My Microsoft Windows 7 PC


The clear, friendly, visual guide to using and personalizing Windows 7 - 100% focused on what you really want to do with Windows 7!

  • Full-color, step-by-step tasks teach you how to do what you want, find what you need, run media like a breeze, connect with anyone, and make your whole computing experience smooth and seamless
  • Packed with screen captures that show you exactly ...
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The clear, friendly, visual guide to using and personalizing Windows 7 - 100% focused on what you really want to do with Windows 7!

  • Full-color, step-by-step tasks teach you how to do what you want, find what you need, run media like a breeze, connect with anyone, and make your whole computing experience smooth and seamless
  • Packed with screen captures that show you exactly what to do
  • Walks through connecting devices and networks, securely sharing content, and troubleshooting problems

This easy, visual tutorial doesn't just introduce new users to Windows 7: it shows how to use Windows 7's coolest new features to personalize your experience around the way you live and work. You learn how to get connected to people, places, and other devices, run Windows 7 efficiently, find what you need to run media like a breeze simplify the way you manage your life and commitments create a computing experience that's smoother, more seamless, and more fun. The book walks step-by-step through each key task you need to master, from getting comfortable with the Windows 7 desktop through connectivity, security, mobility, personalization, upgrades, troubleshooting, and much more. This book's step-by-step instructions link to callouts of Windows screen captures that show exactly what to do. Tips and Notes help you discover shortcuts and techniques you'll never find on your own, and Help features guide you past common Windows 7 problems. This book is designed for anyone just starting out with Windows 7 at home or at work, no matter how much experience you have with previous versions - or how little.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789748959
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Series: My... Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 456,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Murray has been writing about technology since before Microsoft Windows--a ny Microsoft Windows--even existed. She’s worked with every consumer version of Windows that has ever been made, marveling with the masses at Windows 3.1, swearing at Windows ME, enjoying Windows XP, and threatening to throw her computer off the roof, thanks to Windows Vista. Now with Windows 7, she feels we have arrived at a sleek, smart, reasonably lightweight operating system that does pretty much what most users need it to do. She started writing about technology 24 years ago and still enjoys it, specializing in Microsoft Office technologies and the fascinating ways in which we stay in touch with each other through cloud technology, blogging, social media, and more. You’ll find Katherine’s blog, BlogOffice, at In addition to writing books, she writes regularly for CNET’s TechRepublic and Windows Secrets.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Highlights of Windows 7 2

