WINDOWS7 operating system

The following document covers the basics of working with Windows7 as well as some basic Windows7 operations. 

  • Logging On to a Windows7
  • Opening Programs
  • Closing Programs
  • Protecting Your Windows and Data
  • Logging Off a Windows7
  • Changing Passwords

Logging On to a Windows7

Before you begin the connection process you will want to make sure the last person using the computer logged off. If you see the standard desktop or a program open, you must log off the previous user. To do this, Logging Off a Windows7 and then continue with the appropriate section below to log in as yourself.

  1. Press [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Delete]
    All three keys must be pressed together.
  2. If someone else was logged on last,
    1. Click SWITCH USER
    1. Click OTHER USER
  3. In the User name text box, type your username
    HINT: This is the same as your email username.
  4. In the Password text box, type your password
    EXAMPLE: 2pa$s_worLd
  5. Click the LOG ON button
    Press [Enter]
    You are logged in and the Windows7 desktop appears.

Ø  Opening Programs

Programs are available through the Start menu and are arranged in folders based on the type of program, such as Microsoft Office or Graphics & Web Design.

  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs » select the desired categoryA list of available programs appears.
  2. From the list of programs, select the desired program
    The selected program opens.

Ø  Closing Programs

Closing programs before logging off helps protect your data and is strongly recommended. The following instructions will work with most Windows programs.

  1. If necessary, save your work
    For information on saving your work

For Office programs, from the File menu, select Exit [Program]

Ø  Protecting Your Windows7 and Data

If you are leaving your computer for a short time, recommends that you lock your workstation. This helps prevent unauthorized access and modification to your data or files. Locking your workstation prevents anyone from using your station, but your programs will remain running for quick access when you return to your computer.

Ø  Logging Off a Windows7

Remember to log off your workstation when you are finished using it. Failure to log off can result in unauthorized access or modifications to your data and files.

  1. From the Start menu » click MORE » select Log OffYou are logged off.

Ø  Changing Passwords

Your password provides important security for your files. While you are required to change it annually, it is recommended that you change it more frequently.


  • Passwords must be changed at least once every academic year
  • Passwords must be at least 8 characters long
  • Passwords must include at least 3 of the following:
    • At least one uppercase letter: A-Z
    • At least one lowercase letter: a-z
    • At least one digit: 0-9
    • At least one special character: ~ ` @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) + = \ | [ ] { }   ? < >

Basic Tasks Perform With Short Cuts.

Display HelpF1          
Rename the selected itemF2          
Search for a file or folderF3          
Activate the menu bar in the active programF10        
Refresh the active windowF5 (or Ctrl+R)    
Open or close the Start menu.Windows logo key
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-DWindows logo key  +Tab              
Display the System Properties dialog box.Windows logo key  +Pause
Display the desktop.Windows logo key  +D
Minimize all windows.Windows logo key  +M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop.Windows logo key  +Shift+M
Open Computer.Windows logo key  +E
Search for a file or folder.Windows logo key  +F
Lock your computer or switch users.Windows logo key  +L
Open the Run dialog box.Windows logo key  +R
Maximize the window.Windows logo key  +Up Arrow
Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.Windows logo key  +Left Arrow
Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.Windows logo key  +Right Arrow
Minimize the window.Windows logo key  +Down Arrow
Minimize all but the active window.Windows logo key  +Home
Select all items on a pageCtrl+A
Copy the selected itemCtrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)   
Cut the selected itemCtrl+X   
Paste the selected itemCtrl+V (or Shift+Insert) 
Undo an actionCtrl+Z   
Redo an actionCtrl+Y   
Open a new windowCtrl+N
Close the current windowCtrl+W
Create a new folderCtrl+Shift+N
Save changes to a noteCtrl+S
Print a noteCtrl+P
Open the Start menuCtrl+Esc               
Open Task ManagerCtrl+Shift+Esc   
Close the active document Ctrl+F4
Use the arrow keys to switch between open itemsCtrl+Alt+Tab      
Change the size of icons on the desktopCtrl+Mouse scroll wheel              
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-DCtrl+Windows logo key  +Tab    
Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktopCtrl with any Left click   
Display properties for the selected itemAlt+Enter            
Close the active item, or exit the active programAlt+F4  
Switch between open itemsAlt+Tab               
Cycle through items in the order in which they were openedAlt+Esc
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle BinDelete (or Ctrl+D)           
Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin firstShift+Delete     
Cancel the current taskEsc         
Move forward through optionsTab        
Move back through optionsShift+Tab            

Cut, Copy, and Paste

  • Copy Items

Copying Items Copying items places them on the Clipboard. Once copied, you can paste the Clipboard contents, whether it is elsewhere in the same document, into a different document, or into an altogether different application.

  1. Select the text, graphic, file, or folder to be copied
  1. Press [Ctrl] + [C]
    The selected contents are saved to the Clipboard.
    You are now ready to paste.
  2. Cutting Items
  1. Select the item (text or graphic) to be cut
  2. Press [Ctrl] + [X]
    the selection has been cut and saved to the Clipboard.
    You are now ready to paste.
  3. Pasting Items
  1. Copy or cut the desired item(s)
  2. Place the insertion point where you want to paste the item
  3. Press [Ctrl] + [V]
    The content is pasted.

Moving Between Applications

Key Command

  1. Press [Alt] + [Tab]
    A box appears on the screen showing all open applications.
  2. Continue to hold [Alt] while pressing [Tab] to cycle through open programs
    The application must be open to be included in the program list.
    The application is selected when a box appears around the application icon.
  3. To open the selected application, release [Alt]
  4. Saving a File for the First Time

This procedure is also used when you want to save a copy of the active file to a second location for backup or to create a copy of the file with a different name.

With the appropriate program open, from the OFFICE button menu ,

select Save As…

The Save As dialog box appears.

  1. From the Folders list, navigate to the desired save location
  2. In the File nametext box, type your preferred name for the file
  3. Click SAVE
    The file is saved to the selected location.

Ø  Saving a File That Has Already Been Saved

Once you have saved a file for the first time, saving again is simple.

  1. From the FILE button menu , select Save

    Press [Ctrl] + [S]
    The file is saved.

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