A guide to materials available for getting comfortable with Windows 7.
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2013
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Much of the information in this guide came from a Windows 7 LibGuide by Katherine Nazarian of Mitchell College.
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- 5 Minute Overview (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)
This video gives you a one-stop overview of search, libraries, and more.
- Jump Lists (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)
Use these new shortcuts for quick access to frequently used documents, folders, and locations.
- Libraries (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)
Libraries include everything in your MyDocuments folder as well as documents and folders saved on your desktop and hard drive.
- Working With Libraries
Article on using the documents, photos and other "libraries" available with Windows 7.
- Recent Items
You may remember having a "Recent Items" option on the Start Menu in Windows XP. To make this appear, open your Start Menu and right click in an empty space. Choose "Properties", then "Customize...". Scroll down to "Recent Items" and check the box, then click OK to close out. Now you'll see a Recent Items option on your Start Menu.
A quick overview of new search features in Windows 7.
Peek at your desktop or close all windows at once with this handy new feature.
Put your favorite files and folders at your fingertips.
Clear the clutter on your screen in one single step!
- Show Desktop
Click the transparent rectangle in the lower right corner of your screen to minimize all windows at once and show your desktop.
Quickly view two screens side-by-side.
- Task Bar Enhancements
The new task bar features searching and more shortcuts than ever before.