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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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You’ve done it! You’ve loaded a file into a program! Those are the same stone steps you walk across in any Windows XP program, whether it was written by Microsoft or by the teenager down the street. They all work the same way.
A Sometimes, you won’t immediately spot the file you’re after. It’s just not listed in that little box. That means that you’ll have to do a little spelunking. Just as most people store their underwear and Tshirts in different dresser drawers, most computers store their files in different places called folders. (Double-click a folder to see what’s stored inside.) If you’re having trouble finding a file for your program to open, head for the section on folders in Chapter 11.
A See the file you want to open? You can speed things up by simply double-clicking the file’s name; that action tells Windows XP to load the file immediately.
Chapter 4: Starting Windows XP
A Whenever you open a file and change it, even by an accidental press of the spacebar, Windows XP assumes that you’ve consciously changed the file for the better. If you try to open another file into that program, Windows XP cautiously asks whether you want to save the changes you’ve made to the current file. Click the No button unless you do, indeed, want to save that version you’ve haphazardly changed.
A The Open box has a bunch of options in it. You can open files that are stored in different folders or on other disk drives. You can also call up files that were created by certain programs, filtering out the ones you don’t need. Chapter 5 explains all this in the “Just Tell Me How to Open a File!” section.
A Don’t know what those little icons along the top and side are supposed to do? Let the mouse pointer rest over them, and a box will appear, announcing their occupations.
A If you’re still a little murky on the concepts of files, folders, directories, or drives, flip to Chapter 11 for an explanation of the My Computer Program.
Putting two programs on-screen simultaneously
After spending all your money for Windows XP and a computer powerful enough to cart it around, you’re not going to be content with only one program on your screen. You want to fill the screen with programs, all running in their own little windows.
How do you put a second program on the screen? Well, if you’ve opened WordPad by clicking its icon in the Start button’s Accessories area (that area’s listed under the Programs area), you’re probably already itching to load Pinball, Windows’ electronic pinball game. Simply click the Start button and start moving through the menus, as I describe in the “Starting your favorite program with the Start button” section, earlier in this chapter.
Chapter 4: Starting Windows XP
Here goes: Click the Start button, click All Programs, click Games, and click Pinball. Pinball rushes to the screen.
A This section is intentionally short. When working in Windows XP, you almost always have two or more programs on the screen at the same time. There’s nothing really special about it, so there’s no need to belabor the point here.
A If you want to move multiple windows around on the screen, move yourself to Chapter 6.
A If you’ve started up Pinball, you’re probably wondering where the WordPad window disappeared to. It’s now hidden behind the Pinball window. To get it back, check out the information on retrieving lost windows in Chapter 7. (Or, if you see a button called WordPad along the bottom of your screen, click it to put WordPad back in front.)
A The special part comes when you move information between the two programs, which is explained in Chapter 8. (Moving information between windows is known as cutting and pasting in Windows parlance.)
A To switch between windows, just click them. When you click a window, it immediately becomes the active window—the window where all the activity takes place. For more information on switching between windows, switch to Chapter 6.
Printing Your Work
Eventually, you’ll want to transfer a copy of your finely honed work to the printed page so that you can pass it around. Printing something from any Windows XP program (or application, or applet, whatever you want to call it) takes only two clicks. Click the word File from along the program’s top, and then, when the menu drops down, click Print.
Yet another menu appears, this time asking how you’d like your work to be printed. If you have more than one printer, for example, it’s time to choose which one. Do you want all the pages printed, or just some? How many copies? Answer the questions and click the Print button. (Or, if you want everything printed in a single copy to the same printer as always, just click the Print button and ignore the questions.)
Chapter 4: Starting Windows XP
What you see on your screen is whisked to your printer.
A If nothing comes out of the printer after a few minutes, try putting paper in your printer and making sure that it’s turned on. If it still doesn’t work, cautiously tiptoe to Chapter 15.
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