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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 7: I Can't Find It!
Your wayward window whisks itself to the forefront.
A In previous versions, pressing Ctrl, Alt, and Delete simultaneously brought up a wimpy version of Task Manager. Windows XP’s more manly version handles bunches more tasks, including some so complicated that they’re only discussed in more complicated books.
A Sometimes you see your missing program listed on the taskbar, and you click its name to dredge it from the depths. But even though the taskbar brings the missing program to the top, you still can’t find it on your desktop. The program may be hanging off the edge of your desktop. In the next section, I explain how to make Windows reposition all your open windows so they’re easy to find.
Tiling and cascading windows (The “deal all the windows in front of me” approach)
When you’re facing a pile of windows that looks like a pile of dropped playing cards, it’s time to turn Windows XP into a personal card dealer. It will gather up all your haphazardly tossed windows and deal them out neatly on the desktop in front of you. That’s often an easy way to locate a window buried deep within your pile.
To turn Windows into a card dealer, right-click in the bottom-right corner of your screen. A quick right-click near the clock, for example, brings up the menu shown in Figure 7-2.
Figure 7-2:
Right-click near the clock in the bottom-right corner of your screen to bring up the Tile or Cascade menu.
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Click the Cascade Windows option, and the taskbar gathers all your open windows and deals them out in front of you, just like in a game of blackjack. (Blackjack fans won’t need to glance at Figure 7-3.) Each window’s title bar is neatly exposed, ready to be risen from the pile with a quick click of the mouse.
Figure 7-3:
The taskbar’s Cascade command piles all the open windows neatly across the screen. It’s a favorite command of blackjack players.
Or, choose Tile Windows Horizontally or Tile Windows Vertically from the Task Manager’s Windows menu. Windows XPpositions all the windows so that they fit on the screen, as shown in Figure 7-4. They’re usually tiny, but hey, at least you can see most of them.
A If the missing window doesn’t appear in the stack of neatly dealt windows, perhaps it’s not open on the screen. The Cascade Windows command gathers and deals only the open windows; it leaves the minimized windows resting as buttons along the taskbar on the desktop’s bottom. The solution? Retrieve the missing window using the Task Manager before cascading the windows across the screen.
A The Tile Windows Vertically command arranges the windows vertically, like socks hanging from a clothesline. Tile Windows Horizontally arranges the windows horizontally, like a stack of folded sweatshirts. The difference is the most pronounced when you’re tiling only a few windows, however.
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Figure 7-4:
The
taskbar’s
Tile
commands organize the open windows like tiles on the shower floor. You can see them all, but they’re often too small to be of much use.
A The high-and-mighty Task Manager, described in the preceding section, also tiles and cascades windows, but with a twist. When it shows you the list of currently open windows, as shown back in Figure 7-1, hold down Ctrl and click the windows you want the command to affect. Then, when you choose Tile or Cascade from the Task Manager’s own Windows menu, those commands affect only your selected windows. That lets you position only two important windows side by side when your desktop’s crowded with open windows.
A If you have only two open windows, the Tile commands arrange them side by side, making it easy for you to compare their contents. The Tile Windows Vertically command places them side by side vertically, which makes them useless for comparing text: You can see only the first few words of each sentence. Choose the Tile Windows Horizontally command if you want to see complete sentences.
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Finding Lost Files, Folders, Music, Photos, Videos, People, or Computers
Windows XP has gotten much better at finding things. And it should; after all, it’s the one who’s hiding everything. When one of your files, folders, or just about anything else disappears into the depths of your computer, make Windows XP do the work in getting the darn thing back.
In almost all cases, the Windows XP Search Companion retrieves your lost goods. To rev it up, click the brilliant green Start button — that button in the screen’s bottom-left corner — and click Search from the menu, as shown in Figure 7-5. (I cover the Start button with more detail in Chapter 10.)
Figure 7-5:
Click the Start button and click Search in the window that pops up.
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When you open the Search Companion for the first time, Windows XP asks whether you’d like to search with or without an “animated character.” Cartoon lovers should choose the character option: a little doggy, a gal in a spaceship, a surfing alien, or Merlin the Wizard. The joyful little character subsequently watches your moves, blinking, barking, or twitching when you click. (It doesn’t do anything more helpful than that.)
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