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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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  • eBraille (electronic BRF edition)
  • Large Print
  • 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.

    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