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Personalizing Your
Windows Environment

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Types of Desktop Icons

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Creating and Storing a Document
on the Desktop

• Right-click an empty area of the desktop, and


then point to New on the shortcut menu
• Click the type of document you want to create
• Type a name for the document that appears on
the desktop as a document icon

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Opening a Document Stored
on the Desktop

• To open a document that is stored on the


desktop, you double-click its icon

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Creating a LOG File

• Notepad automatically inserts the date when you


open a document only if the document begins with
.LOG in uppercase letters

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Using Shortcuts

• Shortcuts are quick ways to access an object


on your computer without going to its
permanent location

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Deleting Shortcut Icons

• If you delete a document icon, you also delete


the document
• If you delete a shortcut icon, you don’t delete the
document itself because it is stored elsewhere
• To delete a shortcut, click the shortcut icon to
select it and then press the Delete key

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Using the Control Panel

• The Control Panel is a window that contains


specialized tools you use to change the way
Windows looks and behaves
• All of the Control Panel tools provide access to a
dialog box that lets you select or change the
properties, or characteristics, of an object

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Control Panel

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Control Panel Categories

• Appearance and Themes


• Network and Internet Connections
• Add or Remove Programs
• Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices
• Performance and Maintenance
• Printers and Other Hardware
• User Accounts
• Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options
• Accessibility Options
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Opening the Appearance and Themes
Category

• In the right pane of the Control Panel, click


Appearance and Themes

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Changing Your Desktop’s Background

• In the Appearance and


Themes window, click
Change the desktop
background
• If necessary, click (None) in
the Background list if it is not
already selected
• Click the Color list arrow and
choose the color you wish to
set as your background color

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Changing the Appearance of Desktop
Elements

• Open the Display


Properties dialog box
• Click the Appearance
tab in the Display
Properties dialog box

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Screen Savers

• A screen saver blanks the screen or displays a


moving design whenever you haven’t worked
with the computer for a specified period of time
• You can select how long you want the computer
to sit idle before the screen saver activates
• Windows XP provides a wide variety of screen
savers

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Activating a Screen Saver

• Click the Screen Saver tab in the Display


Properties dialog box
• Click the Screen saver list arrow, and then select
your desired screen saver
• Click the Preview button
• When you’re finished previewing the screen
saver, move the mouse and then click the OK
button

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Activating a Screen Saver

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Changing the Screen Resolution

• Open the Appearance


and Themes window,
and then click Change
the screen resolution
• Drag the Screen
resolution slider to the
left or right, to select the
desired resolution

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Viewing the Color Settings

• Click the Color quality


list arrow to display the
list of color palettes and
select the desired color
quality
• Click the OK button

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Moving and Resizing the Taskbar

• Make sure the taskbar is unlocked. To do so, right-


click any blank area on the taskbar, and then click
Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu to remove
the check mark
• To move the taskbar, click a blank area on the
taskbar, hold down the left mouse button, and drag
the taskbar to a new location
• To resize the taskbar, move the mouse pointer over
the taskbar border until the pointer changes, then
drag the border to the desired width

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Moving and Resizing the Taskbar

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Setting Taskbar Appearance XP
Properties

• Right-click a blank area in the taskbar, and click


Properties on the shortcut menu

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Working with Taskbar Toolbars

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Displaying a Taskbar Toolbar

• Right-click a blank area of the taskbar, point to


Toolbars, and then click the name of the toolbar
you want to edit

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Creating a Custom Taskbar Toolbar

• To create a new toolbar, right-click a blank area


of the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and then click
New Toolbar
• In the New Toolbar dialog box, click the folder or
object you want to turn into a toolbar, and then
click the OK button

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Adding an Item to the Start Menu

• Right-click a blank area of the taskbar, and then click


Properties on the shortcut menu
• Click the Start Menu tab in the Taskbar and Start
Menu Properties dialog box, and then click the
Customize button
• Click the Advanced tab in the Customize the Start
Menu dialog box
• In the Start menu items list, select the file, folder, or
object that you want to add to the Start menu
• Click the OK button
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Selecting Start Menu Settings

• Control Panel • My Network Places


• Enable dragging and • My Pictures
dropping • Network Connections
• Favorites menu • Printers and Faxes
• Help and Support • Run command
• My Computer • Scroll Programs
• My Documents • Search
• My Music • System Administrative
Tools

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Removing a Start Menu Item

• Right-click a blank area of the taskbar, and then


click Properties on the shortcut menu
• Click the Start menu tab on the Taskbar and Start
Menu Properties dialog box
• Click the Customize button to open the
Customize Start Menu dialog box
• In the Start menu items list, deselect the item that
you want to remove, and then click the OK button

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