Full list of exercises and reflection questions

General Information

In this section, you will find all of the exercises and reflection questions that you did throughout the tutorial. We recommend that you try doing them again to check whether you've really understood the concepts and the functionalities.


  • Open any folder (ideally one that has some images in it, but this is not necessary). Now try the different folder views available using the View button . In particular, look at the differences in the amount of information about a file or folder that each view gives you.
  • Open any window and try using the different options described above to change the size of the window, hide and un-hide it, make it full screen and then shrink it.
  • Try to open several windows at once (for example an internet browser window, and several different folders or files). Try changing between the windows using the Task bar.
  • Open the Start menu on your computer and have a look at the applications, folders and options that are there.
  • Double-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and have a look at the drives and folders that appear.
  • Find out how much space you have available on your computer, both in total and the amount of free space.
  • Open any text editor (for example NotePad) and write a short sentence. Use the Select All shortcut to select all of the text, then the Copy shortcut to copy it. Move to the next line in your text using the keyboard, and then use the Paste shortcut to paste the text that you just copied. You should now see your original sentence twice in the document. Highlight the last word in your sentence using the mouse and then use the Cut shortcut to remove it. Now use the Undo shortcut to put it back. Use the Save shortcut to save your file. You don't have to actually save the file, just make sure that you can activate the option to save the file using the shortcut.
  • Open an application such as Windows Explorer and press the F1 key.
  • Open an application such as Microsoft Word and use the hotkeys to access different menus.
  • Open Windows Explorer and browse the tree by clicking on different folders and the little + symbol. Don't forget to look in the right pane to see how it changes as you browse.
  • Create a folder called MyTestFolder. Open your new folder and create a folder inside it called MyTestSubfolder. Rename MyTestSubfolder to MySubfolder. Copy MySubfolder and paste it in the same folder as the original (i.e inside MyTestFolder). Rename the copy to MyNewFolder. Now move MyNewFolder into MySubFolder. Finally, delete MyTestFolder.
  • Open the NotePad application by going to Start then All Programs, then Accessories and selecting NotePad. Write any sentence you want, then save the file by giving it the name TutorialExample and the extension .txt and saving it on the desktop. Don't delete the file yet, you'll need it later!  Note: on ETI computers go to the Start menu, then Programs, then Accessories and select NotePad
  • Make a copy of the file TutorialExample.txt which you created in the previous exercise and which should still be on your desktop. Then paste the copy, also on your desktop. Now rename the copy of TutorialExample.txt to AnotherTutorial.txt. Now delete both files (TutorialExample.txt and AnotherTutorial.txt).
  • Try using the search feature to find all files on your computer that were created within the last week.
  • Open any folder and use the different methods to see the file sizes of the various items in the folder.
  • Try to zip a any file or folder using the compression software provided on the ETI computers (PowerArchiver). On a computer in the ETI computer lab, select any file or folder (or create on as a test file) and then right-click on it and select the option Compress to 'Filename.zip' from the contextual menu. Now, try to open the zipped file by double-clicking on it. The PowerArchiver application will start, and you will be able to see the content of your zip file in the PowerArchiver window. Have a look at the different options available in PowerArchiver. Now use the Extract button to unzip your file.
  • Open any application such as Microsoft Word or an Internet browser and check what version it is.
  • Open any application (Microsoft Word, Mozilla Firefox, Paint etc) and browse the help that is available in it.
  • Open each of the applications, have a look at the menu options that each one offers, and try using the application to do something simple.
  • Open the Control Panel on your computer and look at the different options available and the different settings that are possible using each option.
  • Pick any application and create a shortcut to it on the desktop.
  • Change the desktop background on your computer to one that you like either by selecting one from the available default images or by adding one of your own images/photos as a background.
  • Change the screensaver on your computer to one that you like either by selecting one from the available defaults or by creating one using your own images.
  • Change the volume on your computer.
  • Find the headphone and microphone jacks on your computer.
  • Try changing the brightness of your screen.
  • Go to the Start menu and then select the My Music folder in the top right area. In the My Music folder, open the folder called Sample Music. Open one of the audio files in the folder by double-clicking on it. Note: on the ETI computers, go to Start, then Documents, then My Documents and then select the My Music folder.
  • Go to the Start menu and then select the My Pictures folder in the top right area. In the My Pictures folder, open the folder called Sample Pictures. Open one of the image files in the folder by double-clicking on it. Note: on the ETI computers go to Start, then Documents, then My Documents and then select the My Pictures folder.
  • Open the Windows Firewall option and check to see whether the firewall on your computer is active. If it is not, activate it.
  • Check to see if you have an anti-virus application installed on your computer. If you do, update it. If you don't, you should download or buy one and install it as soon as possible.
  • Open an internet browser, type the url http://mail.google.com/ and press the enter key. You will see that you are taken to the Gmail log-in page, which is a secure site.
  • Open the security settings in your internet browser and look at the options that are available and selected. If you think that your settings do not give you enough protection go ahead and change them.
  • Find the Print Screen key on your keyboard, and press it. You have just taken a screenshot of your screen. To see the screenshot open the Paint application by going to the Start menu, then All Programs, then Accessories and finally selecting Paint. Now select the Paste option from the Edit menu. You will see the screenshot appear in the application. You can try to save it if you want, or just close Paint. Note: on ETI computers to the Start menu, then Programs, then Accessories and select Paint.
  • Open your browser and in the space for the address type www.google.com and then press the enter key. You have just entered the address for the Google search engine website and are taken to that site.
  • Open a web browser, go to the website www.unige.ch and save the site as a bookmark/favorite.
  • Open a browser and go to the Google website (www.google.com). Now create a new tab and use that tab to open the University of Geneva website (www.unige.ch). Now go back to the Google website by accessing the first tab.
  • Open your H: drive on one of the ETI computers and explore the files and folders that are in it. Remember not to change anything in the Config folder.
  • Take any file (or create one just for this exercise), and use the university service to convert it to a .pdf. Open both your original file and the new .pdf file to see the similarities and differences between the two types of files.


Reflection Questions

1. What is the difference between the List and Details view?
2. What can you get with the Thumbnails or Filmstrip view that you can't get with any other view?

3. What is the difference between closing a window and hiding it?

4. Can you create a folder on any drive you want from the My Computer window?

5. In the example above (section Amount of Space on your computer under Desktop), how much free space is there left on the computer in total?

6. Are the files MyFile.doc and MyFile.txt are the same file because they are both called MyFile?

7. When you use Save or the Ctrl-S shortcut can you select the location to which you want to save the file?

8. You create a backup of your file MyTranslation.txt. You then modify the original by adding a new paragraph, and save it. Then, you accidentally delete the file and empty the recycle bin. You have now lost MyTranslation.txt. But, you have the backup, which you load into your computer. Will the version of MyTranslation.txt that you just loaded on your computer contain the last paragraph that you added?

9. Why is it a good idea to make a backup of your files before making any major changes to your computer, or traveling with your computer?