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Microsoft Windows

Program Notes

My Computer
This program allows you access to the different drives that make up your computer. 

There are always at least two drives on any computer. The drive that is used to run small floppy diskettes is usually called the A drive. 

The main part of the computer where programs are stored is called the C drive. 
If you have a secondary hard drive, it is usually labeled D, as shown in this example.

If you have a CD-ROM player, or, are part of a network, your system would list more drives. This program also allows access to the Control Panel (discussed later), load printer information and networking software for the Internet
 

 

Format a diskette
When you want to ensure a diskette is completely blank, you must format it.  Start by putting the diskette into the floppy drive.  If you take a look at the diskette, there usually is an arrow on the upper left, showing you the correct way of inserting it.
Then;
  • From the desktop, open the My Computer program. 
  • Select the 3½ Floppy (A:) icon.
Single click only, do not open the program.  If you do go back to the My Computer program
From the File menu, select Format. 
Set the criteria, (Erase or Thorough, etc.)
Click on OK or tap Enter.
You can also point to the 3˝Floppy (A:) icon, right mouse button click and choose format from the pop up menu.
Copy a diskette
Used to make copies of diskettes.
  • From the desktop, open the My Computer program
  • Select the 3½ Floppy (A:) icon, single click, do not open the program.
  • From the File menu, select Copy Disk
  • Insert the original diskette into the A drive
  • Click on OK or tap the Enter key.
  • When the computer is finished copying the disk it will ask you to remove the original from the drive and insert the blank diskette.
  • Click on OK or tap the Enter key.

 
 

Access Help commands
  • Tap the F1 key (location top of the keyboard) 
  • Double click on the subject you want information on. A sub-menu will appear
  • Repeat step 2 until you find the subject
or
  • Click on the Index tab
  • Type the first few letter of the word you are looking for. You will notice the list will go to the area.
  • Double click on the topic you want.
or
  • Click on the Find tab
  • Type the word you want to find

  • Double click on the subject




Print Help topics
It is often easier to follow the Help advice if you have the subject printed. In such instances
  • Click the Options and choose Print topic or 
  • Use the shortcut key combination - Hold Ctrl tap P


 
 


Loading Programs
Programs must be loaded on to your hard drive to be able to function. The procedure is usually simple.
  • If the program is on floppy disk, insert the first disk into the A drive.
If the programs is on a CD-ROM, insert the CD into the D drive.
  • From the Start menu, choose Run.  You can also double click on the appropriate device from the My Computer icon
  • Most programs use either Setup or Install as their launch pad, "setup" being more popular. If you do not know the starting program's name, you can use the Browse button to find the correct name of the executable file. You can type either A:setup or D:setup depending on where the program is located.
  • Click on OK or tap the Enter key
  • Wait while the installation program is setting up
  • Follow the on screen instructions as they appear


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