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Windows 7

New Features

Windows 7 has several new features and improvements which make it easier to customize, operate, and navigate. Below you will find a description of the new features. For more information or instructions on certain topics, please visit the Windows 7 Help & How-to web site.

Discover more tips and tricks about Windows 7 by viewing the LTS Windows 7 Playlist on YouTube.

How To:

Topic Windows 7
Switching Applications Allows you to hide all windows and scroll through them to select a particular one. Press and hold the [Windows button] and press [Tab] to scroll through windows.
New Start Icon Start buttonLocated on far left of taskbar.
Quick Launch Area Allows you to assign programs to Quick Launch by dragging programs to taskbar. The entire taskbar is the Quick Launch Area. Move specific buttons to personalize arrangement of icons.
Previewing Open Items Previews open items before enlarging. Move the cursor over a program's icon on the taskbar to activate.
Show Desktop Button Hides open windows while showing desktop. The button is located on far right of taskbar.
Jump Lists Point to an application icon in the Quick Launch area. View Jump List files or open one by left clicking on it. You can pin favorite files to top of Jump Lists by right clicking.
Gadgets Allows you to receive information from the Internet (e.g., news, sports, stocks) from desktop.
Snap Windows "Snap" windows into filling half of the screen by dragging an open window to the left or right edge of the desktop. Drag a window to the top of the desktop to maximize.
Shake Windows Allows you to minimize other windows by clicking and holding the top of an open window and quickly shake by dragging back and forth. Repeat the same process on the window to have other windows reappear.
Background Allows you to change background picture, the color of desktop elements, and the sounds played when Windows wants to tell you something. You are able to use a series of photos for a background slide show, and can save any combination of the above in a "theme." Background settings are found under Personalize.
Screen Resolution Detects native resolution that is best suited for your monitor. If objects on screen are still too small or large, you can scale graphics and text to suit your preferences. Screen resolution settings are found under Personalize, which you find by right clicking an empty space on the desktop.
Finding Files Allows you to find files as fast as you can type. Click Start button to see the search box. You can adjust search filters to organize files by size and date modified.
Libraries Gathers files from different locations into a library. Libraries search and compile documents across similar files.
Example: Photo Library and Video Library.
Control Panel Navigation Allows you to type what you are looking for into a search bar and have the computer retrieve it for you. Change icon size by selecting Large icons or Small icons from the View by drop-down menu.
Devices and Printers Allows you to view, manage, and use everything connected to your PC. When you connect a device (e.g., media player, camera, printer) to your computer, a Device Stage icon appears in Devices and Printers. This allows you to view the status of compatible devices, as well as a list of actions for each one.
Message Alerts messagealertStores messages in Action Center, located on right side of task bar.  Allows you to see notifications and suggested fixes for programs.  Action Center can troubleshoot various aspects of computer.
System Backup Allows you to select specific drives and folders to back up. You are able to schedule automatic system image backup, in which the computer takes a snapshot of your entire system and saves it in case of hard-drive failure.
Note: LTS recommends never saving to the C: drive, your hard drive. If you save to your H: drive or other network drives, the file back-ups are managed by LTS.