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HP PCs - Learning About Windows 7

This document applies to HP computers with Microsoft Windows 7.
Some of the features in Windows 7 are described and explained in this document, and links are provided to articles which can help you learn more about Windows 7.

Turning off the computer in Windows 7

The Windows 7 Shut down menu includes options for shutting down the computer, logging off, restarting, locking the computer, putting the computer to sleep, and putting the computer in hibernation mode.
Click Start and then click Shut down in the lower right corner of the Start menu.
Figure : Shut down menu, encircled in red
Shut down menu, encircled in red
The Shut down menu will appear as it is the red box in the previous graphic, or may appear as it is shown in the next graphic.
Figure : Shut down menu
Shut down menu
The following table describes Shut down menu options and their functions:
Shut down
Use shut down only when you want to turn off the power to your computer or do not plan to use it for several days.
Switch user
Logs off the current user and allows for a quick login to a different Windows account.
Log off
Logs the current user out of Windows.
Protects the computer when you leave for a short time. When locked, Windows displays the Welcome screen. Type your password to unlock the computer.
Closes Windows, shuts down, and restarts the computer.
Keeps your current session in memory and puts the computer in a low-power state.
Saves your session and turns off the computer. When you turn on the computer, Windows restores your session.
For more information, see the following documents on the Microsoft Web site.

Searching in Windows 7

In Windows 7, you can search using the Search box in the Start menu or in the upper right corner of any folder.
Figure : Search box
Search box in the Start menu
To search from the Start menu, click Start . In the Search box, type the search term. Windows starts searching while you are still typing.
To search within a folder, place the cursor inside the search box in the upper right corner and type the search term. Windows starts searching while you are still typing.
Figure : Search box in a folder
Search box in a folder
For help with searching, watch this demo on the Microsoft Web site: Windows Search (in English).
The following list contains links to articles on searching in Windows 7.

Using HomeGroup in Windows 7

HomeGroup enables you to easily share files, printers, and media across a home network. To create or join a HomeGroup, the computer's network location must be set to Home.
To open HomeGroup, click Start , then click Control Panel. Click Network and Internet, and then click HomeGroup.
Figure : HomeGroup
The following list contains links to articles on HomeGroup in Windows 7.

Using Jump Lists in Windows 7

Jump Lists open the documents, pictures, songs, or websites you use the most. To open a Jump List, right-click a program icon on the Windows 7 taskbar.
Figure : Jump List for Windows Media Player
Jump List for Windows Media Player

Using Windows Live Essentials in Windows 7

Some software programs are no longer included with the operating system. Windows Live Essentials is a collection of these programs available for download. The following programs are available only after downloading Windows Live Essentials:
  • Messenger
  • Windows Mail
  • Photo Gallery
  • Writer
  • Movie Maker
  • Family Safety
  • Toolbar
To learn more about Windows Live Essentials and to download the programs, see the Windows Live Web site (in English).

More information about using Windows 7

For more information about using Windows 7, see the Microsoft Windows Web site (in English) or click one of the following links.






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