Beginner’s guide to Windows 7

Beginner's guide to Windows 7

We all use Windows, but some of us just scratch the surface of what the operating system can do, by only using our computers to send and receive the odd email and surf the internet. In fact, there are so many great things that Windows 7 can do to make your life easier that it can all seem quite overwhelming at first.

There’s now a tool for almost anything in Windows, and just knowing exactly where they are and how to use them can revolutionise your experience with your computer. There’s no need to feel intimidated by the wealth of options that Windows 7 provides, because over the next few pages, we’ve got a crash course that teaches you all you need to get the most out of Windows and your PC.

Everything you need to know is explored and explained to you, and by the end you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve with Windows 7. By taking this crash course, you’ll open up whole new areas of Windows 7 to explore confidently – and it’ll prove to be the beginning of you realising your PC’s full potential.

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Using Windows is easy – here’s how to find where everything is

Although there are lots of tools in Windows, you can simplify things by thinking of your computer as being made up of three large areas: your files and folders, your programs, and system tools.

The first area – your files and folders – covers all the personal files that you create. Including photos, Office Word documents and your MP3 collection, these files are unique to you, and when you add or create them, they are saved in folders and are collected by Windows 7 in Libraries. These make it incredibly easy for you to find your files.

There are four Libraries, and each is pretty self-explanatory: Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. Any documents that you create in programs such as Office should be saved in the Documents Library to keep your computer organised.

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