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Courses - Microsoft Windows 110
Description: Introduction to Windows XP
Versions: Windows XP
Pre-Requisites: Windows 101
Running Time: 66 minutes
Free Demo: Lesson #4: Tour the Start Menu
If you are new to Windows XP, or if you have recently upgraded to Windows XP from a previous version of Windows, take this course after Windows 101. It is a great class for students who have little or no experience with Windows or are new to Windows XP.

First, we teach you how to get your system up and running, and how to log on to Windows. Then we learn about the Windows Desktop and all of the different icons on the desktop. We teach you how to properly start a program using both the keyboard and the mouse. Navigating the Windows Start Menu can be very challenging for new computer users, so we take plenty of time to teach you how to do it properly.

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Next, we have some fun playing Solitaire. We teach you how to play the game properly, and how to use Solitaire to practice your mouse skills. We use Solitaire to teach you how to click, double-click, and click-n-drag. We learn about the parts of a window, and how to move, resize, close, maximize, minimize, and restore windows. We teach you how to use the window control menu.

We teach you about the different types of window menus, and their components, such as text boxes, command buttons, option groups, check boxes, and so on. We'll look at how Help Systems work in Windows applications.

We'll spend some time going over shortcuts, and how to create icons on your desktop to make finding applications easier. We'll talk about the Recycle Bin and it's function. We'll teach you how to display the System Clock and how to change the time and date.

Next, we'll show you how to change the Windows Theme settings, so you can turn off that green grass and blue sky background, and make Windows XP look and feel like earlier versions of Windows. We'll also talk about Activating your copy of Windows. Finally, we'll show you how to properly shut down your computer, and log out of Windows.


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