Teach operating system structure using the following steps.

  1. Review the previous lesson (Setting Up the Workstation).
  2. Explore the operating system software environment.
  3. Provide instruction on navigating the desktop, start menu, system tray, side bar (enabling and disabling), notification area, and task bar.
  4. Provide instruction on system dialog boxes and controls including
    • using multitabbed dialog boxes;
    • identifying and moving between dialog box controls;
    • using combo boxes, checklists, edit boxes, and radio buttons; and
    • using a screen reader to read the entire dialog box, if applicable.
  5. Explore documents, files, folders, directories, and paths including
    • reading through tree views and list views;
    • locating removable storage, local disk drives, and CD-ROM drive; and
    • safely removing devices.
  6. Provide instructions on program windows and their structure including
    • knowing the difference between program windows and dialog boxes;
    • using status and scroll bars;
    • minimizing, maximizing, moving, and restoring windows;
    • switching between applications; and
    • accessing the components of a program window using the keyboard.
  7. Provide instruction on keyboard commands for operating system functions.
  8. Provide instruction on getting help online and in the operating system.