Ambition. in Action. Hot Topic: Windows 7 Trainer: Michael Philipou. PINNING PROGRAMS AND USING JUMP LISTS .
Hot Topic: Windows 7
Trainer: Michael Philipou
Pin a program icon to the Start menu
If you use a program regularly, you can create a shortcut to it by pinning the program icon to the Start menu.
TRY IT: Right-click the program icon you want to pin to the Start menu, and then click Pin to Start Menu.
The Start menu displays any pinned programs at the top of the left column.
To unpin a program icon, right-click it, and then click Unpin from Start Menu.
You can change the order of a pinned item by dragging the program icon to a new position in the list.
View the Jump List for a program
TRY IT: Click Start, point to a pinned program or to a recently used program near the top of the Start menu, and then point to or click the arrow next to the program.
Open an item from the Jump List
TRY IT: Click the file in the Jump List to launch the application, and open the file.
Pin an item to a Jump List
TRY IT: Point to the item, hover over the pushpin icon, and then click Pin to this list.
Unpin an item
TRY IT: Point to the item, hover over the pushpin icon, and then click Unpin from this list.
Jump Lists on the taskbar give you quick access to the items you use most often.
Pin a program icon to the taskbar
TRY IT: Right-click the program icon you want to pin to the taskbar, and then click Pin to Taskbar.
View the Jump List for a program
TRY IT: Right-click the program's button on the taskbar.
Open an item from aJump List
TRY IT: View the programsJump List, and click the item.
Pin an item to a Jump List
TRY IT: View the program's Jump List, point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Pin to this list.
Pin a Folder to a Jump List
PIN IT: Folders are considered Windows Explorer items, and appear in the Windows Explorer Jump List when pinned or opened.
Unpin an item
TRY IT: View the program's Jump List, point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Unpin from this list.
New features on the Windows desktop make it easier to organize and manage multiple windows. You can switch easily between open windows so that you can focus on important programs and files.
Preview open windows using Aero Peek
You can use Aero Peek to take a quick look at other open windows without clicking away from the window you are currently working on. Point your mouse at a taskbar button, and thumbnail previews of any open windows associated with that button appear above the taskbar. If you want to open a window you are previewing, just click its thumbnail.
All open windows are represented by taskbar buttons. If you have several windows open, Windows automatically groups open windows from the same program into a single taskbar button.
TRY IT: Point to a taskbar button to see a thumbnail preview of the window or windows it represents.
Shake a window to minimize all other windows
Minimize Windows Using Aero Shake
Using Aero Shake, you can quickly minimize all open windows on the desktop except the one you want to focus on.
TRY IT: Just click the title bar of the window you want to keep open and drag (or shake) the window back and forth quickly, and the other open windows are minimized. To restore the minimized windows, shake the open window again.
With Flip 3D, you can quickly preview all your open windows without having to click the taskbar.
Flip 3D displays your open windows in a stack.
Switch windows using Flip 3D
TRY IT: Press the Windowslogo key +Tab to open Flip 3D.
While holding down the Windowslogo keypress Tabrepeatedly or rotate the mouse wheel to cycle through open windows.
Release the Windowslogo key to display that window.
TRY IT: The Show desktop button has been moved to the opposite end (right side) of the taskbar.
TRY IT: You can temporarily view or peek at the desktop by just pointing your mouse at the Show desktop button, without clicking it.
Show desktop button on the taskbar
Arranging windows using Snap
Snap will automatically resize your windows when you move, or snap, them to the edge of the screen.
Arrange windows side by side
TRY IT: Drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen until an outline of the expanded window appears. Release the mouse to expand the window.
Maximize a window
TRY IT: Drag the title bar of the window to the top of the screen. The window's outline expands to fill the screen. Release the window to expand it to fill the entire desktop.
TRY IT: You can easily access the Windows Explorer folder window from your taskbar. It is located to the right of the Start button. Click to open the window.
When the new Explorer window opens, it brings you to a new search folder called “Libraries”.
The Navigation pane on the left gives you access to your Favourite links, Libraries, Computer and Networks.
TRY IT: The View button has moved to the right of the command bar.
TRY IT: Easy access to the Preview pane and Help buttons on the right side of the command bar.
Windows7 will help you find more things in more places. TRY IT: Start typing in the Start menu search box, and instantly see a list of relevant files on your PC. You can search by typing the name of the file, or based on its tags, file type, and even contents.
Open the search results window to see more matches. Your keywords are highlighted to make it easier to scan the list.
You may also want to filter search results by date or size.
Windows provides several ways to find files and folders. There isn't one best way to search—you can use different methods for different situations.
Use the search box on the Start menu
You can use the search box on the Start menu to find files, folders, programs, and e‑mail messages stored on your computer.
To find an item using the Start menu:
Search results appear as soon as you start typing in the search box.
As you type, items that match your text will appear on the Start menu. The search results are based on text in the file name, text in the file, tags, and other file properties.
When searching from the Start menu, only files that have been indexed will appear in search results. Most files on your computer are indexed automatically. For example, anything you include in a library is automatically indexed. For more information about the index, see Improve Windows searches using the index: frequently asked questions.
Use the search box in a folder or library
You're often likely to be looking for a file that you know is in a particular folder or library, such as Documents or Pictures. Browsing for the file might mean looking through hundreds of files and subfolders. To save time and effort, use the search box at the top of the open window.
The search box in a folder or library
The search box filters the current view based on text that you type. The search looks for text in the file name and contents; and in the file properties, such as in tags. In a library, the search includes all folders included in the library as well as subfolders within those folders.
To search for a file or folder by using the search box:
As you type, the contents of the folder or library are filtered to reflect each successive character you type. When you see the file that you want, stop typing.
For example, suppose your Documents library looks like this:
Documents library before typing in the search box
Now, suppose that you're looking for your invoice files, so you type "invoice" in the search box. As you type, the view is automatically filtered and you see something like this:
Documents library after typing "invoice" in the search box
You can also use other techniques in the search box to quickly narrow down a search. For example, if you're searching for a file based on one or more if its properties (such as a tag or the date the file was last modified), you can use search filters to specify the property in your search. Or, you can type keywords in the search box to narrow down your results even further. To learn how to use search filters and keywords, see Advanced tips for searching in Windows.
Expand a search beyond a specific library or folder
If you can't find what you're looking for in a specific library or folder, you can expand the search to include different locations.
TRY IT: As you type, items that match your text will appear on the Start menu. The search results are based on text in the file name, text in the file, tags, and other file properties.