Windows 7 Productivity Essentials
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Windows 7 Productivity Essentials

Learn a host of productivity tips and essential understandings for the Windows 7 Operating System.
4.6 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
979 students enrolled
Created by Nathanael Murphy
Last updated 2/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course you will have a solid fundamental knowledge and an intermediate level understanding of the Windows 7 Operating system and how to apply that knowledge to increase your productivity.
  • You will learn time saving productivity tips and essentials.
  • You will learn how to optimize the User Interface to increase Productivity
  • You will learn how to effecieintly organize your files in the Windows Explorer
  • You will learn how to optimize your control panel and system settings
  • You will learn how to use various accessories and applications as they pertain to Windows 7.
  • You will learn how to secure your pc and protect your hard work.
  • You will learn how to Trouble Shoot problems and back up your essential files
  • You will learn how to boost your computer's performance and battery life
  • You will get an introduction to some Windows Live Essentials such as Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, and Live Writer.
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Requirements
  • A PC that runs the Windows 7 Operating System.
Description

In this course I will teach you the essential fundamentals and intermediate skills so that you can learn how to increase Productivity with the Windows 7 Operating System.

The course is a collection of screen cast videos broken up into short bite size tips that you can implement immediately in your use of Windows 7. Most videos are between 2 and 3 minutes long while some of the more technical videos are a little longer. Don't worry you don't need to sit through any long boring explanation videos!

The course can be completed at your own pace and contains about 3 hours of video.

The only requirements for taking this course is a computer that runs the Windows 7 Operating System and a desire to increase your productivity and technical skills.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who uses the Windows 7 Operating System for personal or work reasons.
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Curriculum For This Course
52 Lectures
03:01:48
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 02:04

Welcome to Windows 7 Productivity Essentials.

In this course you will find over 3 hours of in depth information on how to use your Windows 7 Operating System to increase productivity.

Don't take my word for it though, listen to what some of my students have said:

"This course is very informative and easy to follow. It is broken down into organized lectures that make sense. The course has truly provided me with some great tips for increasing the way I operate on Windows 7. Highly recommended!"

"...Even with my prior knowledge, this course taught me things I still wasn't aware of and streamlined my own process for working within it. It was easy to follow and within minutes I was speeding up my own workflow from the topics covered. I highly recommend this course whether you're a casual user or using Windows 7 for your own business needs."

Preview 02:04
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The User Interface
10 Lectures 23:37

This lecture should be watched first before any others. This lecture shows you how drag windows around so you can work on multiple tasks at once. Use it when taking the course to watch the video on one half of your screen and to follow along on your own computer on the other half.

Preview 05:39

This lecture goes over how to use the Windows 7 Taskbar and how to customize it in ways that benefit you and your personal productivity.

Preview 05:46

In this lecture you will learn how to use jump lists to quickly navigate your most used and essential files and folders.

Jump Lists
02:35

This video lecture shows you step-by-step how to access your desktop straight from your Windows 7 Taskbar. No more wasteful minimizing and navigating away from open programs or web pages to access something on your desktop.

Adding your Desktop to the Taskbar
01:59

This video lecture details how to use the window keyboard shortcut to open anything on your taskbar.

New Taskbar Window Shortcut
00:47

This lecture teaches you how to add an Internet Browser Address bar to your taskbar so that you can access a site without navigating away from whatever program or file you are using.

Adding a Browser Address Bar to the Taskbar
01:33

In this lecture you will learn how to use the keyboard shortcut to quickly cycle through all your open programs.

Cycling through Programs Shortcut
00:59

This video lecture will teach you how to use some mouse and control key to cycle through multiple instances of open programs and view a preview of that program or page.

Mouse and Control Key Cycle Shortcut
01:00

This video lecture will show you how to use the Screen Stretch Shortcut.

Screen Stretch Shortcut
00:40

In this lecture I show you how to access and unlock hidden themes on your computer to give you more customization options for your desktop and background.

Accessing Hidden Themes
02:39
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Windows Explorer
8 Lectures 21:19

This video lecture introduces you to the Windows Explorer in Windows 7. The Windows 7 Explorer has great organizational options and gives you the ability to quickly access the various parts of your computer.

Introduction to Windows Explorer
03:41

This lecture shows you how to change the default Windows Explorer start page. Follow the instructions and copy and paste the characters at the bottom of this description.

This is what you need to type in EXACTLY as is, you can just copy and paste it from here:

/root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Windows Explorer New Start Window
01:32

In this video lecture you will learn how to change how the Windows Explorer behaves so that you can customize the information available at first look.

Choosing how the Interface Behaves
04:26

This video lecture describes how to organize your libraries so as to make them more efficient and conducive to productivity.

Organizing Libraries
02:39

In this video lecture you will learn how to organize specific files to increase productivity and efficiency.

Organizing Files
04:42

This lecture will show you how to use the Windows Explorer keyboard shortcut.

Windows Explorer Shortcut
00:51

This video lecture goes over how to use the preview pane to view previews of documents without actually opening them up and waiting for them to load.

The Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
02:09

This video lecture will show you how to enable and disable check boxes in Windows Explorer so that you can manage multiple files in an easier way.

Using Check Boxes in Windows Explorer
01:19
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The Control Panel and System Settings
7 Lectures 14:03

This video lecture goes over the default Control Panel in Windows 7.

