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Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Before beginning to use Adobe Premiere Elements Classroom in a Book, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and close files. The lessons reference the file extensions when describing file names. You can set Windows to display, or not display, file extensions. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation included with your Microsoft Windows documentation.

Requirements on your computer

You'll need about 4.7 GB (4,700 MB) of free space on your hard disk for the lesson files and the work files you'll create. The lesson files are on the DVD attached to the inside back cover of this book. These video files are necessary for your work in the lessons.

Required skills

The lessons in the Adobe Premiere Elements Classroom in a Book assume that you have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. This book does not teach the most basic and generic computer skills. If you can answer yes to the following questions, then you're probably well qualified to start working on the projects in these lessons. Most users should complete the lessons in the order they occur in the book.

  • Do you know how to use the Microsoft Windows Start button and the Windows taskbar? Can you open menus and submenus, and choose items on those menus?

  • Do you know how to use My Computer, Windows Explorer, or Internet Explorer to find items stored in folders on your computer?

  • Are you comfortable using the mouse to move the pointer, select items, drag, and deselect? Have you used context menus (sometimes called shortcut menus), which open when you right-click items?

  • When you have two or more open applications, do you know how to switch from one to another? Do you know how to switch to the Windows desktop?

  • Do you know how to open, close, and minimize individual windows? Can you move them to different locations on your screen? Can you resize a window (by dragging)?

  • Can you scroll (vertically and horizontally) to see the rest of the document or page?

  • Are you familiar with the menus across the top of an application and how to use them?

  • Have you used dialog boxes, such as the Print dialog box? Do you know how to click arrow icons to open a pop-up menu within a dialog box?

  • Can you open, save, and close a file? Are you familiar with word processing tasks, such as typing, selecting words, backspacing, deleting, copying, pasting, and changing text?

  • Do you know how to open and find information in Microsoft Windows Help?

If there are gaps in your mastery of these skills, see the Microsoft documentation for your version of Windows. Or, ask a computer-savvy friend or your instructor for help.

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