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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 10
Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Free Programs)
In This Chapter
B Using the desktop and making shortcuts B Deleting files, folders, programs, and icons B Retrieving deleted items from the Recycle Bin B Using the taskbar and controlling Print Manager
B Starting programs, adding programs, and removing programs from the Start button
B Making Windows load programs automatically
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n the old days of computing, pale technoweenies typed disgustingly long strings of code words into computers to make the computers do something — anything.
With Windows XP, computers reach the age of modern convenience. To start a program, simply click a button. There’s a slight complication, however: The buttons no longer look like buttons. In fact, some of the buttons are hidden, revealed only by the push of yet another button (if you’re lucky enough to stumble upon the right place to push).
To make matters worse, some of the buttons fall off and land on your desktop. (Don’t worry; they’re supposed to do that.) This chapter covers the three main Windows XP buttonmongers: the desktop, the taskbar, and that mother of all buttons — the Start button. Plus, it explains which of the Windows freebie programs are worth the click it takes to load them.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Rolling Objects along the Windows XP Desktop
Usually, nobody thinks of mounting a desktop sideways. Keeping the pencils from rolling off a normal desk is hard enough.
But in Windows XP, your computer monitor’s screen is known as the Windows desktop, and it’s the area where all your work takes place. You can create files and folders right on your new electronic desktop and arrange them all across the screen.
For example, do you need to write a letter asking the neighbor to return the circular saw she borrowed? The following steps show how to put the desktop’s functions to immediate use.
Point at just about any Windows XP item and click your right mouse button to see a menu listing the things you’re allowed to do with that item.
1. Right-click on an uncovered area of your desktop.
A menu pops up, as shown in Figure 10-1.
Figure 10-1:
Clicking an empty area of your desktop with your right mouse button brings up a list of
helpful
options.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
2. Point at the word New and click WordPad Document from the menu that appears.
Because you’re creating something new — a new letter — you should point at the word New. Windows XP lists the new things you can create on the desktop. Choose WordPad Document, as shown in Figure 10-2. Poof! A little WordPad icon appears on the desktop, bearing the vivid name New WordPad Document.
Figure 10-2:
Point at the word New and choose WordPad Document from the menu.
Arrange Icons By ► Refresh
Paste Paste Shortcut
Ici Folder
Properties a Shortcut
Briefcase [jl Bitmap Image
m 1 Wordpad Document N
0 Rich Text Document IjD Text Document {Ffl Wave Sound liU Compressed (zipped) Folder
As your computer fills up with programs, your menu choices change, too. In fact, if you install Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, WordPad is kicked off the menu completely. If you don’t see WordPad on the menu, try this alternative approach: Click the Start button and choose Run. When the Run box appears, type WordPad into the Open box and then press Enter. WordPad opens automatically, ready for action. Now run ahead to Step 5.
3. Type a name for your letter and press Enter.
When an icon for a new WordPad document appears on the desktop, the first step is to give it a name of up to 255 characters — something like Polite Circular Saw Request. As soon as you start typing, your new title replaces the old name of New WordPad Document, as shown in Figure 10-3.
Figure 10-3:
Start typing to create the icon’s
new name.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Press Enter when you’re through typing the name, and WordPad saves the new name. (Occasionally, Windows XP frets about your choice of name; if so, try a different name or skip ahead to Chapter 11 to see why Windows is so finicky about names.)
4. Double-click your newly created WordPad icon to open it.
Double-clicking the new icon calls up WordPad, the word processor, so you can write the letter requesting the return of your circular saw.
5. Write your letter.
Remember, word processors automatically wrap your sentences to the next line for you; don’t hit the Enter key when you’re nearing the right side of the page.
6. Click Save from the WordPad File menu to save the letter.
If you created the file by right-clicking on the desktop, you’ve already named the file, and Windows will save it without further ado. If you opened WordPad through the Start menu’s Run command, Windows now asks you to choose a name for the file.
7. Head back to the WordPad File menu and choose Print to send the letter to the printer.
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