ENV* K105

Assignment 1--Introduction
(Due 09/06/05)

In this assignment you will learn about the Windows Explorer start to use Microsoft Word.

  1. Windows XP has a different layout for the Start menu.
    1. The default layout has two columns.
      • On the left, at the top are shortcuts to an Internet browser and email client. Below those are shortcuts to the last six or so programs you have used. At the bottom is an arrow that will give you a list of all program groups.
      • On the right, there are shortcuts to My Documents, My Computer, and My Network Places. These shortcuts have traditionally been in the top left of the desktop. Below those are the Control Panel and so forth.
    2. I prefer the "classic" layout. To change layouts:
      • Right click in an unused area of the taskbar and choose properties to get the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
      • Click on the Start Menu tab, then select the Classic Start menu button. Click OK.
      • You can also use this dialog box to customize either the new or classic Start menu or to change taskbar settings.
  2. Get familiar with the Windows Explorer.
    1. To open the Explorer, right click on My Computer and choose Explore. Or, choose Start, Programs, Windows Explorer.
    2. Use the View menu to set the Details view. In this view you can sort by Name, (Date) Modified, Size or Type.
    3. Use Tools, Folder Options, to set options. The dialog boxes vary among Windows 98, NT, 2000, and XP. In Windows XP, look under the General tab of the Folder Options dialog box. Here you can:
      • Display the file extensions (eg, blahblah.doc) by unchecking Hide extension for known file types.
      • Select or unselect common tasks in folder windows.
      • Use a single window to view all folders.
      • Toggle between single click (like a web page) and double click (traditional) to open an item in a folder.
    4. Under the View tab of the Folder Options dialog, you can:
      • Display the file extensions (eg, blahblah.doc) by unchecking Hide extension for known file types.
      • View or hide system or hidden folders.
      • Display the full path for each file or folder.
    5. Under the File Types tab of the Folder Options dialog, you can see a list of registered file types. The application associated with each file type is listed.
      • Scroll down to .HTM.
      • The Details area tells you that these files open with Internet Explorer.
      • Click Change to see a list of alternative programs that you can associate with this file type.
      • If you want to add an additional file activity to the right click menu for a file type, click Advanced. You will see a list of alternative file activities (such as edit and print).
    6. Use the View menu to display the Toolbar and/or Address Bar.
    7. On the lab computers, in the Folders pane of the Explorer window, find your network drive. It should have a name like "Username$ on 'Trcc-file2' (I:)". Use this drive to save your work.
  3. You can copy or move files by dragging them from one folder to another.
    1. Hold down CTRL and drag to copy a file to another folder on the same disk drive.
    2. To highlight multiple files:
      • Use CTRL click to highlight multiple individual files.
      • Use SHIFT click or drag a box over several filenames to highlight a range.
  4. Read the first three chapters in Sorby, Microsoft™ Word 97 for Engineers. Do Exercise 11 on page 42 and any additional Try Its and Exercises.
  5. Take a look at Example1.doc (Click here for information on saving a Word document from the Web). Play with character and paragraph formatting, lists, tabs, tables, headers and watermarks.

To get credit for this assignment, you need to submit a file via WebCT. Click on the Connecticut Community Colleges System link. To log in, use your BANNER ID (with the @ sign) and your commnet online PIN. Go through the student orientation to Vista and read the instructions for Assignment 1.

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Anthony G Benoit
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