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CAP: 103
Basic Computer Skills
Submitted To:
1) File search mechanisms available in
Windows XP and Windows Vista
2) Applets of Control Panel
3) Demonstrate the steps
a) Change the Time zone of your
system to that of “Sydney
b) Change the blinking rate of
the text cursor that it almost
stops blinking.
c) Set the image of a “football”
for the user account “Sporty”
d) Set the right mouse button as
the primary button
4) Study this homework assignment paper
carefully and identify the types of
formatting applied and used in this
5) Applications of the word-processing
software like MS Word
6) Identify the errors in the paragraph.
Searching for Files in Windows
Users of any operating system often need to
find data stored on a computer. In Windows
XP, searching for saved information within
files is often clunky and slow. By default,
Windows XP searches for files based on the
file name and text in the file, with options to
narrow the search by specifying a drive,
adding the file size, and filtering based on
case sensitivity (Figure 1).
Windows XP search capabilities are an
improvement over previous versions of
Windows, but they still have several key
limitations such as performance.

However, the Windows XP search utility still

places much of the burden for finding files
on you because you must remember where
a file might be located or the last time you
edited it. The search tools are also slow;
once you input the search parameters, the
Search button initiates the search task. Only
then does Window begin scanning the hard
drive to find the file in question, a process
that can take considerable time if you do
not limit the search scope in terms of the
file system. In other words, the search
results are not available immediately.

Searching for Files in Windows


The ability to search permeates every facet

of the Windows Vista operating system,
from the start menu to Windows Explorer.
The new Instant Search is a nearly
omnipresent feature, available in multiple
locations, with the exception of the desktop
Instant Search silently indexes every file on
the computer using file metadata, file
content, and file creation date, thereby
creating an inventory for the entire hard
drive. As you type search parameters into
Instant Search, Windows Vista dynamically
displays matching results, whether these
are applications, Internet favourite,
documents, media, contacts, calendar
events, or e-mail messages. As you enter
additional search parameters, results are
filtered accordingly. If your initial search
does not yield the files you are trying to
find, Instant Search provides advanced tools
for designing more specific searches.

You can find Instant Search featured

prominently in the start menu and the
upper-right corner of every Explorer
(Documents Explorer, Control Panel, and so
on). Instant Search is contextual, meaning
that it optimizes results based on your
current task. For example, if you type
“firewall” into the Control Panel Instant
Search interface, the Control Panel lists all
controls related to changing the firewall
settings for your computer.

Start Menu
One of the best ways to access Instant
Search is the start menu, where you can use
search to locate applications. The Instant
Search interface is found in the lower-left
corner of the start menu (Figure 2).

The redesigned start menu provides quick
access to Instant Search through the lower-
left dialog.
For example, typing “ca” causes
several applications to be displayed. If you
continue to type “calc,” you will see the list
reduced to the only application containing
the word “calc,” the Windows Calculator
(see Figure 3). The All Programs portion of
the start menu still exists but is less
necessary because you are not required to
remember that the calculator is part of the
start menu Accessories folder.

Typing “calc” into the start menu search
dialog produces a contextualized result – the
Windows Calculator software.

Search Explorer
You can also launch the new Search
Explorer from the start menu (see Figure 4).
This Explorer serves as a launching pad for
searching the entire hard drive through both
simple and more advanced searches (Figure
To launch Search Explorer, click on Search
on the right side of the start menu.
The default Search Explorer window awaits
search parameters from the user.

For example, you could search for all files

related to licensing by typing “license” into
the Instant Search dialog in the upper-right
corner of the Explorer (Figure 6).

Instant Search instantly displays the most
relevant results – any files that have the
word “license” within its content or
metadata. You can configure more
advanced searches through the Advanced
Search button; you can time-band the
search or add a few other parameters such
as author name.

Applets of Control Panel
 Accessibility Options
Allow user to configure the accessibility of
their PC. It comprises various settings
primarily aimed at users with disabilities or
hardware problems.
The behaviour of the keyboard can be
modified, this is aimed at people who have
difficulty pressing key-combinations, or
pressing a key just once. (Sticky Keys, Filter
Keys and ToggleKeys)
Behaviour of sounds can be modified.
(Sound Sentry and Show Sounds)

 Add New Hardware

Launch a wizard which allows users to add
new hardware devices to the system. This
can be done by selecting from a list of
devices or by specifying the location of the
driver installation files.

