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Windows 7 and Vista Explained: A Guide for Blind and Partially Sighted Users (WINDOWS7)

Dr Sarah Morley Wilkins and Steve Griffiths
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Award-winning author Dr. Sarah Morley Wilkins has teamed up with Steve Griffiths in this new step-by-step guide on Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista, written specifically for blind users. The fifth book in the "Windows Explained" series from the Royal National Institute for the Blind, this tutorial starts with the basics and guides users through topics such as file management, troubleshooting, and using the Internet. Written from a non-visual perspective, this guide will also benefit adaptive technology trainers and people supporting users with sight loss. By special arrangement with RNIB, NBP is offering the full range of formats (with American braille) to customers in the United States and Canada only.

Note: The MULTIMEDIA CD edition of this book contains three formats. The Braille version is an embossable braille file. The braille version is available for you to use on a refreshable braille display, or to emboss one hard copy for personal use only using your home embosser. The HTML version is a structured text file, which can be used by people using screen magnification, speech or braille screen readers. The DAISY version contains full audio and linked text and a DAISY player. Select the DAISY CD from the dropdown list.

And don't miss the superb tactile or large-print computer screen layouts!


Part One. The basics

    1 Introduction to this book
      1.1 The authors
      1.2 Notation used in this book
      1.3 What to skip if you are familiar with Windows
    2 What is Windows?
    3 How to learn Windows if you have sight loss
      3.1 Windows jargon explained: an overview of Windows concepts
      3.1.1 Files, folders and drives
      3.1.2 The Desktop
      3.1.3 Keyboard and mouse focus
      3.1.4 Programs and windows
      3.1.5 Menus, dialogs, toolbars and centers
      3.1.6 Ease of Access Center
    4 Windows editions and features
      4.1 Windows Vista editions
      4.2 Windows 7 editions
      4.3 Overview of new features in Windows Vista and Windows 7
      4.3.1 Differences between Windows XP and Windows Vista
      4.3.2 Differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7
      4.3.3 Differences between Windows XP and Windows 7
      4.4 Upgrade Advisor
    5 What you need to run Windows 7 or Windows Vista
    5.1 Windows Vista
    5.2 Windows 7
    5.3 Notes on system requirements
    5.4 Activating Windows
    5.5 Keyboard layouts
    5.5.1 Plug-in keyboards
    5.5.2 Laptop and netbook keyboards
    5.6 Thirteen important keys on the keyboard
    5.7 Keyboard shortcut listings
    5.8 Using the mouse
Part Two. Getting started with Windows
    6 Starting the computer
    7 The Desktop: an overview
      7.1 The Desktop - a guided keyboard tour
      7.2 The Start Button
      7.3 Moving around the Desktop
      7.4 Task bar icons
      7.5 Grouping Taskbar buttons
      7.6 Jump lists
      7.7 Notification Area
      7.8 Show Desktop button
      7.9 Shortcut icons on the Desktop
    8 The Start Menu - a closer look
      8.1 Opening and closing the Start Menu
      8.2 The Start Menu - overview
      8.3 Moving around the Start Menu
      8.4 Using the Start Menu Search box
      8.5 Recently used programs
      8.6 All Programs
      8.7 Locations and utilities
    9 Finishing your Windows session
    10 Program windows explained
      10.1 Notepad window layout
      10.2 WordPad window layout in Windows Vista
      10.3 WordPad window layout in Windows 7
      10.4 Comparison of Notepad and WordPad program windows
    11 Menus explained
      11.1 Terminology
      11.2 Using the menu bar
      11.3 Using sub-menus
      11.4 Hotkeys
      11.5 Grayed out or disabled menu options
      11.6 Cancelling menu activation
      11.7 Program System menu
      11.8 Context menus
    12 The ribbon
