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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Notification Area / System Tray
The Start Button
Close a Window
Using a Mouse
Gripping the Mouse
Optional Mouse Buttons
05. Start Menu Tour (5:49)
Using a Mouse
Different Features Based on Vista Version
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
Move, Resize, Close Windows
Manipulating Windows With the Taskbar
Where is the Menu Bar?
07. Solitaire (15:12)
How to Play Solitaire
Why Play Solitaire?
Practicing Mouse Techniques
08. Shortcuts (10:59)
What is a Shortcut
Creating a Desktop Shortcut
Moving Icons from Start Menu
Right-Click and Drag
Create Shortcuts Here
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)