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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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Clicking the taskbar's sensitive areas
Like a crafty card player, the taskbar comes with a few tips and tricks. For one thing, it has the Start button. With a click on the Start button, you can launch programs, change settings, find programs, get help, and order takeout food. (Well, forget the food, but you can do all the things mentioned in the Start button section later in this chapter.)
The Start button is only one of the taskbar’s tricks; some others are listed in Figure 10-7.
Figure 10-7:
Clicking or doubleclicking these areas of the taskbar performs these tasks.
i- Click here to reveal the hidden icons Click here to adjust the volume
Click here to see what's heading for the printer
Rest your mouse pointer over the clock to see the date
Click here before unplugging USB-using gizmos like digital cameras, MP3 players, speakers, and other toys
Hold the mouse pointer over the clock, and Windows XP shows the current day and date. Or if you want to change the time or date, a doubleclick on the clock summons the Windows XP time/date change program.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Sometimes the taskbar hides things. Click the little double arrows near the clock (refer to Figure 10-7), and a few more icons might slide out. (Check out the “Customizing the taskbar” section for tips and tricks affecting these icons.)
Click the little speaker to adjust the sound card’s volume via a sliding control, as shown in Figure 10-8. Or double-click the little speaker to bring up a mixing panel. Mixers let you adjust separate volume levels for your microphone, line inputs, CD and DVD players, and other features. (No speaker icon? Choose Control Panel from the Start menu, open the Sounds and Audio Devices icon, and click in the box marked Place Volume Icon in the Taskbar.)
Figure 10-8:
Clicking the little
speaker lets you adjust the sound card’s volume.
I I Mute
A Other icons often appear next to the clock, depending on what Windows XP is up to. If you’re printing, for example, a little printer icon appears there. Laptops often show a battery power-level gauge. As with all the other icons down there, if you double-click the printer or battery gauge, Windows XP brings up information about the printer’s or battery’s status.
A After joining the Internet and activating Windows XP, you can let somebody else play mechanic. Click the icon shown in the margin when it appears next to the clock. Windows XP automatically bellies up to a special Microsoft Web site, analyzes itself, and installs any updated software that may help it run better.
A Want to minimize all your desktop’s open windows in a hurry? Right-click on a blank part of the taskbar and choose the Minimize All Windows option from the pop-up menu. All the programs keep running, but they’re now minimized to icons along the taskbar. To bring them back to the screen, just click their names from the taskbar.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
A For an even faster way to minimize all your desktop’s open windows, click a little icon down by the Start button. As you can see in Figure 10-6 and in the margin, it’s a square with blue-tipped corners, a white rectangle in the center, and a little pencil thing resting on top of it all.
A To organize your open windows, right-click on a blank part of the taskbar and choose one of the tile commands. Windows XP scoops up all your open windows and lays them back down in neat, orderly squares. (I cover tiling in more detail in Chapter 7.)
Customizing the taskbar
Windows XP brings a whirlwind of new options for the lowly taskbar, letting you play with it in more ways than a strand of spaghetti and a fork. Right-click on a blank part of the taskbar, and a menu appears, as shown in Figure 10-9.
Figure 10-9:
Right-click on an empty part of the taskbar and choose Properties to
customize
your
taskbar.
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Choose the Properties option, and a new window pops up, as shown in Figure 10-10.
Here’s what those options mean, and my recommendation for them. (You might need to click the Lock the Taskbar check box to remove its check mark before some of these options will work.)
Lock the Taskbar: Click in this box, and Windows XP “locks” the taskbar in place. You can’t drag it to one edge of the window, drag it up to make it bigger, nor drag it down beneath the edge of the screen. Rath-
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Figure 10-10:
Click the Taskbar tab to see all the options available for customizing your taskbar.
bone recommendation: Check this box, but only after you’re sure the taskbar is set up the way you like.
Auto-Hide the Taskbar: Some people think the taskbar gets in the way. So, they drag it down below the bottom of the screen. (Try it.) Clicking in this box makes the taskbar automatically hide itself below the screen’s bottom. Point the mouse at the screen’s bottom, and the taskbar rises automatically from its grave. Rathbone recommendation: Uncheck.
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