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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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Keep the Taskbar on Top of Other Windows: This option keeps the taskbar always visible, covering up any windows that may be low on the screen. Rathbone recommendation: Check.
Group Similar Taskbar Buttons: When you open lots of windows and programs, the taskbar gets crowded. Windows accommodates the crowd by shrinking the buttons. Unfortunately, that means you can’t read the button’s names. This option groups similar windows under one button. When things get crowded, Windows groups all your Internet Explorer windows under one Internet Explorer button on the taskbar, for instance, as shown in Figure 10-11.
Show Quick Launch: Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed tiny icons in some of this book’s figures that live next to the taskbar’s Start button.
1 What gives? That’s the Quick Launch toolbar, and you turn it on by
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Figure 10-11:
Choose Group Similar Taskbar Buttons to save space on your taskbar by stacking similar buttons.
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clicking in this box. Try it — the Quick Launch toolbar places itty-bitty icons for Internet Explorer and Media Player next to the Start button for easy access. Just drag program icons to the Quick Launch bar to add them to it. (Drag the icons off to remove them.) Don’t like Quick Launch? Then remove it by removing the check mark from this box.
Show the Clock: You want to know when it’s time to leave work, don’t you? Rathbone recommendation: Check.
Hide Inactive Icons: A new one for Windows XP, this option lets you hide those little icons — like the volume control, printer button, RealPlayer, the desktop cleanup program, and other doodies — that begin hanging out by your clock. Click the Customize button to choose which icons should show up, which should hide, and which should appear only when they’re being used. Rathbone recommendation:Click the Customize button and choose Restore Defaults to hide everything except the sound volume. Choose Always Show for that one.
Feel free to experiment with the taskbar, changing its size and position until it looks right for you. It won’t break. After you set it up just the way you want, click the Lock the Taskbar box described earlier in this list.
Controlling the Printer
Many of the Windows XP features work in the background. You know that they’re there only when something is wrong and weird messages start flying around. The Windows XP print program is one of those pro-
grams.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Oh, no! The taskbar looks really weird now!
Your taskbar won't always resemble the familiar entity shown in Figure 10-9 or 10-11. Microsoft lets you customize the taskbar even further, often beyond the point of recognition. To experience this weird ness — or to turn it off, if it's happened to you — right-click on a blank area of the taskbar and click the Toolbars option. A menu pops up, offering several options, each described in the following list:
A Address: Choose this option, and your taskbar contains a place for quickly typing in Web sites. It's big and bulky, though, so it's rarely used.
A Links: This option fills the taskbar with links to Internet Web pages. (They're the same ones listed in the Links area of Internet Explorer's Favorites menu. Ho hum.)
A Desktop: A weird one, this option places the icons from your desktop onto your taskbar.
A Quick Launch: I like this one. It keeps little icons for these frequently used programs next to your Start button: Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Media Player, and the
"shrink everything from the desktop" icon. To add your other favorite programs, just drag and drop them onto the Quick Launch toolbar.
A New Toolbar: This option lets you place any folder's contents onto your taskbar.
Most people don't choose any of these options except Quick Launch, so feel free to do the same unless you like to fiddle with your computer's settings.
Also, you can drag any of these toolbars off the taskbar and onto the desktop. In fact, it's quite distracting if you accidentally drag the Quick Launch toolbar off the taskbar. To replace Quick Launch, right-click on the taskbar, choose Toolbars, and choose Quick Launch. Another replacement Quick Launch appears on the taskbar, in the right place. Close the Quick Launch window that you accidentally dragged onto the desktop, and all is well. (To keep mistakes like these from happening, choose the Lock the Taskbar option described in the "Customizing the taskbar" section.)
When you choose the Print command in a program, you may see the little Windows XP printer icon appear at the bottom-right corner of your screen. (Depending on how your computer’s set up, you might have to click the little arrows by the clock to see the printer icon.)
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