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  How to Use Windows Explorer in Windows 7


In Windows 7, use Windows Explorer to discover what your computer has to offer. With Windows Explorer, you can navigate through Windows 7 libraries and folders, preview content details, and use keywords to search for specific documents. Here's a look at the Libraries folder:


Useful Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts


Using keyboard shortcuts while working in Windows 7 minimizes keystrokes and saves time. Many of the following shortcuts work in any Windows 7 program or document, although a few apply only to specific circumstances, as noted:




Selects all text or objects in a document or window


Copies the selected text or objects to the Clipboard


Cuts (removes) the selected text or objects to the Clipboard


Pastes text or objects from the Clipboard to the cursor location


Undoes the most recent action


Saves the current document

Win (the Windows logo key)

Opens the Start menu


Displays the desktop (minimizes all windows); repeat keystroke to restore open windows


Opens Windows Explorer on the Computer


Displays desktop gadgets on top of open windows


Opens the Windows Mobility Center on laptops

Win+Tab or Alt+Tab

Switch between open applications


Display window full-screen (not all applications)


New in Windows 7 — For XP or Vista Users


If you're upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP or Windows Vista, you'll find pleasant improvements with the new features in Windows 7. Here’s how those new features stand out in Windows 7:


Set Up Windows 7 and Protect against Viruses and Spyware


Here are some Windows 7 setup tasks to complete immediately to make your computer more effective to use and safeguard against viruses and spyware:

How to Find Vista or XP Items in Windows 7


In Windows 7, you may find that the Windows Vista and Windows XP features you know and love have moved or changed. If you’re going from Windows XP straight to Windows 7, here’s what changed:

If you’re jumping from Vista to Windows 7, keep these guidelines in mind:

How to Cure Common Windows 7 Problems


Here are the five most common problems that Windows 7 users face — from missing files and cursors to bad Internet connections — and how to fix each one:

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With Windows 7, you've got new choices for how to use e‑mail—along with some changes from what you might be used to in Windows Vista or Windows XP.

Windows Live Mail puts all your e‑mail in one place.

Looking for Windows Mail or Outlook Express?

Windows Mail and Outlook Express aren't included in Windows 7. To use your e‑mail, you'll need to install a new program. You can download Windows Live Mail for free (if it's not already installed on your PC), or you can get a program from another company.

Once your new program is up and running, you'll be able to import your e‑mail into it.

If you've just upgraded to Windows 7 and can't find your e‑mail, don't worry—it's not lost. How you retrieve it will depend on the type of installation you've done:

What is Windows Live Mail?

Windows Live Mail is a desktop program with some great new ways to manage your e‑mail. It's part of Windows Live Essentials, a free download that also includes Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and other software that helps you do more with Windows 7.

With Windows Live Mail, you can read and reply to your e‑mail even when you're offline. When you're back online, new e‑mail messages will download to your PC, and any messages in your outbox will be sent.

All your accounts in one place

Windows Live Mail puts the e‑mail accounts you choose—like Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo! Mail—in one program, so you can get all your e‑mail messages in one place on your desktop. And if you're also using the online services of Windows Live, your calendars and contacts will stay in sync between your PC and the web.

Simple to send photos

With Windows Live Mail, you can send lots of photos without clogging up your friends' inboxes. Instead of giant image files, you send thumbnails of photos that are stored online in Windows Live. Your friends can then click the thumbnails to get the high-resolution versions.


Helpful PC Hints


Here are some essential tips for working with your PC. Keeping your PC in good working order prolongs its life and prevents you from losing important data.


Windows Mail: Setting up an account from start to finish


Setting up your e‑mail is a bit like setting up a new computer: You do it only once. After you configure your e‑mail accounts in Windows Mail, you never have to hassle with it again—unless, of course, you open a new e‑mail account.

Windows Mail allows you to send and receive messages from multiple e‑mail accounts. You can set up Windows Mail to work with many types of providers, from the biggest, most popular e‑mail services all the way down to the smallest Internet service provider (ISP).

Managing multiple e‑mail accounts is simplified because each account in Windows Mail is organized in its own folder. You can check for messages from all your e‑mail accounts at once by clicking a single button. But first, you'll need to set up each e‑mail account one at a time in Windows Mail.


