The new Windows 7 operating system was installed in the SCC Tech Building classrooms over the holiday break. Unlike Vista, Windows 7 seems to be a great improvement and it has some handy and fun features. Here are a few things to check out –
Speed up with USB – You can use a spare USB memory stick to help increase the speed of your PC in Windows 7. Plug it in, click on Start→Computer→right-click on USB memory stick→Properties→Ready Boost→This device. Super easy and the higher capacity the memory stick the better.
New, Cleaner Taskbar – The new taskbar is more organized and less cluttered. Instead of multiple Word icons when you have multiple documents open, now there is just one icon for each open application. If you have multiple Word documents open, just roll your mouse over the icon and you get a window showing a thumbnail of each document. Move between open files easily.
Aero Shake – When you have several windows open and visible on the desktop at the same time, you can easily minimize all but the one you want to work on with this new feature. Just click and hold on the title bar and “shake” your mouse. This cleans up the desktop without closing any of the other documents.
Snap – If you are working in two documents at the same time and need to see both, you can now snap them to each edge of the screen. Click in the title bar and drag to the left or right side of the screen and the window will snap to half of your screen. You can also click and drag it to the top of the screen in order to maximize the window.
Play To – You can play media across a network in two clicks. If you have music or movies on one computer and want to watch on another (or an LCD or plasma TV with connectivity), you just right click on that media file and select Play To.
New Media Center – If you are a TV addict like me, the new Media Center is great, especially if you have a TV tuner card. You have access to Internet TV, you can activate your Netflix account and see the “Watch Now” movies with one click, and you can also watch live TV. If you have a TV tuner card or USB, you can watch live TV through your satellite or cable service or local digital channels. You may need an additional converter box depending on your setup.
There are too many cool features to list here, but these are a few that I really like just in the short time I’ve had Windows 7. Check out the video below...and now bring on Office 2010!
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