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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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Your printer can print only one thing at a time. If you try to print a second memo before the first one is finished, Windows XP jumps in to help. It intercepts all the requests and lines them up in order, just like a harried diner cook.
To check up on what is being sent to the printer, double-click the taskbar’s little printer icon, and you see the print program in all its glory: The program lists each of your documents as they wait for their turn at the printer.
IA When the printer is through printing one file, it automatically moves to the second file in the lineup.
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A Changing the order of the files as they’re about to be printed is easy. If you have three jobs waiting and you need the third one in a hurry, just drag and drop it so that it’s behind the first job. Poof! Windows will print that one next. (The printing order is called a queue, pronounced “Q.”)
A To cancel a print job, right-click on the filename you don’t like and then choose Cancel Printing from the menu that pops up.
A If the boss walks by the printer while you’re printing your party flier, choose Document from the menu and select Pause Printing from the menu that drops down. The printer stops. After the boss is out of sight, click Pause Printing again to continue.
A If you’re on a network (shudder), you may not be able to change the order in which files are being printed. You may not even be able to pause a file.
A If your printer is not hooked up, Windows XP will probably try to send your file to the printer anyway. When it doesn’t get a response, it sends you a message that your printer isn’t ready. Plug the printer in, turn it on, and try again. Or hit Chapter 14 for more printer troubleshooting tips.
The Start Button's Reason to Live
The Start button lives on your taskbar, and it’s always ready for action. By using the Start button, you can start programs, adjust the Windows XP settings, find help for sticky situations, or, thankfully, shut down Windows XP and get away from the computer for a while.
The little Start button is so eager to please, in fact, that it starts shooting out menus full of options as soon as you click it. Just click the button once, and the first layer of menus pops out, neatly labeled in Figure 10-12.
A The Start menu changes as you add programs to your computer. That change means that the Start menu on your friend’s computer probably offers slightly different programs than the Start menu on your own computer.
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A Save your files in your My Documents folder. Save your photos in your My Pictures folder. And save your music in your My Music folder. You can easily access each folder from the Start menu. And each folder is specially designed for its contents. The My Pictures folder automatically shows little thumbnails of all your photos, for instance. By keeping your files organized, you’ll have a better chance of finding them again.
A See the little arrow by the words All Programs near the bottom left of the Start menu? Click the arrow, and another menu squirts out, listing more programs stored inside your computer.
A Windows graciously places your most frequently used programs along the left side of the Start menu. The Start menu in earlier versions of Windows displayed icons for the last ten documents you accessed.
Starting a program from the Start button
This one’s easy. Click the Start button, and the Start menu pops out of the button’s head. If you see an icon for your desired program or file, click it, and Windows loads the program or file.
If your program isn’t listed, though, click the words All Programs. Yet another menu pops up, this one listing the names of programs or folders full of programs.
If you see your program listed there, click the name. Wham! Windows XP kicks that program to the screen. If you don’t see your program listed, try pointing at the tiny folders listed on the menu. New menus fly out of those folders, listing even more programs.
When you finally spot your program’s name, just click it. In fact, you don’t have to click until you see the program’s name: The Start button opens and closes all the menus automatically, depending on where the mouse arrow is pointing at the time.
A Still don’t see your program listed by name? Then head for Chapter 7 and find the section on finding lost files and folders. You can tell Windows XP to find your program for you.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
Figure 10-12:
Click the taskbar’s Start button to see a list of options.
Adjust settings here Displays computers connected to your own computer
Displays computer's disk drives — Click to access files by category —
Current user's name —
Browse the Web with Internet Explorer
Check e-mail with Outlook Express
Frequently used programs and — files appear here
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