How To: Navigate and use the new features on the Windows 7 desktop

Navigate and use the new features on the Windows 7 desktop

Windows 7 has a ton of new features available, and a lot of them are accessible right from the desktop! With features like Aero Shake, Peek and Snap, it's easy clear a cluttered desktop. There's cool wallpapers to add, a newer and more efficient taskbar, improved gadgets, and more. See for yourself.

With Windows 7, we've made it easier to get more done on the desktop.

New ways to juggle windows:
Overwhelmed by open windows? Windows 7 comes with three simple yet powerful new features called Shake, Peek, and Snap to help you instantly clear through desktop clutter.

Spectacular new wallpapers:
We spend a lot of time staring at our PCs. Aesthetics shouldn't just be an afterthought. That's why Windows 7 includes a slew of new desktop backgrounds—wallpapers—that range from sublime to silly. Or try the new desktop slide show, which displays a rotating series of pictures (ours or yours). Your desktop will never be dull again.

Retooled taskbar:
Since Windows 95, the taskbar has served as the go-to spot for launching programs and switching windows. Times and PC habits have changed. So in Windows 7, the taskbar has been completely redesigned to help you work smarter, cut clutter, and get more done.

Improved Gadgets:
Gadgets, the popular mini-programs introduced in Windows Vista, are now more flexible and fun. Based on your feedback, we've done away with the Sidebar, so you can stick your gadgets anywhere on the desktop.

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