Introduction to the University Computers
Logging in Procedure 1. Type in the necessary information into the Login window. Note the username is your student number. 2. Your password will initially be your date of birth in the format DDMMYY (your password will appear on the screen as asterisks to prevent anyone else reading it). 3. Click OK. If this information has been entered correctly the login window should disappear and you should now have full use of the computer. Identifying the Drives 1. Open My Computer by double-clicking the My Computer Desktop icon. The icons in the window represent the various disks and network drives that are available. Each drive is allocated a letter to identify it. H is your personal area of storage space (identified by your student number).
There are only two places where you can save your work: on removable storage like a flash memory device. on your own private area of the server, the H: drive.
It is very important that you do NOT save any work on the C: drive as this work will be lost when you logoff. This includes My Documents, which is often the default folder in MS Office. Learning website also known as Moodle (learning.ukzn.ac.za) This is a most important resource as notices and course materials are available here. 1. Double-click the Internet Explorer icon on the Desktop and enter learning.ukzn.ac.za in the address box. 2. Login following the instructions given on screen. 3. Choose the module ISTN101 and the ISTN101 Moodle site will be displayed and use the navigation panel on the left-hand side to find information on ISTN101. 4. Close the Internet Explorer window.
ISTN101 Practical 1 – Windows and File Management
In this practical you will practice working with windows and learn some basic file management techniques (creating, copying, moving, deleting & renaming folders and files). Exercise 1 - Windows 1. Open a Notepad application window by clicking on the Start button followed by Programs then Accessories and then Notepad in the Start menu (note this is written as Start | Programs | Accessories | Notepad). The name of this application appears on the taskbar. 2. 3. 4. Enlarge the window to fill the screen (click on Return the window to its original size (click on maximise button). restore button).
Move the window to a different position on the screen (place the mouse pointer on the window’s title bar, click and hold down the left mouse button. Drag the window to where you want it and release mouse button). Clear the window from the Desktop but leave the application active (click minimize ).
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Make the window appear again (click on the Notepad application name on the taskbar). Open Computer (double-click the Computer icon on the Desktop). You should now have 2 windows displayed on the Desktop with the corresponding 2 names on the taskbar. Switch to the other window (click on its window or its name on the taskbar). Note: a bright blue title bar indicates the active window; other windows have a dimmed blue title bar. Move and resize the windows so that you can see both on the Desktop (to resize drag a corner or a side until the required size).
10. Resize the Computer window too small for all the information to be displayed. Scroll bars now appear on right and/or bottom of window. Practice using these scroll bars to display the remaining contents of the window. Exercise 2 - Exploring Drives and Folders Some files and folders have already been created for you to use. They can be found on the Moodle website (Under Prac 1). The staff member will tell you the exact location. 1. Right click on each of the files in the Practical 1 folder of the Moodle Website. Click Save Target As… 2. When you are asked for the location, specify your H: and then click on Save 3. Change the way the contents of folder in the Computer windows are viewed by choosing View | Details.
4. Change the view to one of the other options (List, Tiles, Icons and...
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