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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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Never quit a program by just flicking off your computer’s power switch. Doing so can foul up your computer’s innards. Instead, you must leave the program responsibly so that it has time to perform its housekeeping chores before it shuts down.
Chapter 3: Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
A When you press Alt+F4 or click the little X in the upper-right corner, the program asks whether you want to save any changes you’ve made to the file. Normally, you click the button that says something like, “Yes, by all means, save the work I’ve spent the last three hours trying to create.” (If you’ve muffed things up horribly, click the No button. Windows XP disregards any work you’ve done and lets you start over from scratch.)
A If, by some broad stretch of your fingers, you press Alt+F4 by accident, click the button that says Cancel, and the program pretends that you never tried to leave it. You can continue as if nothing happened.
A Windows XP still lets you close most Windows programs by double-clicking the icons in their uppermost left corners. However, it’s usually easier to single-click the X in the program’s uppermost right corner. But either action tells the program that you want to close it down.
A Save your work before exiting a program or turning off your computer. Computers aren’t always smart enough to save it automatically.
Save Command
Save means to send the work you’ve just created on your computer to a disk for safekeeping. Unless you specifically save your work, your computer thinks that you’ve just been fiddling around for the past four hours. You need to specifically tell the computer to save your work before it will safely store the work on a disk.
Thanks to Microsoft’s snapping leather whips, all Windows XP programs use the same Save command, no matter what company wrote them. Press and release the Alt, F, and S keys in any Windows XP program, and the computer saves your work.
Chapter 3: Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
If you’re saving something for the first time, Windows XP asks you to think up a filename for the work and pick a folder to stuff the new file into. Luckily, I cover this stuff in Chapter 4.
A You can save files to a hard disk or a floppy disk; some people save files on Zip drives or on writable compact discs. (Check out Chapter 2 for more drive specifics.) Or if you’re working in a networked office, you can often save files onto other computers.
A If you prefer using the mouse to save files, click the word File from the row of words along the top of the program. After a menu drops down, choose Save. Some programs even have a little picture of a floppy disk along their top edge; clicking the picture saves the file.
A Choose descriptive filenames for your work. Windows XP gives you 255 characters to work with, so a file named June Report on Squeegee Sales is easier to relocate than one named Stuff.
A Some programs, such as Microsoft Word for Windows, have an autosave feature that automatically saves your work every five minutes or so.
Save ^s Command
Huh? Save as what? A chemical compound? Naw, the Save As command just gives you a chance to save your work with a different name and in a different location.
Suppose that you open the Random Musings file in your Miscellaneous Stuff directory and change a few sentences around. You want to save the changes, but you don’t want to lose the original stuff. So you select Save As and type the new name, Additional Random Musings.
A The Save As command is identical to the Save command when you’re first trying to save something new: You can choose a fresh name and location for your work.
A The world’s biggest clams can weigh up to 500 pounds.
Chapter 3: Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
You’ve probably seen this program, usually abruptly, and at the worst times. When your computer crashes, the ScanDisk program hops onto the big blue screen.
Greet it with relief. ScanDisk is a disk detective that examines your hard drive for errors and then repairs them before allowing Windows XP to reappear on the screen.
The shortcut concept is familiar to most people: Why bother walking around the block to get to school when a shortcut through Mr. McGurdy’s backyard can get you there twice as fast?
It’s the same with Windows XP. Instead of wading through a bunch of menus to get somewhere, you can create a shortcut and assign an icon to it. Then, when you double-click the shortcut icon, Windows XP immediately takes you to that location.
You can create a shortcut to the letter you’re currently working on, for example, and leave the shortcut icon sitting on your desktop within easy reach. Double-click the letter’s shortcut icon, and Windows XP automatically wades through your computer’s folders and files, grabs the word processor, and throws your letter onto the screen.
A shortcut is simply a push button that loads a file or program. You can even make shortcuts for accessing your printer or a favorite folder.
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