A Guide to Windows 7

MatthewA By MatthewA, 23rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Windows 7 was a Windows OS enhanced and revamped in a few ways. For example, the revamped taskbar is the most obvious enhancement that this Windows OS has. For those not familiar with Windows 7, here's a brief guide to this exciting and innovative Windows OS.

The Desktop

To begin with the desktop, which is where you can pin a variety of software shortcuts; to add a software application shortcut, right-click the software icon and then select send to and desktop. Then a shortcut will be added to the desktop. Any deleted files are also added to the Recycle Bin, which is always included as a shortcut at the top left of the desktop. To further customize the desktop, for example by changing wallpaper and the desktop theme, right-click the desktop and select Personalize for more options. By selecting the Gadgets option you can also add Windows gadget to the desktop such as clocks, calendar and weather forecasts. Along the bottom of the desktop is the taskbar, which is where windows are minimized. Select a window from the taskbar to maximize it. In addition to this, there is a clock on the right side which you can select to open a calendar.

Windows 7 Start Menu

The Start Menu is located on the bottom left of the desktop. That is where various software shortcuts are included, as well as shortcuts to other parts of the OS that are on the right side of the Start Menu. Here you can open your documents folder, pictures, music, Windows Explorer, control panel and Windows 7 support. At the bottom of the Start Menu there is also a Shutdown option, which you should select to turn off the PC. The Start Menu also includes Jump Lists, which are software application shortcuts to recently opened documents. To view the Jump Lists, select the small arrow on the right side of the application. You can pin recently opened documents to these Jump Lists so they stay there by selecting the Pin to list option on the right side of the documents. In addition to this, software shortcuts can also be added to the taskbar by right-clicking them and selecting the Pin to taskbar option.

Windows 7 Control Panel

The Control Panel is where you can adjust various system settings, and can be reached via the Start Menu. The various system setting options come under the following sub-headings: system and security, network, hardware & audio, programs, user accounts, personalization, clock & regional settings and ease of access. When you want to remove software from Windows, select the Program option and Uninstall software. Here you can select and remove any installed software.

Windows Explorer

Among the most essential W7 system accessories is Windows Explorer, which has a shortcut on the left side of the taskbar. Explorer is the software for browsing your hard-disk. Select the C: drive and then you browse the various folders. Most applications may be included under program files, but this depends largely on where you install them; and you can set up various subfolders for software.

Searching Windows 7

However, if you are not sure where a certain folder and file is, then W7 has search tools to find them. To search for software applications or more specific document files, input the title of the software application, or saved document name, and then Windows 7 will display a variety of matching software or documents. You can open software or files from this search list.

Keyboard shortcuts

Windows 7 has lots of keyboard shortcuts as well. By pressing a specific keyboard combination, you can open various applications or select other options. For example, if you want to copy something to the clipboard you can select the text or image and press Ctrl + C, and then Ctrl + V to paste it somewhere. Press the start key, on the left side of the Alt key, which will select and open the start menu. By pressing Alt and Tab, you can bring up the tab menu and shuffle through your minimized windows on the taskbar, or pressing the start key and tab includes the 3D effect for this. Overall, there are lots of similar Windows 7 keyboards which Windows 7 lists within its tutorial topics.

Windows 7 Media Center

The software has the Media Center that you can open from the Start Menu. The Media Center is where W7 brings together its variety of media options. As such, from the Media Center you can play music, videos, and open picture documents and slideshows among other options.

This is just a brief guide for the Windows 7 OS. Of course, Windows 7 has many more options that have not been covered here. For further details, consider reviewing some of the Windows 7 support topics or visit the Microsoft website.


Software, Windows, Windows 7

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