Introducing Windows 7 at work

Welcome to Windows 7! This tutorial is intended to help you transition smoothly to using Windows 7 as your operating system in the workplace. Use the information, links, and videos on the tabs below to read about Windows 7 concepts, watch demonstrations of common tasks, or get step-by-step instructions.

Explore the new desktop

The new and improved features in Windows 7 make it easier for you to manage files, find information, and customize your desktop so that you can work the way you want to.

To see a demonstration of the new desktop features—like Snap, Peek, and Shake, watch the following video.

Watch this video to learn how to get around the Windows 7 desktop (6:02)

To read overviews of these new features, try one of the following links:

To see task-specific videos and step-by-step instructions, click one of the following links, and then try out the new features yourself!

Resize and arrange windows automatically

Snap makes it easy to expand or maximize windows, or align them against the edges of the desktop. For more information, see Expand windows vertically on the desktop using Snap, Maximize windows on the desktop using Snap, and Arrange windows side by side on the desktop using Snap.

Minimize windows with a shake of the mouse

With Shake, you can instantly minimize every open window on the desktop except the one you want to focus on. For more information, see Minimize windows on the desktop using Shake.

Preview window contents at a glance

Use Peek to take a sneak peek at individual open windows or the entire desktop. For more information, see Preview an open window on the desktop using Peek and Temporarily preview the desktop using Peek.

Customize the taskbar

You can set taskbar buttons to display as much or as little detail as you want, and to appear in a specific order. For more information, see Change how buttons appear on the taskbar and Rearrange buttons on the taskbar.

Pin things where you want them

You can pin your favorite or most important files and programs to the Start menu or the taskbar so they're easily accessible. For more information, see Pin a program to the Start menu, Pin a program to the taskbar, and Using Jump Lists to open programs and items.

Now that you know the lay of the land, you can learn how to manage programs in Windows 7.