Search & Organize
Search & Organize in
the new Windows Vista Start Menu.
Looking for specific applications, Web sites, and e-mails is
faster than ever with the streamlined Windows Vista Start
Menu. To find a specific application or file, click the Windows
key on the keyboard (or open the Start menu) and enter the
file name in the Instant Search field. As you type, Windows
Vista dynamically searches filenames, metadata, and the full
text of all files and displays the choices by file type. For
example, type “out” to find Microsoft Outlook.
2. Discover the new Search Explorer.
Try filtering by type using the Search Pane and selecting “Documents.”
Next choose to see your files in another way, via the new
Stack view. Select the author column header control drop
down menu, and choose the option to “Stack by author”.
Explore all the documents by a particular author by double
clicking on an author’s stack. Now, save that search as a
new Search Folder. Choose the option “Save Search” found on
the top Command Bar and name and save your Search Folder. In
the future, to re-run it, simply select the “Searches”
folder link on the left side Navigation Pane, and double
click on your Search Folder.
3. Experience the enhanced user interface.
If your PC supports the Windows Aero user experience, open
multiple files and see how easy it is to locate the right
open window using the breakthrough Windows Flip (simply
ALT+TAB) or Flip 3D (Windows key+TAB). Browsing with
Internet Explorer 7
4. Browse multiple websites.
browsing in Internet Explorer 7 enables a single Internet
Explorer window to run with the convenience of multiple
pages. Open a new page by clicking the empty tab on the
Toolbar or by right-clicking any hyperlink and choosing New
Tab. Tabs can also be right-clicked to refresh individual
pages, refresh pages as a group, you can close either
individual tabs or an entire group, and you can save tabs as
a one favorite group. With the Quick Tabs feature, the icon
just to the right of the Favorites icon, thumbnail images of all open
tabs can be seen in a single view helping you manage
multiple open tabs.
5. Print picture perfect web content.
Most websites are simply not
formatted to fit cleanly on a standard piece of paper. With
Internet Explorer 7’s new Shrink to Fit printing, websites will
no longer get cut off when sent to the printer.
6. Collaborate with a co-worker.
Want an easy way to share files and applications with a colleague
or customer – even when you may not be part of the same
network? Windows Meeting Space is a new experience in
Windows Vista that enables you to start an impromptu
collaboration session with other Windows Vista users. Simply
open Windows Meeting Space and start a session. Windows
Vista will automatically detect other Windows Vista users
that are on the same sub-net infrastructure or close enough
for you to create an ad hoc (direct PC-to-PC connection)
wireless connection. Once you have invited them and they
have accepted, you can share documents by simply dragging a
document to the Handouts area on the bottom right, which
instantly replicates that file across the other meeting
participants’ machines. Dragging the file to the
presentation area on the left side, starts application sharing, enabling
the other participants to watch as you present that file. If
someone has a good edit for your file, you can make that
edit in real time, or pass control of the application
directly to that participant for them to make that edit for
7. Share a folder or file directly from your PC.
Vista improves on the Windows network folder sharing
experience first introduced with Windows XP by giving you
more flexibility in what you can share with other people and
improving the setup process. With Windows Vista you can now
share folders and individual files with any other user on
the same corporate network. From any Explorer, select a file
or folder and on the Command Bar choose the option to Share.
Enter the name of another user on the same network, and give
them appropriate rights of access – reader, co-owner, etc.
To help close the loop, Windows Vista can even automatically
compose an email to the individuals with which you have
shared the content. The auto-generated email contains a
hyperlink to the shared content, enabling the recipient to
instantly be taken to the shared content.
an XPS Document.
Documents are a new archiving format perfect for preserving
content and for securely sharing information in an
application independent way. To create an XPS Document, open
any document in virtually any application, and select the
print option. In the printer selection menu, choose
“Microsoft XPS Document Writer”, and save the file. Double
click on the file, which should open it in the XPS Viewer,
which is hosted by Internet Explorer 7. The XPS Document is
a pixel perfect rendition of the original source material. Backup
9. Speed up your PC’s performance.
Vista introduces a new concept for adding additional
performance to a running system. Windows ReadyBoost™ lets
people use flash memory on a USB 2.0 drive, SD Card, Compact
Flash, or other memory form factor to provide additional
memory cache - memory that the computer can access much more
quickly than it can access data on the hard drive. Insert a
USB 2.0 memory drive with at least 512MB capacity. When
prompted, click “uses this device to speed up my computer”.
10. Recover a previous version of a document.
Vista introduces a new feature – Previous Versions. This
allows you to “roll back” the clock to an earlier version of
a file that you may have accidentally saved over or edited.
In the Documents Explorer, open a document, edit it, save
it, and then close it. While selecting the document, choose
the “Previous Versions” option on the Command Bar, which
will bring up a list of previously, saved versions of the
individual file. Choose a previous version and Windows Vista
will restore your file to that version. Careful, all edits
since that version will be lost.