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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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A Folder options are aimed at people who really like to fiddle with their computers. Chances are that you can avoid using the folder options.
A If you’ve been comfortable with Windows 98 or Windows 95, always choose the classic styles. If you’re comfortable with Windows XP, leave the default settings. Only choose the other settings if you like to fiddle around with your computer and try new things.
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Adjusting your taskbar and Start menu
Clicking the Control Panel’s Taskbar and Start Menu icon brings up the same dialog box that I discuss in Chapter 10: the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. In that chapter, I explain how to adjust the settings of your taskbar — that long bar along the bottom of your
Feel free to adjust your Start menu here, as well, by clicking the dialog box's Start Menu tab, shown in Figure 14-7. (Right-clicking on your desktop's Start button and choosing Properties brings you to the same page.) Here’s how to adjust your Start menu by selecting the options on that page. (Most people don’t bother fiddling with them.)
Figure 14-7:
Change the look and feel of your Start menu and taskbar.
If you’re accustomed to earlier versions of Windows, select the Classic Start Menu option button. To stick with the Windows XP look, leave the Start Menu option button selected and click its Customize button to begin tweaking.
Choosing Small Icons doesn’t shrink the size of the Start menu, but it lets you pack more icons from recently used programs onto it. In fact, if you choose Small Icons, increase the Number of Programs on Start Menu option below it — small icons leave more room.
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Finally, choose whether you want Internet Explorer and Outlook Express to appear on the Start menu.
Click the Advanced button for heavy-duty customizing. For instance, to get rid of that annoying box that pops up whenever you install a new program, remove the check mark by Highlight Newly Installed Programs.
The Start menu doesn’t have a Restore Defaults button. If you make any changes, write down what you’ve done in case you want to go back to the Windows XP “out of the box” look.
Viewing your computer's fonts
Sure, you see the names of the fonts in your word-processing program. But how can you tell what they will look like before choosing one? To find out, open the Control Panel from the Start menu, click Switch to Classic View, and double-click the Fonts icon.
The Fonts dialog box appears, letting you see the names of your installed fonts. From there, you can install additional fonts, as well.
To be on the safe side, don’t delete any fonts that come with Windows XP — only delete fonts that you install yourself. Windows programs often borrow Windows XP fonts for menus. If you delete those fonts, your menus mysteriously vanish. And for goodness sake, don’t delete any fonts beginning with the letters MS. (Don’t delete the fonts that have red lettering in their icons, either.)
Double-click any font icon to see what that particular font looks like. For example, if you double-click the Impact font icon, Windows XP brings up an eye chart displaying how that font would look on the printed page, as shown in Figure 14-8. (Click the Print button to see what it really looks like on the printed page.)
A Icons marked with the letters TT are TrueType fonts, so they’ll always look the best.
A Note: You’ll probably never need to fiddle with the Fonts icon. Just
know that it’s there in case you ever want to view your fonts.
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Figure 14-8:
Doubleclick a font icon to see what it looks like.
Impact (OpenType)
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NetWork and Internet Connections
Clicking the Network Connections icon brings up the New Connection S' Wizard, which helps you connect to the Internet. (I also discuss this topic in Chapter 12, with all the other Internet stuff.) It also brings up the Network Connections window, which lets you set up a small home or office network, or connect to a network at your office. I cover this in Chapter 9 with other network stuff.
If you’ve already run those wizards, clicking here just shows your network settings, as well as any dial-up connections you’ve made.
Add or Remove Programs
: A Windows XP makes it easier than ever to install programs and keep AS itself up-to-date. Clicking the Add or Remove Programs icon opens the Add or Remove Programs window, shown in Figure 14-9. From there, you can add or remove third-party programs, as well as parts of Windows XP itself.
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