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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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How Do I Remember All the Stuff I Can Do to a File?
Windows lets you do zillions of things to a file in a zillion different ways. How do you remember your options when dealing with a file? By just remembering this one detail:
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Right-click on the file. A menu pops up listing all your available options, as shown in Figure 21-1.
Figure 21-1:
Right-click on a file, and a menu lists your available options.

Open
Print
Edit
Open With ►
Send To ►
Cut
Copy
Create Shortcut
Delete
Rename
Properties
Here’s a quick explanation of what those options accomplish.
A Open: This option opens the program that’s linked to the file; it then places the file inside the program, ready for playing or editing. See how Open is printed in bold? That means it’s the default option — it’s the one that automatically takes effect if you get lazy and just press Enter or double-click the file.
A Print: Send the file to the printer by choosing this option.
A Edit:: Select this option to change an item — edit an image, for instance — rather then simply displaying it.
A Open With: Select this option, and a list appears showing the programs most likely to open that program. Choose one of the programs, and Windows uses that program to open your file. Don’t see the right program? Click Choose Program and browse your folders for the right one.
A Send To: Selecting this option lists several commonly used programs. You can immediately send the program to your floppy drive, compress it into a Zip file, place a shortcut to the file on the desktop, mail it to somebody, store it in your My Documents area, or write it onto a CD.
A Cut: This option moves the file to your computer’s memory, ready to be pasted into another program or area.
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A Copy: This option places a copy of the file to your computer’s memory, ready to be pasted somewhere else.
A Create Shortcut: Click here to create a shortcut in the same folder. Then you can copy the shortcut to a new location.
A Delete: Poof! Your file’s sent to the Recycle Bin.
A Rename: This option highlights the file’s name, ready for you to type in a new name.
A Properties: Click here to see the file’s size, creation date, and even more detailed statistics.
If you drag a file while holding down your right mouse button, a similar menu appears, letting you choose whether you’d like to copy the file, move it, create a shortcut, or cancel your drag.
Should I Upgrade to the Windows XP Home or Professional Version?
Windows XP comes in two versions, Home and Professional. There’s not much difference in the way the two versions look or behave.
Part of the difference is mechanical. Windows XP Professional can use two central processing unit (CPU) engines inside your computer, making it run faster and more powerfully.
Much of the remaining difference centers on networking and security. Windows XP Professional includes the features of Windows XP Home, plus it adds a backup program, higher-level of security in networking, multi-language support, and more advanced features.
If you buy XP Home and decide its networking features aren’t powerful enough for your needs, feel free to upgrade to XP Professional. That version installs over XP Home without problems. You can’t go the other way, though: Windows XP Home can’t be installed over Windows XP Professional. You need to free your hard drive of Windows entirely by formatting it and then start over with a spotless Windows-free slate.
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How Do I Add a Picture of My Face to My User Account?
Tired of the little spaceman or soccer ball Windows XP has added to your User Account photo? Putting your own picture there isn’t tough, provided that you have a digital image of yourself stored on your computer.
Don’t have a digital image of yourself? Then find a friend with a digital camera, have her snap your picture, and store the picture in your My Pictures folder as a JPG file. Then follow these steps to put that picture on your account.
1. Click the Start button, choose Control Panel, and select User Accounts.
2. Click Change My Picture.
If you’re the administrator, you might need to click Change an Account, choose an Account, and then choose Change the Picture.
3. Choose an existing picture or choose Browse for More Pictures.
Switch to one of Windows’ listed pictures; or, to choose a picture of yourself, choose the Browse option. Your My Pictures folder opens up, showing its contents.
4. Locate your saved picture, click its name, and click Open.
Windows grabs your picture and sticks it on your account. Plus, your picture appears as an option in your list of available pictures for swapping.
Windows shrinks the entire picture to a thumbnail size to place it onto your account image.
Here are a few more tips for changing your User Account picture:
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