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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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Highlighting the Important Stuff
Before you can grab information from a window, you have to tell Windows XP exactly what parts you want to grab. The easiest way to tell it is to highlight the information with a mouse.
You can highlight a single letter, an entire novel, or anything in between. You can highlight pictures of water lilies. You can even highlight files and folders. You can highlight sounds so that you can paste belches into other files.
In most cases, highlighting involves one swift trick with the mouse: Put the mouse arrow or cursor at the beginning of the information you want and hold down the mouse button. Then move the mouse to the end of the information and release the button. That’s it! All the stuff lying between where you clicked and released is highlighted. The information usually turns a different color so that you can see what you’ve grabbed. An example of highlighted text is shown in Figure 8-1.
For delicate work with small text, use the arrow keys to put the cursor at the beginning of the stuff you want to grab. Then hold down Shift and press the arrow keys until the cursor is at the end of what you want to grab. You see the stuff on-screen become highlighted as you move the arrow keys. This trick works with almost every Windows XP program. (If you’re after text, hold down Ctrl, too, and the text is highlighted word by word.)
Chapter 8: That "Cut and Paste" Stuff (Moving Around Words, Pictures, and
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Figure 8-1:
Highlighted text turns a different color for easy visibility.
My wife went to an herb class, and she came back scared. When she had mentioned that we used a microwave oven, the crowd blanched.
'Food loses its healthy aura," they said. "The microwave drains away all the itamins, minerals and proteins. The food isn't food anymore." I
Now my wife's afraid to use the microwave at all. So tell me this: Are these a bunch of wacky technology-fearing New Agers who cook their carrots with "crystal power," or am I slowly killing myself with my microwaved turkey franks?
For Help, press FI
Some programs have a few shortcuts for highlighting parts of their information:
A To highlight a single word, point at it with the mouse and doubleclick. The word turns black, meaning that it’s highlighted. (In most word processors, you can hold down the button on its second click, and then, by moving the mouse around, you can quickly highlight additional text word by word.)
A To highlight a single line of text, click next to it in the left margin. Keep holding down the mouse button and move the mouse up or down to highlight additional text line by line.
A To highlight a paragraph, double-click next to it in the left margin. Keep holding down the mouse button on the second click and move the mouse to highlight additional text paragraph by paragraph.
A To highlight an entire document, try clicking three times in rapid succession. If that doesn’t work, hold down Ctrl and click anywhere in the left margin. If that doesn’t work, hold down Ctrl and press A. So much for consistency in Windows programs.
A To highlight a portion of text in just about any Windows XP program, click at the text’s beginning, hold down Shift, and click at the end of the desired text. Everything between those two points becomes highlighted.
Chapter 8: That "Cut and Paste" Stuff (Moving Around Words, Pictures, and
A To highlight part of a picture or drawing while in Paint, Windows’ graphics program, click the little tool button with the dotted lines in a square. (The button is called the Select tool, as Windows XP informs you if you rest your mouse pointer over the tool for a second.) After clicking the Select tool, hold down the mouse button and slide the mouse over the desired part of the picture.
After you’ve highlighted text, you must either cut it or copy it immediately. If you do anything else, like absentmindedly click the mouse someplace else in your document, all your highlighted text reverts to normal, just like Cinderella after midnight.
Highlighted something? To cut or copy it immediately, right-click on it. When the menu pops up, choose Cut or Copy, depending on your needs.
Be careful after you highlight a bunch of text. If you press a key — the spacebar, for example — Windows XP almost always replaces your highlighted text with the character that you type — in this case, a space. To reverse that calamity and bring your highlighted text back to life, hold down Ctrl and press Z. (That’s the universal “Undo” command, which works in many programs.)
Cutting, Copying, or Deleting What You Highlighted
After you highlight some information (which I describe in the preceding section, in case you just entered the classroom), you’re ready to start playing with it. You can cut it, copy it, or just plain delete it. All three options differ drastically.
This clever tip bears repeating. After highlighting something, right-click on it. When the menu pops up, choose Cut or Copy, depending on your needs.
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