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The Samuel Merritt University Help Services Team is testing Windows 7 and Office 2010 for use on the campus network in classrooms and labs, and on new faculty and staff computers.

The Help Services Team will start deploying Windows 7 with Office 2010 in Summer 2010.

Windows 7

Windows 7 is the next version of Microsoft's desktop operating system.  It is the follow on product to the three year old Windows Vista; it also replaces the nine year old Windows XP.

Windows 7's graphical appearance is similar to that of Windows Vista, but it includes many desktop enhancements such as a new task bar, additional ways to manage multiple windows (shake, peek, snap), and more shortcut keys.

Under the hood, Windows 7 is more secure than previous versions of Windows, which is important for computers connected to the Internet. Windows 7 is faster than Windows Vista, uses less memory, and has better device management and more mature 64-bit support.

Microsoft has a great deal of information about Windows 7 on its web site, including a series of 7-second video demos of some of its new features.

The Help Services Team is testing Windows 7 for use on the campus network. Some features in Windows 7 require modifications to the university's computing infrastructure, including new and updated server-side support functions.

The Help Services Team is preparing a master computer image based on this operating system to facilitate volume deployment of software to the desktop computers on campus.  This image will include all the standard software distributed on faculty/staff and classroom desktop computers, and takes many weeks of configuration and testing to complete.

Office 2010

Microsoft has also released Office 2010, the next version of its Office productivity suite.

The Office 2010 graphical interface is similar to that of Office 2007 (see image above). Microsoft has added enhancements such as additional design options, new and improved data analysis and visualizations in Excel, and conversation threads in Outlook.

Deployment

Pilot testing of the new Windows 7 with Office 2010 image will begin with campus lab and public computers, Faculty and Staff computers will continue to use Windows XP and Office 2007.

Please note that this means that faculty and staff are not being forced to upgrade to Windows 7 and Office 2010. You will not receive Windows 7 and Office 2010 unless you get a new computer.

Windows XP Desktop


Windows 7 Desktop


Microsoft Office Suite 2010


 

Quick Start Tips

 

Using Jump Lists (NEW)

Jump lists are a list of recent items that you can access from the taskbar button. Right-click the Taskbar button for a program and do any of the following from the shortcut menu:

• To open a recently used file, select the file name.
• To open the program, select the program name.
• To pin the taskbar button to the taskbar, select Pin this program to taskbar.
• To close the item, select Close window.

Working with Windows

• To arrange open windows, right-click the Taskbar and select Cascade Windows, Show Windows Stacked, or Show Windows Side by Side from the shortcut menu.
• To scroll through open windows, hold the Alt key and press the Tab key. (To open the selected window, release the All key.)
• To hide all open windows, right-click the Taskbar and select Show the desktop from the resulting menu or click the Show desktop button in the bottom-right of the Taskbar.

Note: If you have transparency enabled, place your mouse pointer on the Show desktop button to quickly hide open windows.

Using the Start Menu

Click the Start button or press the Windows key to display the Start menu.
Pinned Items List - contains shortcuts to programs that have pinned to Start menu.
Most Frequently Used Programs List - contains shortcuts to the programs you use most frequently.
All Programs - contains shortcuts to all programs on your computer.
Search Box - allows you to quickly search your programs and personal folders.
Right Pane - contains shortcuts to folders, programs, and features.
Shut down button - allows you to close all open programs, shut down Windows, and turn off your computer.
Shut down button arrow - allows you to switch users, log off, lock, restart the computer, sleep or hibernate.

Using the Taskbar

• To add a toolbar to the Taskbar, right-click the Taskbar, select Toolbars, and select a toolbar from the shortcut menu.
• To change Taskbar properties, right-click the Taskbar, and select Properties from the shortcut menu. Make selections and click the OK button.
• To lock or unlock the Taskbar, right-click the Taskbar and select Lock the Taskbar from the shortcut menu.
• To customize what is displayed in the notification area, click the Show hidden icons button. Click the Customize shortcut. Select icon and notification options and click the OK button.

TIP!) For one-click access to a folder on the Taskbar, right-click the Taskbar, select Tootbar, and select New toolbar from the shortcut menu. Locate and select the folder you want to display on the Taskbar and click the Select Folder button.

