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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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To create a desktop shortcut to a special file, folder, or program, open My Computer (or Explorer) and right-click on your coveted item’s icon. Choose Send To from the pop-up menu, and select Desktop (Create Shortcut). A shortcut to that item appears on your desktop. Fun!
A Internet-crazy Windows XP even lets you create shortcuts to your favorite spots on the Internet and sprinkle them around your desktop for easy access. Just point at the icon next to the Internet site’s address in Internet Explorer and drag it to the desktop.
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A The ever-helpful Start button automatically makes shortcuts to the programs you use most often. Click the Start button, and you see shortcuts waiting for you. To adjust the number of listed shortcuts, right-click on the Start button, click Properties, click the Start Menu tab, and click the Customize button. That lets you adjust the number of stored shortcuts from 0 to 30. (Hit the Clear button to wipe the list clean and start over.)
A A shortcut isn’t a program. It’s a push button that starts a program. If you delete a shortcut, you haven’t deleted the program; you’ve just removed a button that pointed to that program. You can still access the program through My Computer or Windows Explorer.
Temp Files
Like children who don’t put away the peanut butter jar, Windows XP also leaves things lying around. They’re called temp files—secret files that Windows XP creates to store stuff in while it’s running. Windows XP normally deletes them automatically when you leave the program. It occasionally forgets, however, and leaves them cluttering up your hard drive. Stern lectures leave very little impression.
A Temp files usually (but not always) end with the letters TMP. Filenames resemble words, such as ~DOC0D37.TMP, ~WRI3F0E.TMP , ~$DIBLCA.ASD, and similar-looking files that usually start with the wavy ~ thing. (Typographically correct people call it a tilde.)
A To free up wasted disk space, use Windows XP’s Disk Cleanup option. Open My Computer from the Start menu, right-click on a disk drive, choose Properties, and click the Disk Cleanup button. It lets you delete bunches of old, unnecessary maintenance files, including temporary files.
The Windows
Windows XP enables you to run several programs at the same time by placing them in windows. A window is just a little on-screen box.
You can move the boxes around. You can make them bigger or smaller. You can make them fill your entire screen. You can make them turn into
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little icons at the bottom of your screen. You can spend hours playing with windows. In fact, most frustrated new Windows XP users do.
A You can put as many windows on-screen as you want, peeping at all of them at the same time or just looking into each one individually. This activity appeals to the voyeur in all of us. Remember, though, the more windows you have open, the slower Windows will operate.
A For instructions on how to move windows or resize them, head to Chapter 6. To retrieve lost windows from the pile, head immediately to Chapter 7.
The World Wide Web
The World Wide Web, known simply as the Web, is merely a way for sending and receiving pictures, sound, and other information on the Internet network. (See the section “The Internet,” earlier in this chapter, or see Chapter 12 if you’re really interested.)
Part II
Making Windows XP Do Something
In this part...
indows XP is more fun than cheap tattoos from the bottom yfjf of a Cracker Jack box. You can play with its built-in pinball game, play backgammon with unknown opponents through the Internet, and edit your home movies to e-mail to friends.
Unfortunately, some spoilsport friend will eventually mutter the words that bring everything back to Earth: “Let’s see Windows XP do something useful, like balance a checkbook or teach the kids to rinse off their plates and put them in the dishwasher.”
Toss this eminently practical part at them to quiet ’em down.
Chapter 4
Starting Windows XP
In This Chapter
B Starting Windows XP and logging off B Starting a program B Finding the secret pull-down menus B Loading a file
B Putting two programs on the screen B Printing and saving your work
Жicrosoft designed Windows XP to link large chains of computers in a corporation. Yet, it’s equally suited to run on a single computer in a living room. But whether your computer lives in solitude or mingles with other computers, Windows XP looks and acts pretty much the same, and that’s where this chapter comes in.
Here you find a crash course in opening Windows XP, doing some work, and closing down when you’re through. You discover how to make Windows XP not only recognize you, but also make you feel at home, as it changes its colors to meet your personal preferences.
This chapter explains where your Windows XP programs live and how to address them properly. You discover how to coax Windows XP into running two or more programs simultaneously without complaining. You find out how to send your work to the printer so you can convince doubting coworkers that you are, indeed, capable of making Windows XP do something useful.
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