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Tutorial 2 Customizing Microsoft Windows 7. Objectives. Select a desktop theme, desktop background, and window colors Examine mouse properties Use the ClearType Text Tuner Choose special visual effects Customize the Start menu. Objectives.

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Tutorial 2 customizing microsoft windows 7

Tutorial 2Customizing Microsoft Windows 7


Objectives

Objectives

  • Select a desktop theme, desktop background, and window colors

  • Examine mouse properties

  • Use the ClearType Text Tuner

  • Choose special visual effects

  • Customize the Start menu

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Objectives

  • Customize the taskbar and notification area

  • Create and customize taskbar toolbars

  • Adjust resolution, color depth, and refresh rate

  • Adjust DPI scaling settings

  • Evaluate power management features

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Custom desktops

Custom Desktops

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Customizing the graphical user interface

Customizing the Graphical User Interface

  • Windows 7 themes

    • Aero themes

    • Basic themes

    • High-contrast themes

  • Custom themes can be created

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Choosing a desktop background

Choosing a Desktop Background

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Customizing a theme s desktop background

Customizing a Theme’s Desktop Background

  • Right-click the desktop, and then click Personalize

  • In the Personalization window, click a theme under My Themes, Aero Themes, Basic and High Contrast Themes, or Installed Themes (if available)

  • Click the Desktop Background link, and then click the Picture location button to view and select images from another location, such as Windows Desktop Backgrounds, Pictures Library, Top Rated Photos, Solid Colors, or another folder. Use the Browse button to locate a folder that contains images you want to use for a theme’s desktop background

  • Click the Picture position button, and choose an option for displaying a desktop background

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Customizing a Theme’s Desktop Background

  • Click the “Change picture every” button, and select a time interval for displaying desktop background images in a theme’s slide show

  • Click the Shuffle check box to display desktop background images randomly in a desktop slide show

  • Click the “When using battery power, pause the slide show to save power” check box to enable or turn off the option for pausing a slide show when using a computer with battery power or a battery power backup unit

  • Click the Save changes button to save your changes with the theme you chose

  • Close the Personalization window

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Adjusting window color settings

Adjusting Window Color Settings

  • Right-click the desktop, click Personalization, and then click the Window Color link in the Personalization window

  • Click one of the 16 colors, and then drag the slider tab on the Color Intensity to adjust the intensity of the color

  • Click the Show color mixer expand button, and then drag the slider tab on the Hue, Saturation, and Brightness slider bars to fine-tune the color you prefer to use for window borders, the title bar, the Start menu, the taskbar, and taskbar buttons

  • If desired, click the Enable transparency check box to disable or enable Windows Aero translucency

  • Click the Save changes button to save your changes and apply your new window color settings

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Adjusting Window Color Settings

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Saving a theme and creating a theme pack

Saving a Theme and Creating a Theme Pack

  • Right-click the desktop, and then click Personalize

  • To save changes to a theme, right-click the Unsaved Theme icon under My Themes, click Save theme, and in the Save Theme As dialog box, type a new name for your theme in the Theme name box, and then click the Save button

  • To save a theme as a theme pack, right-click a theme icon, and then click Save theme for sharing on the shortcut menu. In the Save Theme Pack As dialog box, use the Navigation pane to navigate to another folder (if necessary), type a name for your theme pack in the File name box, and then click the Save button

  • Close the Personalization window

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Changing mouse properties

Changing Mouse Properties

  • Mouse button configuration

  • Double-click speed

  • Pointer speed

  • Mouse pointer shapes

  • Mouse wheel scrolling

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Changing Mouse Properties

  • If you have a Control Panel menu, open the Start menu, point to Control Panel, and then click Mouse. If you do not have a Control Panel menu, open the Start menu, click Control Panel, click the Hardware and Sound link, and then click the Mouse link under Devices and Printers. If you are in the Personalization window, click the “Change mouse pointers” link

  • Click the Buttons tab, click the “Switch primary and secondary buttons” check box under Button configuration (and add a check mark) to enable left-handed use of the mouse, and, if necessary, adjust the double-click speed setting under “Double-click speed” to make it easier to use double-clicking

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Changing Mouse Properties

  • Click the Pointer Options tab, adjust the mouse pointer speed under Motion, and if necessary, click the “Enhance pointer precision” check box (and add a check mark) to improve control of the mouse pointer

  • Click the Wheel tab, and adjust the setting for Vertical Scrolling so you can scroll faster within a window

  • Click the Pointers tab, and use the Scheme button to display and select a mouse pointer scheme that helps you more easily see and identify mouse pointer shapes

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Changing Mouse Properties

  • Make and test any other changes you want to make to other mouse settings for your particular mouse

  • Click the OK button to close the Mouse Properties dialog box and, if necessary, close any other windows, such as the Hardware and Sound window or the Personalization window

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Using the cleartype text tuner

