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Introduction to Windows 98. Session 1 Making Computers Easier to Use. Windows. An graphic user interface (GUI) designed to make the computer easier to use First announced by Microsoft in the early 1980s

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introduction to windows 98

Introduction to Windows 98

Session 1

Making Computers Easier

to Use

windows
Windows
  • An graphic user interface (GUI) designed to make the computer easier to use
  • First announced by Microsoft in the early 1980s
  • Many concepts used in Windows were borrowed from the Apple Macintosh interface which itself was heavily predicated on work at Xerox Parc
windows1
Windows
  • Windows 95 - Introduced Aug. of 1995
    • Made Windows easier to use
    • Combined OS with new GUI
  • Windows 98 - Introduced June of 1998
    • Enhances the previous versiont to make Windows even easier to use
    • Folds many features of the World Wide Web into Windows
starting exiting windows
Starting/Exiting Windows
  • Starting
    • Turn on machine
    • Windows automatically loads
  • Stopping
    • Always exit properly - temporary files are opened that have to be properly closed
    • Start, Shut Down…, Shut down the computer?, Yes
    • Wait for message to turn off computer
windows terminology p 2
Windows Terminology - p. 2
  • Desktop - Workspace on the screen for opening windows and applications
    • Object - any image that appears on the desktop
    • Icon - a graphic representation of an object
    • Properties - control how an object behaves and operates in a Windows environment
role of the mouse p 3
Role of the Mouse - p. 3
  • Used to interact with graphic elements/ icons/menus
  • Left button actions - Table 1.1
    • Point
    • Click
    • Double-click
    • Drag
  • Right-button - activates context menus
  • Deselect - click anywhere on screen
  • Pointer Shape - Table 1-2
tooltips
ToolTips
  • Contains explanatory text about an icon or button
  • Appears when the mouse pointer is positioned over the object
  • Use greatly expanded in Windows 98
some desktop objects p 9
Some Desktop Objects - p. 9
  • My Computer - provides access to computer resources
  • Recycle Bin - restores deleted files
  • Taskbar - shows a button for each open window as well as a status area
    • Status area/system tray
    • Toolbars
  • Start Button - activates menus for accessing programs, files, etc....
manipulating multiple windows
Manipulating Multiple Windows
  • Many windows can be open at a time
  • Active window
    • Colored title bar
    • Appears on top
  • Inactive window - grey title bar
  • Every open window generates a button on the status bar
  • Multitasking - p. 11
controlling desktop appearance
Controlling Desktop Appearance
  • Active Desktop - Windows 98 name for the desktop
  • Able to control the appearance of the Channel Bar
  • Web-based wallpaper
  • Web-like links for objects
  • Folder Options dialog box controls for My Computer:
    • Web style
    • Classic style
parts of a window p 25
Parts of a Window - p. 25
  • Border
  • Size Grip
  • Title bar
    • Application/Window name
    • Control-menu button
    • Minimize button
    • Maximize/Restore button
    • Close button
  • Scroll Bar
parts of a window cont
Parts of a Window (cont.)
  • Standard toolbar
    • Contains buttons for frequently used commands
    • Single click instead of menu sequence
  • Address Box
    • Immediately specify drive/directory
    • Enter Web address and start browser
  • Status Bar
manipulating windows
Manipulating Windows
  • Moving
  • Resizing
  • Opening and Closing
  • Minimizing
  • Maximizing
  • Restoring
menu bar p 28
Menu Bar - p. 28
  • May have control buttons for a document
  • Pull-down menus
  • Shortcut commands
menu conventions table 1 3
Menu Conventions - Table 1.3
  • Menu graphics give clues
    • Ellipsis Option invokes a dialog box
    • Dimmed Option not available
    • Check This option is in effect
    • Dot This option is in effect
    • Keys Shortcut command for option
    • Triangle Invokes additional menu
dialog boxes p 33
Dialog Boxes - p. 33
  • Invoked when a command is followed by an ellipsis
  • Used to provide additional information to be used by a command
  • Controls - allow you to interact with dialog boxes
dialog box controls p 33
Dialog Box Controls - p. 33
  • Option Buttons
  • List boxes
  • Check Boxes
  • Command Buttons
  • Text Boxes
  • Spin Boxes
  • Word Print Dialog box - p. 33
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