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Windows 7 Simplified

Windows 7 Simplified

Paul McFedries

ISBN: 978-1-118-15723-7

Jul 2011

272 pages

Select type: E-Book



This full color book uses the Visual approach to cover the new features of Windows 7 and provide step-by-step instructions for readers who are entirely new to the subject. Inside readers will find tasks on topics such as: Windows 7 basics, creating movies, sharing their computer, working with and managing files, browsing the Web, and new ways to customize Windows to work for them. This book covers the new features of Windows 7, including: the interface and the new and improved Internet Explorer. A more sophisticated interior appeals to a wide ranging audience who will appreciate the colorful images and easy to follow instructions.

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1 Getting Started with Windows

Start Windows 7 4

What You Can Do with Windows 7 6

The Windows 7 Screen 7

Using a Mouse with Windows 7 8

Get Help  10

Activate Your Copy of Windows 7 12

Restart Windows 7 14

Shut Down Windows 7 15

2 Launching and Working with Programs

Install a Program 18

Change or Repair a Program Installation 20

Start a Program 22

Understanding Program Windows 23

Using Pull-Down Menus 24

Using Toolbars 25

Understanding Dialog Box Controls 26

Using Dialog Boxes 28

Work with Program Windows 30

Using Scrollbars 36

Switch Between Programs 38

Take Advantage of Program Jump Lists 40

Uninstall a Program 42

3 Creating and Editing Documents

Understanding Documents 46

Create a Document 47

Save a Document 48

Open a Document 50

Edit Document Text 52

Change the Text Font 56

Find Text 58

Replace Text 60

Print a Document 62

4 Working with Images

Open the Pictures Library 66

Preview an Image 67

View Your Images 68

Scan an Image 70

Import Images from a Digital Camera 72

Repair a Digital Image 74

Print an Image 76

5 Playing Music and Other Media

Open and Close Windows Media Player 80

Navigate the Media Player Window 81

Using the Library 82

Play an Audio or a Video File 84

Adjust the Volume 85

Play a Music CD 86

Copy Tracks from a Music CD 90

Create a Playlist 92

Burn Music Files to a CD 94

Play a DVD 96

Navigate a DVD 98

6 Working with Files

View Your Files 102

Select a File 104

Change the File View 106

Preview a File 107

Copy a File 108

Move a File 109

Burn Files to a CD or DVD 110

Rename a File 114

Create a New File 115

Delete a File 116

Restore a Deleted File 117

Search for a File 118

7 Sharing Your Computer with Others

Display User Accounts 122

Create a User Account 124

Switch Between Accounts 126

Change a User’s Name 128

Change a User’s Picture 130

Delete an Account 132

Create a Homegroup 134

Join a Homegroup 136

Connect to a Wireless Network 138

8 Surfing the World Wide Web

Understanding the World Wide Web 142

Start Internet Explorer 143

Navigate Internet Explorer 144

Select a Link 145

Enter a Web Page Address 146

Open a Web Page in a Tab 148

Navigate Web Pages 150

Change Your Home Page 152

Save Favorite Web Pages 154

Search for Sites 156

9 Working with E-mail, Contacts, and Events

Install Windows Live Essentials Programs 160

Configure an E-mail Account 162

Send an E-mail Message 164

Add Someone to Your Contacts 166

Create a Contact Category 168

Select a Contact Address 170

Add a File Attachment 172

Add a Signature 174

Receive and Read E-mail Messages 176

Reply to a Message 178

Forward a Message 180

Open and Save an Attachment 182

Switch to Calendar 184

Navigate the Calendar 185

Display a Different Date 186

Create an Event 188

Add a Calendar 190

10 Implementing Security in Windows 7

Understanding Windows 7 Security 194

Check Action Center for Security Problems 196

Protect an Account with a Password 198

Lock Your Computer 200

Set Up Parental Controls 202

Delete Your Browsing History 206

Set the Junk E-mail Protection Level 208

11 Customizing Windows 7

Open the Personalization Window 212

Change the Desktop Background 214

Set Up a Desktop Slide Show 216

Set the Screen Saver 218

Change the Windows 7 Color Scheme 220

Customize the Start Menu 222

Customize the Taskbar 224

12 Maintaining Windows 7

Check Hard Drive Free Space 230

Delete Unnecessary Files 232

Defragment Your Hard Drive on a Schedule 234

Check Your Hard Drive for Errors 236

Back Up Files 238

Restore Backed-Up Files 242