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  1. Big Blue & Cousins Roger Bailey June 2004 Windows Basic Course Walking Shadow Designs

  2. Windows Operating System • Operating system manages programs • Consistent methods for start, quit, files etc • Graphic User Interface • Mouse as pointer • Desktop with Icons, Start Button, Task Bar • Program Windows with Buttons, • Menus, Task Bars, Tabs • Windows OS is all about Windows

  3. Mouse • Directs the cursor (pointer) on the screen • Left (normal) button • click to highlight or select • Double click to open • Drag & Drop to move selected object • Click and Drag to select (highlight) more text or files to clip (copy, cut, or transfer) or delete • Right (awkward) button: Click for menu • Right Drag & Drop to Copy, Move or Shortcut

  4. Desktop • Icons • Systems Programs • Shortcuts • Start Button and Start Menu • Taskbar with Programs, Windows, Devices

  5. To Start Programs Double Click • File associated with program in • Start Menu Favourites, or Documents • My Documents folder • Desktop Shortcut • Taskbar Icon • Start Menu Run with name of program • Start Menu Programs • Programs folder .exe file

  6. Windows OS is all about Windows • Open, Cascading, Collapsed Windows • Max and Min Windows • Multiple, Moving, Resized Windows • Menu and Message Windows

  7. Managing Windows • Linear verses Multiphasic • Personal Preference: One Open Window • Two open Windows for “Drag and Drop” moves • Two Windows, one opened, one collapsed, for email links or attachments

  8. My Computer A: Drive 3.5 C: Drive HD My Documents My Pictures Folders Programs Systems D: Drive CD Organizing Your Computer • My Home • Living Room • Den/Office • Bedroom • Closet • Dresser • Workshop • Kitchen • Refrigerator • Basement

  9. Explore Your Computer • Open My Computer: DC on Desktop Icon • Explore C: Drive, • RC on C: Icon for Menu • DC Explore • Poke through the folders and files • Create a new folder for your stuff • Copy a file into your stuff folder • Find it from a program “File Open” menu

  10. Organize your Stuff • Use Specific Folders like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Programs, etc • Make new sub-folders as required • + Find your file among hundreds • - Cascading sub-folders • ? Where did I put it? • Use names to identify • Use Search (Find) on Taskbar to find files

  11. Cascading Sub-folders • Explore file and folder hierarchy • Open Word, create a file, save it in your stuff • Open OO Writer, Open your file • Go up in the file cascade • Go down in the file cascade to find your file

  12. Moving or Copying Files • Open Source and Target Folders • Source: My Computer, A: drive • Target: Windows Basic, My Stuff • Drag and Drop selected file • Left Button to move with Drop & Drag • Right D&D for choices: move copy or shortcut • Or Select file (LC) , Edit Menu, Copy to Target

  13. Multiple File Selection • Use CTRL and Click to select more than one file • Lasso multiple files by placing the cursor near an icon and dragging a box around it • Use Shift and Click to select files between clicked icons

  14. Managing Files • File names and extensions: name.ext • Names used to be 8 characters in DOS • Names should help you find the file • Extensions tell the computer the file type and associated program • .doc for MS Word, .xls for MS Excel, .pdf for Adobe, .jpg for compressed pictures .bmt for picture bit maps etc

  15. Accessory Applications • Many great accessories are included • Go to Start button: Programs: Accessories • Word Pad, Note Pad, • Imaging, Calculators • System Tools: Scan Disc, Defrag, Backup • Communications: • Entertainment:

  16. Install a Program • Example: Install PowerPoint Viewer • Find program on internet http://www.Microsoft.com/ or on Windows 98 Visually CD • Follow the Instructions in the Read Me file or on the website • Specify the install location • Drag and Drop an icon on the desktop

  17. Uninstall a program • Check Read Me file for Uninstall instructions • Typically: Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Program • Often on Start Menu, Program options • Sometimes Uninstall exe in program folder

  18. Essential Utility Programs • Adobe Reader for pdf files http://www.adobe.com free Reader • Anti Virus Grisoft (AVG) http://www.Grisoft.com/ free edition • Microsoft Office Viewers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) http://www.Microsoft.com/ Search for Office Viewers

  19. Recommended Utilitiy Programs • Spell Checker for MS Outlook Express http://www.geocities.com/vampirefo • Time Synchronization: http://www.oneguycoding.com/automachron/ I use time.nrc.ca for the atomic clock time • Open Office: http://www.OpenOffice.org/ Open source clone of MS Office Suite Use CD, download is ~80 MB