Using Windows 7 Tutorial Topics

Customizable for

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Users


This outline material is drawn from notes for Windows 7 classes I teach in senior communities.

I have posted it here for my computer help customers to use as checklists in identifying areas where you would like some help.


How to customize your computer desktop

          Right-click – Personalize:

                   Themes: Windows Classic

                   Background: 1) Solid color, 2) Picture, 3) Options

          Text size – Select to adjust smaller or larger


How to customize your browser –

[ Use IE example (Firefox similar; Chrome: See top right) ]

          Right click top area – Check standard menus to show

          Right click to unlock, right click to relock 

          Menu bar – Tools: Internet Options:

                   Pull borders to expand browser screen size; Maximize

General – Set home page(s)

Privacy – Block pop-ups (enable)

Go to main sites (e.g. Search portal, Email website) and drag icon from address box down to Favorites Bar


Major control panel features – Most commonly used area:

          Devices and Printers

          Power Options

          Programs and Features

          Security and Maintenance – Alternately, search “Security Status”

User Accounts

          Learn habit of using “Search” box via Start icon


Connecting devices and Installing Software

On connecting device or inserting software disk, click small rectangular window appearing briefly lower right

Select “Action” to take, typically “Run Setup” or “Play” or “View Files and Folders in Windows Explorer”

Printer installation –

Have printer set up first but not connected

Insert disk or find driver software through manufacturer site “Support”

Follow prompts for “Typical” or “Standard” installation

Connect printer if or when prompted



Email –

Use “Webmail” (set up a link in browser, and/or on desktop) – This option leaves messages on external server for access from any device anywhere


Use a stand-alone email program – for example, Live Mail or Outlook – This option downloads messages to single computer and default is to delete from server.


          Using Facebook – Messaging is done through the browser

Using AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo style messaging – Messenger applications load with Windows and appear in lower right icons

Using Skype – Loads with Windows and appears on task bar

          Photo or File sharing

Sending by Email – Open to send New message, click on “clip”, browse for pictures (usually under “Pictures), click or “Open” to load into email message, and send

Sending from a pictures folder – e.g. Windows Explorer or Picassa – Right click for drop down menu, find “Send / Email”, select to send through your stand-alone email program or through a Picassa-facilitated email option like “Gmail”

Managing files and folders

Windows Explorer – Learn its features

Use Folders and Sub-folders according to your needs

Left-Right Pane familiarity, folder expansion

Cut, Copy, Paste, Move, Drag-drop / CTL, Menu, R-click

Options: View Type; Show extensions

User folder (Libraries) versus general C:\ drive folders

Option – Indexing available to include file text content



Hope this information is helpful.


Arthur K. Burditt III

(352) 875-7878