      12.1 Basic ribbon navigation
      12.2 Further ribbon information
    13 Dialogs explained
    13.1 Dialog basics
    13.2 Getting around in dialogs
    13.2.1 Focus
    13.2.2 Tab key
    13.2.3 Accelerator keys
    13.3 Making changes then choosing OK or Cancel
    13.4 Grayed out or disabled controls
    13.5 Basic dialog controls
    13.5.1 Editbox (or Text box or Input box)
    13.5.2 Listbox (or Drop-down listbox)
    13.5.3 Combobox
    13.5.4 Checkbox (or Tick box)
    13.5.5 Radio button (or Options button)
    13.5.6 Button (or Command button or Push button)
    13.5.7 Button variations
    13.5.8 Spinbox (or Spinner)
    13.5.9 Slider
    13.6 Example of a simple dialog: Find in Notepad
    13.7 Advanced dialog and program controls
    95 13.7.1 Listview
    13.7.2 Treeview (outline view)
    13.7.3 Links (or hyperlinks)
    13.8 Multi-page or tabbed dialogs
    13.9 Properties dialog
    13.10 Static text
14 Programs in action
    14.1 Notepad
    14.2 WordPad
    14.3 Windows Media programs
    14.3.1 Windows Media Player
    14.3.2 Windows Media Center
15 Navigating text and simple editing
    15.1 Navigating text
    15.2 Inserting and deleting text
    15.3 Selecting text
    15.4 Cutting, copying and pasting text
    15.5 Unselecting text
    15.6 Undo
16 The clipboard Part Three. File management - Windows Explorer
    17 Windows Explorer
      17.1 Starting Windows Explorer
      17.2 Folders and libraries
      17.3 The Windows Explorer window layout
      17.3.1 Navigating the Windows Explorer window
      17.3.2 Address bar, Back, Forward and Refresh buttons
      17.3.3 Toolbar
      17.3.4 Windows Explorer panes: navigation, library details and preview
      17.3.5 Library optimization
      17.4 Using the Windows Explorer Search box
      17.4.1 Creating a search
      17.4.2 Search results (hits)
      17.4.3 Further search options
      17.5 Working with files and folders
      17.5.1 Navigation pane and listview
      17.5.2 Listview context menus
      17.5.3 Opening a file or folder
      17.5.4 Creating a new folder, file or shortcut
      17.5.5 Naming and renaming a file or folder
      17.5.6 Moving or copying a file or folder
      17.5.7 Deleting a file or folder
      17.5.8 Selecting multiple items
      17.5.9 Undoing a file or folder operation
      17.6 Compressed files
      17.7 AutoPlay
    18 Configuring Windows Explorer
      18.1 The Folder Options dialog
      18.1.1 General options
      18.1.2 View options
      18.1.3 Search options
      18.2 Specifying the program used to open a file
      18.3 Simplifying the Windows Explorer screen
      18.4 Changing the listview display
      18.4.1 View menu
      18.4.2 The Views split button
      18.5 Sorting the listview
      18.6 Filtering in Details view
      18.7 Viewing the properties of an item
      18.8 Windows Explorer column sizes when viewing by Details
    19 The Recycle Bin
Part Four. Working more effectively
    20 Introduction to the Control Panel
      20.1 Starting the Control Panel
      20.2 The Control Panel window
    21 Control Panel views
      21.1 Default category view
      21.2 Alphabetic view
    22 Using the Control Panel Search box
    23 Navigating the Control Panel
      23.1 Differences between the default and alphabetic views
      23.2 Control Panel windows, dialogs and web pages
      23.3 Difficulties with the Control Panel
      23.4 Progressing beyond the Control Panel first screen
      23.5 User Account Control
    24 Useful utilities
      24.1 The Ease of Access Center
      24.1.1 Starting the Ease of Access Center
      24.1.2 The Ease of Access Center window
      24.2 Personalization - changing the theme
      24.3 Personalization - other options
      24.4 Getting Started (Windows 7) or Welcome Center (Windows Vista)
      24.5 Volume
      24.6 Action Center (Windows 7) or Security Center (Windows Vista)
    25 Magnifier
      25.1 Starting and stopping Magnifier
      25.2 MagnifierinWindows7
      25.2.1 Using Magnifier
      25.2.2 Magnifier views