Control Panel Main
02:09

This video lecture shows you how to access your full Control Panel right from the Start Menu.

Control Panel Start Menu
01:34

This video lecture shows you how to create full Control Panel straight from an icon on your desktop. This is great for people who often find themselves in the Control Panel to change various settings.

After the folder name (I used "God Mode") you must have a period. After the period, copy and paste the following text:

{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note: There are no letter Os, these are the number ZERO. If it didn't work, make sure you have zeros instead of O in the text.

GOD Mode
01:58

This video lecture teaches you how to change the power button default from "Shutdown" to whatever option you prefer such as "logout" or "sleep".

Changing the Power Button default
01:36

This video describes the search function in Windows 7.

Search in Windows 7
01:51

In this video lecture you will learn how to filter searches to get faster more accurate results.

Filtering Searches
01:12

This video lecture teaches you how to index specific locations in Windows 7 so that you can search more of your computer's files.

Indexing for faster Searches
03:43
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Windows 7 Accessories and Applications
6 Lectures 19:35

In this video you will learn the basic and advanced functions of the Windows 7 Calculator. The calculator is greatly improved from Vista so definitely watch this if you have recently switched over.

The Windows 7 Calculator
05:00

This video lecture demonstrates how to use sticky notes and even customize multiple different sticky notes.

Sticky Notes
02:04

This video lecture introduces you to Notepad for Windows 7, which is a free text editor available on all Windows 7 machines.

Notepad
03:23

Wordpad is robust text editor available for free on Windows 7. This lecture will show you how to use it for basic and intermediate level text editing functions.

Wordpad
04:33

This video lecture introduces you to Paint for Windows 7. Learn how to create basic images and graphics.

Paint
03:23

In this video lecture I will go over why you should NOT be using Gadgets for Windows 7.

If you are currently using gadgets, I highly recommend (as does Microsoft) you discontinue using them.

Gadgets
01:12
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System Security
5 Lectures 27:44

This video lecture will teach you how to access Microsoft Security Essentials so that you can protect your PC and keep your security up-to-date.

Microsoft Security Essentials
09:13

In this video lecture you will learn how to access Automatic Updates to ensure your PC is protected from the newest threats and your programs are running their most recent editions.

Automatic Updates
05:35

In this video you will learn how to manage multiple user accounts on a shared PC.

Managing User Accounts
03:25

In this video you will learn how to use the credential manager to auto-populate passwords and usernames.

Credential Manager
04:02

This video teaches you how to access and customize parental controls on certain user accounts on a shared PC.

Parental Controls
05:29
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Trouble Shooting and System Backup
6 Lectures 23:02

This video will show you how to use the built in Windows 7 Trouble Shooter to diagnose and fix issues on your PC.

Trouble Shooting Basics
02:47

This video I show you how to use the Problems Step Recorder to clearly record and share any issues you may be having on your PC with a remote user. The problem steps recorder can also be used to make simple explanation images to share with coworkers and colleagues.

The Problems Step Recorder + How to turn off games
04:39

In this video you will learn how to use the built in Windows 7 Snipping Tool to create customize screen captures and to even annotate and share your screen captures easily and quickly.

The Snipping Tool
04:36

In this video I will teach you how to back up your files onto an external location such as a hard drive, flash drive, or DVDs.

Backing Up Files
04:35

In this video lecture you will learn how to restore backed upped files and settings.

Restoring Files
03:03

In this video I will teach you how to make a repair disc so that you can access your files in the case of a hard drive crash or similar emergency.

Creating a Repair Disc
03:22
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Boosting System Performance
4 Lectures 14:20

In this video lecture you will learn how to easily boost the performance of your PC as well as see what specific programs and files are slowing your computer down.

System Performance Boost
04:36

This video lecture will show you how to use Ready Boost on a flash drive to quickly boost your PC's performance.

Ready Boost
01:40

You need to type this into the command prompt if you want your report to be generated in your windows folder:

powercfg -energy -output \windows\Energy_Report.html

If you want to change it to a different file path then change "windows" to the desired file path location.

Remember a new report will save over an old one and get rid of it.

Generating a Power Report
04:23

If you need to uninstall a program follow the steps in this video lecture. Be aware simply deleting an icon is not the same as permanently uninstalling a program.

Uninstalling a Program
03:41
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Windows Live Essentials
4 Lectures 34:32

This video introduces you to Windows Live Essentials that you can download for free from Microsoft.

This is the link to the download page for Windows Live Essentials.

Windows Live Essentials Overview
03:20

In this video you will learn the basic functionality of how to use Windows Movie Maker to create photo montages or videos to share with others.

Movie Maker Crash Course
14:30

This video lecture will teach you the basics of editing and organizing your photos in Microsoft Photo Gallery.

Photo Gallery Crash Course
11:03

In this video I will introduce you to the Windows Live Writer a convenient and easy to use Blogging tool that can publish content straight to your blog.

Introduction to Windows Live Writer for Blogging
05:39
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Course End
1 Lecture 01:32

Thank You for Completing this Course!

Please don't forget to leave positive feedback for the course.

Here is the coupon code link for my Gmail and Google Chrome for Productivity Course.

Also don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, comments, or suggestions for this course or a future course!

Final Words
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About the Instructor
Nathanael Murphy
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