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Windows 7

Initial Exploration

  1. elements of the desktop
  2. wizards
  3. short-cut menus
  4. Start menu
    • features
    • components
    • functions
    • search box
    • customization
  5. modifier keys and their effects
  6. properties
  7. default button
  8. jump lists
  9. Run command
  10. paths

Explorer, Windows & the Taskbar


  1. Define File Explorer.
  2. Identify three ways to open a new Explorer window.
  3. Sketch a new Explorer window and identify:
    • address bar
    • control menu
    • title bar
    • toolbar
    • scroll bar
    • window commands
  4. List ways to reshape or resize a window.
  5. Describe how can you move back into view the top edge of a window whose top edge is past the top of your screen.
  6. Identify five ways to maximize a window and five ways to restore a maximized window to its previous state.
  7. Identify nine ways to close a window.
  8. Describe the operation of a multiple document interface (MDI) program.
  9. List the characteristics of an active window.
  10. Identify three ways to show the Desktop and hide all open windows.
  11. Describe the mouse gestures, and the corresponding keyboard shortcuts, which manage open windows.
  12. Describe the use of Windows Flip and Windows Flip 3D along with their alternative access methods.
  13. Homework: Research the features and operation of the Address Bar.

Optional Window Panes


  1. Describe the use of the optional panes made available through the Organize menu:
    • details pane
    • navigation pane
    • preview pane
  2. Identify an alternative way to show or hide the preview pane.
  3. Identify a way to adjust pane sizes.
  4. Describe a quick way to add, delete, or rename items in the navigation pane’s Favourites list.
  5. Describe how to restore the starter icons (Desktop, Downloads, Recent Places) if they’ve been deleted from the Favourites list.
  6. Identify two ways to reorder the Favourites list.
  7. Create a table showing the utility of the following Explorer keyboard shortcuts. (Choose an appropriate order of presentation.)
    • Alt+←
    • Alt+→
    • Alt+↑
    • Alt+double-click
    • Backspace
    • F4
    • F6
    • F11
    • Shift+Ctrl+E
    • Shift+Ctrl+N
    • Tab
    • pressing Ctrl while turning mouse’s scroll wheel
    • typing letters
  8. Homework: Research the features and operation of Libraries.



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