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Windows 7

UMass is required to migrate all Windows XP machines to Windows 7 by 2014. The resources and FAQ's on this page will help you with this transition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Windows 7 FAQ

How do I launch an application?

Launching applications in Windows 7 is easy! Simply click the Start menu icon or tap the Windows key (located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most keyboards) and type a few letters of the application until you find the one you're looking for. For example if you type "e-x-c" and press Enter, you'll get Excel; if you type "e-x-p" and press Enter, you'll get Internet Explorer.

Alternately, you can navigate through the "All Programs" submenus with your keyboard or mouse (just like XP).

How do I get easy access to my frequently-used applications?

First, find the application in your Start menu. You can simply drag the app from the Start menu to your desktop to create a shortcut.

Or, you can right-click an app in the Start menu and choose "Pin to Taskbar" to add an icon to the taskbar.

How can I switch between multiple windows of the same application?

From the keyboard, press Alt+TAB to cycle between apps/windows (or Alt+Shift+TAB to cycle in reverse).

From the Taskbar, move the mouse cursor over the application's icon, and you should see miniature versions of each window magically appear.

If you prefer the "XP way" (each window appears separately on the Taskbar) then right-click on a blank section of the Taskbar, choose Properties, and change "taskbar buttons" to "never combine" or "combine when taskbar is full."

How do I hide all applications and show my Desktop?

See the little rectangle in the bottom right of your screen, next to the clock? Click on it to show the desktop.

If you right-click on this rectangle, you can enable/disable the "Peek at desktop" option. If this option is checked, then simply moving the mouse cursor to this region will temporarily show the desktop.

XP was perfect! How can I make Windows 7 exactly the same?

Eight years of Microsoft research and development elapsed between Windows XP and 7. There are many changes and new features, so it is impossible to make 7 behave exactly the same as XP. That being said, here are a few settings you can change:

  • In the Start menu, find "Change the theme" and select the "Windows Classic" theme.
  • In the Start menu, find "Taskbar and Start menu" and change "taskbar buttons" to "never combine" (or "combine when taskbar is full").

How do I take a screenshot/printscreen?

UMass A&F Windows 7 computers use an application called Greenshot that provides many options.

  • PrintScreen displays a cursor allowing you to click-and-drag to select an area of the desktop.
  • Shift+PrintScreen takes another screenshot of the previously-selected region (very useful).
  • Alt+PrintScreen takes a screenshot of the currently-active application or window.
  • Ctrl+PrintScreen takes a screenshot of the full screen.

The default behavior is to open your screenshot in the Greenshot image editor. However, if you go the Edit, Preferences screen, you can choose various Output options such as "send to printer" or "copy to clipboard" (so you can paste into a Word document, Outlook email, and so forth).

How can I "quick launch" a new window in my favorite applications?

In XP, you could launch a new window in Internet Explorer (or other applications) by left-clicking the "quick launch" icon on the taskbar. In Windows 7, this functionality has been changed to middle-click. To perform a middle-click, press the scrollwheel between the buttons, or if your computer does not have a mouse (for example a laptop), click both the left and right buttons simultaneously.

Note that you can middle-click on any icons/buttons associated with the application in question. So, for example, if you have 3 Internet Explorer windows showing in your taskbar, you can middle-click any one of them to launch a new IE window.

Alternately, in most applications, you can use the Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut to open a new window.

How do "ungroup" my applications on the taskbar, so I can see a separate icon for each document or webpage?

Right click on the taskbar, choose "Properties," and change "Taskbar Buttons" to "Never Combine."