Working with Gadgets

The Sidebar is not available in Windows 7. But the components of the Sidebar, called Gadgets, are available. Gadgets are miniprograms that display current, updated information.
• To display gadgets, right-click the Desktop and select Gadgets from the resulting menu.
• To display a gadget on the Desktop, click and drag the gadget to the place that you want it on the Desktop.
• To change gadget properties, right-click the gadget and select options from the shortcut menu.
• To close a gadget, click the Close [g button in the upper-right corner of the gadget.

TIP! To quickly minimize all windows except for one, select the Status Bar of the window you want to keep open and quickly shake your mouse pointer back and forth.

Files & Folders

  • Address Bar-displays folder navigation
  1. Forward and Back Buttons-allow you to navigate to folders that you have already opened.
  2. Toolbar-contains shortcuts for working with the folder or selected item.
  3. Navigation Pane- contains shortcuts for working with the folder or selected item.
  4. Details Pane-displays the properties of the folder
  5. Search Box-allows you to quickly search the current folder.
  6. File List-displays the contents of the current folder or selected item.

Navigating in a Folder Window

  • To go back in a previously opened folder, click the Back ?button.
  • To go forward to a previously opened folder, click the Forward? button
  • To go to a recently opened folder, click the Recent Pages arrow and select a folder from the resulting menu.
  • To go to a commonly used folder, select a folder in the Favorites section of the Navigation Page.
  • To go to a folder or location displayed in the Address Bar, click once on the folder or location name.
  • To go to a subfolder of a folder displayed in the Address Bar, click on the arrow next to the folder name and select from the resulting menu.
  • To preview a file, without opening the program it was created in, select the file and click the Show the preview pane button on the toolbar.

Creating a New Folder

  1. Open the folder that you want to create the new folder in.
  2. Click the New folder button on the toolbar.
  3. Enter a name for the folder and press the Enter Key.

Renaming a File Folder

  1. Select the file or folder you want to rename.
  2. Click the Organize button on the toolbar.
  3. Select Rename from the resulting menu.
  4. Enter a new name for the folder and press the Enter key.

Note: To quickly rename a file or folder, select the file or folder you want to rename. Press and hold the file or folder name until it displays a black box around it. Enter a name for the file or folder and press the Enter key.

Deleting a File or Folder

  1. Select the file or folder you want to delete.
  2. Click the Organize button on the toolbar.
  3. Select Delete from the resulting menu.
  4. Click the Yes button to confirm deletion

 

Hiding a File or Folder

  1. Select the file or folder you want to hide.
  2. Click the Organize button on the toolbar.
  3. Select Properties from the resulting menu.
  4. Check the Hidden box.
  5. Click the OK button. (If a dialog box appears select whether you want to apply the change to the folder only or to all files and subfolders and click the OK button.)

Changing the Folder View

  1. Open the folder you want to change the view for.
  2. Click the Organize button on the toolbar.
  3. Select a view from the resulting menu, or click and drag the slider until the next folder view you want is displayed.

Note: To quickly change the folder view, click the Change your view button on the toolbar until the view you want is displayed.

Changing Folder Options

  1. Open the folder you want to change options for.
  2. Click the Organize button on the toolbar.
  3. Select Folder and search options, from the resulting menu.
  4. On the General tab, make selections.
  5. Optional: Click on the View tab and make additional selections.
  6. Click OK button when you are finished.

Note: To hide or display folder layout features such as the Menu bar, click the Organize button on the toolbar, select, Layout, and select an option from the resulting menu.

Working with Libraries-New
A library is used to organize folders into one collection no matter where they are originally stored on your computer. A folder is stored and displayed but is also stored in its original location.

  • To add a folder to a library, select the folder on your computer that you want to include in a library. Click the Include in library button on the toolbar and select the library you want from the resulting menu.
  • To create a new library, open a folder window and click the Libraries shortcut in the Navigation Pane. Click the New library button on the toolbar. Enter a name for the New library and press the Enter key.
  • To change a library’s default save location, open the library you want to change. Click the locations shortcut next to Includes. Right-click the folder you want to save as the default location and select. Set as default save location from the resulting menu.

Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder

  1. Right-click the desktop.
  2. Select New and select Shortcut from the resulting menu.
  3. Click the Browse button.
  4. Select the file or folder you want to create a shortcut for.
  5. Click the OK button.
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Enter a name for the shortcut and click the Finish button.

Personalizing

Changing the desktop Background

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Desktop Background shortcut.
  3. Click the arrow on the Picture location box and select a folder from the resulting menu. (If the folder you want is not in the list, click the Browse button. Locate and select a picture in the folder you want and click the Open button.)
  4. Do one of the following:
  • To select one picture, select the picture.
  • To select several pictures that will change a specific interval, select the folder name. Make selections in the Change picture every section.
  1. Optional: Click the Picture position box select an option from the resulting menu.
  2. Click the Save changes button.
  3. Click the Close button.

Note: If you selected several pictures for your background, you can manually change the background next picture. Right-click the Desktop and select Next desktop background from the shortcut menu.

Changing the Window Color

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Window Color shortcut.
  3. Select the color you want.
  4. Optional: Check or clear the Enable transparency box.
  5. Optional: Click and drag the Color intensity slider.
  6. Optional: To apply a customized color, click the Show color mixer button. Make changes in the Hue, Saturation, and Brightness sections.
  7. Click the Save changes button.
  8. Click the Close button.

Working with Sounds

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Sounds shortcut.
  3. Do any of the following:
  • To change the sound scheme, click the arrow on the Sound Scheme box and select a sound scheme from the resulting menu.
  • To change the sound for a particular action, select the action in the Program box. Click the arrow on the Sounds box and select a sound from the resulting menu.
  1. Optional: Check or clear the Play Windows Startup sound box.
  2. Click the OK button.
  3. Click the Close button.

Applying a Screen Saver

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click on the Screen Saver shortcut.
  3. Click the arrow on the Screen saver box and select a screen saver from the resulting menu.
  4. Enter or select the amount of time you want the computer to be idle before the screen saver will start in the Wait box.
  5. Optional: Check or clear the On resume, display logon screen box.
  6. Click the OK button.
  7. Click the Close button.

Applying a Theme

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Select the theme you want to apply.
  3. Click the Close button,

Tip) Use Aero themes ti get the most out of your windows 7 experience. Many features such as Windows Flip (displays like the thumbnails of all open windows) and Flip 3D (a three dimensional display of all open windows) are not available if Windows Aero is not enabled.

Customizing a Theme

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize form the shortcut menu.
  2. Make changes to the desktop background, window color, sounds, and screen saver. (The new theme will appear in the My Themes section.)
  3. Click the Save theme shortcut.
  4. Enter a name for the theme in the Theme name box. Click the Save button.
  5. Click the Close button.

Changing the Desktop Icons

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Change desktop icons section.
  3. Check the boxes for the icons you want to appear on the Desktop in the Desktop icons section.
  4. Optional: To change the icon for an item select the item and click the Change icon button. Select the icon that you want and click the OK button.
  5. Optional: Check or clear the Allow themes to change desktop icons box. Select the icon you want then click the OK button.
  6. Click the OK button.
  7. Click the Close button.

 

Changing the Mouse Pointers

  1. Right Click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Change your account picture shortcut.
  3. Click the arrow on the Scheme box and select a pointer scheme from the resulting menu.
  4. Optional: To change the mouse pointe options, click on the Pointer Options tab and make selections.
  5. Click the OK button.
  6. Click the Close button.

Changing Your Account Picture

  1. Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Change your account picture shortcut.
  3. Do one of the following:
  • To use a default picture, select the picture you want in the box.
  • To use a picture on your computer, Click the Browse for more pictures shortcut. Locate and select the pictures you want and click the Open button.
  1. Click the Close button.

 

Searching

Searching for an Item on Your Computer

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Enter what you want to search for in the Search programs and files box.
  3. Do on of the following:
  • To open item or location, click the item name in the Start menu.
  • To view more results in specific group, click the group heading
  • To view all results, click the See more results shortcut.

Searching for an Item in a Folder

  1. Open the folder you want to search.
  2. Enter what you want to search in the Search “Folder name” box. (The results will be displayed in the File list)
  3. Optional: To apply a search filter, click in the box. Press a search filter button and make selections.
  4. Optional: To return to the folder view, select the text in the Search “Folder name” box and press Delete key.
  5. Click the Close button when you are finished.