 Add or Remove Programs

The Add/Remove Programs dialog allows the
user to manipulate software installed on the
system in a number of ways. Allows users to
uninstall and change existing software
packages, as well as indicating how much
space individual programs take and how
frequently they are used.
Allows users to manually install software
from a CD-ROM or Floppy Disk, and install
add-ons from Windows Update.

Administrative Tools
Contain tools for system administration,
including security, performance and service
configuration. These are links to various
configurations of the Microsoft Management
Console such as the local services list and
the Event Viewer.

Date and Time

Allows user to change the date and time
stored in the machines BIOS, change the
time zone and specify whether to
synchronize the date and time with Internet
Time Server and which server to use.

Allow the user to change the display
characteristics of their computer.
Allows users to change the desktop
background (wallpaper) to a picture of their
choice and specifies how it should be shown.
Allows the user to change or disable the
screensaver, and specify how long it takes
to activate and whether to ask for a
password on resume
Allows the user to specify the colour styles
of all elements within the system, primarily
whether to use the Windows XP styles, this
also allows the user to change the My
Computer and Recycle Bin icons.

Displays all fonts installed on the computer.
Users can remove fonts, install new fonts or
search for fonts using font characteristics.

Internet Options
Allows the user to change the way the
computer manages internet connections
and browser settings for Internet
Explorer, it has several tags specifying
different attributes;
Security & Privacy
Connections, Programs and Advanced

 Keyboard
Let the user change and test keyboard
settings, including cursor blink rate and key
repeat rate.

Mouse allows the configuration of pointer
options, such as the double click and scroll
speed, and includes visibility options such as
whether to use pointer trails and whether
the pointer should disappear when typing.
This also allows the user to specify the
pointer appearance for each task, such as
resize and busy.

Printers and Faxes

Displays all the printers and faxes currently
installed on the computer, and has two main
Firstly, it shows the all the jobs queued for
each printer, the file size and status of each
job and which user they belong to, it also
allows each job to be paused, cancelled or
moved up or down the list.

User Accounts
This allows the user to configure their
account and other accounts used in the
system, should they have sufficient
privileges. They can change their username
and password, their picture and their .net
passport. If the current user has an
administrator’s account they can also add,
delete and modify other user accounts as
well as make changes to core system

a. Change the Time zone of your
system to that of “Sydney
Windows systems are set by default to
adjust the time automatically when daylight
saving time changes.
1. From the Start menu, select Control
2. From the Control Panel window (Category
View), select Date, Time, Language,
and Regional Options
3. Click the Date and Time icon.
4. Click the Time Zone tab.

Make sure the automatically adjust clock for

daylight saving changes box is checked.
5. Set the time zone at Sydney
6. Then click on apply button.

b. Change the blinking rate of the

text cursor that it almost stops
1. On the Start menu:
Select Control Panel
2. In Control Panel:
Be sure you are in Classic View (all
Control Panel icons are showing).
If not, under Control Panel in the left pane,
select Switch to Classic View.
3. In the Keyboard Properties dialog box,
on the Speed tab, under Cursor blink
Adjust the rate by moving the slider.
Select OK.

c. Set the image of a “football” for

the user account “Sporty”
To set the football picture appear next to
your account name is easy. Just follow these

1. Choose Start > Control Panel and

double click User Accounts.
2. Select the user account you want to
3. Click Change the picture and click
Browse for more pictures to locate the
picture you want on your hard disk.
4. When you find the picture, click Open.

The screen returns to the user account and

you can see how your picture looks. The
pictures are quite tiny, so it helps if you can
find a rather simple image.

d. Set the right mouse button as the

primary button
To open the Ease of Access Centre, select:
1. Start.
Control Panel.
2. Under Explore all settings, select:
Mouse setting
3. On the Buttons tab, under Button
configuration, select:
Switch primary and secondary
buttons if you want to make the button
on the right the one you use for primary
functions such as selecting and dragging.

