Part I   Controlling Windows


Using the Tutorial
Once you have read (or printed) the instructions on this page, either:
  1. minimize your browser using the minimize button in the upper right corner [-]; it will still be active and connected, or
  2. close Netscape, disconnect your modem (to save billing time $$$!), and reopen it for the next lesson. Instructions:
    1. Read pages 6-7 (from lab book) for an overview of the desktop and the mouse. (Keep in mind that NOT every Windows 95 Desktop is exactly the same.)
    2. Visit the following web page and scroll down for a view of the desktop. There are several explanations on this page, but don't spend too much time here as we will return to this tutorial at a later time.
      George and Mikes Guide to Windows 95 - Desktop
    3. Work through Tasks 1 - 11 (lab book) while on a Windows 95 computer. Also, make sure to read through the Supplements found on this web page! You will need to master the tasks in order to pass the performance assessment.

      Supplement for Task 1: You can also access the Start Menu by using the keyboard shortcut:   Ctrl + Esc

      Supplement for Task 8: One nice feature of Windows is Multitasking. This not only allows you to have several applications and files open at the same time, but also allows you to switch between them rather painlessly! There are 3 ways to switch between open applications (make sure to have several windows (applications) open to practice these functions):

      1. Read Task 58 (pp. 156-157) to learn how to use the Program Buttons on the Taskbar to switch between applications.
      2. A second method for toggling between applications is to use the keyboard shortcut:  Alt + Tab. Hold the Alt key down and then every time you hit the Tab key and let go, this will move you to the next open program. You should see a window pop up when you strike the Tab key. This allows you tab as many times as necessary to get to the program you want.
      3. The third method is explained in Task 8 (Cascading). To switch between applications, click in the window that you want to make active.

      There is also a method for minimizing all of these windows without actually closing them. This allows you access to your desktop:

        Right-click on a blank place on the Taskbar. This should reveal a shortcut menu. Select Minimize All Windows. You should now be able to see your desktop. Your programs are still active, however they minimized. You can maximize any window from the task bar by left-clicking on its program button.


Self-Assessment Checklist:
Use the following checklist to prepare for the performance assessment. Feel free to print this out for your reference.

  • Open a program using the Start button (such as Games in Accessories) (Task 1)
  • Close the program
  • Open the "My Computer" window (Task 2)
  • Minimize the window (Task 3)
  • Reopen the window by using the button on the taskbar (Task 3)
  • Maximize the window (Task 3)
  • Restore the smaller version of the window (Task 3)
  • Move the window to the upper right hand corner of the desktop (Task 4)
  • Resize the window by using the double-headed arrow on the sides, bottom, top or corners (Task 4)
  • Display any of the menus from the Menu Bar (Task 5)
  • Change the view of the icons in My Computer (Task 5)
  • Use a shortcut menu to perform a task (such as opening the C: Drive window from the My Computer Window) (Task 6)
  • Change the display of the C: Drive window (Task 7)
  • Open several windows at once (Task 1 and 8)
  • Tile the windows (Task 8)
  • Cascade the windows (Task 8)
  • Close each window using the different methods for closing (Task 9)
  • Shut down the computer (Task 11)

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