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Windows Vista User Guide

 

WINDOWS CONTROL PANEL

Here are some of the ways Windows Vista is consistent.  Each folder window features a Search box.   This comes in handy even in places like the Control Panel.      

Click Start and select Control Panel.

Type the term “power” in the Quick Search box, and Power Options should appear

The control panel is still where you modify and configure your applications and your computer.  However, finding specific utilities with the control panel is easier since more items are logically grouped together.

As you see similarly grouped control panel functions are displayed on the first page.  To ease the transition you can easily switch to the Classic View for control panel.

           

Click Classic View on left navigation pane

Click Back arrow to return to Control panel view

Sometimes you will want to see the basic systems information of you PC, which even includes a “Rating” for the system performance.  Also, you may want more detail information on the performance of the systems, and that is just one click away.

Here we can see how Windows Vista views the relative performance of this particular PC, which might give us ideas on where to upgrade.

           

Click System and Maintenance

Click View amount of RAM and processor speed (under System)

Click Performance on Left Navigation pane (lower left)

Click << next to Performance Rating and Tools and select Control Panel

Networking continues to be a priority for Windows Vista, as more and more information is shared and access via the Internet and an organizations network.  The control panel offers options for wireless networking configuration, a map of the network, configuration of the Internet Options, and a number of network related properties.

           

Click Network and Internet

Shows the Network Center map, and that it is also available from an icon in the system tray.

The control panel is still where you modify and configure your applications and your computer.  However, finding specific utilities with the control panel is easier since more items are logically grouped together.

 As you see similarly grouped control panel functions are displayed on the first page.  To ease the transition you can easily switch to the Classic View for control panel.

           

Click Classic View on left navigation pane

Click Back arrow to return to Control panel view

Sometimes you will want to see the basic systems information of you PC, which even includes a “Rating” for the system performance.  Also, you may want more detail information on the performance of the systems, and that is just one click away.

Here we can see how Windows Vista views the relative performance of this particular PC, which might give us ideas on where to upgrade.

           

Click System and Maintenance

Click View amount of RAM and processor speed (under System)

Click Performance on Left Navigation pane (lower left)

Click << next to Performance Rating and Tools and select Control Panel

FILE MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION

Your Windows knowledge will directly transfer over to Windows Vista so you will hit the ground running.  For Example, we can easily open folders on the desktop.

In addition, you can modify our views, Windows Vista will provide a “reading view” for documents, giving you a quick glimpse of the document before you open it.  This will increase your efficiency. No longer will you need to open the application to view the contents.

           

Double-click <your own account> Folder on desktop to open

Maximize <your own account> Folder

Double-click Documents Folder

Double-click Demo Files Folder

Move, AND Hover over Toolbar icon, return to configure layout (far left icon on toolbar)

Click Layout Fly-out > Click Reading Pane

Click “Reading Layout” Word Document

Point to preview

Click Layout Fly-out > Click Reading Pane (off)

Windows Vista also simplifies your life by helping you find and manage all the information that resides on your PC.

New desktop search and organization features let you work with your files and email efficiently.

           

 

ADDRESS BAR

Navigation of your folders and files is easy.  Folders are easily opened; the <your own account> folder, as you can see, includes files located on the PC that belong to <your own account>.  You may also notice the sub-folders designate content.

This line is the Address bar; a simple click allows us to navigate to the top level folders on this PC.  When you click this arrow all the sub-folders for <your own account>, are displayed, they have been streamlined.

For example you see Music, rather than “My Music,” “Pictures” rather than “My Pictures” and “Documents” rather than “My Documents.”  The locations of files are represented more easily in this hierarchical structure.

           

Click Fly-away arrow on Address bar next to of the folder icon

Click Fly-away arrow on Address bar to the right of <your own account>

Move mouse away from <your own account> folder dropdown

Press Alt key

Press Alt key again to hide Classic Menus

Windows Vista has the flexibility to navigate in whichever way you are most comfortable. We have the choice of navigating the traditional method, by double-clicking the folder or choosing the Address bar. To go to Documents, we click the arrow and choose Documents.  Continuing we can visit the Finance Folder.

The Address bar now displays our location.  Root or desktop folder, to <your own account> folder, to the Documents folder to the Finance.  <<use the mouse to focus audience attention on each element of the address bar>>

We can preview our documents with a zoom affect by changing the size of the icons through the Views menu, an excellent way to preview a file before an action, such as opening. 

