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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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Part of an elevator’s attraction still comes from its simplicity. To stop at the third floor, you merely press the button marked 3. No problems there.
Windows XP takes the elevator button concept to an extreme, unfortunately, and it loses something in the process. First, some of the Windows XP buttons don’t even look like buttons. Most of the Windows XP buttons have ambiguous little pictures on them rather than clearly
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marked labels. And the worst part is the Windows XP terminology: The phrase “push the button” becomes “click the scroll bar above or below the scroll box on the vertical scroll bars.” Yuck!
When braving your way through Windows XP, don’t bother learning all these dorky terms. Instead, treat this chapter as a field guide, something you can grab when you stumble across a confusing new button or box that you’ve never encountered before. Just page through until you find its picture. Read the description to find out whether that particular creature is deadly or just mildly poisonous. Then read to find out where you’re supposed to poke it with the mouse pointer.
You’ll get used to the critter after you’ve clicked it a few times. Just don’t bother remembering the scientific name vertical scroll bar, and you’ll be fine.
Nobody wants a field guide without pictures, so Figure 5-1 shows a typical window with its most important parts labeled (all 11 of them, unfortunately).
A Typical Window
Close button
i— Control menu Maximize button
Figure 5-1:
Title bar Minimize button
Here’s how the ever-precise computer
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Scroll arrow
nerds
address the different parts of a window.
Vertical scroll bar
Window corner
Workspace
Border
Just as boxers grimace differently depending on where they’ve been punched, windows behave differently depending on where they’ve been
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clicked. The following sections describe the correct places to click and, if that doesn’t work, the best places to punch.
A Windows XP is full of little weird-shaped buttons, borders, and boxes. You don’t have to remember their Latin or Greek etymologies. The important part is just finding out what part you’re supposed to click. Then you can start worrying about whether you’re supposed to single-click or double-click. (And that little dilemma is explained near the end of this chapter.)
A Not sure whether you should single-click or double-click? This trick always works: Click cautiously once. If that doesn’t do the trick — the click doesn’t prod your program into action, for instance —then double-click by clicking twice in rapid succession.
A After you click a few windows a few times, you realize how easy it really is to boss them around. The hard part is finding out everything for the first time, just like when you stalled the car while learning how to use the stick shift.
Bars
Windows XP is filled with bars; perhaps that’s why some of its programs seem a bit groggy and hung over. Bars are thick stripes along the edges of a window. You find several different types of bars in Windows XP.
Moving windows with the title bar
The title bar is that topmost strip in any window (see Figure 5-2). It lists the name of the program, as well as the name of any open file. For example, the title bar in Figure 5-2 comes from the Windows XP Notepad. It contains an untitled file because you haven’t had a chance to save the file yet. (For example, the file may be full of notes you’ve jotted down from an energetic phone conversation with Ed McMahon.)
Figure 5-2:
A title bar lists the program’s name.
New Text Document - Notepad
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Windows XP often chooses the name New Text Document for untitled Notepad files; you choose a more descriptive name for that file when you save it for the first time. That new filename then replaces the admittedly vague New Text Document in the title bar.
A In addition to displaying the name of your work, the title bar
serves as a handle for moving a window around on-screen. Point at the title bar, hold down the mouse button, and move the mouse around. An outline of the window moves as you move the mouse. When you’ve placed the outline in a convenient spot for working, let go of the mouse button. The window leaps to that new spot and sets up camp.
A When you’re working on a window, its title bar is highlighted, meaning that it’s a different color from the title bar of any other open window. By glancing at all the title bars on-screen, you can quickly tell which window is currently being used.
To enlarge a window so that it completely fills the screen, double-click its title bar. The window expands to full size, making it easier to read and covering up everything else on the desktop. Maximized windows can’t be moved, however; double-click their title bars once again to return them to window size. Then they can be moved once again.
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