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A guide to materials available for getting comfortable with Windows 7.
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Maran Illustrated Windows 7 Guided Tour - Maran, Ruth
ISBN: 1435454316
Publication Date: 2009
This book is aimed at the home user, but most sections except for games and instant messaging have some relevance.

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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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Windows 7 Overview

Finding Your Files

  • 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.
  • Searching
    A quick overview of new search features in Windows 7.

Fun New Navigation

  • Peek
    Peek at your desktop or close all windows at once with this handy new feature.
  • Pin
    Put your favorite files and folders at your fingertips.
  • Shake
    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.
  • Snap
    Quickly view two screens side-by-side.
  • Task Bar Enhancements
    The new task bar features searching and more shortcuts than ever before.

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