           

Click Fly-away arrow on Address bar to the right of <your own account>, Select Contacts.

Click Back arrow

Click Fly-away arrow on Address bar to the right of top-level folder, Select Computer.

Click Back arrow

Click Views Fly-away arrow

Move scroll bar up and down slowly to preview files (start and return to Details)

Windows Vista provides more functionality in less space than Windows XP.  Common tasks and folder navigation are now available in the same view.  The Address bar and Search functions take less space, leaving more room for you to work with your files.

Notice, to again streamline your actions, the Menu Bar is context-sensitive, and provides tasks appropriate for the current selection.  Different tasks appear for folders, documents, and media files.

           

Indicate the location of the Address Bar, the Search box and Properties Pane

Click Address Bar drop down arrow

(show the DOS-like path is available)

Click X to Close Window

PROGRAM MENU

Windows Vista makes it easy to find and launch an application using integrated search.

As I type an application’s name in the Search box, the Start Menu zeroes in on a match. The Start Menu will filter down until only “Calculator” is showing.

           

Click Start Button >

Type “calc“ in the Start Search box.

Press ENTER to launch Calculator.

 

RUNNING APPLICATIONS

You might be concerned the RUN command has disappeared.  However, the Search box is multifunctional. It will act as the RUN command line too.

           

Click Start Button >

Type “command” press Enter

Move Windows to expose

The traditional use of “All Programs” to access applications installed on the PC is available as well.  Notice I can also toggle or switch back to the initial start application list, by clicking the Back arrow.

It is still just as easy to open Microsoft Excel from the menus, but instead of the flyaway menus which could get away from you, there is now an expanding list.

           

Click Start Button >

Click All Programs

Click Back

Click All Programs

Click Microsoft Office > Click Microsoft Excel

Click Restore Down button

SAVING FILE SEARCHES

Once you build a useful search, you can save it for later use as a saved search.  A saved search is a new feature in Windows Vista that enables you to take any search that you’ve run and save it for later usage.  This prevents you from having to design the same search over and over again.

Why would you save a search?  There are many reasons, for example, you save your files chronologically in folders by month, and then you wish to find all files related to a particular subject, a saved search would make these files available, just like a folder whenever you need them.

           

Press the ALT key to expose the traditional Explorer

Click File > Save Search

Type Jenn’s Marketing docs and Click Save

Close all windows

 

One benefit of a saved search is that it doesn’t matter where files reside on your PC - Search Folders find your content for you.  As more “Jenn / marketing” documents are saved to my PC, they automatically appear in my custom Search Folder.

Your Search Folders are easily accessed from the Document folder’s navigation pane, and are also located in a folder in your user’s profile.

           

Click Start > Documents

Maximize Folder

Click Saved Searches in the left pane

OFFLINE FILES & SYNC CENTER

Offline files, are a straightforward means of configure access to files that you might need to access when the PC is not connected to a network.

The new Windows Vista Sync Center gives you one place where you can manage data synchronization in several scenarios: between multiple PCs, between network servers and PCs, and with the devices you connect to your PC.

           

Click Offline Files

Click Open Sync Center

Right-click Offline Files Folder > Click Explore

Point to Sync toolbar at top

Close Sync Center Windows

Close Control Panel

IE7:  CUSTOMIZING APPEARANCE

Windows Vista enhances the Internet Explorer experience. The upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7 not only adds important new security and privacy features, but makes everyday tasks easier through features such as tabbed browsing, inline search, and shrink-to-fit printing.

So, depending on the page you are viewing and the resolution of your monitor you can adjust the text to fit the situation.  This can make some web pages easier to read.  Adjusting the some can also enhance the visual nature of the page, larger text and larger images, if that is important for the page.

Anytime you need them, you also have access to the familiar menus of previous versions of IE and this is just if you want the menus on all the time. Most common functions are easily available from the menu bar buttons without the classic menus.   Thus the menus may become obsolete for you as you familiarize yourself with the aspects of IE7.

           

Ensure you’re logged in as <your own account>

Launch Internet Explorer

Click Page menu > Text Size > Select smallest

Click Page menu > Zoom > 400%

Click Page menu > Text Size > Largest

Scroll around to show text and images

Click Page menu > Zoom > 100%

Click Tools menu > Full Screen

Press F11 to return

Show ALT, then Click Tools > Toolbars > Classic menu

Click Page menu > Text Size > Select smaller

IE7:  WEB SEARCH

Searching has become an integrated part of finding information on the web and now with the  integrated Toolbar Search Box you can access a variety of popular search engines with the click of a button.

