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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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Command Prompt
This remnant lets old-time computer users boss their computers around by typing a command into an ugly text window. Don’t bother.
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Notepad
Windows comes with two word processors, WordPad and Notepad. WordPad is for the letters you’re sprucing up for other people to see. Notepad is for stuff you’re going to keep for yourself. It’s for typing quick stuff and saving it on the fly.
Unfortunately, Notepad tosses you into instant confusion: All the sentences head right off the edge of the window. To turn those single-line, runaway sentences into normal paragraphs, choose Word Wrap from the Edit menu. (After you change this option the first time, strangely enough, Windows XP remembers your preference and uses it each time you use Notepad in the future.)
Notepad doesn’t print exactly what you see on-screen. Instead, it prints according to the margins you set in Page Setup from the File menu. This quirk can lead to unpredictable results.
Paint
Paint creates rudimentary pictures and graphics to stick into other programs. It comes with more than an electronic paintbrush: It has a can of spray paint for that airbrushed look, several pencils of different widths, a paint roller for gobbing on a bunch of paint, and an eraser for when things get out of hand.
With such limited capabilities, Paint’s better for quick touch-ups than ground-zero creations. Use the View menu’s Zoom command and the Airbrush tool to remove spinach caught on somebody’s teeth in a digital photo, for instance.
You can copy drawings and pictures from Paint and paste them into just about any other Windows XP program. Paint enables you to add text and numbers to graphics, so you can add street names to maps copied from the Internet, put labels inside drawings, or add the vintage year to your wine labels.
Paint will open and save files in BMP, JPG, GIF, and TIF formats.
Program Compatibility Wizard
If a program seems reluctant to run on Windows XP, the Program Compatibility Wizard does a little coaxing. Fire up the wizard and select the problematic program. The wizard then tricks the program into thinking
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it’s running on an older version of Windows — a version that it’s more familiar with.
Sunchronize
Some people like to place a Web page on their desktops as a background. The Synchronize option sets up a timetable for how often Windows should automatically update that Web page — once a day, maximum.
(To add a Web page as a background, right-click on your desktop, choose Properties, click the Desktop tab, and choose Customize Desktop. Then click the Web tab and click the New button to add as many Web pages as you want.)
Tour Windows XP
New Windows users might benefit from taking the Windows XP tour — a multimedia extravaganza showing how to use the basic Windows features.
Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer provides views of files stored on your computer and lets you copy them from one place to another. I cover this in Chapter
11.
Windows Movie Maker
For years, Windows could only edit words. Eventually, it could edit sounds. Now, Windows XP jumps into the millennium with a program to edit movies from video cameras. It lets you arrange your clips any way you want and add soundtracks or voiceovers. It’s cool, it’s catchy, it’s too complicated to cover in this book, and it requires a special camcorder and a special video camera card. (Check out Windows Movie Maker For Dummies, written by Keith Underdahl and published by Hungry Minds, Inc.)
WordPad
Although its icon is fancy, WordPad isn’t quite as fancy as some of the more expensive word processors on the market. You can’t create tables or multiple columns, like the ones in newspapers or newsletters, nor can you double-space your reports. Ferget the spell checker, too.
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But WordPad’s great for quick letters, simple reports, and other basic stuff. You can change the fonts around to get reasonably fancy, too. That’s because WordPad can handle Windows TrueType fonts — that font technology that shapes how characters appear on-screen. You can create an elegant document by using some fancy TrueType fonts and mail it on a disk to somebody else. That person can view your letter in WordPad, and it looks the same as when you created it.
If you’ve just ditched your typewriter for Windows, remember this: On an electric typewriter, you have to press the Return key at the end of each line or else you start typing off the edge of the paper. Computers avoid that. They automatically drop down a line and continue the sentence. (Hip computer nerds call this phenomenon word wrap.)
StartUp
The StartUp folder lists programs that start automatically when Windows XP loads itself for a day’s work. It’s covered earlier in this chapter, in the section called “Making Windows start programs automatically.”
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