Personal Computers, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, CEWD
Dr. William M. Pegram, Saturdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, Engineering 210

Basic Windows Tasks

Control Panel

Start>Control Panel. This permits access to a variety of functions of computer; some of these functions may not be available for particular categories of users

Windows Exercise

  1. Using Windows Explorer or My Computer, create a folder named with your last name inside My Documents or on a floppy drive.
  2. Insider the folder you created in (1), create three folders, named day1, day2, and day3.
  3. Choosing Start>Programs>Accessories, open up Word and type your name in and save it with the filename intro inside of the day1 folder.
  4. Using Windows Explorer or My Computer, copy the file intro.doc to the day2 folder. Then copy to the day3 folder but try to use a different way of copying than you did before.
  5. Copy the intro.doc file to the desktop.
  6. Rename the file in the day2 folder to review.doc
  7. Double click the intro.doc on the desktop to open it up in whatever program opens it, make a change in the file noting that you opened it on the desktop, and save the file back to the desktop

Accessibility Aids

Mouse Clicks

  1. Adjust (slow down) the double click speed on your mouse -- Start>Control Panel>Mouse>Buttons
  2. Change the number of clicks to do something - Normally one click selects something and you double click it to open it. You can change this so that point at something selects it (after a delay) and a single click will open it. To do this, choose Start>Control Panel>Folder Options>General and under the click items section, select the radio button for "Single click to open (point to select).


  1. Increase the size of everything on the computer - You can do this by lowering the screen resolution of your monitor. Start>Control Panel>Display Properties>Settings -- Drag the screen resolution slider toward less.
  2. To make menus and other things larger, choose Start>Control Panel>Display Properties>Appearance and then choose Large or Extra large in the font size drop down box.
  3. To make icons larger, choose Start>Control Panel>Display Properties>Appearance and click on the Effects button and check the "Use large icons" box.
  4. Turn on High Contrast - Start>Control Panel>Accessibility>Display and check the High Contrast Box. You may need to then use a keyboard shortcut to turn it on. There are a variety of contrast settings to choose from. To turn it off, uncheck the box.
  5. Magnifier - This magnifies the area near the cursor and shows it in a special window. You can set the magnification settings anywhere from 2 to 10. To turn on, Start>All Programs>Accessories>Accessibility>Magnifier.

Introduction to Word

Revised: September 8, 2007, comments to William Pegram,