Most basic computer users only need to know a few things about their operating system. In these tutorials we will cover the basics of Windows 7. We will start with the Start menu, desktop and screen saver then move through the control panel and explore the topics of user accounts, Appearance and Themes, printers, mouse, folder options and sound. We will then move onto file structure and windows updates. Enjoy the easy to follow tutorials and please feel free to email me with any questions.
Lets' get started with learning about the start menu and desktop. The Windows start menu is where you will find and access all of your programs and settings. Click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your working screen. The Windows 7 Start Menu will look like this.
The left hand column is a list of recently used programs and will change as you use your computer. The right hand column is where you will see the standard menu including the control panel, device and printer manager and help.
Below the left hand column is a search box. In this box you can type a file name, folder name, program, or extension and search for the location on the computer. If you do not press enter after your search your list of matching items will appear above the search box in the start menu. By clicking the magnifying glass or pressing enter a window will open with a list of the matching items.
Below the right hand column start menu options is the shut down button. Clicking the button will shut down the computer properly. If you would like more options click the arrow on the button to get a list of options. The first option is to switch users. This will keep the current user logged into the computer and bring you back to the sign in window to log into another account. Log off will log the user off closing all programs and return you to the sign in menu. Lock will lock the computer so a password will have to be entered before being able to log back on. Any open programs will remain open until the closed by the user or the computer is shut down. Restart will log off all users shut down the computer and reboot it to the log in menu. Sleep will keep all programs running but shut down the monitor and non essential components of the computer. It will keep any programs open but will only use minimum resources to keep the computer running. Hibernate is used primarily for laptops. It uses even less power than sleep mode by placing your open work on your hard drive and turning your computer off with the ability to recover any open work when the computer is turned back on.
That wraps up the start menu options for Windows 7. Click next to move onto the Windows 7 Desktop tutorial.