Using the Windows 7 Desktop
- Starting a Program From the Start Menu
- Opening a New Program Window
- Maximizing, Minimizing, Restoring, and Resizing a Window
- Using Aero Snap to Manage Windows
- Using Aero Peek to View the Desktop
- Using Alt-Tab to Cycle Through Programs
- Using Windows Flip (WIN-TAB) to Cycle Through Programs
- Using the Taskbar to View and Select Running Programs
- Closing a Program
- Using Desktop Gadgets
Although the Windows 7 desktop still has a taskbar across the bottom of the screen, it represents a huge departure from previous Windows desktops. The new desktop makes it easier to manage programs, switch between program windows, and find the window you want to work with now.
Starting a Program From the Start Menu
You can start a program from a desktop shortcut, but you’re more likely to start a program from the Start menu.
- Click the Start orb.
- If the program is listed on the left pane, click it to start it.
If the program is not listed on the left pane, hover the mouse over All Programs.
- Scroll to the program listing.
- Click the program listing to start it.