4. To save your selections:

Select OK.

I study this homework assignment paper
carefully and identify the types of formatting
applied and used in this document following:

In this assignment all font are Palatino

Linotype and some text are Bold. The font
sizes are 20.
Question no.3 fonts are bold and italic
Question no. 6 fonts are Courier font.
Teacher use the left align text style
Features and flaws
Word has a built-in spell checker, thesaurus,
dictionary, Office Assistant and utilities for
transferring, copy, pasting and editing text,
such as Pure Text.

 is the master template from
which all Word documents are created. It is
one of the most important files in Microsoft
Word. It determines the margin defaults as
well as the layout of the text and font
defaults. is already set with certain

defaults; the user can change to
new defaults. This will change other
documents that were created using the
template and saved with the option to
automatically update the formatting styles.

 WordArt
A tool to make Words in art

 Macros
Like other Microsoft Office documents, Word
files can include advanced macros and even
embedded programs. The language was
originally WordBasic, but changed to Visual
Basic for Applications as of Word 97.
These macro viruses were the only known
cross-platform threats between Windows
and Macintosh computers and they were the
only infection vectors to affect any Mac OS X
system up until the advent of video codec
Trojans in 2007.

 Layout issues
As of Word 2007 for Windows (and Word
2004 for Macintosh), the program has been
unable to handle ligatures defined in
TrueType fonts[citation needed]: those
ligature glyphs with Unicode code points
may be inserted manually, but are not
recognized by Word for what they are,
breaking spellchecking, while custom
ligatures present in the font are not
accessible at all. Other layout deficiencies of
Word include the inability to set crop marks
or thin spaces.
 Open Type ligatures
In Word 2004 for Macintosh, support of
complex scripts was inferior even to Word
97[citation needed], and Word 2004 does
not support Apple Advanced Typography
features like ligatures or glyph variants.

 Bullets and numbering

Word has extensive list bullets and
numbering feature used for tables, list,
pages, chapters, headers, footnotes, and
tables of content. Bullets and numbering
can be applied directly or using a button or
by applying a style or through use of a
template some problems with numbering
have been found in Word 97-2003. An
example is Word's system for restarting
numbering. However, the Bullets and
Numbering system has been significantly
overhauled for Office 2007, which is
intended to reduce the severity of these

 Creating tables
Users can also create tables in MS Word.
Depending on the version, Word can
perform simple calculations. Formulas are
supported as well.
 Using Formulas
As mentioned in Creating Tables, MS Word
supports the use of formulas. To access
Word's formula function in Word 2007, click
anywhere in a table, then choose Table
Tools>>Layout. The formula function is on
the ribbon in the Data section. Click on the
Formula icon to open the Formula Dialog
box. At the top of the Formula box is a place
to enter a formula. Formulas use a similar
convention as that used in Excel. Cell
references use the "A1" reference style.
Formulas are written using cell references
(for example =A1+A2).
 AutoSummarize
AutoSummarize highlights passages or
phrases that it considers valuable. The
amount of text to be retained can be
specified by the user as a percentage of the
current amount of text.
According to Ron Fein of the Word 97 team,
AutoSummarize cuts wordy copy to the
bone by counting words and ranking
sentences. First, AutoSummarize identifies
the most common words in the document
(barring "a" and "the" and the like) and
assigns a "score" to each word—the more
frequently a word is used, the higher the

 AutoCorrect
In Microsoft Office 2003, AutoCorrect
items added by the user cease working
when text from sources outside the
document is pasted in.

The world have not gone anywhere. it has
alot many people who are roming around
here & there. Will you like to be a part
of it or stand out different from the
common mob.

Signify the type of error

1. World have= Grammar mistake

2. it = Grammar mistake
3. roming= Spelling mistake
4. mob.= Grammar mistake

After spelling and grammar check

The world has not gone anywhere. It has
alot many people who are roaming around
here & there. Will you like to be a part
of it or stand out different from the
common mob?

The alternative word suggestions

given by Thesaurus for the word
1. Copying
2. Lifting
3. Stealing
4. Illegal use
5. Breach of copyright