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Update settings when you install a new monitor (Windows XP)
- The price of new LCD monitors are dropping, and the used,
high-quality CRTs they're replacing can be obtained for a fraction of the
original price. Upgrading your monitor is fast and easy, but too many people
don't take full advantage of their new, bigger screen.
- Go to Start | Settings | Control Panel | Display |
Settings. The first settings you adjust should be the screen resolution and
color quality. Choose a combination of settings that looks good to you. Click
the Advanced button to make general, adapter, monitor, troubleshoot, and color
management adjustments. The next key setting is the refresh rate in the
Monitor tab. 60 Hz is the standard setting, but this setting can cause bigger
screens to flicker. Headaches and eyestrain are common results of screen
flicker. If you increase the refresh rate, the flicker will decrease. Check
the maximum rate for your monitor because rates above the maximum can damage
the hardware. In general, 85 HZ is safe on a newer monitor. Once the Display
Control panel settings are correct, you may need to adjust the
hardware-controlled settings like brightness, contrast, and screen size. New
monitors are good, but the right settings can make them great.
Back up your login password to avoid losing it altogether
- Microsoft Windows XPís Forgotten Password Wizard allows you
to create a password reset disk that you can use to recover your user account
and personalized computer settings in the event you forget your login
- The procedure to do so differs depending on whether your
computer is on a domain or in a workgroup, and whether itís an administrator
or limited account. For specific details on each procedure, search for the
phrase password reset disk in the Help and Support Center. If you choose to
create a password reset disk, make sure you keep it secure, as anyone with
access to the disk can change the associated accountís password.
Locate this XML file and choose the right backup feature
- Windows XPís System Restore feature is an excellent first
step for replacing system files Registry entries that were corrupted by a
virus or bad driver. It wonít back up and replace user files, such as
Favorites, or data files with extensions like .jpg or .doc. Before you use
System Restore to replace the existing registry with an old one, for example,
you might want to determine exactly which file types System Restore will
replace and which it will ignore.
- Fortunately, Windows XP stores a file named FileList.xml in
which it lists all the extensions System Restore recovers. You can view the
list from any Windows XP computer as long as you log in to the PC as a user
with access to the system files.
- To view the System Restore extension list:
- 1. Open Windows Explorer and select Tools | Folder
Options and select the View tab.
- 2. Deselect the Hide Protected Operating System Files
(Recommend) check box (if selected) and click OK.
- 3. In the resulting Warning dialog box, click OK, and
then click OK to close the Folder Options dialog box.
- 4. Navigate to %systemroot%\system32\restore (%systemroot%
is often C:\Windows) and double-click the file FileList.xml.
Turn back the clock with System Restore (Win XP)
- The System Restore feature, first available in Windows Me,
enables users and administrators to restore a computer to a previous state
without experiencing the loss of any data. This feature enables you to undo
any changes you've made to your system's hardware, software, or settings that
have left your computer in an undesirable state.
- All you need to do is first launch the System Restore
program. Simply click the Start button and choose All Programs | Accessories |
System Tools | System Restore. The System Restore feature monitors and tracks
changes you've made to your system and, at specific intervals, automatically
creates restore points or checkpoints when events such as program
installations occur. These checkpoints, automatically created every 10 hours
your computer runs regardless of whether you've made any major changes to your
OS, tell Windows XP to return your system's settings to this point in time
should XP experience any problems. You can apply thee automatic checkpoints to
your system by selecting the Restore My Computer To An Earlier time option
button. Then, select the restore point of your choice, click Next, and then
click Next again to restore your system to its last healthy state.
Stay up-to-date with DirectX so you avoid system crashes
- Microsoft DirectX is a suite of multimedia application
programming interfaces (APIs) built into Windows thatís employed by graphic-
or video-intensive business applications. Without the right version installed,
you might have problems that could crash your apps or even produce Windows
stop errors. Fortunately, you can use the DirectX End User Run Time monthly to
stay up-to-date with the latest patches so you guarantee smooth video sailing.
- To update your DirectX version using the DirectX End User
- 1. Per Microsoft, set a System Restore point (in XP) in
case problems arise. You canít uninstall DirectX End User Run Time.
- 2. Point your browser to www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2DA43D38-DB71-4C1B-BC6A-9B6652CD92A3&displaylang=en
and click on the Continue button to validate Windows.
- 3. Download and install the runtime. The installation is
- Once you click the Finish button on the last page of the
run timeís installation wizard, you can rest assured that youíve successfully
updated your system.
Head off hibernation problems before they arise
- If your computer suffers from errors when you bring it out
of hibernation, you should take some proactive steps for every hibernation
- Before and during hibernation/standby:
- Never change major hardware configurations. For example,
donít dock a laptop that was undocked when it entered standby, and never
attach USB devices during this time.
