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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 There’s another way to load a program that’s not listed — if you know where the program’s living on your hard drive. Choose Run from the Start button menu, type the program’s name, and press Enter. If Windows XP finds the program, it runs it. If it can’t find the program, though, click the Browse button. Yet another dialog box appears, and this time it lists programs by name. Pick your way through the dialog box until you see your program; then doubleclick its name and click the OK button to load it.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
A If you don’t know how to pick your way through this particular dialog box, head to the section of Chapter 5 on opening a file. (This particular dialog box rears its head every time you load or save a file or open a program.)
Adding a program's icon to the Start menu
The Windows XP Start button works great — until you’re hankering for something that’s not listed on its menu. How do you add a favorite program’s icon to the Start menu? Windows XP makes it easier than ever.
When you install a program, as described in Chapter 14, the program almost always adds itself to the Start menu automatically. Then it announces its presence to you and to all the other users of the computer, as shown in Figure 10-13.
Figure 10-13:
Most newly installed programs add themselves to the Start menu’s All Programs area and announce their presence.
To see the newly installed program, click the words All Programs (located right above the Start button on the Start menu), and a huge menu of additional programs appears. See how the words Button Studio are highlighted in Figure 10-14? That’s the newly installed program, so Windows XP highlights it and usually places it in alphabetical order on the menu.
Chapter 10: Your Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar (And Programs)
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Click the words All Programs to see the newly installed program — Button Studio, in this case — which appears highlighted and in alphabetical order on the menu.
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A There’s another way to add a program to the Start menu. Windows XP adds icons for your five most-frequently used programs to the Start menu’s left column. If you come across an icon or shortcut for a program that you’d like to appear there, right-click on the icon. Choose Pin to Start Menu from the menu that appears, and Windows places that icon in the left column of your Start menu.
A To get rid of unwanted icons from the Start menu’s left column, right-click on the icons and choose Remove from This List; they disappear. Remember, though, the icons on the Start menu are just shortcuts. Removing the icon from the list doesn’t remove the program from your computer.
A Here’s a dirty little secret: The Start menu isn’t really anything special. It’s simply one of many folders on your hard drive. In fact, your entire desktop is just a folder, too. Chapter 11 shows how to explore the folders living on your hard drive, so don’t be surprised when you discover folders named Desktop and Start Menu on your C drive.
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Making Windows start programs automatically
Many people sit down at a computer, turn it on, and go through the same mechanical process of loading their oft-used programs. Believe it or not, Windows XP can automate this computerized task.
The solution is the StartUp folder, found lurking in the Start button’s All Programs area. When Windows XP wakes up, it peeks inside that StartUp folder. If it finds a shortcut lurking inside, it grabs that shortcut’s program and tosses it onto the screen.
Here’s how to determine which programs wake up along with Windows XP and which ones get to sleep in a little:
1. Right-click on the Start button and choose the Open option.
The My Computer program comes to the screen, displaying a Programs folder.
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