Get Up to Speed on Windows 7

If you're used to using Windows XP but are now using Windows 7 and have questions about finding stuff and doing basic tasks, spend a little time at's Quick Guide to the Windows 7 Desktop.

Here are some of the tips offered there:

  • Where's My XP Stuff?
  • Shutting down your computer, one of the most basic things you do, has become more complicated in Windows 7. Learn what the new shutdown options do.
  • What happened to XP's "'Quick Launch"'? It's gone, but has been replaced by something much better: the Windows 7 taskbar, which puts Quick Launch to shame.
  • Another commonly-used XP feature was "'Show Desktop"'. Its function hasn't changed, but its look and location has.
  • Pinning and unpinning programs into and out of the Windows 7 Taskbar.
  • Using the battery meter to help your laptop's battery last longer.
  • The new look of Windows 7 is called the "Aero" interface; here's how to use Aero Peek, Aero Snap, and Aero Shake.