Versions of Windows 7 3

What You’ll Find in This Book 4

Let’s Begin 6

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows 7 9

Starting and Stopping Windows 7 10

Starting Windows 7 11

Using the Start Menu 13

Finding What You Need on the Start Menu 13

Learning the Taskbar 17

Learning Taskbar Tools 17

Navigation Basics: Using the Mouse and Keyboard 22

Using the Mouse 22

Working with Windows 26

Starting a Program 26

Opening a Document 29

Switching to a Different Window 30

Arranging Windows 31

Getting the Help You Need 35

Chapter 2 Preparing Your Windows 7 PC 41

Transferring Files 42

Using Windows Easy Transfer 42

Setting Up Programs 45

Setting Up Your Printer 48

Getting Ready to Use Hardware 51

Updating Drivers 53

Setting Up Internet Connections 56

Managing Your PC Power 59

Preparing for Recovery 62

Chapter 3 Getting and Staying Connected: Phones, Devices, and Tablets 67

Connecting Devices to Windows 7 68

Syncing Your Phone 69

Syncing Your MP3 Player 75

Moving Files from a Flash Drive 79

Setting Up Your Drawing Tablet 82

Getting Started with Your Drawing Tablet 82

Chapter 4 Securing Your Windows 7 PC 89

Working with the Action Center 90

Working with an Action Center Alert 92

Setting Up User Accounts 97

Setting a Password 102

Using Windows Defender 105

Turning on Your Windows Firewall 109

Changing User Account Control Settings 111

Chapter 5 Find What You’re Looking for--Fast! 115

Performing a Simple Search 116

Using the Search Box 117

Using the Search Folder 119

Extending a Search 120

Understanding Search Filters 121

Expanding Your Search 122

Searching Online 123

Customizing and Saving a Search 126

Creating a Custom Search 126

Saving Your Search 129

Chapter 6 Exploring, Downloading, and Running Programs 133

Finding and Starting a Program 134

Working with Program Windows 138

Exploring a Program Window 139

Copying Content Between Programs 141

Closing a Program 143

Downloading and Installing Programs 144

Getting Ready to Download a Program 145

Purchasing, Downloading, and Installing a Program 147

Repairing and Uninstalling Programs 149

Repairing Installations 149

Uninstalling Programs 150

Working with Gadgets 153

Display Running Gadgets 154

Chapter 7 Organizing Files and Folders 161

Working with Windows 7 Libraries 162

Getting Started with Windows 7 File Libraries 162

Taking a Look at Windows Explorer 164

Using the Navigation Pane 166

Adding Folders to Libraries 167

Creating a Library 168

Arranging Library Display 171

Managing Folders 173

Finding the Folder You Want 173

Removing Folders 180

Finding, Organizing, and Sharing Your Files 181

Finding Files 181

Previewing Files 182

Displaying and Updating File Information 183

Tagging Files 184

Compressing and Uncompressing Your Files 189

Chapter 8 Doing the Web Thing (Plus Email and Calendars, Too) 193

Getting Online with Internet Explorer 194

Starting Internet Explorer 194

A Look Around the Internet Explorer Window 195

Displaying Browser Toolbars 197

Using the Notification Bar 198

Selecting Your Home Page 199

Browsing and Searching the Web 200

Navigating the Web 202

Searching for Information 204

Adding a Search Provider 206

Working with Tabs 210

Opening a New Tab 210

Changing the Tab Display 211

Displaying Colorful Tabs 212

Pinning a Site to the Taskbar 213

Working with IE9 Tools 215

Changing Site Display 217

Adding and Managing Favorites 218

Viewing Your RSS Feeds 223

Adding Web Slices 226

Securing Your Browsing Experience 227

Blocking ActiveX Controls 228

Sending a Link by Email with Windows Live Mail 235

Sending Mail 236

Chapter 9 Ready, Set, Media! 241

Watching TV and Movies on Your PC 242

Looking Around the Windows Media Center Window 243

Watching Internet TV on Your PC 245

Watching Live TV on Your PC 249

Recording a Series or a Show 251

Setting Recording Options 252

Sharing Media on Your Phone 256

Enjoying Media with Windows Media Player 258

Exploring the Windows Media Player Window 259

Playing Tunes in Windows Media Player 260

Creating a Playlist 265

Streaming Your Media 268

Viewing the Media Guide 271

Chapter 10 Cataloging and Fine-Tuning Your Photos 275

Adding Pictures to Your PC 276

Connecting Your Camera and Downloading Pictures 276

Adding and Viewing Pictures from Your Phone 278

Viewing Photos on Windows Phone 7 278

Viewing Photos in the Pictures Library 281

Looking Around the Pictures Library 281

Viewing Pictures in the Picture Library 282

Using the Windows Photo Viewer 284

Managing Your Pictures 287

Rotating Pictures 288

Tagging Pictures 292

Sharing Your Pictures 296

Printing Pictures 299

Printing Your Photos 299

Chapter 11 Personalizing Windows 7 303

Changing Your Desktop 303

Choosing a New Background 304

Choosing a Desktop Theme 306

Adjusting the Look of Windows 7 310

Choosing a Color Scheme 310

Changing the Font Size 314

Adjusting the Mouse 320

Changing Mouse Pointers 320

Changing System Sounds 325

Chapter 12 Networking—at Home and on the Road 329

Setting Up a Home Network 330

Gathering Your Equipment 330

Getting Started with a HomeGroup 335

Creating and Setting Up a HomeGroup 336

Using Your HomeGroup 340

Chapter 13 Windows 7 Care, Feeding, and Troubleshooting 345

Updating Windows 7 346

Backing Up and Restoring Your Files 349

Backing Up Your Files 349

Using System Tools 354

Disk Cleanup 354

Disk Defragmenter 356

Compatibility with Windows 7 357

Using the Windows Compatibility Center 358

Index 363

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