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Webucator's Free Windows 7 Tutorial

Lesson: Getting Started with Windows 7

Welcome to our free Windows 7 tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Windows 7 course.

Now that you are familiar with how to log on to the Windows 7 interface, the next step is exploring how to use Windows, as well as useful Windows 7 tools, including Windows Explorer and Help and Support.

Lesson Goals

  • Learn how to work with windows.
  • Learn how to use the Windows 7 tools.
  • Learn how to work with files and folders in Windows 7.
  • Learn how to access Windows Help and Support.

Using Windows

Working with windows allows you to organize your desktop as you work, allowing you to personalize your workflow to suit your needs.

Use Window Buttons

When working with an open window in Windows 7, you can use the three buttons in the upper-right corner:

  1. Minimize: Clicking the Minimize button removes the window from the open view on the desktop, but it remains accessible on the taskbar.
  2. Restore Down/Maximize: When a window is fully maximized, the middle button is the Restore Down button. Clicking it makes the window smaller. When the window is smaller, the button is labeled Maximize, and clicking it restores the window to its largest state.
  3. Close: Clicking the Close button fully closes the window. If you are working with a file and have made changes, you will be prompted to save your work.

Use Aero Snap

A new feature of Windows 7 that allows you to quickly maximize or minimize an open window is Aero Snap.

To use Aero Snap to maximize a window:

  1. Click the title bar of the open window.
  2. Drag it to the top of the desktop, and note that the outline of that window now fills the entire screen.
  3. Release the mouse button to maximize the window.
  4. To return the window to its previous size, click and drag the title bar away from the top of the desktop.

Exploring the Windows 7 Tools

Windows 7 provides new and familiar tools you can work with.

Windows 7 Calculator

If you have used previous versions of Windows, you will be familiar with the Windows Calculator. In Windows 7, the Calculator can be used as a basic calculator, as well as a scientific, programming, and statistical calculator.

To use the Calculator:

  1. Select the Start menu button.
  2. In the Search programs and files text box, type "calculator".
  3. Select the Calculator.
  4. Select View.
  5. Select a mode.
  6. Type in your calculation.

Snipping Tool

One of the new features of Windows 7 is the Snipping Tool. You can use the Snipping Tool to take a screenshot of an item on your screen.

To use the Snipping Tool:

  1. Select the Start menu button.
  2. In the Search programs and files text box, type "snipping tool".
  3. Select the Snipping Tool.
  4. The Snipping Tool dialog box appears.
  5. Drag to select an area to capture.
  6. The mark-up window is displayed, showing the screenshot.
  7. To save the screenshot, select the File menu, and select Save As.
  8. Type a name in the File name text box, and click Save.

Using Windows Explorer to Locate Files and Folders

If you have worked with previous versions of Windows, you may be familiar with Windows Explorer, a way to browse and work with files and folders on your computer.

To access Windows Explorer in Windows 7:

  1. Right-click the Start menu button.
  2. Select Open Windows Explorer.
  3. In the Search Libraries text box in the upper-right corner of the window, enter your search term.
  4. You will notice the drop-down area that appears, allowing you to filter your search. If you want to add a filter, select the search filter to add, and then select an option.
  5. This search is dynamic, meaning that as you type, results appear below.
  6. To select a file or folder from the search list, double-click it.

Working with Files and Folders in Windows 7

Files in Windows 7 are represented by icons. For example, the following is an icon for a Microsoft Word document on Windows 7:

Folders are represented by folder icons:

Create New Files and Folders

To create a new folder:

  1. Navigate to the location where you want to place the new folder.
  2. Right-click and select New.
  3. Select Folder.
  4. The folder will be displayed, with the default name "New folder."
  5. To change the name, type the new name for the folder, and then press Enter.

Most of the time, you will want to use a specific program to create a new file. For example, if you want to create a new Word document, you would simply open Word and it would display a new, blank document. Once you created your new file, you need to save it.

To save a new file:

  1. Select the Save option.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, type a new file name for your file.
  3. Click Save.

Delete Files and Folders

To optimize space on your computer, it is a good practice to delete files and folders you no longer use. However, it is important to note that when you delete a folder, you delete everything that resides in that folder, as well. Therefore, it is essential to verify that you do indeed want to make your deletion.

To delete a file or folder:

  1. Select the file or folder icon.
  2. Press Delete.
  3. In the dialog box that appears, click Yes to confirm the deletion.

Windows 7 Help and Support

You can quickly find answers to questions about working with Windows 7 using Windows Help and Support.

To access Help and Support:

  1. Select the Start menu button.
  2. Select Help and Support.
  3. In the Search Help text box, type a term to search on.
  4. Click Search Help.
  5. Windows returns a list of articles related to the search term.
  6. Click an article's link to read the article.