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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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Searching the Internet
This one’s kind of dumb, too. When you choose the Search Companion’s Search the Internet option, a little box pops up for you to type in
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your question. Then it races over to Internet Explorer, your Web browser (covered in Chapter 12), and uses that program to find your answer.
To save time, load Internet Explorer and click the little Search button along the top of its menu. That brings up the Search Companion, too. Because both programs involve Internet Explorer, they’re covered in Chapter 12.
When you type in your question, Internet Explorer automatically uses Microsoft’s own search program, MSN Search, to find answers. For better results, use Google at www.google.com. Feel free to check out Surf-wax (www.surfwax.com), too. Dozens of different search programs, called search engines, are available, and everybody has a favorite. To change to your own favorite search engine, choose Change Preferences from the Search program’s main menu, and then select Change Internet Search Behavior from the following menu to see the available search engines.
Chapter 8
That "Cut and Paste" Stuff (Moving Around Words, Pictures, and Sounds)
In This Chapter
B Understanding cutting, copying, and pasting B Highlighting what you need
Cutting, copying, deleting, and pasting what you’ve highlighted B Making the best use of the Clipboard B Putting scraps on the desktop
Wntil Windows came along, PCs had a terrible time sharing anything. Their programs were rigid, egotistical things, with no sense of community. Information created by one program couldn’t always be shared with another program. Older versions of programs passed down this selfish system to newer versions, enforcing the segregation with proprietary file formats and compatibility tests.
To counter this bad trip, Windows programmers created a communal workplace where all the programs could groove together peacefully. In the harmonious tribal village of Windows, programs share their information openly in order to make a more beautiful environment for all.
In the Windows co-op, all the windows can beam their vibes to each other freely, without fear of rejection. Work created by one Windows program is accepted totally and lovingly by any other Windows program. Windows programs treat each other equally, even if one program is wearing some pretty freaky threads or, in some gatherings, no threads at all.
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This chapter shows you how easily you can move those good vibes from one window to another.
Examining the Cut and Paste Concept (And Copy, Too)
Windows XP took a tip from the kindergartners and made cut and paste an integral part of all its programs. Information can be electronically cut or copied from one window and then pasted into another window with little fuss and even less mess.
Just about any part of a window is up for grabs, and the process takes three steps: highlight, cut or copy, and paste. For instance, you might have an exceptionally well-written paragraph in your word processor, or a spreadsheet chart that tracks the value of your Indian-head pen-
nies.
First, highlight the desired information. Next, either copy or cut the information from its window. Finally, pastethe information into a different window. In fact, after the information has been cut or copied, it lives inside Windows’ built-in Clipboard, where it can be pasted into as many windows as you’d like.
The beauty of Windows XP is that with all those windows on-screen at the same time, you can easily grab bits and pieces from any of them and paste all the parts into a new window.
A Windows programs are designed to work together, so taking information from one window and putting it into another window is easy. Sticking a map onto your party fliers, for example, is really easy.
A Cutting and pasting works well for the big stuff, like sticking big charts into memos. But don’t overlook it for the small stuff, too. For example, copying someone’s name and address from your Address Book program is quicker than typing it by hand at the top of your letter. Or to avoid typographical errors, you can copy an answer from the Windows XP Calculator and paste it into another program.
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A When somebody e-mails you a Web address, copy and paste it into Internet Explorer. It’s much easier than typing it in by hand, and it is less frustrating because you’ll know you didn’t make any mistakes. It’s easy to copy information from the Internet, too.
A When you cut or copy information, it lives in a special Windows area called the Clipboard, ready to be pasted into other windows. The Clipboard holds only one chunk of information at a time, though. When you cut or copy other information, that information replaces the original information, and it’s now ready to be pasted into other windows.
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