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Microsoft Windows is the world’s largest collection of operating systems. The most recently released version of Microsoft Windows is Windows 8.1. Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP were releasedbefore that in descending order.
By default, your computer will come with Windows Internet Explorer (IE) or (MSIE). The most recently released version is IE 11. If your computer does not have IE 9 or newer, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade your Internet Explorer before proceeding.
Note that if you are not the administrator or you are connected to a network of computers, you may not be able to do this.
Although Internet Explorer is the default browser and the most widely accepted internet browser in the world, it is recommended that you have more than one browser on your computer. To run a successful PC, install:
Now that you can connect to the Internet, you can purchase software. Purchase Microsoft Office Professional from the Microsoft Store or Office Depot.
If you do not need Microsoft Office Professional, you can install the Student Edition, but it is not recommended for home and business users. Some students might also require more advanced software that only comes with Microsoft Office Professional.
It is now recommended that you set up the other Internet Browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Setting up Google Chrome is important, because there are some issues with it that must be fixed before using it.
Click on the Gear button in the upper right hand corner and click on Settings.
You may choose to change your default search engine from Google to Bing.
Click Show Advanced settings.
Under Web Content, click Customize fonts. Then change all of the existing fonts to Calibri. Even if you do not enjoy this font, this is recommended.
Next, under Downloads, check the box that says ‘Ask where to save each file before downloading.’ Then, change the download location to the location on your computer where you save files to most. It is important that it is a local location instead of a network or USB location, even if you do not save files locally.
Your computer’s default theme is almost certain to be Windows 7. However, it is possible that it might be something else. If you are satisfied with your desktop background, you can leave it how it is. However, if you would like to change it, there are a number of settings that are already on your computer. If you want a theme that you don’t see there, click ‘Get more themes online.’
It is recommended that you change your sounds option to either Windows Default or Garden.
Next, set up a Screen Saver.
Choose from the options that you see. Note that if you are using photos, anyone who has access to see your computer will be able to watch the photos that are selected for the Screen Saver, so make sure that you are fine with anyone seeing the photos in the folder that you have selected.
The taskbar is the bar at the bottom of the screen. By default, it appears at the bottom of the screen, but you can change it to be in the left, right, or top of the screen. However, this is not recommended.
Right-click the taskbar and click Properties.
In the Taskbar buttons section, click the drop down and change the setting to Never Combine. This is the default in most versions of Windows XP.
Check the box at the bottom of the screen that says ‘Use Aero Peek to Preview the Desktop.’
Here, you will be able to see a number of locations, such as Computer, Personal folder and other various things. The ones that say ‘Display as a link’ are the ones that will appear on the right hand side of your start menu. Click the ones that you frequently use. It is ALWAYS recommended that Computer, and the Control Panel are always displayed.
As you may have noticed, there might not be anything on the left-hand side of the Start Menu. Except for a tab at the bottom that says ‘All Programs.’ It is recommended that you display your most used programs in the blank space above this. To do this:
Type in the name of the program in the search prompt beneath the All Programs button, where it says Search all programs and files.
Right-click the correct program and then click Pin to Start Menu. You can move the programs around if you wish.
You can also pin programs to your taskbar by clicking Pin to Taskbar.
ALT+TAB will let you switch between any windows that you have open and your desktop. In some computers, you are able to do this by holding down the Windows Key and then pressing Tab.
You can delete a file on your computer by right-clicking on it and then clicking Delete, or clicking on it once and then pressing the Delete key. It is recommended that you keep the Recycle Bin Properties setting for confirming a delete before deleting and sending it to the Recycle Bin.
CTRL+C will copy
CTRL+V will paste
CTRL+P will print
CTRL+SHIFT+T will reopen the last tab you closed when using an Internet Browser.
For a compete list of computer shortcuts, see your computer Guide or visit the Microsoft Windows website to learn more.
This is a tip for local computer storage that you will be glad you used:
If you store your items on the Local Disc (most commonly the C drive), in your folder provided to you with your account, it is recommended that you create ONE folder, and then store ALL of your other folders and documents inside this folder.
Right-click the folder of which everything is on and then click Properties. Then click Advanced and then check the box that says Compress contents to save disc space. This will compress your files so that you can store more things on your computer. When this is done, the folders and file names should appear to be Blue.
Be sure to select all of the folders in the C/ Local drive, right-click, click Properties, then Advanced and then click Compress Contents to save Disc Space. Even if these are not files you use, these take up a LOT of space!
Note that you can only perform these actions on a computer and you cannot compress the contents of an external drive, such as a USB or flash drive.
Although this tutorial covered the most basic things that you can change with your PC, there is almost a setting for everything that there is on your computer. Finding the properties of it will often display options.
Otherwise, the only way to learn more about your computer is to explore it!