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CSE 1520.03 The Glade Computer Use: Fundamentals Laboratory Handbook Chapter 0 The Windows XP Environment The following chapter describes the Windows XP Environment. Since Windows XP, Microsoft has introduced two successors, Vista and now Windows 7. The computing environment that you need to be familiar with is very elementary and general. The descriptions here can be easily adapted to either Vista or Windows 7, and even to the Apple Macintosh environment, on the fly. Objectives This first chapter introduces you to the Windows XP® environment. It is strictly an introduction, which means that only the features that you need to understand and use frequently are covered. There are many more details and features that are not discussed. You should certainly consider buying one of the many trade books on Windows XP if you feel you need further help, and you should not forget to make use of the extensive on-line help provided with Windows XP itself. You should gain an understanding of the following topics: Basic features of the Windows XP graphical user interface Manipulation of windows Use of menu commands Navigating the file system Managing your workspace Using an email program These objectives are achieved through the completion of a set of exercises that illustrate the various features of the environment. Preparation To be able to complete this lab in a reasonable amount of time (roughly 3 hours) it is essential that you are properly prepared. You should read All of this chapter Any book on Windows XP available to you 0-1
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The Glade CSE 1520.03 Computer Use: Fundamentals Laboratory Handbook Introduction In terms of using a computer the main thing to remember is it is merely a machine and, as with any machine, you are the operator. You must instruct it what to do, and if you give an incorrect instruction the machine will generally display a warning message or just ignore you. You must be attentive to the messages and signals displayed on the screen. Often you will be faced with having to respond to some question or event, and often such questions will effectively be "Do you really want to do that?" You will generally have the choice of answering Yes or No or Cancel, and you should make every effort to understand why you are being asked the question in order to choose the correct response. The computer screen often looks very complex, filled with icons representing commands or instructions to the computer, and subtle signals telling you what is happening. It is essential that you observe the screen very carefully. Although perhaps confusing at first, you will find that familiarity reduces the complexity of the interface. The following applies only to using a computing system on campus.
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