Beginning Computer I - Outline
Important things not discussed in the book
In Windows there are two different types of windows:
Application windows are what you have been studying, with menu bars and scroll bars, etc.
Dialog boxes are usually small windows that come up to tell or ask you something or to do some common task.
Here is a simple Yes or No dialog box
You might see a dialog that has OK & Cancel buttons, or just an OK button. Usually this type of dialog box has a little icon next to the wording with a ? or ! or some symbol that says whether you should be worried or not.
The Common Task dialog you have seen is the Save AS box:
Start Menu usage and SubMenus
The start menu is accessed by clicking on the Start button, located on the Taskbar
Click on the Start button and a menu comes up. Most of the applications you run will be in a submenu called Programs (in XP it is All Programs). A submenu is marked by an arrowhead pointing to the right.
Point to Programs and wait, a submenu will appear. Slide the mouse straight across and find the application you want. If it is in a submenu, point to the submenu and wait for it to pop out.
When moving from a menu over to a submenu, make sure you move straight across the highlighted menu name onto the submenu. If you don't, some other submenu might pop up.
This will take some practice. If you get lost, just click on a blank part of the screen. This will close all the menus. You can also hit the Esc key on the keyboard. This will close the last menu that popped up.
The keyboard is an important part of the computer. Mouse of the input you do will be by the keyboard.
The keyboard is composed of 5 clusters of keys.
The main cluster
The main cluster contains all the letters and numbers as well as puncuation keys, modifiers and a couple of cool special function keys..
The rest of the keys just type a letter or number - boring but useful.
The function keys
The function keys are the strip at the top that contains keys marked F1, F2 -- F12.
The editing keys
The editing cluster is six keys to the right of the main cluster, above the arrow keys. The keys are:
The arrow keys
Four keys with arrows pointing left, down, right and up. Moves the insertion point in the direction pointed to. Moves the browser window up or down about 4 lines
The numeric keypad
On the far right end of the keyboard, this acts as a calculator keypad if the Num Lock key is on. Num Lock is the upper left key in the keypad. When Num Lock is on, the Num Lock key is lit.
The clipboard is a special file that will hold a copy of any kind of data (text, pictures, spreadsheet cells, files, whatever) to put something on the Clipboard, select something then use the Cut or Copy function. This is on the Edit menu or keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-X (cut) and Ctrl-C (copy).
Move the insertion point where you want it, then use the Paste function, also on the Edit menu or shortcut Ctrl-V