Windows XP: Introduction


Course Specifications

Course number: 084-121

Software Version Number: XP

Course length: 1 day


Course Description


Overview:   Students will create a document, organize files, work with Windows Messenger, create an efficient work environment, work with media, clean up their system, and find information on the Internet.



·           Introduction to Personal Computers Using Windows 98:


Delivery Method:  Instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.


Benefits:  Students will gain the skills needed to create a document, organize files, work with Windows Messenger, create an efficient work environment, work with media, clean up their system, and find information on the Internet.


Target student:  The target student for this course is a user who has worked with basic computer concepts and gained skills related to IBM and compatible computers.


Hardware/Software Requirements: You will need:

·           A 233 MHz or higher processor is required. A 300 MHz or higher processor is recommended.

·           128 MB of RAM is recommended as the minimum for Windows XP Professional.

·           A minimum of 1.5 GB of available hard-disk space.

·           Either a local CD-ROM drive, DVD drive, or access to a networked CD-ROM drive.

·           A 3.5"-disk drive.

·           A Microsoft mouse, or compatible pointing device.

·           A Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor is recommended.

·           A 14.4 Kbps or higher modem. An Internet connection with access to the World Wide Web is necessary to complete some tasks throughout the book. (Note: Internet access may require payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local charges may also apply.)

·           An email address is required if you plan to complete the “Working with Windows Messenger” lesson.

·           A Typical installation of Windows XP Professional.


Performance-Based Objectives

Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

·           You will create a document by using WordPad.

·           You will organize the contents of your hard drive by using Windows Explorer.

·           You will communicate instantly with others by using Windows Messenger.

·           You will create an efficient work environment by using the Control Panel and Accessibility programs.

·           You will perform a variety of media tasks by using the Help and Support Center and Media Player.

·           You will clean up your system by using My Computer and the Recycle Bin.

·           You will find information on the Internet by using Internet Explorer.

Course Content


Lesson 1: Creating a Document in Windows

          Topic 1A: Launch a Program

          Topic 1B: Create a Document

          Topic 1C: Save a Document

          Topic 1D: Preview and Print a Document

          Topic 1E: Cut, Copy, and Paste Information


Lesson 2: Organizing Files

          Topic 2A: Find Files

          Topic 2B: Create Folders

          Topic 2C: Move Files

          Topic 2D: Create Shortcuts


Lesson 3: Working with Windows Messenger

          Topic 3A: Create a Microsoft Passport Account

          Topic 3B: Add Contacts

          Topic 3C: Send and Receive Instant Messages

          Topic 3D: Change Windows Messenger Options


Lesson 4: Creating an Efficient Work Environment

          Topic 4A: Change Mouse Properties

          Topic 4B: Change a Volume Property

          Topic 4C: Change the Display Properties

          Topic 4D: Switch Users

          Topic 4E: Work with Accessibility Programs


Lesson 5: Researching and Using Windows Media Player

          Topic 5A: Use Help and Support

          Topic 5B: Create Your Favorites

          Topic 5C: Play a Video

          Topic 5D: Apply a Skin


Lesson 6: Cleaning Up Your System

          Topic 6A: Check System Capacity

          Topic 6B: Analyze Your Hard Drive

          Topic 6C: Delete Your Files and Folders

          Topic 6D: Empty the Recycle Bin


Lesson 7: Finding Information on the Internet

          Topic 7A: Browse the Internet

          Topic 7B: Move to Specific Internet Sites

          Topic 7C: Use Favorites to Return to Internet Sites

          Topic 7D: Shut Down Windows