Vista Users Guide




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START MENU & TASK BAR.................................................................................3
Locating Applicati...
Start Menu & Task Bar


Locating Applications
         • A major difference and feature of Vista compared to XP is the way...
Customize allows for specific items to view as listed:

Display as a link: items chosen open in new
window

Display as a m...
Such functions include:

New transparencies:
Such as windows borders.




Live Thumbnails:
Showing the contents of a windo...
Alt-Tab changes: Alt-Tab
now displays a “Live View”
image of the program
window contents when
switching programs. It also
...
Fonts
If after changing the resolution, the
fonts are still too small a system
wide change can update all fonts to a
large...
*Some Hallmark web applications may not be compatible with this feature.
To delete your Temporary Internet files or cookie...
How to add network drives manually


First click on the new design start-menu for Microsoft Vista.


Right-click on “Compu...
Locating and adding compatible network printers.


Start by clicking on the Microsoft Windows Start-Menu
Once the view has...
To search for printers that have the 4 Character designation such as KP06 just type KP06
in the Name location.

To search ...
Security

User Account Control
UAC (User Account Control) pop-up
windows and user access.




To help protect the stabilit...
Wireless

Accessing the wireless status and application (Airport/Home/Work/etc…)
        • To access the wireless applicat...
Next click on the drop-down box and you can
choose Show Wireless only or just select a network
to connect to.




If neede...
Support for your new Vista system




      Contact the IT Central Helpline via email or phone.


