Northstar Learning Guide


The resources on this page will introduce you to the basics of using and navigating within the Windows operating system. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.

Module 3A: Windows


Northstar Standard:Learning Resource:
1. Identify the operating system used by a computer
  • What is Windows?
  • Understanding Operating Systems
  • Finding Basic Information About Your Computer
  • 2. Shutdown, restart, and log off a computer
  • Getting to Know the OS
  • Start and Shut Down a Computer
  • 3. Open, close and switch between windows
  • Getting to Know the OS
  • Introduction to Using Microsoft Windows
  • 4. Minimize and maximize windows
  • Using a Window
  • Introduction to Using Microsoft Windows
  • 5. Identify the toolbar and menus
  • Introduction to Using Microsoft Windows
  • 6. Identify the taskbar
  • Windows Taskbar
  • The New Taskbar in Windows
  • 7. Start, and exit programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Getting to Know the OS
  • 8. Identify drives on a computer: CD/DVD, floppy, hard drive (C), USB drives, network drives (A, B, D, F, H, etc.)
  • Save your Work to a Flash Drive
  • Removing an External Storage Device
  • How to Transfer Files between Computers
  • Introduction to Using Microsoft Windows
  • 9. Access the help menu
  • Introduction to Using Microsoft Windows
  • 10. Identify the desktop
  • Windows Desktop
  • Windows Basics for First-time Users
  • Getting Started with Windows
  • 11. Demonstrate knowledge of Windows file organizational system and use it to locate files/documents (desktop, My Document, My Computer)
  • Windows: Files and Folders
  • Understanding Files, Folders and Directories
  • 12. Use "Search" to locate a file or document
  • Getting to Know the OS
  • Windows Basics for First-time Users
  • Finding your Files with Search and Libraries
  • 13. Delete documents or files
  • Deleting
  • Recycle Bin
  • 14. Open programs
  • Getting to Know the OS
  • 15. Identify basic office software programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint), demonstrate knowledge of their functions, and identify their corresponding file extensions
  • File Extensions
  • Understanding Applications
  • 16. Open files using appropriate programs
  • Understanding Applications
  • Introduction to Using Microsoft Windows