TIP) Windows 7 makes searching easier by showing sections of text with the search word or phrase highlighted. Turn on the Preview pane in the search results window so that you don’t have to open each document to find what you are looking for.

 

Saving Search Results

  1. Search for an item on your computer or in a folder.
  2. Click the Save Search button on the toolbar.
  3. Enter a name for the search folder in the File name box or leave the default name.
  4. Click the Save button.

Note: By default a shortcut to the search will be displayed in the Favorites section of the Navigation Pane and the search itself is saved in the Searched folder located in your personal folder.

Programs

Creating a Shortcut to a Program

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select All Programs from the Start menu.
  3. Right-click the program you want to create a shortcut for.
  4. Select Send To.
  5. Select Desktop (create shortcut) from the resulting menu.

Pinning a Program to the Start Menu
When you pin “a program” to the Start menu it will always appear in the top-left pane of the Start menu.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Right-click the program that you want to pin the Start menu.
  4. Select PIN to Start menu from the shortcut menu.

Note: To remove an item from the Start menu, click the Start button, right-click the item you want to remove in the left pane, and select Remove from this list from the shortcut menu.

Setting a Default Program

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Select Control Panel in the right pane of the of the Start menu.
  3. Click the Programs shortcut.
  4. Click the Default Programs shortcut.
  5. Click the Set your default programs shortcut.
  6. Select the program you want in the Programs box.
  7. Do one of the following:
  • To set the program as default for all file types, select Set this program as default.
  • To choose which file types the program should be the default for, select Choose defaults for this program. Check the boxes for the file types you want to choose and click the Save button.
  1. Click on the OK button.
  2. Click the Close button.

Associating a File with a Program

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel in the right pane of the Start menu.
  3. Click the Programs shortcut.
  4. Click the Default Programs shortcut.
  5. Click the Associate a file type or protocol with a program shortcut.
  6. Select the file type you want to change.
  7. Click the Change program button.
  8. Select file type you want to change.
  9. Click the OK button.
  10. Click the Close button.
  11. Click the Close button.

Note: To quickly associate with a file with a program right-click the file, select Open With and select Choose Default Program from the shortcut menu. Select the program you want to open the file type with and check the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box. Click the OK button.

Using the Task Manager
The Task Manager displays all programs, services, and processes that are running on your computer.

  1. Right-click in the Taskbar.
  2. Select Start Task Manager from the shortcut menu.
  3. Click on the Applications Tab.
  4. Do one of the following:
  • To view a program, select the program, and click the Switch To button.
  • To end the program that is not responding, select the program and click End Task button. Click the Browse button. Locate and select the program you want to run, and click the Open button. Click the OK button.
  1. Click the Close button.

Setting a Program to Run at Startup

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Select Open from the resulting menu.
  4. Locate and select the shortcut to the program you want to run at startup.
  5. Click and drag the shortcut to the Startup folder.
  6. Click the Close button.

Accessories

Using the Calculator
The calculator in Windows 7 allows you to switch modes, as well as convert units, calculate dates, and perform worksheet functions such as calculating a monthly payment or gas mileage.

  • Click the Start button.
  • Select All Programs and select Accessories.
  • Select Calculator.
  • Click on the View menu and do any of the following:
  • To change the calculator type, select Standard, Scientific, Programmer, or Statistics from the resulting menu.
  • To change units of measurement, select Unit conversion and make selections.
  • To perform workshop functions, select Worksheets. Select a worksheet type, make selections, and click the Calculate button.
  • Click the Close button when you are finished.

Working with Sticky Notes

  • Click the Start button.
  • Select All Programs and select Accessories.
  • Select Sticky Notes.
  • Enter text in the note that appears.
  • Optional: to create a new note, click the New Note button.
  • Optional: To delete a note, click the Delete Note button. Click the Yes button to confirm deletion.