            Phone       ...
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  1. 1. Vista Users Guide p.1 of 15
  2. 2. START MENU & TASK BAR.................................................................................3 Locating Applications.....................................................................................................................................3 Pin Items to start menu..................................................................................................................................3 Taskbar preferences.......................................................................................................................................3 SNIPPING TOOL....................................................................................................4 WINDOWS AERO..................................................................................................4 DESKTOP...............................................................................................................6 Resolution........................................................................................................................................................6 Fonts.................................................................................................................................................................7 INTERNET EXPLORER VERSION 7.....................................................................7 Tabbed Viewing .............................................................................................................................................7 Locating the Internet Explorer Favorites in Vista......................................................................................8 HOW TO ADD NETWORK DRIVES MANUALLY.................................................9 LOCATING AND ADDING COMPATIBLE NETWORK PRINTERS...................10 SECURITY ...........................................................................................................12 User Account Control...................................................................................................................................12 Changing the Windows Account Password................................................................................................12 WIRELESS...........................................................................................................13 Accessing the wireless status and application (Airport/Home/Work/etc…) ..........................................13 Basic Troubleshooting..................................................................................................................................14 SUPPORT FOR YOUR NEW VISTA SYSTEM...................................................15 p.2 of 15
  3. 3. Start Menu & Task Bar Locating Applications • A major difference and feature of Vista compared to XP is the way the Start Menu works. Windows Vista has a built in search to locate indexed applications, filenames and contents within documents that can be used. An example would be the Cisco Systems VPN client Hallmark used for authenticating mobility to Hallmark Networks. To locate an item in the start-menu type, “VPN” (this pulls up the Cisco Systems VPN Client) from here the application can be opened or further commands like save to desktop can be used or pinning to the start-menu. Pin Items to start menu Not unlike Windows XP, Vista has included pinning items to the start menu, to do so just hold the shift key while right- clicking on an application and choose pin to start menu. *The reverse to unpin is the same process on the item that is pinned already, only this time choose Unpin to Start Menu. Taskbar preferences • As with Windows XP the taskbar can be customized by right-clicking on the start-menu then choosing properties. To customize, click directly into the button Customize. p.3 of 15
  4. 4. Customize allows for specific items to view as listed: Display as a link: items chosen open in new window Display as a menu: items chosen open out on the menu Don’t display this item: will not show on the Start-Menu *the other tabs across the top allow for Control over what items are in the Taskbar, Notification Area and Toolbars. Snipping Tool Windows Vista has a new tool for taking images of sections of the screen called the “Snipping tool”. To get to this just click on the start-menu and search for “snip”. When opening the Snip tool it will grey out with the most recent selection of a rectangle (default), free-form, window, or full-screen snip. To use the rectangle or free-form snip, just click and drag your mouse over the desired area. After making the snip the program displays what was captured and there are tools for highlighting areas, drawing with a pen tool, e-mailing, copying, or saving the image. By default the image is copied to the clipboard when the snip is performed and can be directly pasted into such programs as Word or Lotus Notes without having to save the image first. Windows AERO AERO stands for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open. This is the new look of Windows with extra functionality p.4 of 15
  5. 5. Such functions include: New transparencies: Such as windows borders. Live Thumbnails: Showing the contents of a window when a mouse is moved over the program icon on the task bar. Windows Flip 3D: For switching windows with a 3D interface. When pressing the Windows key+Tab this displays a preview of the active windows that can be switched to. p.5 of 15
  6. 6. Alt-Tab changes: Alt-Tab now displays a “Live View” image of the program window contents when switching programs. It also displays some information about that window. Desktop Default- At minimum the recycle bin is the only icon on the installed desktop. To add additional items right-click then choose option, “Send To desktop”. Resolution Viewable area (changing resolution) To change display settings, such as screen resolution or font size: Right click on the desktop and select “Personalize” or open the control panel from start-menu and open the Personalization option. *Image shown with right-click desktop method. To change your viewable area, select “Display settings” at the bottom of the personalization menu. Here you can change your display resolution. The higher the number the smaller everything will appear on your screen. p.6 of 15
  7. 7. Fonts If after changing the resolution, the fonts are still too small a system wide change can update all fonts to a larger DPI. (Larger font size throughout) In the left column of the personalization menu select “Adjust font size (DPI)” o Internet Explorer version 7 Tabbed Viewing Feature allowing multiple tabbed sites to be loaded into one window for better organization of open sites. Also tab control will recognize and separate (create a new window) with tabs for intranet secured sites. By default only one tab will be open. A new tab can be opened by clicking on the small tab to the right of another open tab or by pressing the keys “Ctrl”+”T” p.7 of 15
  8. 8. *Some Hallmark web applications may not be compatible with this feature. To delete your Temporary Internet files or cookies you will need to go under the Internet tools. This is located in the far right section of the Internet Explorer menu bar. First click on Tools and then Internet Options.  Locating the Internet Explorer Favorites in Vista Many people are used to clicking on the “favorites” menu item in previous versions of Internet Explorer. This has changed in Vista. Internet Explorer 7 has a single star designed as a Favorites link. Simply click on this and a list of your Internet Explorer Favorites will display. p.8 of 15
  9. 9. How to add network drives manually First click on the new design start-menu for Microsoft Vista. Right-click on “Computer” and then click on “Map Network Drive…” On the drop-down choose the Drive (for letter assignment) In the location Folder: type the drive path that is needed. Check on “Reconnect at logon”, if this will be used multiple times on this computer. Then click Finish. p.9 of 15
  10. 10. Locating and adding compatible network printers. Start by clicking on the Microsoft Windows Start-Menu Once the view has been updated locate the Network option. The next window that appears should contain a search box, click the Search Active Directory box. A new box should come up titled, “Find Users, Contacts, and Groups”. Click on the drop down under Find: and select Printers. The search can be very descriptive depending on how much knowledge is known of the printer type and location. p.10 of 15
  11. 11. To search for printers that have the 4 Character designation such as KP06 just type KP06 in the Name location. To search by location type the location of the printer. An example such as building 2480 Garden would be KC-2480-G. If more is known about the features then click on the Features tab to narrow the search. The next step for Vista Systems is to make sure when scrolling over the Server Name listed mentions either Kcprint1.master or Kcprint2.master is selected as their the only Vista certified print drivers in use. If there is either of the mentioned Server Names for printers then double-click for install. Lastly, verify that your default printer is setup properly. To do this go to the start-menu and click on “Printers”. Once the correct printer is located you may make it your default printer by either clicking on the “Set as Default” icon at the top or by right-clicking on the printer and selecting “Set as Default” p.11 of 15
  12. 12. Security User Account Control UAC (User Account Control) pop-up windows and user access. To help protect the stability of software in the Vista environment Hallmark-IT has determined all users have standard rights due to Corporate IT Security Policy 141, which help protect and prohibit against installing software without administrative access. Incase elevated access is required the UAC will pop-up requesting additional rights. If such arises and the product is currently supported by Hallmark-IT, contact the Central Helpline to verify and have it installed according to software certification standards. • Installing Certified Hardware Without Administrative Access A new addition to Vista includes extended rights to users allowing device hardware install such as printers, and USB “thumb drives” without administrative access. To allow this process the types of devices need to be preset and certified by Vista. The exception to this includes any additional software installations like management software that still requires elevated privileges (Administrative) to install. Changing the Windows Account Password Changing your Windows Domain password is as easy as hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del and selecting to “Change a Password…” p.12 of 15
  13. 13. Wireless Accessing the wireless status and application (Airport/Home/Work/etc…) • To access the wireless application go to o Start-Menu o Control-Panel o Windows Mobility Center (or Windows Mobile PC and then Mobility Center) Windows Mobility Center Once inside the wireless network box click on the Signal Bar icon. p.13 of 15
  14. 14. Next click on the drop-down box and you can choose Show Wireless only or just select a network to connect to. If needed, click on the cycling arrows to refresh the available networks. When you connect to the desired network, Vista will prompt for information on the network type of Home, Work, Public Location, etc. Select the setting icon that you think is most appropriate and continue with the connection. Basic Troubleshooting Try to access a site from the internet if it loads see if the Provider requires a password or pay for use requirement. If not check and see if Your wireless is on. (Reference above Verifying the wireless device is on and active) p.14 of 15
  15. 15. Support for your new Vista system Contact the IT Central Helpline via email or phone. Phone 816-274-7272 Email PC Level-1@HQNOTES p.15 of 15

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