Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Touring the Windows 7 Desktop
You use a pointing device to move the mouse pointer over objects on the desktop, or
to point to them. The pointer is usually shaped like an arrow, although it changes shape
depending on the pointer’s location on the screen and the tasks you are performing. As
you move the mouse on a surface, such as a mouse pad, the pointer on the screen moves
in a corresponding direction.
When you point to certain objects, such as the icons on the taskbar, a ScreenTip
appears near the object to tell you the name or purpose of that object.
Elena suggests that you acquaint students with the desktop by viewing a couple of
To view ScreenTips:
1. Use the mouse to point to the Start button on the taskbar. After a few
seconds, you see a ScreenTip identifying the button, as shown in Figure 2.
Trouble? If you don’t see the ScreenTip, make sure you are holding the mouse
still for a few seconds.
Viewing a ScreenTip
2. Point to the time and date displayed at the right side of the taskbar. A ScreenTip
showing today’s date (or the date to which your computer’s calendar is set)
appears in a long format, such as Monday, December 2, 2013.
Clicking refers to pressing a mouse button and immediately releasing it. Clicking
sends a signal to your computer that you want to perform an action on the object you
click. In Windows 7, you perform most actions with the left mouse button. If you are told
to click an object, position the pointer on that object and click the left mouse button,
unless instructed otherwise.
When you click the Start button, the Start menu opens. A menu is a group or list
of commands, and a menu command is text that you can click to complete tasks. If a
right-pointing arrow follows a menu command, you can point to the command to open
a submenu , which is a list of additional choices related to the command. The Start menu
provides access to programs, documents, and much more.
To open the Start menu:
1. Point to the Start button
on the taskbar.
2. Click the left mouse button. The Start menu opens. An arrow points to the All
Programs command on the Start menu, indicating that you can view additional
choices by navigating to a submenu.
3. Click the Start button
on the taskbar to close the Start menu.
You need to select an item, or object, before you can work with it. To select an object
in Windows 7, you usually point to and then click that object. Sometimes you can select
menu commands simply by pointing to them. Windows 7 shows you which object is
selected by highlighting it, usually by changing the object’s color, putting a box around
it, or making the object appear to be pushed in.