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Windows 7 is here! This is our overview of the main new features in Windows 7.
Use the links in each topic to view videos and help pages from Microsoft. Or, read their PDF guide about the new features.
One main change in Windows 7 is the way Windows Explorer is organized. The "My Documents", "My Pictures", etc., folders are now called "Libraries". There is a library for documents, one for pictures, one for music, and one for videos.
Here's how the explorer window is set up:
This menu is totally customizable, and gives you access to all your programs as well as links to libraries and controls. While in the start menu, right click on a program to "pin" it to the taskbar. One thing you'll notice is missing is the "Run" command. To access it, hold down the Windows key and type "r".
Right click a program icon in the taskbar and you'll get a "Jump List". This small menu shows you open and recently used files for that particular program.
The new "Aero" feature lets you preview, hide, expand, and collapse views of your open windows.
Hover your mouse over a program icon in the taskbar and you'll see a small preview of all open windows for that program. Click on one to work in that window.
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Want to learn more about Windows 7? Visit Microsoft's Windows 7 website.