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Courses - Microsoft Windows Vista 101
Description: Windows Vista 101 - Vista Basics
Running Time: 75 minutes
Pre-Requisite: Windows 101. If you've never used a computer before, and you'd like to learn about the difference between hardware and software, what the components of a computer are (hard drive, motherboard, etc.) then start with Windows 101 first.
 
This is the perfect course for someone who has never used Vista, or has very little Vista experience, and needs to learn how to get started. It's also good for non-computer experts who want to learn what's new in Vista.

We'll start out by learning exactly what Windows is and what it does, and we'll discuss the history of Windows - from DOS to XP.

We'll learn about the different flavors (versions) of Windows Vista, and talk about what version is right for you.

Next we'll learn about what has changed in Vista from earlier versions. If you've used Windows before, and you want to learn about the changes, this is the perfect lesson for you. We'll talk about all of the new features in Vista (such as the new Search & Indexing, native DVD burning, and built-in parental controls). We'll also see what old features have been updated and enhanced - Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Windows Mail, Aero Graphics, and so on.

In the next lesson, we'll see how to log in to Vista. We'll then see the Windows Desktop.

 

We'll learn about what a "window" is, and about all the different things on the Desktop, including the icons, Taskbar, System Tray, Notification Area, QuickLaunch bar, Welcome Center, and the Start Button. You'll also learn how to close a window.

 

Next, we'll take a few minutes to learn how to properly use a Mouse. We cover this topic in more depth in our Windows 101 course (which is designed for the completely computer illiterate) but this is a good solid review on proper mouse technique. You will learn all about clicking, right-clicking, double-clicking, clicking-and-dragging, and so on.

 

Next, we'll take a tour of the newly revised Start Menu. You'll see how to access your personal user folders with your documents, desktop, links, pictures, and so on. You'll see the different icons for popular progams like Internet Explorer, Windows Mail, etc.

 

You'll see how the new Windows Vista Start Menu is much easier to navigate than the Start Menu from Windows 98 thru XP.

 

You'll see how to Log Off of Windows. We'll talk about Switch User, Log Off, Lock, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, and Shut Down.

Next we'll learn about the different parts of a window, how to minimize, maximize, move, resize, and close windows.

 

In the next lesson we're going to have some fun playing the game Solitaire. This is the perfect program for practicing your mouse skills. If you need help clicking, right-clicking, clicking-and-draging, and so on. This lesson is designed for computer novices who need help with the mouse.

 

Next we'll learn about Shortcuts. Where have all the desktop icons gone from previous Windows versions? We'll talk about them. You'll learn how to make shortcuts on your desktop of programs you use often. You'll also learn how to rename shortcuts.

 

Next you'll learn about the Show Desktop button on the QuickLaunch bar. If you don't have the QuickLaunch toolbar, I'll show you how to turn it on and off. Next, I'll show you how to put icons on the QuickLaunch bar so you can run them with one click.

 

We'll see how to delete icons, and we'll talk about where they go - the Recycle Bin (we'll discuss what that is too).




 

  Teacher's Outline


00. Introduction (5:10)

01. About Windows (5:52)
What is Windows
History of Windows
Flavors (Versions) of Vista
What Version's Right For You

02. Whats New in Vista (6:02)
New Features in Vista
Search & Indexing
Native DVD Burning
Built-In Parental Controls
Improved Security
Calendar & Contacts Manager
Junk Mail Filtering
Lots of Little Enhancements

03. Getting Started (6:48)
Logging On to Vista
The Windows Desktop
What is a Window
Icons & Shortcuts
The Taskbar
Notification Area / System Tray
The Start Button
QuickLaunch Bar
Close a Window

04. The Mouse (7:04)
Using a Mouse
Gripping the Mouse
Mouse Pointer
Pointing
Clicking
Right-Clicking
Double-Clicking
Clicking-And-Dragging
Moving Objects
Scroll Wheels
Optional Mouse Buttons

05. Start Menu Tour (5:49)
Using a Mouse
Different Features Based on Vista Version
Program Icons
Personal User Folders
Documents, Pictures, etc.
How Vista Start Menu is Easier to Navigate
Buttons to Log Off Windows
Switch User, Log Off, Lock, Restart
Sleep, Hibernate, Shut Down

06. Using a Window (8:28)
Parts of a Window
Minimize, Maximize
Move, Resize, Close Windows
Manipulating Windows With the Taskbar
Search Box
Navigation Pane
Title Bar
Details Pane
Scroll Bar
Where is the Menu Bar?

07. Solitaire (15:12)
How to Play Solitaire
Why Play Solitaire?
Starting Solitaire
Practicing Mouse Techniques

08. Shortcuts (10:59)
What is a Shortcut
Creating a Desktop Shortcut
QuickLaunch Shortcuts
Moving Icons from Start Menu
Right-Click and Drag
Create Shortcuts Here
Renaming Shortcuts
Show Desktop Button
Switch Between Windows also ALT-TAB
How to Turn the QuickLaunch Toolbar on
How to Add Icons to the QuickLaunch Bar
Delete Icons from QuickLaunch
What is the Recycle Bin

09. Review (4:05)

 
 


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Student Interaction: Windows Vista 101

Richard on 1/1/2008:  Windows Vista 101 is the perfect course for someone new to Windows Vista who wants to learn how to use their computer - or for computer novices upgrading from an earlier version of Windows, like XP. We'll learn about the history of Windows, what the different versions of Vista have in them, and which version is right for you. You will learn how to properly use the Mouse, take a tour of the new and enhanced Start Menu, learn how to manipulate a window, play Solitaire to practice mouse techniques, and learn how to create shortcuts.
Bill G on 1/20/2008: looks good to me but I have a problem with the no prices anywhere in the blurbs thgat I have found
Richard Rost on 1/23/2008: You can find all of the prices for my courses at http://www.599cd.com/site/courselist or on the order page.
jacqueline jones on 3/31/2008: i want to learn how to use my windows vista and how can i get my old programs back
Richard Rost on 4/1/2008: Jacqueline, you're in the right place to learn how to use Windows Vista. Just keep on with the Vista 101 class. Now, when you say you want to get your old programs back, did you just recently get a new computer with Vista on it, or did you UPGRADE your old computer to Vista? You might need to re-install your programs if you have a fresh install of Vista on your PC.
Winifred Miller on 4/20/2008: Why can't I make the screen full instead of half screen
Richard Rost on 4/21/2008: The Amicron Video Player has a fixed size for the videos to display them at their optimum height and width. If you wish to make them bigger, click on the EXTERNAL check box at the top of the player. This will make the videos open up in your Windows Media Player. You can then maximize, minimize, or resize them to any size you like.
 Shel on 2/1/2009: A quick question before starting the lesson. Does Vista come with a text editor such as Word Pad?
Richard Rost on 2/1/2009: Yes. Vista comes with both Wordpad and Notepad.
Patricia  Pompeii on 5/6/2010: I was taught pizza pizza. When left clicking. Just like the Little Ceasars guy. Pizza, Pizza gets you to click fast.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Ha ha... that's cute. Nice trick.

Jenny Ramsey on 1/11/2011: Excellent. Need to watch it again though. Only really used my computer for the internet. So much new information. Feel stupid that I know so little. Wish I had found these tutorials before. So much easier than learning from a book.Thank you Richard

Reply from Richard Rost:

You're very welcome.

Rubens Dorival on 3/27/2013: thank you so much Richard
Phil Sims on 8/9/2015: Do you go into how to add pictures and where can I find out how much these courses will cost?

Reply from Alex Hedley:

The prices of the courses are shown on the Order page.

Where are you wanting to add pictures and what to?

 

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