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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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Or, use the taskbar, which I cover in Chapter 10. The taskbar is that long strip along the bottom of your screen. The taskbar lists the name of every window currently open. Click the name of the window you want, and that window hops to the top of the pile.
In Chapter 7, you find more soldiers to enlist in the battle against misplaced windows, files, and programs.
The Taskbar Keeps Disappearing!
The taskbar is a handy Windows XP program that’s always running. Usually, the taskbar sits along the bottom of your screen — if you can just find the darn thing. The taskbar sometimes vanishes from the screen. Here are a few ways to bring it back.
If you can only see a slim edge of the taskbar — the rest of it hangs off the edge of the screen, for example — place the mouse pointer on the edge you can see. After the mouse pointer turns into a two-headed
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arrow, hold down your mouse button and move the mouse toward the screen’s center to drag the taskbar back into view.
A If your taskbar disappears whenever you’re not specifically pointing at it, turn off its Auto Hide feature: Click a blank part of the taskbar with your right mouse button and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. When the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window appears, click in the Auto Hide box until a little check mark disappears. (Or, to turn on the Auto Hide feature, add the check mark.)
A While you’re in the Taskbar’s Properties window, make sure that a check mark appears in the Keep the Taskbar on Top of Other Windows check box. That way, the taskbar always rides visibly on the desktop, making it much easier to spot.
A To keep the taskbar locked into place so that it won’t move, right-click the taskbar, choose Properties, and select Lock the Taskbar. Remember, though, that before you can make any changes to the taskbar, you must first unlock it.
A Running two monitors on Windows XP? Don’t forget the taskbar can be on any monitor’s edge — that includes the second monitor. Make sure that you point at every edge before giving up.
My Print Screen Key Doesn’t Work
Windows XP takes over the Print Screen key (labeled PrtSc, PrtScr, or something even more supernatural on some keyboards). Instead of sending the stuff on the screen to the printer, the Print Screen key sends it to Windows XP’s memory, where you can paste it into other windows.
A If you hold the Alt key while pressing the Print Screen key, Windows XP sends the current window — not the entire screen — to the Clipboard.
A If you really want a printout of the screen, press the Print Screen button to send a picture of the screen to its memory. Then, open Paint or WordPad, choose Paste from the Edit menu, and print from that program.
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Lining Up Two Windows on the Screen Is Too Hard
With all its cut-and-paste stuff, Windows XP makes it easy for you to grab information from one program and slap it into another. With its drag-and-drop stuff, you can grab an address from a database and drag it into a letter in your word processor.
The hard part of Windows XP is lining up two windows on the screen, side by side. That’s where you need to call in the taskbar. First, open the two windows and place them anywhere on the screen. Then turn all the other windows into icons (minimize them) by clicking the button with the little line that lives in the top-right corners of those windows.
Now, click a blank area of the taskbar with your right mouse button and then click one of the two Tile commands listed on the menu. The two windows line up on the screen perfectly.
The Folder Lists the Wrong Stuff on My Floppy Disk
Windows sometimes gets confused and doesn’t always list the files currently sitting on a disk drive or folder. To prod a program into taking a second look, simply press the F5 key — the Refresh key — along the top of your keyboard.
It Won't Let Me Do Something Unless I'm An Administrator!
Windows XP gets really picky about who gets to do what on your computer. The computer’s owner gets the Administrator account. Everybody else gets a Limited account. What does that mean? Well, only the administrator can do these things on the computer:
A Install programs and hardware
A Create or change accounts for other users
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A Install Plug and Play-type hardware, such as some digital cameras and MP3 players
A Turn off the guest account
A Read everybody else’s private files
Most other people have Limited accounts. Those accounts, usually bearing the person’s name, are created by the administrator especially for that person. People with limited accounts can do these things:
A Access installed programs
A Change their account’s picture and password
Guest accounts are for the babysitter or anybody else you don't intend to let permanently use your computer. Guests can log on to browse the Internet or check e-mail and run installed programs.
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