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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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Cutting the information
Cutting the highlighted information wipes it off the screen, but it’s not really gone: Instead, Windows stores the extracted information in a special Windows XP storage tank called the Clipboard.
Chapter 8: That "Cut and Paste" Stuff (Moving Around Words, Pictures, and
To cut highlighted stuff, right-click on your highlighted text and choose Cut from the pop-up menu, as shown in Figure 8-2. Whoosh! The highlighted text disappears from the window, scoots through the underground tubes of Windows XP, and waits on the Clipboard for further action.
Figure 8-2:
Right-click on information you’ve
highlighted
and choose Cut to move the information to Windows’ Clipboard, where you can paste it into other windows.
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A One way to tell whether your Cut command actually worked is to paste the information back into your document. If it appears, you know that the command worked, and you can cut it out again right away. If it doesn’t appear, you know that something has gone dreadfully wrong. (For the Paste command, discussed a little later, hold down Ctrl and press V.)
A Microsoft’s lawyers kicked butt in an old Apple lawsuit, so Windows uses the same cut keys as the Macintosh computer. You can hold down Ctrl and press the letter X to cut. (Get it? That’s an X, as in you’re crossing, or X-ing, something out.)
Copying the information
Compared with cutting, copying information is quite anticlimactic.
When you cut something, the information disappears from the screen. But when you copy information to the Clipboard, the highlighted information just sits there in the window. In fact, it looks as if nothing has happened. Feel free to repeat the Copy command a few times before giving up and just hoping it worked. (It works.)
Chapter 8: That "Cut and Paste" Stuff (Moving Around Words, Pictures, and
To copy highlighted information, right-click on it and choose Copy. Or hold down Ctrl and press C (C for Copy ). Although nothing seems to happen, that information really does head for the Clipboard.
A Feel free to cut and paste entire files back and forth in My Computer. When you cut a file, however, the icon is just gray until you paste it. (Making the file disappear would be too scary.) Changed your mind in mid-cut? Press Esc to cancel the cut and turn the icon back to normal.
A To copy a picture of your entire Windows XP desktop (the whole-screen) to the Clipboard, press the Print Screen key, which is sometimes labeled PrtScrn or something similar. A snapshot of your screen heads for the Clipboard, ready to be pasted someplace else. Computer nerds call this snapshot a screen shot. All the pictures of windows in this book are screen shots. (And, no, the Print Screen key doesn’t send anything to your printer.)
A To copy an image of your currently active window (just one window — nothing surrounding it), hold down Alt while you press Print Screen. The window’s picture appears on the Clipboard.
Deleting the information
Deleting the highlighted information just wipes it out. Zap! It simply disappears. To delete highlighted information, just press the Delete or Backspace key.
Unfortunately cutting and deleting look identical on-screen. In fact, the first few times you try to cut something, you feel panicky, thinking that you may have accidentally deleted it instead. (This feeling never really goes away.)
A If you’ve accidentally deleted the wrong thing, panic. Then hold down Ctrl and press the letter Z. Your deletion is graciously undone. Any deleted information pops back up on-screen. Whew!
A Holding down Alt and pressing Backspace also undoes your last mistake (unless you’ve just said something dumb at a party, in that case, use Ctrl+Z).
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Finding out more about cutting, copying, and deleting
Want to know more about cutting, copying, and deleting? Read on (you really should read this stuff).
A Windows XP often puts toolbars across the tops of its programs.
Figure 8-3 shows the toolbar buttons that stand for cutting, copying, and pasting things.
Figure 8-3:
Clicking these toolbar buttons cuts, copies, or pastes highlighted information.
Cut
Paste
Copy
A If you prefer to use menus, click the word Edit on any program’s menu bar. The Cut, Copy, and Paste commands tumble down.
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