By Alan Simpson

What the booklet covers: makes a speciality of home windows XP performance, this Bible covers the fundamentals (e.g., navigating your desktop) in addition to find out how to use the preferred net good points, customise the paintings surroundings, continue and tweak the approach, and use normal concepts for operating with textual content, numbers, and images. good points up to date insurance of XP Reloaded carrier Pack 2, and the hot model of Media participant.

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But it has to have an operating system to do anything at all, even start. The operating system is also your computer’s platform, the foundation upon which all other programs run. To illustrate what I mean by that, you can’t go to the store, buy any old graphics program off the shelf, and expect it to work on your computer. It has to be a graphics program for Windows XP. A graphics program for some other operating system, like the Mac OS, Linux, or UNIX, just won’t work on a Windows computer. The reverse is also true.

Choosing one over the other is simply a matter of personal preference. Anyway, no matter how you get to an object’s properties, those properties are displayed in a dialog box, which in turn contains controls that allow you to change the object’s properties. Different objects have different properties, and there are tons of them. But there are some definite basic skills and concepts you can learn that will apply to all objects and all dialog boxes. Using Dialog Boxes As mentioned previously, a dialog box is a set of options for you to choose from.

For example, the phrase “point to the Start button” means move the mouse pointer so that it’s resting on the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, as shown in Figure 1-4. 6 Part I ✦ Beginner’s Crash Course Figure 1-4: Pointing to the Start button Pointing to an item often displays its screen tip (also called a tooltip), like the words “Click here to begin” in Figure 1-4. Whenever you’re clueless about what some little symbol on your screen represents, point to it to see whether it has a screen tip.

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