      25.2.3 Magnifier shortcuts
      25.3 Magnifier in Windows Vista
      25.4 Alternatives to using Magnifier
      25.4.1 Screen colors
      25.4.2 Text and icon size
      25.4.3 Mouse pointer size
    26 Narrator
      26.1 Starting and stopping Narrator
      26.2 Narrator window and settings
      26.3 Narrator shortcuts
    27 Speech recognition
    28 Windows Help and Support
      28.1 Starting Windows Help and Support
      28.2 The Windows Help and Support front page
    29 User Accounts
      29.1 Managing user accounts
      29.2 Logging on to Windows: The Welcome Screen
      29.3 Switching between users
      29.4 Where files are kept on your computer: the Users folder
      29.4.1 Individual user accounts
      29.4.2 Public folders
      29.5 User Account Control (UAC)
      29.6 Parental controls
    30 Windows Update
    31 Programs and Features (uninstalling programs)
    32 HomeGroup
    33 Working with programs more effectively
      33.1 Switching between windows
      33.2 Run
      33.3 Set programs to load when Windows starts
      33.4 Set a program window to run maximized
    34 CustomizingWindows7
      34.1 Some suggested changes
      34.2 Customizing your Start Menu
      34.2.1 Classic view (Windows Vista only)
      34.2.2 Pin items to the Start Menu
      34.2.3 Change the number of recently used programs on the Start Menu
      34.2.4 Customize Start Menu dialog
      34.2.5 Power button action
      34.3 Customizing your Taskbar
      34.3.1 Pin programs to the Taskbar
      34.3.2 Taskbar settings
      34.4 Customizing your Desktop
      34.4.1 Create shortcuts on the Desktop
      34.4.2 Desktop context menu options
      34.5 Power options
      34.6 Allocate shortcuts to items
      34.7 Turning off visual effects and other options
    35 Dealing with problems
      35.1 Hangs and crashes
      35.2 Tips to reduce problems
      35.3 Troubleshooting
      35.3.1 Recovery (System Restore)
      35.3.2 Screenshots
      35.3.3 Problem Steps Recorder
Part Five. The Internet and the web
    36 What is the Internet?
    36.1 Web browsers
    37 Some background about web pages
    38 The Internet Explorer 8 window
    39 Opening web pages
      39.1 Browsing
      39.2 How a web address works
      39.3 Opening a web page whose address you know
    40 Searching for web pages
    41 Bookmarks or favorites
    42 Navigating web pages
    43 How to use Internet Explorer 8
    43.1 Tabbed browsing
      43.2 Setting your home page or pages
      43.3 Other features common to Internet Explorer 7 and 8
      43.4 Finding information on a web page
      43.5 Internet Explorer's accessibility features
      43.6 Caret browsing for selecting text
      43.7 Feeds and Web Slices
      43.7.1 Feeds
      43.7.2 Web Slices
      43.8 Other Internet Explorer 8 features
    44 Electronic mail (email)
Part Six. Keyboard shortcuts
    45 WindowsKey commands
    45.1 Extra WindowsKey Commands for Windows 7
    46 Start Menu, Taskbar and Desktop
    46.1 While on the Desktop itself
    47 Switching between programs
    48 Menus
    49 Dialogs
    50 Editing
    51 Windows Media Player
    52 Windows Explorer
      52.1 In the listview
      52.2 In the navigation pane (treeview)
      52.3 In the address bar
    53 Control Panel
    54 Ease of Access Center
    55 Magnifier
    56 Narrator
    57 Windows Help and Support
    58 Internet Explorer
      58.1 Viewing and exploring web pages
      58.2 Working with tabs
      58.3 Using zoom
      58.4 Using search
      58.5 Using the address bar
      58.6 Opening Command bar menus
      58.7 Working with favorites, history and feeds
      58.8 Editing
      58.9 Using the Information bar
    Part Seven. Resources
      59 Glossary and further notes
      60 Online resources
      61 Ordering information
        61.1 Formats available and ISBNs
        61.2 Where to order
        61.2.1 UK, Europe and Worldwide (except USA and Canada)
        61.2.2 USA and Canada
        61.3 Previous titles in the series