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This tutorial comes from 1995 and was included on a Windows 95 CD.

Welcome to the Windows Tour

This tour will take you only a few minutes to complete, and will help you get started with Windows.

Click a button to begin.

Starting a Program
Exploring Your Disk
Finding a File
Switching Windows
Using Help

Starting a Program

You can start programs easily by using the Start button.

Click the Start button now.

Point to Programs.

You can find some of the programs that come with Windows by opening the Accessories group.

Point to Accessories now.

Notice all the programs on the Accessories menu.

To start WordPad, a word processing program, click WordPad now.

WordPad is now open.

You can use WordPad to write letters and other documents.

Now close WordPad by clicking the Close button.

Now you know how to open a program.

Try opening and closing Paint on your own.

Paint is another program that comes with Windows.

Exploring Your Disk

You can easily browse through the files and folders on your computer. Just remember: to find out what’s inside something, you double-click it.

Double-click the My Computer icon now.

The My Computer window shows you what’s on your computer.

Now let’s see the contents of your hard disk.

Double-click the Hard Disk icon now.

Your hard disk contains folders. Folders contain files and other folders.

To find out what’s inside the To Do folder, double-click it now.

To work with a file, you must first select it. After you select it, you can use commands on the File or Edit menu.

Select the Parks file by clicking it now.

Now click the File menu to see what you can do with the Parks file.

For example, if you wanted to delete this file, you would click the Delete command on this menu.

The Edit menu also contains commands you can use on a file.

To see these commands, click the Edit menu.

For example, to copy this file, you would click the Copy command on this menu.

To close the Edit menu, click anywhere outside the menu.

Close the To Do folder by clicking the Close button.

Now find the July Report file in the Reports folder.

You have found the July Report file.

Now close all the open windows.

Finding a File

Have you ever saved a document and not been able to find it later? Windows makes it easy to find your work.

To see how easy it is, click the Start button now.

Point to Find.

Click Files Or Folders.

In the Named box, you can type part of the name of the file you are looking for or its full name.

Click the Named box, and then type ’July Report’.

Click Find Now.

Windows lists the files it found.

To see how you can work with a file after Windows finds it, select the July Report file by clicking it.

Now click the File menu.

Notice all the commands that are available.

Click Open.

Now close July Report.

Now begin a new search by clicking New Search.

Confirm that you want to begin a new search by clicking OK.

Try finding, opening, and closing Letter to Robert on your own.

Now close WordPad.

Switching Windows

Using Windows, you can easily switch back and forth between open windows.

Two documents are now open.

Switch to the Letter document now by clicking its button on the taskbar.

To return to the flower drawing, click its button on the taskbar.

At times, you may want to temporarily clear a window from your screen but still keep that program running.

Click the Minimize button in the drawing window now.

Now minimize the letter by clicking the Minimize button.

Both programs are still running and available.

To bring back the flower drawing, click its button now.

Now minimize the drawing window.

Using Help

You can easily get Help when you don’t know what to do or if you need information about using Windows.

To start Help, click the Start button now.

Click Help.

One way to find a topic is to use the Contents, but the fastest way is to use the Index.

Click the Index tab.

Let’s use the Index to find the Help topic about changing the time on the clock.

Click in the white area beneath the number 1 and type ’time’.

The list scrolls to match what you type.

To view the Help topic, click Display.

Many procedures contain shortcut buttons that help you get your work done faster.

Read this Help topic. When you are ready, click the button in step 1.

The window for changing the date and time appears.

The Help window always stays on top. You can either keep the window open, move it to the side, and follow the steps, or close it.

Close the Help Window by clicking the Close button.

Windows has another kind of Help. In any window that contains a question-mark button, you can see a definition of any item in the window.

To see a definition, first click the question-mark button.

Notice that the pointer changes.

Move your pointer to the illustration of the clock, and then click.

The pop-up window contains information about the area that you clicked.

To close the pop-up window, click inside it.

Close the window by clicking Cancel.

Don’t Forget...

You can double-click My Computer to see the contents of your computer.

You can click the Start button to open programs.

Page added on 6th October 2005.

Copyright © 2002-2006 Marcin Wichary, unless stated otherwise.