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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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A When you print something in Windows XP, you’re actually activating yet another program, which sits around and feeds stuff to your printer. You may see the program as a little printer icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
A Many programs, such as WordPad, have little pictures of a printer along their tops. Clicking that printer icon is a quick way of telling the program to shuffle your work to the printer.
Saving Your Work
Anytime you create something in a Windows XP program, be it a picture of a spoon or a letter to The New York Times begging for a decent comics page, you’ll want to save it to disk.
Saving your work means placing a copy of it onto a disk, either the mysterious hard disk inside your computer, a floppy disk, or a CD.
Luckily, Windows XP makes it easy for you to save your work. Click File from the menu bar along the top of your program. When the secret pulldown menu appears, click Save. Your mouse pointer turns into an hourglass, asking you to hold your horses while Windows XP shuffles your work from the program to your chosen disk for safekeeping.
A If you’re saving your work for the first time, you see a familiar-looking box: It’s the same box you see when opening a file. See how the letters in the File Name box are highlighted? The computer is always paying attention to the highlighted areas, so anything you type appears in that box. Type in a name for the file and press Enter.
A If Windows XP throws a box in your face saying something like The above filename is invalid, you haven’t adhered to the ridiculously strict filename guidelines spelled out in Chapter 11.
Chapter 4: Starting Windows XP
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A Just as files can be loaded from different folders and disk drives, they can be saved to them as well. You can locate different folders, drives, and other storage places by clicking various parts of the Save box. (In fact, the most common storage locations appear as icons along the box’s left edge.) All this stuff is explained in the “Just Tell Me How to Open a File!” section of Chapter 5.
Logging Off of Windows XP
Ah! The most pleasant thing you’ll do with Windows XP all day could very well be to stop using it. And you do that the same way you started: by using the Start button, that friendly little helper that popped up the first time you started Windows XP. There, along the bottom of the Start menu, are two options: Log Off and Turn Off Computer.
Other Windows XP programs come and go, but the Start button is always on your screen somewhere. (And if it’s hiding, hold down Ctrl and press Esc to bring it back from behind the trees.)
Which should you choose? Here’s the scoop:
Log Off: Choose this option when you’re done working with Windows XP for the time being. Windows then asks if you want to Switch User or Log Off, as shown in Figure 4-6. Which option do you choose?
Figure 4-6:
Under normal cir-cum-stances, choose Log Off to save your work and let somebody else use the computer.
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If you’re really through with the computer, choose Log Off. Windows saves your work and your settings, and returns to the Welcome screen for the next user.
Chapter 4: Starting Windows XP
If somebody else just wants to borrow the computer for a few minutes, choose Switch User. The Welcome screen appears, but Windows keeps your open programs waiting in the background. When you switch back, everything’s just as you left it.
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Turn Off Computer: Choose this when nobody else will be using the computer until the next morning. Windows XP saves everything and tells you when it’s okay to turn off your computer.
A Be sure to shut down Windows XP through its official Shut Down program before turning off your computer. Otherwise, Windows XP can’t properly prepare your computer for the event, leading to future troubles.
A When you tell Windows XP that you want to quit, it searches through all your open windows to see whether you’ve saved all your work. If it finds any work you’ve forgotten to save, it tosses a box your way, letting you click the OK button to save it. Whew!
A You don’t have to shut down Windows XP. In fact, some people leave their computers on all the time. Just be sure to turn off your monitor; those things like to cool down when they’re not being used.
Chapter 5
Field Guide to Buttons, Bars, Boxes, Folders, and Files
In This Chapter
B Looking at a typical window B Getting into bars B Changing borders B Getting to know the button family B Disregarding the dopey Control-menu button
B Exploring dialog box stuff: Text boxes, drop-down list boxes, list boxes, and other gibberish B Finding out how to open a file B Changing your folder viewing options B Knowing when to click and when to double-click
B Knowing when to use the left mouse button and when to use the right mouse button
Лs children, just about all of us played with elevator buttons until our parents told us to knock it off. An elevator gives such an awesome feeling of power: Push a little button, watch the mammoth doors slide shut, and feel the responsive push as the spaceship floor begins to surge upward. . . . What fun!
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