- Always close applications that donít work well with power
saving modes before forcing hibernation or standby. CD and DVD burning
applications and backup utilities are common culprits of computer
instability after resuming.
Crack down on unnecessary services that slow down your computer
- Few things irritate Windows power users more than a slow
computer, but the longer you have XP on your system, the slower it gets. Speed
things up now by eliminating unnecessary services.
- To help you expertly tune-up your system, we'll:
- Discuss how services get started in the first place and
your options for how they behave at startup.
- Stop a service right away so you can test the effects
that a service has on your daily Windows operations.
- Provide a guide to help you judge which services you can
safely stop and disable without negatively affecting your computer.
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Vista offers quick fixes for common clutter problems
- Windows Vista comes packed with quicker access to some of the utilities
you need, and long term solutions to some XP annoyances. You can use two such
quick fixes when de-cluttering your desktop.
- For a more organized Vista Start menu without the hassle of reordering it
by hand or by registry edit, use the Sort All Programs Menu By Name check box.
Unfortunately, the option doesnít apply to the Classic menu in Vista.
- If you want to hide system tray icons in Vista, you can more quickly
access the necessary dialog box. Just right-click in the system tray and
choose Customize Notification Icons.
Share your registry know-how and your
best tweaks without venturing into Registry Editor
- You make the most of Windows by tweaking the
registry, but when you share your knowledge and tweaks you'll find that it
takes forever to re-create them on other machines, and you face the danger of
corrupting their registries. Spare yourself the risk and the hassle by
exporting your tweaks to a REG file and importing it to other registries.
- To save time and trouble by tweaking
multiple XP registries with a single trip to Registry Editor, we'll:
- Provide an overview of registry keys and
values so you know what you're about to export.
- Create a registry value that customizes
how Windows labels new shortcuts that will cut down on shortcut creation
- Export the tweak as a REG file and review
it for any computer-specific information that you need to strip out.
- Import the REG file and test it out for
guaranteed quick-fix success.
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Stay secure and mobile with these
indispensable WiFi tips
- You want to access your company's LAN from
every conference room and the internet from anywhere, but your laptop's WiFi
connection doesn't always live up to expectations. With our guide to common
wireless problems that cause security and service lapses, you can troubleshoot
WiFi glitches in no time.
- To get your WiFi connections in working
- Examine XP-specific tools that you can use
to configure and troubleshoot your connections without fussing with a
- Discuss IP address assignments and how to
ensure your computer's IP address plays nice with the right network.
- Guarantee you connect to a secured WiFi
network to protect your computer.
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Tip: Connect two computers with a USB
cable, but beware
- You can connect two computers via a USB
cable in order to share files, but you canít use standard USB cables. Warning:
If you use a standard USB cable, you might damage the USB ports on both
systems, or even the respective system boards.
- Instead, you need to use a special USB
cable, known as a USB Bridge cable. A USB Bridge cable reverses both the send
and receive signals as well as the power voltage, so that you donít create a
Tip: Protect your computer AND tweak
your registry by skipping Registry Editor
- It's dangerous to work in the registry
because easy-to-make mistakes can cause irreparable damage to your computer.
But the changes you know you can make probably tempt you in. Fortunately, you
can make many registry changes without ever opening Registry Editor by using
the existing administrative tools, such as Control Panel, or Windows XP
PowerToys, such as TweakUI.
- Itís safer to make changes to the registry
with one of those tools because the GUIs safeguard the registry and prohibit
you from mistakenly making destructive changes.
- For example, you can create a registry value
of EnableBalloonTips in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
- \Advanced key and give it a value of 0 to
disable balloon tips. If you install TweakUI, you can do the same thing with a
simple check box.
Tip: Use Bit9 FileAdvisor to determine
a mystery file's origin
- If you find a file on your computer that you
don't recognize, you may worry that it's malware. Before you panic, check out
Bit9's free FileAdvisor to learn if the file comes from a legitimate source.
- To register with Bit9 and use FileAdvisor on
- 1. Point your browser to
- 2. In the Enter File Name Or Hash text
box, enter the name of the file youíre researching and click the Search
- 3. The Search Results page displays and
asks you to log in or register.
- 4. If you havenít registered, click the
Register ink and enter the required information. (Itís free!)
- 5. Click the Login link to log in.
FileAdvisor displays a list of files that match your search.
- 6. Click a file; FileAdvisor displays
information about the file you selected.
- As you can see, Bit9 tells you the suspect
fileís source, including a hyperlink to the website. At this time, FileAdvisor
lists only legitimate vendors, so you can click the hyperlink to safely
investigate the vendor. If Bit9 doesnít list a source, then kick your defense
mechanisms into high gear. Make sure your anti-virus program is up-to-date,
run a scan of your drive, and ensure youíre firewall is running.