We have our IE search configured for MSN Search, however, you are able to easily add more search engines, such as AOL Search, Ask Jeeves, and Yahoo! Search engines.

           

Click the fly-out on the Search bar to show available providers

Search on a topic of interest to you (example:  “bigfoot”)

Press Enter

Click Quick Search dropdown arrow> Get Search Providers…

Select Google

Click Back button

IE7:  TABBED BROWSING

Sometimes when you are surfing the Internet doing research you will need to open a number of web pages looking for the best content.

IE7 features tabbed browsing.  Opening new tabs is as easy as holding the control key and clicking links, or by clicking with the mouse wheel.  This makes it easier to manage IE windows and web pages information working with groups of pages from different sites.

You can also use the “new tab” tab to open a new tabbed window, and then type the URL

           

Control-click several links in the search results.

Click the new tab button and type a URL

IE7 includes some great features to help you get the most from tabbed browsing.

Quick Tabs displays snapshots of all of your open tabs.  You can quickly visualize and select the tab you want, and also close or refresh tabs.

I am sure many of you can envision many uses in you routines for the tabs and associated groupings.  The next step is to re-use or revisit these groups and pages when needed.

           

Click the Quick Tabs button, just left of the left-most tab (four squares)

Right-click one of the tabs and describe the available options. Choose Refresh

IE7:  FAVORITES CENTER

Using the Favorites Center, You can create Tab Groups by placing your favorites in subfolders.  Clicking the arrow to the right of the folder opens each link in a new tab.

You can even set a Tab Group as your home page, so all your favorite pages open every time you start IE7.     

Click the Favorites Center, the star icon on the toolbar.

Click Add Tab Group to Favorites …

Type Demo Tab Group

Right-click a tab and select Close Other Tabs.

Click Home icon on top navigation

Click the Favorites Center, the star icon on the toolbar.

Click the blue arrow to the right of your link folder (it appears when you mouse over the folder)

Click Quick Tabs button

IE7:  PRINT PREVIEW

NOTE:  PRINT PREVIEW WILL NOT CHANGE FROM “FIT TO PAGE”

If you’ve ever had problems getting a web page to print, you’ll be glad to know that IE7 gives great results when printing web pages.  IE shrinks web pages to fit on paper correctly, so you get the result you want with less waste.

 You can save even more paper by turning off headers and footers.

Finally, if you just want to print a selection of a web page, simply highlight it before printing.       

Note:  If the page preview does not render quickly, change the scale from “shrink to fit” to some other value.

Click the fly-out next to the Print Icon button, and choose Print Preview.

Change the print size from shrink to fit to 90% to show how web pages usually won’t fit on a page nicely

Click the turn off headers and footers button

Click Page View Fly-out and select 2 Page View

close print preview

highlight some text on the page, and print preview again

Close Print Preview

IE7:  ANTI-PHISHING

Phishing scams imitate legitimate websites hoping to trick users into handing over sensitive personal information.  Phishing scams are a major concern on the Internet, and have exponentially in the last year.

Several new features in Internet Explorer 7 will help users avoid phishing scams.

           

IE7 makes it easy for users to find out if they’re visiting a legitimate site.  A security report is available for every secured site visited.  This report is easy to read and helps the user determine if the website is legitimate.

Remember if you are unsure of what something does, you can always get help, which is often immediately available with a simple click.

           

Open the Favorites Center and click on Favorites button

Hover over the Anti-Phishing group Click Tools > Phishing Filter > Check this website

Click “How does phishing help protect me?” Link

Close the Help

Click OK button

IE7:  CLEAR BROWSING HISTORY

IE7 provides a central easy to clear your browsing history.  You can clear specific areas such as Temporary Internet Files or Cookies, or you can clear your entire browsing history with the Delete All button.

Click the Tools > Select Delete Browsing History

Click Delete All

 

SOME CHANGES YOU MAY WANT TO DISCOVER

So you have seen many new ways to do some old things.  However, there are some other changes to the Windows environment with Windows Vista.  For example, if you used Outlook Express and not the Outlook available from the Microsoft Office Suite, you will no longer see Outlook Express.  This does not mean you will not have access to your email through Windows Vista; simply it has been redesigned and named Windows Mail.

