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Have Fun with the Aero Feature in Windows 7

Using an Aero desktop theme will enhance your windows with a translucent glass design, subtle window animations and new window colors. To set your computer to use an Aero theme, right click a blank area of your desktop and left click Personalization near the bottom of the shortcut menu.

Select one of the seven Aero themes listed under “Change the visuals and sounds on your computer.”

Changing to an Aero theme will provide other options unique to the Areo theme. One of these options is a cool feature called Areo 3D Flip–a window switching mechanism which cascades windows with a 3D effect.

To use Areo 3D Flip, hold down the Windows logo key (between CTRL and ALT on a standard keyboard) and press the Tab key. Continue holding the Windows logo key and press Tab to cycle through the open windows. If you wish to display the window at the top of the 3D stack on your screen, simply release the Windows logo key.

It’s an easy, fun feature to use, and you just might impress your colleagues, friends, and family members with your Windows 7 knowledge!

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For more information on the Business Office Systems and

Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu

972-238-6215.


Troubleshooting Tips in Windows 7

Have you investigated to see what troubleshooting tips and tricks exist in Windows 7 yet? If not, there are a few great features that you are missing out on in Windows 7!

Have you ever had trouble or issues making something work on your computer?  You call a friend or the help-desk and are told, “If I could see your screen when the problem happened, that would help quite a bit.” As most help desk or troubleshooters know, it is hard to diagnose and solve problems because you cannot “see” the actual problem occurring.

Well, Windows 7 has provided a solution for that issue.  If you are encountering a problem, you can use the Problem Screen Recorder to record a zipped MHTML file.  You start the recorder by clicking the Start button, keying in “psr”, and hitting enter.  Then, press “Start Recording” on the dialog box.  Perform the steps that you did when you had the error or problem.  When done, hit “Stop Recording” on the dialog box.

After saving the file, you are set to send it on via email to your help desk or troubleshooter.  The zipped MHTML file opens in a web browser and shows you the clicks and keys entered by the user as well as screen shots.

More great features in Windows 7  are the Troubleshooting packs.  You can find these items by clicking on Start and choosing Control Panel and then Find and Fix Problems.  The Troubleshooting Packs are wizards that walk you through the troubleshooting process in many common areas.  They can check your settings and even clean up your system.

I hope your system runs trouble-free.  If not, then try out these wonderful features in Windows 7.

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For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.