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Windows Vista Basic Course

Microsoft Windows






The Quick Source eLearning Series combines three levels of training: Learn It, Try It, and Evaluation. The Learn It section includes high quality video that shows you everything the instructor is teaching. The Try It section allows you to practice what you have learned right in our course. There is no need to switch between the course, and the software that you are learning. The Evaluation section gives you the ability to test your knowledge and receive immediate feedback.

Topics covered in this course:

Getting Started

  • Introduction
  • Identifying the Parts of the Windows Vista Desktop
  • Identifying the Parts of the Start Menu
  • Changing Start Menu Properties
  • Using the Taskbar
  • Working with Windows
  • Using the Sidebar
  • Working with Gadgets
  • Using the Welcome Center
  • Shutting Down Your Computer
  • Deleting an Item and Restoring a Deleted Item

Files and Folders

  • Introduction
  • Identifying the Parts of the Windows Vista Folder Window
  • Navigating in a Folder Window
  • Using the Navigation Pane
  • Creating a New Folder
  • Working with Files and Folders
  • Changing the Folder View
  • Changing Folder Options
  • Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
  • Viewing File or Folder Properties


  • Introduction
  • Starting and Quitting a Program
  • Setting a Default Program
  • Associating a File with a Program
  • Using the Task Manager
  • Setting a Program to Run at Startup
  • Using the Program Compatibility Wizard
  • Pinning a Program to the Start Menu
  • Creating a Shortcut to a Program


  • Introduction
  • Changing the Window Color
  • Changing the Desktop Background
  • Applying a Screensaver
  • Working with Sounds
  • Changing Mouse Pointers
  • Applying a Theme
  • Changing Display Settings
  • Changing Desktop Icons


  • Introduction
  • Searching for an Item on Your Computer
  • Searching for an Item in a Folder
  • Changing Search Options for a Folder
  • Working with Search Results
  • Saving Search Results
  • Working with Search Folders
  • Using Instant Search


  • Introduction
  • Sharing a Folder
  • Working with the Public Folder
  • Working with Sharing Settings
  • Sharing a Printer
  • Setting Up Windows Meeting Space
  • Creating a Meeting in Windows Meeting Space
  • Joining a Meeting in Windows Meeting Space


  • Introduction
  • Checking Security Settings
  • Changing Windows Firewall Settings
  • Working with Automatic Updating
  • Working with Windows Defender
  • Changing Internet Security Settings
  • Using User Account Control
  • Checking Security Information Online

Getting Help

  • Introduction
  • Browsing for a Help Topic
  • Searching for a Help Topic
  • Navigating in the Windows Help and Support Center
  • Getting Online Help
  • Using Windows Online
  • Using Windows Remote Assistance
  • Getting Help in a Window or Dialog Box
  • Printing a Help Topic