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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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A Remember, if you’re done with the computer but other people might want to use it, just click Log Off from the Start menu: Windows XP saves your work and brings up the Welcome screen, allowing other people to log on and play video games.
The Way-Cool Taskbar
This section introduces one of the handiest tricks in Windows XP, so pull your chair in a little closer. Whenever you run more than one window on the desktop, there’s a big problem: Programs and windows tend to cover each other up, making them difficult to locate.
Windows XP’s solution is the taskbar — a special program that keeps track of all your open programs. Shown in Figure 10-6, the taskbar normally lives along the bottom of your screen, although you can move it
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Figure 10-6:
The handy taskbar lists your currently running programs and lets you bring them to the forefront by clicking their names.
to any edge you want. (Hint: Just drag the taskbar to any of the screen’s four edges. If it doesn’t move, right-click on the taskbar and click Lock the Taskbar to remove the check mark by its name.)
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See how the button for Calculator looks “pushed in” in Figure 10-6? That’s because Calculator is the currently active window on the desktop. One or more of your taskbar’s buttons always look pushed in unless you close or minimize all the windows on your desktop.
From the taskbar, you can perform powerful magic on your open windows, as described in the following list:
A To play with a window you see listed on the taskbar, click its name. The window rises to the surface and rests atop any other open windows, ready for action.
A To close a window listed on the taskbar, right-click on its name and choose Close from the menu that pops up. The program quits, just as if you’d chosen its Exit command from within its own window. (The departing program gives you a chance to save any work before it quits and disappears from the screen.)
A Don’t see the taskbar? If the taskbar’s top edge peeks up along the screen’s bottom, grab the visible part with your mouse and drag it toward the center of the screen until the entire taskbar is visible.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
What's the MSN Messenger Service?
With its MSN Messenger Service, Microsoft has created a combination doorbell/peephole forthe Internet. When a friend logs onto the Internet, your bell rings automatically, and a window pops up, ready for you to bug your friend with a message.
Then, when you get tired of yourfriends bugging you, you search for a way to turn off the darn
thing. (Right-click on the little "people" icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen near the clock, and choose Exit.)
To keep this icon always hidden, check out this chapter's section on customizing the taskbar. You want to click the Customize button, click MSN Messenger Service, and choose Always Hide.
Shrinking windows to the taskbar and retrieving them
Windows spawn windows. You start with one window to write a letter to Mother. You open another window to check her address, for example, and then yet another window to see whether you’ve forgotten any recent birthdays. Before you know it, four more windows are crowded across the desktop.
To combat the clutter, Windows XP provides a simple means of window control: You can transform a window from a screen-cluttering square into a tiny button on the bar — the taskbar — that sits along the bottom of the screen.
See the three buttons lurking in just about every window’s top-right corner? Click the Minimize button — the button with the little line in it. Whoosh! The window disappears, represented by its little button on the bar running along the bottom of your screen. Click that button, and your window hops back onto the screen, ready for action.
A To make a minimized program on the taskbar revert into a regular, on-screen window, just click its name on the taskbar. Pretty simple, huh?
A To shrink an open window so that it’s out of the way, click the leftmost of the three buttons in the window’s top-right corner. The window minimizes itself into a button and lines itself up on the bar along the bottom of the screen.
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A Each taskbar button shows the name of the program it represents.
A When you minimize a window, you neither destroy its contents nor close it. You merely change its shape. It is still loaded into memory, waiting for you to play with it again.
A To put the window back where it was, click its button on the taskbar. It hops back up to the same place it was before.
A Whenever you load a program by using the Start button or
Explorer, that program’s name automatically appears on the taskbar. If one of your open windows ever gets lost on your desktop, click its name on the taskbar. The window immediately jumps to the forefront.
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