SHSU Technology Tutorials | Windows 7
What is Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest release of the Microsoft Windows operating system for personal computers.
- More desktop themes
- Windows taskbar
- Aero snap
- Aero shake
- New and Improved Calculator
Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
- Windows key + Up: Maximizes the current window
- Windows key + Down: If current window is maximized, restores it; otherwise minimizes current window
- Windows key + Shift + Up: Maximizes the current window, in the vertical direction only
- Windows key + Left: snaps the current window to the left half of the screen
- Windows key + Right: snaps the current window to the right half of the screen
- Windows key + Shift + Left (or Right): moves the current window to the left or right display
- Windows key + (plus sign): functions as a zoom in command wherever applicable
- Windows key + (minus sign): functions as a zoom out command wherever applicable
- Windows key + ESC: turns off zoom once enabled
- Windows key + P: shows an "external display options" selector
The Search Box
Having trouble finidng that important doucment or program? Use the search box at the bottom of the start menu to find that particular item!
Pin a Program to the Taskbar
With Windows 7, you can pin a program or file to the taskbar. Here is how you do it:
- If the program is not running, click the Start button, click All Programs, find the program you want, right-click it, and then click Pin to Taskbar.
- If the program si already running, right-click the program button in the taskbar, and then click Pin ths program to taskbar.
Rearrange Buttons on the Taskbar
You can rearrange and organize program buttons on the taskbar so they appear in the order you prefer.
To rearrange the order of program buttons on the taskbar, simply drag and drop a button from its current position to a different position on the taskbar.
Using Jump Lists
Jump Lists are a collection of recent itmes, like files, folders, or websites, organized by the program that you used to open them.
You can open programs, recent items, and favorite items using Jump Lists so that you can quickly get to the items you use each day.
These recent items are located within the Start menu (Windows Orb).
Snap a Window to the Side
The snap feature allows you to rearrange windows on your computer monitor. This is especially helpful if you are comparing two documents side by side. Here is how you utilize the snap feature:
- Drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen until you see an outline of the expanded window
- Release the title bar
- Repeat with another window.
Snap a Window To the Top
You can also use the snap feature to mximize your window. Her is how:
- Drag the title bar of the window to the top of the screen until the outline of the expanded window appears
- Release to fill the desktop with the window
Using Aero Shake
You can use Aero Shake to quickly minimize every open window excpet the one you want. You can restore all the windows just as easily too. Here is how:
- For the window you wish to keep open, drag (shake) the title bar back and forth quickly
- To restore the other windows, shake the title bar again.