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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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Windows brings up its Installation Wizard that works amazingly like the Add Printers Wizard. Click the manufacturer name on the window’s left side and choose the model on the right. Choose the correct COM port if you know where you’ve plugged in the device; otherwise, choose Automatic Port Detection. If you’ve turned on your camera or scanner and plugged in its cable correctly, Windows should recognize it and place an
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icon for it in both your My Computer area and your Control Panel’s Scanners and Camera area.
Unfortunately, the installation of cameras and scanners doesn’t always work this easily. If yours isn’t automatically accepted, use the software that came with your scanner or camera. It should still work — you just won’t be able to use Windows XP’s built-in software.
To grab the pictures from your installed camera, turn it on and open your My Pictures folder. Choose Get Pictures from Camera or Scanner. Windows recognizes the pictures and displays tiny thumbnail pictures of them across the screen.
To pick and choose among the keepers, hold down Ctrl while clicking the good ones. In fact, because many cameras take such a l-o-o-o-n-g time to download, that trick comes in handy for quick grabs. Save the pictures in your My Pictures folder.
Making Windows XP recognize your double-click
Clicking twice with a mouse button is called a double-click; most users do a lot of double-clicking in Windows XP. But sometimes you can’t click fast enough to satisfy Windows XP. It thinks that your double-clicks are just two single clicks. If you have this problem, head for the Control Panel’s Mouse icon that lives in the Printers and Other Hardware category.
Double-clicking the Mouse icon brings up the settings for your mouse, as shown in Figure 14-14. Because different computers come with different brands of mice, the following instructions may not work for you, but you can generally access the same types of options for any mouse. Try pressing F1 for help if an option seems confusing.
To check the double-click speed, double-click the box with the little folder. After Windows XP recognizes your double-click, the folder opens. Double-click again, and the folder closes.
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Figure 14-14:
Slide the Speed slider bar left toward Slow until Windows XP successfully recognizes your double-click efforts. Click the OK button when you’re through, and you’re back in business.
A Can’t double-click the Mouse icon quickly enough for Windows XP to open the darn thing up? Just click once and poke the Enter key with your finger. Or click once with the right button and choose Open from the menu that shoots out of the Mouse icon’s head. Yep, you can do the same thing in Windows XP a lot of different ways.
A If you’re left-handed, select the Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons check box (shown along the top of Figure 14-14) and click the Apply button. Then you can hold the mouse in your left hand and still click with your index finger.
A The mouse arrow doesn’t have to move at the same speed as the mouse. To make the arrow zip across the screen with just a tiny push, click the Pointer Options tab along the top. Then, in the Pointer Speed box, slide the little box toward the side of the scroll bar marked Fast. To slow down the mouse, allowing for more precise pointing, slide the box toward the Slow side.
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A Some brands of mice come with fancier features and their own different settings pages. The Microsoft IntelliMouse, as I describe in Chapter 2, lets you control on-screen action by spinning a wheel embedded in the poor mouse’s neck. Laptop users with touch pads and trackballs find their adjustment areas here, too.
A Mouse acting up something fierce? Pointer darting around obstinately like an excited dachshund on a walk? Maybe you need to clean your mouse, a simple maintenance task I describe in Chapter 15.
Phone and modem options
You’ll rarely use this phone and modem option unless you’re on a laptop and need to enter a different area code. If so, then click the Phone and Modem Options icon, click the Dialing Rules, and click New to add your new location.
If your modem seems to be acting odd, click the Modems tab and click Troubleshoot to see if Windows can figure out what’s wrong.
User Accounts
S." ) Come here to change the accounts of people you’re letting log onto “ your computer. You can add passwords, create new accounts, add cool pictures to an account on the Welcome screen, and change the way users access Windows. I cover it all in Chapter 9.
Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options
Designed mainly for laptop users who travel with their computers, this —' area lets you change your computer’s date and time, and add support for other languages. Chances are that you’ll fiddle with the icons in this area once and forget it.
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