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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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Figure 5-12:
To slide a lever, point at it, hold down the mouse button, and move your mouse.
Point at the lever with the mouse and, while holding down the mouse button, move the mouse in the direction you want the sliding lever to move. As you move the mouse, the lever moves, too. When you’ve
Chapter 5: Field Guide to Buttons, Bars, Boxes, Folders, and Files
moved the lever to a comfortable spot, let go of the mouse button, and Windows XP leaves the lever at its new position. That’s it.
A Some levers slide to the left and right; others move up and down. None of them move diagonally.
A To change the volume in Windows XP, click the little speaker near the clock in the desktop’s bottom-right corner. A sliding volume control appears, ready to be dragged up or down. If the little speaker near the clock is missing, click the Start button and open the Control Panel. Choose the Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices option, and select Adjust the System Volume. Finally, click to put a check mark in the box next to the words Place Volume Icon in the Taskbar.
A Mouse died and you’re frantic to turn down the volume? Press Tab until a little box appears over the sliding lever. Then press your arrow keys in the direction you want the lever to slide. If your keyboard comes with built-in volume control buttons, try those, too (although Windows XP often ignores them until you install their own special drivers; check the discs that came with your PC or keyboard).
Just Tell Me How to Open a File!
Enough with the labels and terms. Forget the buttons and bars. How do you load a file into a program? This section gives you the scoop. You follow these steps every time you load a file into a program. (Chapter 4 contains more general information about loading a program, opening a file, saving the file, and closing the program.)
Opening a file is a file-related activity, so start by finding the word File in the window’s menu bar (see Figure 5-13).
Then simply do the following:
1. Click File to knock down that word’s hidden little menu.
Figure 5-14 shows the File pull-down menu.
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Figure 5-13:
To open a file, you first choose the word File in the
window’s menu bar.
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Figure 5-14:
When you click File, the File pulldown menu appears.
New Ctri+M
Open... Ctrl+O
Save Ctrl+S
Save As,,,
Page Setup...
Print,,, Ctrl+P
2. Click Open to bring up the Open dialog box.
You can predict that Open will call up a dialog box because of the trailing . . . things beside Open on-screen. (Those . . . things are called an ellipsis, or three dots, depending on the tightness of your English teacher’s hair bun.)
Figure 5-15 shows the Open dialog box that leaps to the front of the screen. A similar dialog box appears when you mess with the File pulldown menu in many programs.
A If you find your filename listed in the first list box (in this case, the one listing the Beer Cheese file), you’re in luck. Double-click the file’s name, and it automatically jumps into the program. Or click the file’s name once and click the Open button.
A If you don’t find the file’s name, it’s probably in a different folder. Windows XP often lists places to look along the window’s left side, as shown in Figure 5-15. Click History to see the names of recently opened files. Click Desktop if the file is located on your desktop. My Documents lets you peek into the My Documents area, a convenient storage space. Head for My Computer to scour the entire computer from the top down, or click My Network Places to scour other computers, should you have a network.
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Figure 5-15:
This Open dialog box often appears when you open a file in a Windows program.
A Click the little box along the top that is labeled Look In, and Windows XP displays a bunch of other folders to rummage through. Each time you click a different folder, that folder’s contents appear in the first list box.
A Still can’t find the correct folder? Perhaps that file is on a different drive. Click one of the other drive icons listed in the Look In box to search in a different drive. Drive icons are those little gray box things; folder icons, well, look like folders.
A Could the file be named something strange? Click the Files of Type drop-down list box to select a different file type. To see all the files in a folder, select the All Files (*.*) option. Then all the files in that folder show up.
A Don’t know what those little icons along the top and sides are supposed to do? Rest your mouse pointer over the one that has you stumped. After a second or so, the increasingly polite Windows XP brings a box of explanatory information to the screen. For example, rest the mouse pointer over the folder with the explosion in its corner, and Windows XP tells you that clicking that icon creates a new folder.
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