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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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That makes it a lot easier to find the picture of Kitty eating the bamboo leaves after you dump 63 cat pictures into the same folder.
Although Windows XP displays the thumbnail view automatically when it spies digital pictures in a folder, keeping your pictures in your My Pictures folder is best. That makes it easier to find them later, and keeps them separate from the pictures stored by other users of your computer.
Chapter 21: Ten Most Frequently Asked Windows Questions
If you want everybody on the computer to have access to your pictures, store them in the Shared My Pictures folder.
How Can I Make All My Web Pages Open in a Full-Screen Window?
Internet Explorer always opens Web windows to the same size as they were when they were last closed. So, open Internet Explorer and double-click its title bar — that strip along the top. That makes it fill the screen. Or simply drag the window’s edges until it’s the size you want. (In Chapter 6, I explain how to change a window’s size.) After Internet Explorer is the size you want, quit the program by clicking the little X in its upper-right corner.
When you restart Internet Explorer, it should always open to its previously set size.
(This trick works for many other programs, too.)
What Will I Miss If I Don’t Use the Internet with Windows XP?
I certainly won’t tell anybody. In fact, many people won’t notice. Despite the media hype, plenty of people don’t use the Internet. Don’t get me wrong; I use it an awful lot to look up subjects, such as determining the manufacture dates of potentiometers and finding out whether I should be feeding raw or roasted peanuts to the neighborhood blue jays.
I also read the news, check the weather, and listen to radio stations. Yep, a lot of information is floating around on the Internet, but it’s certainly not everybody’s top priority.
My point? Rest assured that Windows XP works fine without the Internet plugged in. You can still write letters, make spreadsheets, and create databases. You can participate on networks, including ones run around the office. You can even send faxes through your modem.
Chapter 21: Ten Most Frequently Asked Windows Questions
However, Windows XP is designed to run exceptionally well with the Internet. So if you don’t sign up for an Internet account, you’ll miss the extra Internet goodies tossed into Windows XP:
A First, Windows XP needs to be activated during the first 30 days that it’s on your computer. Although you can do this by telephone, it only requires a mouse click if you’re connected to the Internet.
A Windows Update, a special place on the Internet, automatically dishes out files that help your computer stay up-to-date with new improvements to the Windows software. While you’re connected, the Update Wizard peers under your computer’s hood and examines the way everything’s working. Then the Update Wizard recommends or installs any updates your computer might need.
A Windows XP includes Outlook Express, a freebie program for sending and receiving e-mail — if you have a connection to the Internet.
A The Windows XP program’s feature-packed Media Player plays sound and videos through the Internet. Media Player tunes in radio stations from Argentina to Zimbabwe and displays movie trailers, news videos, and TV shows.
A You can download the week’s TV program list so that you can always know when your favorite shows are on. (You can even set alarms to go off when Survivor or The Sopranos begins.)
A Stayed away from the Internet because it was too hard to use? The Windows XP New Connection wizard makes matters much easier when signing up for Internet service. It automatically handles the software configuration steps necessary for gaining access to the Internet. (The New Connection Wizard can still toss you a few jaw-dropping questions that may send you scurrying to Chapter 12, though.)
■ he Windows XP “easy access” Glossary program leaps to the screen ^ in two ways. First, if you spot an unfamiliar word in the Help program — and the word’s underlined — click the word, and Windows XP fetches a definition for you.
The second method is more complicated. Choose Help And Support from the Start button, type Windows Glossary into the Search box, and click the green arrow. After Windows brings up a list of matching items, click the item labeled “Windows Glossary” to see how Windows defines its most puzzling words.
If Windows isn’t particularly handy, feel free to pick up a definition or two right here.
active window: The last window you clicked — the one with a highlighted title bar — is considered active. Any keys that you press affect this window.
Apply: Click this button, and Windows XP immediately applies and saves any changes you made from the current list of options.
background: Formerly known as wallpaper, these graphics, designs, or pictures cover the background of your computer screen. The Windows XP Control Panel lets you choose among different background files.
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