Taking a Screen Capture
The Snipping Tool is a tool that can be used to capture a part of your screen or the entire screen. You can save as an HTML, PNG, or JPEG file.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select All Programs and select Accessories.
  3. Select Snipping Tool.
  4. Click the arrow on the New button and do one of the following:
  • To draw a freeform line around an object, select Free-form Snip. Click and drag your mouse around the area that you want to capture.
  • To draw a rectangle around an object, select Rectangular Snip. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture.
  • To capture an entire window, such as browser and as a browser or dialog box, select Window Snip. Move your mouse pointer to select the window that you want to capture.
  • To capture the entire screen, select Full-screen Snip. (The Snipping Tool will automatically capture the entire screen.)
  1. Optional: To write on the capture, select Pen from the Tools menu and select a pen option from the resulting menu.
  2. Optional: To highlight portions of the capture, select Highlighter from the Tools menu.
  3. Optional: To copy the capture select Copy from the Edit menu.
  4. Optional: To send the capture, select Send To from the File menu and select E-mail Recipient or E-mail Recipient (as an attachment) from the resulting menu.
  5. Optional: To save the capture, select Save As from the File menu. Enter a name for the File name box and click the Save button.
  6. Click the Close button when you are finished.

Note: You can also use the buttons on the Snipping Tool toolbar to edit, save, and send capture.

Working with WordPad
The improved WordPad interface in Windows 7 gives it the look and feel of Word 2007. You can open .doc and .docx files using WordPad .

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select All Programs and select Accessories.
  3. Select Notepad.
  4. Optional: To apply a font to the whole document, select Font from the Format menu. Make selections in the Font, Style, and Size boxes. Click the OK button.
  5. When you are finished select Save from the File menu.
  6. Select a location to save the file.
  7. Optional: Click the arrow on the Encoding box and select an option from the resulting menu.
  8. Click the Save button.

Note: Font formatting is not saved with the file.

Using the Sound Recorder
You can use the Sound Recorder to record audio directly onto your computer. You must have a sound card installed on your computer and you must also have access to a microphone or other audio input device.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select All Programs and Select Accessories.
  3. Select Sound Recorder.
  4. Click the Start Recording button.
  5. Record your audio. (Your elapsed time will be finished in the Sound Recorder window.)
  6. When you are finished, click the Stop Recording button.
  7. Select a location to save the file.
  8. Click the Save button.
  9. Click the Close button.

 

Shortcuts

Copy the selected item Ctrl + C
Cut the selected item Ctrl + X
Paste the selected item Ctrl + V
Undo an action Ctrl + Z
Delete the selected item and move it to the recycle bin Delete
Delete the selected item without moving it to the recycle bin Shift + Delete
Rename the selected item F2
Select all items in a document or window Ctrl + A
Search for a file or folder F3
Display properties for the selected item

Alt + Enter

Close the active item or exit the active program Alt + F4
Open the shortcut menu for the active window Alt + Space
Close the active document Ctrl + F4
Switch between open items Alt + Tab
Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened Alt + ESC
Cycle through screen elements in a window or desktop Tab
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item Shift + F10
Open the Start Menu Ctrl + Esc
Refresh the active window F5
Cancel the current task ESC
Display the Help and Support F1
Open Windows Task Manager Ctrl + Shift + ESC

 

Windows Key Shortcuts

Dock the current window to the left half of the screen Win + Left Arrow
Dock the current window to the right half of the screen Win + Right Arrow
Maximize the current window Win + Up Arrow
If the current window is maximized, restore it

Win + Home

Quickly hide all open windows

Win + Space

Display the Magnifier

Win + Plus Sign

Display windows using Flip 3D Win + Tab
Display windows Persistent Flip 3D Ctrl + Win + Tab
Open the projection Menu Win + P
Cycle through applications live previews on taskbar Win + T
Minimize all open windows Win + M
Toggle hiding and showing the desktop Win + D
Lock your computer Win + L
Open the Search window Win + F
Open the Ease of Access Window Win + U
Open the System Properties portion of the Control Panel Win + Pause

*Works only if you have Aero theme applied.

 

Additional Resources

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/getting-around-the-desktop

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/finding-your-files

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/changing-windows-settings

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/saving-power-on-the-go

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/internet-explorer?browser=ie7

 

This link is a step by step how-to for Windows Movie Maker (no video)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Work-with-clips-in-Windows-Movie-Maker