Using the ClearType Text Tuner

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Using the ClearType Text Tuner

  • Right-click the desktop, click Personalize on the shortcut menu, and in the Personalization window, click the Display link under “See also” on the lower-left side of the window

  • After Windows 7 opens the Display window, click the “Adjust ClearType text” link on the left side of the window. The ClearType Text Tuner dialog box opens. Click the Next button

  • Check the information on the resolution of your monitor and the model type, adjust your resolution (if needed), and then click the Next button

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Using the ClearType Text Tuner

  • In each of the next four steps, click the text sample (if necessary) that looks best to you on the computer you are using, then click the Next button

  • When Windows 7 informs you that you have finished tuning the text on your monitor, click the Finish button, and then close the Display window

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Adjusting visual effects

Adjusting Visual Effects

  • Enable aero peek

  • Enable desktop composition

  • Enable transparent glass

  • Show shadows under mouse pointer

  • Show translucent selection rectangle

  • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop

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Custom menus

Custom Menus

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Customizing the start menu

Customizing the Start Menu

  • Customize the Start menu by specifying:

    • Privacy options

    • Power button action

    • Start menu items

    • Highlighting newly installed programs

    • Opening submenus when you pause on them with the mouse pointer

    • Enable context menus and dragging and dropping

    • Use large icons

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Customizing the Start Menu

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Customizing the taskbar and notification area

Customizing the Taskbar and Notification Area

  • You can specify the following properties or features of the taskbar:

    • Lock or unlock the toolbar

    • Auto-hide the taskbar

    • Keep the taskbar on top of other windows

    • Group similar taskbar buttons

    • Show Quick Launch

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Customizing the Taskbar and Notification Area

  • Lock or unlock the taskbar

  • Use Auto-hide on the taskbar

  • Group similar taskbar buttons

  • Preview desktop with Aero Peek

  • Customize the notification area

  • Displaying toolbars on the taskbar

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Customizing the Taskbar and Notification Area

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Displaying and creating taskbar toolbars

Displaying and Creating Taskbar Toolbars

  • Right-click the taskbar, and if the taskbar is locked, click Lock the taskbar to remove the check mark; otherwise, if the toolbar is already unlocked, click the desktop to close the taskbar shortcut menu

  • To add a built-in toolbar to the taskbar, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars on the taskbar shortcut menu, and then click one of the built-in toolbars on the Toolbars menu

  • To create a custom toolbar from a folder, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars on the shortcut menu, click New toolbar, use the Navigation pane to locate the folder you want to use, select the folder, and then click the Select Folder button

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Displaying and Creating Taskbar Toolbars

  • To widen a toolbar so you can display all the options on the toolbar, point to the border resizing handle just to the left of the toolbar title, and, when the mouse pointer changes to an arrow that points to the right and left, drag the left border to the left

  • Click the toolbar’s expand button to the right of the toolbar label to view a menu of options for that toolbar, and then click the option you want to open

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Displaying and Creating Taskbar Toolbars

  • To display a menu of options for the toolbar, right-click the toolbar’s title (the name of the toolbar), and then click one of the options at the top of the shortcut menu (such as View, Show text, and Show title)

  • To close a custom toolbar, right-click the toolbar’s title, click Close toolbar on the shortcut menu, and then click the OK button in the Confirm Toolbar Close dialog box

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Video and power management

Video and Power Management

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Adjusting your video display settings

Adjusting Your Video Display Settings

  • Characteristics of your monitor

    • Resolution

      • Native resolution

    • Aspect ratio

      • 16:9 aspect ratio

      • 4:3 aspect ratio

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Adjusting Your Video Display Settings

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Changing the color depth setting

Changing the Color Depth Setting

  • Right-click the desktop, click Screen resolution on the shortcut menu, and in the Screen Resolution window, click the Advanced settings link

  • Click the Monitor tab in the dialog box for your monitor and video display adapter display settings

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Changing the Color Depth Setting

  • Click the Colors button, click the color depth setting that you want to use, click the Apply button, examine the appearance of the desktop, and either click the Yes button to apply this new setting, or click the No button to restore your previous resolution (or wait 15 seconds for Windows 7 to restore the previous color depth setting)

  • Click the OK button to close the dialog box for your monitor and video display adapter settings, and then close the Screen Resolution window

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Adjusting Your Video Display Settings

  • Refresh rate

    • Low refresh rates on older monitors cause the image to flicker

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Adjusting the resolution color depth and refresh rate

Adjusting the Resolution, Color Depth, and Refresh Rate

  • DPI (dots per inch)

    • Allows you to more easily see objects on the desktop at higher resolutions

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Using power management

Using Power Management

  • Windows 7 supports the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)

  • Windows 7 can:

    • Turn off your video display and hard disk

    • Power plans

      • Balanced

      • Power Saver

      • High Performance

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Using Power Management

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Using Power Management

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