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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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8. Close the file by clicking the X in its upper-right corner. To delete it, drag the file to the Recycle Bin.
After you finish writing and printing the letter, you can either save it or throw it away. You can simply leave your new WordPad letter icon on your desk. When your desktop gets too cluttered, feel free to move the icon to a new folder, a process covered in excruciating detail in Chapter 11.
If you want to delete the letter, drag the icon to your Recycle Bin, which I describe in the nearby section “Using the Recycle Bin.”
A Windows XP is designed for you to work right on top of the desktop. From the desktop, you can create new things like files, folders, sounds, and graphics — just about anything. After working with your new file or folder, you can store it or delete it.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
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A Are you confused about what something is supposed to do? Right-click on it or simply rest the pointer over the confusing spot. Windows XP often tosses up a menu that lists just about everything you can do with that particular object. This trick works on many icons found on your desktop or throughout your programs.
A Sometimes Windows XP does something nasty, and everything on your desktop disappears, leaving it completely empty. What gives? To fix the problem, right-click on your desktop and choose Arrange Icons By from the pop-up menu. Then choose Show Desktop Icons from the next menu to make everything reappear with no harm done.
Arranging icons on the desktop
Windows XP offers many — too many, in fact — ways to organize your desktop’s icons. If your desktop’s icons start to look like an unorganized pile, right-click on a blank area of your desktop. Then choose Arrange Icons By from the menu that appears. Windows arranges the icons along the left edge of the screen, depending on your option. Here’s a rundown:
A Name: Arrange icons in alphabetical order by the icon’s name.
A Size: Arrange icons according to the file’s size. (Shortcut files stay near the top because they’re small.)
A Type: Line up icons by the file’s type: All WordPad files are grouped together, for instance, as are all shortcuts to Paint files.
A Modified: Arrange icons in the order that the shortcut was created or modified.
A Auto Arrange: Automatically arrange any new icons in columns along the screen’s left side.
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A Align to Grid: My favorite. Aligns all icons to an invisible grid on the screen to keep them nice and tidy.
A Show Desktop Icons: Make sure you keep this option on. If you click here, Windows hides all the icons on your desktop. If you can remember in your frustration, click this option again to toggle your icons back on.
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A Lock Web Items on Desktop: Chapter 14 shows how to place a Web page onto your desktop as a background. Click here to “lock” that Web page in place.
Using the Recycle Bin
The Recycle Bin, that little oval wastebasket icon on your desktop (shown here in the margin), is supposed to work like a real recycle bin. It’s something you can fish the Sunday paper out of if somebody pitched the comics section before you had a chance to read it.
If you want to get rid of something in Windows XP — a file or folder, for example — simply drag it to the Recycle Bin. Point at the file or folder’s icon with the mouse and, while holding down the left mouse button, point at the Recycle Bin. Let go of the mouse button, and your detritus disappears. Windows XP stuffs it into the Recycle Bin.
But if you want to bypass that cute metaphor, you can delete stuff another way: Right-click on your unwanted file or folder’s icon and choose Delete from the menu that pops up. Windows XP asks cautiously if you’re sure that you want to delete the icon. If you click the Yes button, Windows XP dumps the icon into the Recycle Bin, just as if you’d dragged it there. Whoosh! (If you’re not sure, click No, and Windows leaves the file in place.)
So if you like to drag and drop, feel free to drag your garbage to the Recycle Bin and let go. If you prefer the menus, click with your right mouse button and choose Delete. Or, if you like alternative lifestyles, click the unwanted icon with your left mouse button and press your keyboard’s Delete key. All three methods toss the file into the Recycle Bin, where you can salvage it later or, eventually, purge it for good.
A Want to retrieve something you’ve deleted? Double-click the Recycle Bin icon, and a window appears, listing deleted items. See the name of your accidentally deleted icon? Right-click on the icon and choose Restore to send it back to the folder from which it was deleted. Or drag the icon to the desktop or any other folder: Point at the icon’s name and, while holding down the left mouse button, point at its desired location. Let go of the mouse button, and the Recycle Bin coughs up the deleted item, good as new.
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