"Starting to Use Windows Vista - The Basic Skills That You Must Know!"

Are you planning to use Windows Vista ? Where to get started? Follow the guides here.

In this article, you explore several simple and very handy techniques for launching and moving between applications using Windows Vista.

You go through step-by-step procedures ranging from opening an application to resizing application windows to removing programs when you no longer need them.

These are the basic skills that you need to know if you intend to use Windows Vista and mastering the program.

To start an application

  • Choose Start and click on All Programs. Locate the program name on the All Programs list that appears and click it.
  • Clicking an item with a folder icon displays a list of programs within it; just click the program on that sub-list to open it.
  • If there is a program shortcut icon on the desktop, just double-click on it to open the program.

To Open the Windows Explorer

  • From the Start menu, point to All Programs and click on Accessories folder.
  • From the Accessories sub-lists, click on Windows Explorer.

Vista Windows Exporer

Note: The faster way to open the Windows Explorer is using the keyboard shortcut, Win + E.

The Title Bar (in Windows XP)

  • Displayed along the top of almost all program and folder windows.
  • Used to displayed information such as the name of the application (or folder) or document you are working on (in Windows XP).
  • In Windows Vista, the title bar is displayed blank (without any wording on it).

To maximize or restore a window using the Title bar

  • Double-click on the Title Bar to toggle between a maximized object and one running within a window.

Vista Screen Elements

The Scroll Bars

  • To move to any position in a document, i.e. up, down, left, and right.
  • To scroll through a window at speed, click on the scroll box and drag the small gray box up and down the vertical scroll bar.

The Maximize, Minimize, Restore Down and Close Buttons

  • Located in the top, right-hand corner of every window.
  • Click on the Maximize button will expands the window to fill the full screen.
  • Click on the Minimize button will reduces the window to an icon on the Taskbar.
  • Click on the Restore Down button will returns the window to its original state.
  • Click on the Close button will close the current window in the same way as double clicking on the small Control Menu icon (found in the top, left-hand corner of window).

Tip: To close window using the keyboard, press Alt + F4 combination keys.

To switch between running applications

  • Open two or more programs. The last program that you open is the active program.
  • Simple way is to click on the program status indicators on the Taskbar to open or switch to the specific application.
  • Alternatively, you can press Alt + Tab to move from one open application window to another.
  • If you have more than 2 programs open, just press and hold Alt + Tab to open a small box revealing all opened programs.
  • Keep Alt pressed down and press the Tab key to cycle through the icons representing open programs.
  • Release the Alt key, and Windows Vista switches to whichever program is selected.

To Set Program Defaults

  • From the Start menu click Control Panel.
  • From the Control Panel window, click on Programs.

Windows Vista control panel

  • In the resulting Programs window, click the Set your default programs link in the Default Programs section to see specifics about the programs that are set as defaults..
  • If a User Account Control window appears, click Continue to allow changes.
  • From the Set your default programs dialog box displayed, select a program from the list of Programs and click Set this program as default.
  • Click OK to save your settings.

To remove/uninstall an application

  • From the Start menu click Control Panel.
  • From the Control Panel window, click on Programs.
  • In the resulting Programs window, click the Uninstall a program link in the Programs and Features section.

Uninstall or change program dialog box

  • In the resulting window, click a program that you wish to remove and then click the Uninstall button. Although some programs will display their own uninstall screen, in most cases, a confirmation dialog box appears.
  • If you're sure that you want to remove the program, click Yes in the confirmation dialog box. A dialog box shows the un-installation progress.
  • Click the Close button to finish.

With this tutorial, you should be able to use Windows Vista basic features. More Vista training are on the way…

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