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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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Chapter 5: Field Guide to Buttons, Bars, Boxes, Folders, and Files
ately enough, list boxes. For example, WordPad brings up a list box if you’re inspired enough to want to change its font — the way the letters look (see Figure 5-8).
Figure 5-8:
You can select a font from the list box to change the way letters look in WordPad.
A See how the Comic Sans MS font is highlighted? It’s the currently selected font. Press Enter (or click the OK command button), and WordPad begins using that font when you start typing.
A See the scroll bar along the side of the list box? It works just as it does anywhere else: Click the little scroll arrows (or press the up or down arrow) to move the list up or down so you can see any names that don’t fit in the box.
A Many list boxes have a text box above them. When you click a name in the list box, that name hops into the text box. Sure, you could type the name into the text box yourself, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.
A When confronted with zillions of names in a list box, type the first letter of the name you’re after. Windows XP immediately hops down the list to the first name beginning with that letter.
Drop-down list boxes
List boxes are convenient, but they take up a great deal of room. So, Windows XP sometimes hides list boxes, just as it hides pull-down menus. When you click in the right place, the list box appears, ready for your perusal.
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When one just isn't enough
Some list boxes, like those in Windows Explorer,
let you select a bunch of items simultaneously.
Here's how:
A To select more than one item, hold down the Ctrl key and click each item you want. Each item stays highlighted.
A To select a bunch of adjacent items from a list box, click the first item you want. Then hold down Shift and click the last item you want. Windows XP immediately highlights
the first item, last item, and every item in between. Pretty sneaky, huh?
A Finally, when grabbing bunches of icons, try using the "rubber band" trick: Point at an area of the screen next to one icon, and, while holding down the mouse button, move the mouse until you've drawn a lasso around all the icons. After you've highlighted the icons you want, let go of the mouse button, and they remain highlighted. Fun!
So, where’s the right place? It’s that downward-pointing arrow button, just like the one shown next to the box beside the Font option in Figure 5-9. (The mouse pointer is pointing to it.)
Figure 5-9:
Click the downward-pointing arrow next to the Font box to make a dropdown list
box display available fonts.
Figure 5-10 shows the drop-down list box, after being clicked by the mouse.
A Unlike regular list boxes, drop-down list boxes don’t have a text box above them. (That thing that looks like a text box just shows the currently selected item from the list; you can’t type anything in there.)
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Figure 5-10:
A list box drops down to display all the fonts that are available.
A To scoot around quickly in a long drop-down list box, press the first letter of the item you’re after. The first item beginning with that letter is instantly highlighted. You can press the up- or down-arrow key to see the words and phrases nearby.
A Another way to scoot around quickly in a drop-down list box is to click the scroll bar to its right. (Scroll bars are discussed earlier in this chapter, if you need a refresher.)
A You can choose only one item from the list of a drop-down list box.
A The program in Figure 5-10 is called Character Map, and it’s a handy way for adding characters that don’t appear on your keyboard: 1/2, ®, ©, and the rest. To play with Character Map, click the Start button and click the All Programs area. Click System Tools from the Accessories area, and click Character Map.
Check boxes
Sometimes you can choose from a whopping number of options in a dialog box. A check box is next to each option, and if you want that option, you click in the box. If you don’t want it, you leave the box blank. For example, with the check boxes in the dialog box shown in Figure 5-11, you pick and choose options in FreeCell.
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Figure 5-11:
A check mark appears in each check box that you choose.
FreeCell Options
0 Display messages on illegal moves |
□ Quick play [no animation) | Cancel |
0 Double click moves card to free cell
A By clicking in a check box, you change its setting. Clicking in an empty square turns on that option. If the square already has a check mark in it, a click turns off that option, removing the check mark.
A You can click next to as many check boxes as you want. With option buttons — those things that look the same but are round — you can select only one option from the pack.
Sliding controls
Rich Microsoft programmers, impressed by track lights and sliding light switches in their luxurious new homes, added sliding controls to Windows XP as well. These virtual light switches are easy to use and don’t wear out nearly as quickly as the real ones do. To slide a control in Windows XP — to adjust the volume level, for example — just drag and release the sliding lever, like the one shown in Figure 5-12.
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