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PCs All-in-One For Dummies®, 5th Edition by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter 3. Windows 7 Basics

In This Chapter

  • Starting and exiting an application

  • Moving, copying, and deleting items

  • Creating new folders and renaming items

  • Recovering valuable stuff from the Recycle Bin

  • Using and configuring the Start menu

  • Working with printers

  • Using and configuring the taskbar

  • Terminating a misbehaving program

Boot camp is over — now it's time to discover some of the more advanced tasks within Windows 7.

For example, no PC owner can ever hope to become a power user without becoming good friends with both the Windows 7 Start menu and taskbar. You need to know how to run programs, whether they're installed and appear on the Start menu or whether you have to track 'em down and run them from your hard drive or CD-ROM drive.

Files and folders need to be copied, moved, or removed; deleted files need to be permanently erased (or recovered, in the case of an accident); and new folders need to be created while you're using your PC. You might need to change printer settings, shut down a program that's no longer responding, or locate another computer on your local network with the shared file that you have to copy to your hard drive. All these tasks are basic, yet a surprising number of PC owners are in the dark about them — they still know only one way to close a program, or they aren't aware that you can change the characteristics of a printer by just right-clicking it and choosing Printer Preferences!

That's what this chapter is all about — delving into the different methods of taking ...

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