vs. Work network— Both are private networks Only Home network can create or join a homegroup Homegroup — A way to share libraries (instead of individual folders) with just a common homegroup password Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Windows Firewall Home/work versus public networks Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
MAINTENANCE FEATURES Backup and Restore, Performance, Command Prompt Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Control Panel Windows XP Accessibility Options Add Hardware, Bluetooth Devices, Game Controllers, Portable Media Devices, Printers and Faxes, Scanners and Cameras Add or Remove Programs Automatic Updates Display Network Connections Security Center Windows 7 Ease of Access Center Devices and Printers Default Programs, Programs and Features Windows Update Color Management, Display, Personalization Network and Sharing Center Action Center Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Backup and Restore Included in all editions Can back up to network on Windows 7 Professional and above (but test this!) Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Performance Performance Information and Tools Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
Command Prompt To run some commands you will need to Run as administrator Permanent fix: ◦ Right click Command Prompt shortcut to select Properties ◦ Click Advanced… ◦ Check Run as administrator Copyright © 2011 Richard Corzo
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