Windows 7 Tips / Google Chrome Web-browser / Google Search

WHAT WAS DISCUSSED:

A. How to use “Windows” and “Panes”
B. How to use the “Search” function to find files fast
C. How to organize your files and folders
D. How to do a Google search
E. Exploring Google Chrome Web Browser and search engine

A. How to use “Windows” and “Panes”

A computer’s Window frame is a lot more flexible than you might think. You can move a Window around your desktop until you find the right spot for it, or you can resize it until it fits into the perfect location on your screen. You can even custom select how you choose to see folders inside of the Window’s preview pane.

Below is a picture listing the anatomy of a standard computer Window frame.

windows anatomy

 

Here is a short video demonstration of how you can adjust and use your Window

Recommended Resources:

Click here to visit InformIT.com where you can learn more about how to manage, customize, and do just about everything else with files and folders in Windows 7.

 

B. How to use the “Search” function to find files fast

There’s no enjoyment losing half your day going from folder to folder trying to track down something you could have found in just a few minutes, if you’d only known how to use the Search feature located inside of your computer’s Window frame. Take a look at this brief video below to learn how you can make the Search box work smarter for you.

 

C. How to organize your files and folders

Its human nature to collect; stuff. And there it sits, in our garage, in our storage spaces, in our hard drives. And there is something to be said about having a clean and organized work desk where things can be found quick and easy. In the video below, I take a journey back into the folders and files that we all worked on in last Saturday’s class. Here, I try to give you a reference point to look back on, as I mirror my Windows and easily glide files across my desk top into their designated folders. This is only one method of many that works well for me. Let me know if this method works well for you too.

 

D. How to do a Google search

Google’s web browser and search engine is designed for simplicity and convenience. Everyday, work is performed behind the scenes to make our internet experience more enjoyable. In this next video, I discuss the components of a “search result” and walk you through how to perform a more refined search using Google’s search filter tools.

In the next video below we start to become a little more savvier in our searches. I begin by using the “search operator” (“site:”) to perform a keyword search inside of a single website. This is the equivalent of using a website’s sitemap. A sitemap is like the skeleton of a website where each bone would be a web-page. When we’re using the search operator “site:” right before the website’s URL, or “web address” we are essentially using Google’s search capabilities to scour that specific site for specific content. You will understand this more after watching the video below…

Here are a few more Google search functions that you may not have known about…

Recommended Resources:

Click here to visit Google’s help page for “Punctuation, symbols & operators in search”

Click here to learn how search works. This is an interactive presentation that is entertaining as well as educational. I highly recommend visiting.

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E. Exploring Google Chrome Web Browser and search engine

In this next video I take us on a walk through the Google Chrome web-browser to explore its many applications, settings options, bookmarking capabilities and third-party application extensions. If you’ve never installed Google Chrome before, give it a test drive and let me know what you think of it.

Recommended Resources:

Click here to learn more about Google Chrome and its features.

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