Windows 7: New features

Summary Document: New features in Window 7 [pdf]

Custom Guide to Windows 7 [pdf]
A two-page guide to major features with a list of keyboard shortcuts. Packed with info!

Accessibility features in Windows 7 [video]

The Taskbar

Start button

Normally at the bottom of the screen as before, the taskbar has a new look—and many new features. But the Start button (now sometimes called the Start Globe) is still on the left and the time/date clock on the right.

The graphics have an updated look, and the start button even glows when the mouse hits it.

The taskbar

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The Desktop

New "Aqua" shading and transparency options, new Themes (sets of colors and graphics). easier access to stuff you've been working on, a search that works, gadgets, and fun things to do with the mouse!

A windos 7 desktop

Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides an easy, built-in method to provide protection against viruses and spyware. You'll want to make sure that scanning is set to happen regularly.

Built-in Screen capture

The Snipping Tool provides easy, flexible ways to take pictures of parts of your screen - even fugitive menus - and incorporate them into documents,, blogs, web pages. And it's kind of fun!

The snipping tool window

Windows 7 web links

Custom Guide to Windows 7 [pdf]

A two-page guide to major features with a list of keyboard shortcuts. Packed with info!

Microsoft’s Windows 7 Videos
Guide to Microsoft's online video help.

Individual features: Videos

Windows 7 tutorials

http://www.top-windows-tutorials.com/windows-7.html

A pretty complete set of videos introducing features of Windows 7 from the ground up. Check on new features or remind yourself how to do common operations like manipulating multiple windows, moving and copying files, and exploring your disks.

Topics:

  • Tutorial 1 - Introduction to the Desktop
  • Tutorial 2 - Exploring the Start Menu
  • Tutorial 3 - Windows in Windows 7
  • Tutorial 4 - Navigating your personal folders
  • Tutorial 5 - Organizing files and folders using the context menu
  • Tutorial 6 - Working with multiple files and folders
  • Tutorial 7 - Using libraries
  • Tutorial 8 - Folder properties
  • Tutorial 9 - Folder options
  • Tutorial 10 - Using the Recycle Bin
  • Tutorial 11 - Advanced Start Menu options
  • Tutorial 12 - Exploring your computer with 'Computer'
  • Tutorial 13 - Taskbar jump lists and customization
  • Tutorial 14 - The Notification Area (System Tray)
  • Tutorial 15 - Search is everywhere in Windows 7 too
  • Tutorial 16 - The low down on User Account Controls in Windows 7
  • Tutorial 17 - Devices and Printers

Also: The new Calculator: Now handles scientific calculations.

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