Windows 95 (Module 1) Performance Assessment
  (Trainer copy)

Note: Student will need an IBM (PC compatible) formatted floppy disk for this assessment.

Exercise 1

Identify the following on the Windows Desktop:
Taskbar (usually at the bottom of the screen)
Program icon (most any of the icons on the screen
Start Menu (accessed with the Start button - usually found on taskbar in the bottom left corner)
The Desktop icon you would use to access your folders and files (My Computer)

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Exercise 2

Open a word processing program (MS Word, MS Works, Wordpad, Notepad)
(The easiest way is using the Start menu, but could also open it from My Computer or Windows Explorer, or the desktop icon if one happens to be there)

Move the window to the lower right hand corner of the screen.
Should know how to grab the title bar and move window)

Maximize the window.
(Should know how to use the button with the square in the upper right corner)

Create a new document (file) and type a short sentence.
In most cases, a blank document will already be open for them)

Save this file to a folder on your hard drive (i.e.: My Documents). Name the file "file1".
(Should know how to use the "Save As..." function from the File menu and how to change the "Save As..." window so that it will save in this particular folder)

Leave this open on your desktop.

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Exercise 3

Open the Windows Paint program (it is in Accessories).
(The easiest way is using the Start menu, but could also open it from My Computer or Windows Explorer)

Make the window larger by using a resizing function OTHER THAN the Maximize button.
(Should know how to use the resizing arrows around the window)

Draw a quick picture.
(Scribble with the pencil tool)

Save this file to a folder on your hard drive (i.e.: My Documents). Name the file "file2".
(Should know how to use the "Save As..." function from the File menu and how to change the "Save As..." window so that it will save in this particular folder)

Leave this open on your desktop

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Exercise 4

Arrange these two windows so that they are cascaded on the screen.
(Should know how to use the shortcut menu by right-clicking on a blank area of the taskbar)

Demonstrate 2 ways to switch between the programs.
(Should know how to use 1) the taskbar, or 2) the Alt-Tab button, or 3) clicking on the windows)

Minimize all of the files and programs. (Are they still open? Where did they go?)
(Can do one at a time using the minimize button [-] or do them all at once using the right-click shortcut on a blank area of the taskbar)

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Exercise 5

Open the Paint program (and file2) from the taskbar.
(Should know how to use the program buttons on the taskbar)

Close this program.
(Should know how to use 1) the close button in upper right [x], or 2) Exit from the File menu, or 3) Close from the Windows Control menu, or 4) the Alt + F4 keyboard strokes)

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Exercise 6

Open the word processing program (and file1) from the taskbar.
(Should know how to use the program buttons on the taskbar)

Save file1 to your floppy disk.
Should know how to use the "Save As..." function and how to select the A: drive from the "Save As..." window)

Close the word processing program demonstrating a different method of closing than you used in Exercise 4.
(Should know how to use 1) the close button in upper right [x], or 2) Exit from the File menu, or 3) Close from the Windows Control menu, or 4) the Alt + F4 keyboard strokes)

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Exercise 7

Create a shortcut icon for your A: drive (floppy drive) and place it on the desktop.
(Should know how to go into My Computer, highlight A: drive, and use File menu to Create Shortcut or use right-click shortcut menu)

Open the A: drive by using the shortcut that you have just created (make sure your disk is still in the drive).
(Should know how to double-click shortcut icon on desktop, or use right-click and Open command)

Demonstrate a different "View" of the folder and files in the A: drive.
(Should know how to use the View drop-down menu and select either Large icons, Small icons, List, or Details)

Open file1 from this window. Close file1 (and the word processor in which it was created).
(Double-click on the file1 icon [or name, depending which view you are in] to open; click on X box to close)

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Exercise 8

Use the Windows Help features to find help on using the Calculator.
(Should know how to access Help from Start menu search for Calculator help in the Index or Find)

Open the Calculator from Windows Help.
(There is an arrow to click on in the help window that will launch the Calculator)

Use the View menu (in Calculator) to view a scientific calculator. Change it back to a standard calculator.
(Should know how to use the drop-down View menu and select (and then deselect) the Scientific feature)

Use the Calculator Help menu to find out how to use the calculator. Use this help feature to find out what the CE button is for.
(Should know how to use the drop-down Help menu within Calculator and select Help Topics; from here there are several ways of finding out the function of the CE button)

Minimize Calculator
(Use the minimize button [-] on the taskbar)

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Exercise 9

Close all programs and shut down computer.
(Use one of the close functions and shut down from Start menu)


Win 95 Trainer Notes
Win 95 (Module 1) Performance Assessment - Student Copy

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