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Northstar Learning Guide: Module 3A: Windows 7

This guide contains instructional materials designed to help learners build the basic computer skills defined by the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments.

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Module 3A: Windows 7

The resources on this page will introduce you to the basics of using and navigating within the Windows operating system (Windows 7). Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.
Northstar Standard
Learning Resource
1. Identify the operating system used by a computer.
2. Shutdown, restart, and log off a computer.
3. Open, close and switch between windows
4. Minimize and maximize windows
5. Identify the toolbar and menus.
6. Identify the taskbar.
7. Start, and exit programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
8. Identify drives on a computer: CD/DVD, floppy, hard drive (C), USB port, network drives (A, B, D, F, H, etc.)
9. Access the help menu.
10. Identify the desktop.
11. Demonstrate knowledge of Windows file organizational system and use it to locate files/documents (desktop, My Document, My Computer)
12. Use "Search" to locate a file or document
13. Delete documents or files.
14. Open programs.
15. Identify basic office software programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint), demonstrate knowledge of their functions, and identify their corresponding file extensions.
16. Open files using appropriate programs