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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 Programs)
A Sometimes, the Recycle Bin can get pretty full. If you’re searching fruitlessly for a file you’ve recently deleted, tell the Recycle Bin to sort the filenames in the order in which they were deleted. Click View, point at Arrange Icons, and choose Date Deleted from the menu that pops out. The Recycle Bin now lists the most recently deleted files at the bottom.
A The Recycle Bin icon changes from an empty wastepaper basket to a full one as soon as it’s holding a deleted file. You may have to squint a little to notice the pieces of paper sticking out of the trash-can’s top.
A The Recycle Bin waits until your deleted files consume 10 percent of your computer's hard drive before it begins purging your oldest deleted files to make room for new ones. If you’re running out of hard disk space, shrink the bin’s size. Right-click on the Recycle Bin and choose Properties from its menu. If you want the Recycle Bin to hang on to more deleted files, increase the percentage. If you’re a sure-fingered clicker who seldom makes mistakes, decrease the percentage.
Making a shortcut
Some people like to organize their desktops, putting a pencil sharpener on one corner and a box of Kleenex on the other corner. Other people like their Kleenex box in the top desk drawer. Microsoft knew that one desktop design could never please everybody, so Windows XP lets people customize their desktops to suit individual tastes and needs.
For example, you may find yourself frequently copying files to or from a floppy disk in drive A. Usually, to perform that operation, you click the Start button, click My Computer, and drag your files to the floppy drive icon living in there. But there’s a quicker way, and it’s called a Windows XP shortcut. A shortcut is simply a push button — an icon — that stands for something else.
For example, here’s how to put a shortcut for drive A on your desktop:
1. Click the Start button and then click My Computer.
The My Computer folder opens up, showing the icons for your disk drives as well as oft-used folders. (My Computer gets more coverage in Chapter 11.)
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2. With your right mouse button, drag the drive A icon to the desktop.
Point at the drive A icon and, while holding down your right mouse button, point at the desktop, as shown in Figure 10-4. Let go of your mouse button. (Check out Chapter 6 if you’re not sure how to shrink the My Computer window to make the desktop visible.)
3. Choose Create Shortcut(s) Here from the menu.
Windows XP puts an icon for drive A on your desktop, but it looks a little different from the drive A icon you dragged. Because it’s only a shortcut — not the original icon — it has a little arrow in its corner, as shown in the margin.
Figure 10-4:
Dragging the drive A icon to the desktop with the right mouse button creates a shortcut.
That’s it. Now you won’t need to root through any folders to access your floppy drive. The shortcut on your desktop works just as well as the real floppy drive icon. To copy or move files to your A drive, just
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drag them to the newly created shortcut. To see the contents of your floppy disk, double-click the shortcut.
A Feel free to create desktop shortcuts for your most commonly accessed programs, files, or disk drives. If you’re on a network, create shortcuts for networked computers, or just folders on networked computers. Shortcuts are a quick way to make Windows XP easier to use.
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A Here’s a quick trick: Right-click on a disk drive — even your floppy drive — and choose Create Shortcut. Windows will offer to place the shortcut on your desktop. (This trick only works for disk drives, though.)
A You can even put a shortcut for your printer onto your desktop. To print a file, drag and drop its icon onto the printer’s shortcut.
A If your newly dragged icon doesn’t have an arrow in its bottom corner, don’t let go of the mouse! You might not be making a shortcut. Instead, you’ve probably dragged the real program to your desktop, and other programs may not be able to find it. Press the Esc button with your free hand, and Windows stops what you were doing. (You probably mistakenly held down the left mouse button instead of the correct button — the right button.)
A Have you grown tired of a particular shortcut? Feel free to delete it. Deleting a shortcut has no effect on the original file, folder, or program that it represents.
A You can make as many shortcuts as you’d like. You can even make several shortcuts for the same thing. For example, you can put a shortcut for drive A in all your folders.
A Windows XP shortcuts aren’t very good at keeping track of moving files. If you create a shortcut to a file or program and then move that file or program to a different folder, the shortcut won’t be able to find that file or program anymore. Windows will panic and try searching for it, but may not be able to find it. Shortcuts, by contrast, can be moved anywhere without problems.
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