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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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Chapter 14: Customizing Windows XP (Fiddling with the Control Panel)
whether Windows finds the device. If it does, rejoice — and click the device’s name for Windows to install it.
If Windows still can’t locate your newly installed part, however, you need to contact the manufacturer of your new part and ask for a Windows XP driver.
Fiddling with printers and faxes
Most of the time, your printer works fine. Especially after you turn it on and try printing again. In fact, most people will never need to read this section. Even if you’re installing a USB printer — one that plugs into your Universal Serial Bus port — you don’t need to mess around in here. After you turn on your printer and plug it into your computer’s USB port, Windows automatically recognizes it and sets up everything accordingly.
Occasionally, however, you may need to tweak some printer settings, install a new printer, or remove an old one. In any of those instances, start by clicking the Control Panel’s Printers and Faxes icon from the Printers and Other Hardware category.
If you’re installing a new printer, grab the Windows XP compact disc or floppy disks that came in the box; you’ll probably need them during the installation.
Unless instructed otherwise, always choose LPT1: as your printer port.
1. Click the Add Printer icon.
Magic! A Windows XP wizard appears, ready to set up your new printer.
2. Click Next and follow the wizard’s instructions.
For example, click to tell Windows whether your printer is physically connected to your computer, or whether it’s shared with other computers over a network.
Chapter 14: Customizing Windows XP (Fiddling with the Control Panel)
3. Click Next and follow the wizard’s instructions.
The Add Printer Wizard box lists the names of printer manufacturers on the left; click the name of your printer’s manufacturer. The right side of the box lists the printer models of that manufacturer.
4. Double-click your printer’s name when you see it listed. Windows XP asks you to stick the appropriate set-up disks into a drive, and the drive makes some grinding noises.
After a moment, you see the new printer listed in the box.
5. Click the new printer’s icon and select the Set As Default Printer option from the window’s File menu.
That’s it. If you’re like most people, your printer will work like a charm.
If you have more than one printer attached to your computer, right-click on the name of your most oft-used printer and select Set As Default Printer from the menu. That choice tells Windows XP to print to that particular printer, unless instructed otherwise.
A To remove a printer you no longer use, right-click on its name and then choose Delete from the menu. That printer’s name no longer appears as an option when you try to print from a Windows XP-based program.
A To share a printer over a network, right-click on its icon and
choose Sharing. Select the Share This Printer option and click OK. That printer shows up as an option for all the computers on your network.
A You can change printer options from within many programs. Choose File in a program’s menu bar and then choose Print Setup or choose Print. From there, you can often access the same box of printer options as you find in the Control Panel. You can also find ways to change elements, such as paper sizes, fonts, and types of graphics.
Chapter 14: Customizing Windows XP (Fiddling with the Control Panel)
A Check out your printer’s installation guide. Some manufacturers prefer that you use their own software and steer clear of the Add Printer Wizard. Unless the printer’s manual says not to, install the printer’s software before using the Add Printer Wizard. (When you use the Add Printer Wizard, you may find that the new printer has already been set up, so you needn’t proceed further.)
A Working with printers can be more complicated than trying to retrieve a stray hamster from beneath the kitchen sink. Feel free to use any of the Help buttons in the dialog boxes. Chances are that the Help buttons offer some helpful advice, and many are actually customized for your particular brand of printer. Too bad they can’t catch hamsters.
Game controllers
Although Windows XP is based on a business-oriented operating system designed for networking, Microsoft has tried to design it for those who are playing on the network as well.
Because today’s joysticks and game pads do much more than let you wiggle a stick and push a button, the Game Controllers icon lets gamers calibrate their fancy game controllers. If you own different controllers for different games, visit here to choose which one to use for which game. If you’re constantly losing, click the Troubleshooter button to diagnose and repair any problems.
Scanners and cameras
p-fjaS Windows usually detects scanners and new-fangled digital cameras ~ ^ when they’re first turned on and plugged into your computer. Other times, scanners and cameras come with their own installation software that places their icons here. Still other cameras need to be formally introduced to Windows — just click the Scanners and Cameras icon and then click the Add an Imaging Device option.
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