 You can add multiple e‑mail accounts in Windows Mail, and send and receive e‑mail for all of them from one location


Don’t be confused


Before you set up Windows Mail, start by collecting the following information for each e‑mail account. You will need to enter this information during the setup process:

Most people know their e‑mail addresses and passwords, but many people get confused when asked to enter information about e‑mail servers. This is easiest if you gather some basic information from your e‑mail provider before you begin adding accounts in Windows Mail.


E‑mail server types


Windows Mail supports three types of e‑mail servers. You don’t need to understand the details about these server types; you just need to find out which one your e‑mail service uses both for incoming and outgoing e‑mail:


Incoming and outgoing e‑mail servers


Once you know the type of e‑mail server used by each of your e‑mail accounts, you must find out the address of its incoming and outgoing e‑mail servers. During the setup process, Windows Mail requires you to enter the address of each e‑mail server. There are only two types of incoming servers to choose from: POP3 or IMAP.



Before you set up an e‑mail account in Windows Mail, you need to know the address of the incoming and outgoing e‑mail servers used by your e‑mail provider

POP3 is by far the most common type of incoming e‑mail server for personal e‑mail accounts. And SMTP is the only type of outgoing e‑mail server that works with Windows Mail, so you normally don’t even need to check the outgoing server type with your e‑mail provider. Practically all personal e‑mail accounts—with the exception of web-based e‑mail—use an SMTP server for outgoing e‑mail.

E‑mail server addresses usually have the same format. Most ISPs (named “myisp” in this example) have server addresses like this:

You can usually substitute the name of your ISP in place of myisp in the example above. If this doesn’t work, check with your ISP. Questions about e‑mail server addresses are among the most common inquiries e‑mail providers get, so they usually have this information posted in the support section of their websites.

Here are server addresses for some of the most popular e‑mail services:

Finally, you must know whether your outgoing e‑mail server requires authentication, since there is a check box for this when you set up a new e‑mail account in Windows Mail. If you can’t find out the answer from your e‑mail provider, try sending a test message with the check box selected and another one with the check box cleared, to see which works.



Some e‑mail services, such as Yahoo! Mail, require a premium subscription for POP3 access.


Web-based e‑mail and Windows Live Mail

Many people want to know if they can send and receive Windows Live Hotmail in Windows Mail. The answer is no—Windows Mail does not support the HTTP servers used by Hotmail and other web-based e‑mail services.

However, you can set up Hotmail and other web-based e‑mail accounts to work with Windows Live Mail. This allows you to store and read Hotmail messages even when you are not connected to the Internet.

Windows Live Mail includes the familiar features of Windows Mail, the mail program included in Windows Vista, plus new features such as the ability to automatically enter the correct settings for e‑mail servers used by popular e‑mail services, including Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL, and Gmail.

Windows Live Mail also works with e‑mail services from other e‑mail providers and ISPs, although you will have to configure those accounts manually.

To download Windows Live Mail, go to the Windows Live Mail website.


Step by step

Once you have collected the required information for each e‑mail account, you can start setting up Windows Mail. Here’s how to add an e mail account in Windows Mail:

  1. Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button  , clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.
  2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Accounts.
  3. Click Add.



  1. After you click Add on the Internet Accounts screen, Windows Mail will ask what type of account you want to add
  2. Click E‑mail Account, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

After you are done entering all the information for one e‑mail account, repeat the process for each e‑mail account you want to set up.




During setup, you'll be asked to pick a display name. You might want to enter your actual name here rather than your e‑mail address, since this is the name that recipients will see when you send them an e‑mail message.


Read newsgroups too


Windows Mail allows you to do more than send e‑mail. You can also read newsgroups in Windows Mail. Newsgroups are Internet discussion forums where groups of users with common interests gather to talk about everything from software to comic books to politics.

Unlike e‑mail messages, which are visible only to the sender and specified recipients, newsgroup messages can be read by anyone who views the group that they're posted in. Newsgroups are international in scope, with participants from all corners of the Internet.

Before you can view messages in a newsgroup, you'll need a newsreader program, such as Windows Mail. For more information on how to read newsgroups with Windows Mail, see Subscribe to a newsgroup.


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