Also, you may notice there is no Net Meeting.  However, Windows collaboration gives you the ability to share documents, programs, or your desktop with other people.

There is the addition of Windows Defender (optional demo), which assists you in protecting your PC, network and organization from unwanted and problematic software, such as. spy ware

A Windows Fax and Scan tool is available to help managed digital documents, throughout an organization.

You might find the addition of RSS support for IE a useful tool and you will continue to hear more about Windows Sidebar and Gadgets.

Windows Sidebar is a little like a desktop corral, where you keep small applications that are helpful to frequently used tasks, these include World Clocks for example if your work requires International communication.

There are plenty of new programs, software, and features to explore; so set some time aside and try some of them.  Oh, do not worry; when you need an executive break, Windows Solitaire is still available on most configurations.

           

Click Start button > All Programs > Windows Mail

Click Start button > All Programs > Windows Collaboration

Click Start button > All Programs > Windows Defender

Click Start button > All Programs > Windows Fax and Scan

Click Start button > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Sidebar

Click Start button > All Programs > Games (right)

Click Windows Solitaire icon

 

Optional:  WINDOWS SIDEBAR

Windows Sidebar keeps information and tasks at your fingertips, and helps you be more productive at work and at home.  Windows Sidebar is a platform for a brand new category of mini applications, for both the desktop and the Web.  These new mini-applications are called Gadgets for Windows Sidebar.           

Click Start button > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Sidebar

Gadgets bring the tasks and information important to you right to the desktop, without the need to launch full applications.  For example you can glance at a news site, even when you’re doing other things on the computer.  This could show new photos co-workers uploaded from onsite situations; for example insurance adjusters, appraisers, construction progress, diagrams, flow processes, and other visual business related content. These images can be uploaded to a web location great way for organizations to stay connected.

           

Gadgets displayed are:

Launcher

Slide Show

RSS feed

Recycle Bin

Clock

Many gadgets can be dragged to the desktop for an expanded experience.

           

Drag the slideshow gadget onto the desktop.

Drag the slideshow gadget back to the Sidebar

Like the RSS gadget which provides news headlines in real time, from any provider.   If you see a particularly interesting headline, You can click it for the full story.

           

Optional: click headline RSS Gadget to open browser.  Close IE when finished.

The gadget library stores all the gadgets That are available on your computer.  Sidebar is extensible, so you can download more gadgets from the Web.

           

Click the + at the bottom of the Sidebar.

Close the gadget library.

Right-click the Sidebar icon in the system tray, and select Exit

These are just some examples of gadgets that partners and Microsoft can build for Windows Sidebar.  We expect to see many more in the future.  Some day your IT department may send the latest corporate news to the Sidebar.

Optional:  IE7:  RSS SUPPORT

IE7 has great support for RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, used to deliver content when you are “tuned-in” to the web page. Need to explain more here what an RSS feed does and the benefit. Many people will not know. e.g. Some sites, such as news sites, allow you to get an RSS feed that sends you the latest articles or content from the site on a regular basis.

 

RSS has revolutionized the way people use the Internet, but RSS feeds can be tough to discover.  IE7 makes feed discovery easy by detecting the links available on a web page.  The RSS icon glows orange when RSS feeds are detected.

           

Close all but one tab. (Right-click Tab and select Close other Tabs)

Click the Favorites Center, the star icon on the toolbar and Open the News > New York Times

Scroll to the bottom of the page, and select the “Add New York Times RSS Feeds” link.

Click the fly-out next to the RSS button to display available feeds

Select the Sports feed

Selecting a feed loads the content into a simple, easy-to-read layout.  The feed is easily searched and sorted using the toolbar at the right.

Subscribing to a feed is as easy as clicking the Subscribe button.  Subscribed feeds are placed into a central RSS store where they are available to other applications.

Enter a term to search in the Search Box – look for a term on the page that will give a result (Do not enter the text in the Explorer Quick Search but the feed search on the page)

Clear the search term using backspace

Click the Sort By links to show sorting capabilities

Click the Favorites Center, the star icon on the toolbar and click the Feeds button

Click a Feed link

Click the Favorites Center, the star icon on the toolbar and click the Feeds button to close the Favorites View

Close IE by click X     

Click Fly-away arrow on Address bar next to of the folder icon

Click Fly-away arrow on Address bar to the right of <your own account>

 

 

 

 

 

 

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