Tip: Boot up more quickly by ditching
unnecessary startup programs
- To speed up your system, you should remove
unnecessary programs from the Startup list. These programs add to boot time
because Windows needs to load each one.
- To use MSCONFIG to prevent startup programs:
- 1. Select Start | Run, type msconfig in
the Open text box, and click OK to open the MSCONFIG utility.
- 2. Select the Startup tab.
- 3. Deselect the check box for all the
programs you donít want to run at boot up. Click OK.
- Your next boot up should run more smoothly,
as will your system after boot up.
Tip: Customize your Start menu so you
can get to your programs quickly
- If you're using the default Start menu that
comes with Windows XP, you might be missing out on some customizable features
that can help boost your productivity. Take a minute to check out your options
and even make a few changes for the better.
- To begin Start menu customizations:
- 1. Right-click on the Taskbar and choose
Properties to open the Taskbar And Start Menu Properties dialog box.
- 2. Click on the Start Menu tab and choose
the option button for Start Menu or Classic Start Menu.
- 3. Click the Customize button.
- You'll have different options depending on
whether you chose Classic Start Menu or Start Menu. Don't fear testing out
changes because you can always change them back.
Tip: Clean up your Start menu by
ditching unwanted help
- Letís say you want to streamline the Start
menu to reduce the clutter and make it easier to access programs. You can
accomplish this by removing the Help And Support shortcut from the Start menu.
- To remove the Help And Support shortcut from
the Windows XPís Start menu:
- 1. Right-click on the taskbar and choose
Properties. The Taskbar And Start Menu Properties dialog box opens.
- 2. Click on the Start Menu tab and then
- 3. In the resulting dialog box, click the
- 4. In the Start Menu Items list box,
deselect the Help And Support check box.
Tip: Take the express lane to a Windows
- If your system has frozen, you might find
that you need to shut down Windows as quickly as possible. Although you can
accomplish this task simply by pressing the power button on the computer,
thereís a way for you to shut down the computer that's less harmful to the
operating system. To do it:
- 1. Press [Ctrl][Alt][Delete] to display
the Windows Security dialog box.
- 2. Hold down the [Ctrl] key and click the
Shut Down button.
- 3. Click OK to confirm that you want to
perform an emergency shutdown of the computer.
- Be aware that when you perform an emergency
shutdown, Windows doesnít prompt you to save any open documents. To avoid
losing your work, make sure that you save anything youíre currently working on
(if possible) before performing an emergency shutdown.
Tip: Rid your Add/Remove Programs
dialog box of pesky, out-dated entries
- If you frequently install new software
programs, and then remove them when youíve finished so as not to clutter up
your system, you may be surprised to see them still appear in your Add/Remove
Programs list. Sometimes a programís uninstall operation doesnít completely
remove all traces of the program from your system. Luckily, with a simple
registry edit, you can remove these programs from the list.
- Caution: Since making changes to the
registry with the Registry Editor can be dangerous, we strongly suggest that
you back up the registry before you perform the operations outlined here.
- To remove previously uninstalled programs
from the Add/Remove list:
- 1. Log on to the computer as a user with
- 2. Select Start | Run, type regedit in the
Open text box and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
- 3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Uninstall. A list of all the programs available displays in
your Add/Remove Programs list.
- 4. Select an entry from the list on the
left and press the [Delete] key.
- 5. Click Yes in the confirmation message
box to remove it.
- 6. Close the Registry Editor and restart
Windows; the item is now gone from the Add/Remove Programs list.
Tip: Is something missing here? Sure,
but you can add hardware after SP2
- Creatures of habit who recently upgraded
systems to Windows XP Service Pack 2 probably adapt well to the large,
advertised changes Microsoft warned people about. On the other hand, Microsoft
introduced some small changes that they didnít discuss at length that might
have you searching for alternatives.
- One such change is that Microsoft removed
the Hardware Wizard button from the Hardware tab of System Properties. While
the removal may inconvenience you, you can work around it. If you must access
to the Hardware Wizard, youíll need to access it by launching the Add Hardware
shortcut in Control Panel.
Tip: Locate this XML file and choose
the right backup feature
- Windows XPís System Restore feature is an
excellent first step for replacing system files Registry entries that were
corrupted by a virus or bad driver. It wonít back up and replace user files,
such as Favorites, or data files with extensions like .jpg or .doc. Before you
use System Restore to replace the existing registry with an old one, for
example, you might want to determine exactly which file types System Restore
will replace and which it will ignore.
Fortunately, Windows XP stores a file named FileList.xml in which it lists all
the extensions System Restore recovers. You can view the list from any Windows
XP computer as long as you log in to the PC as a user with access to the
- To view the System Restore extension list:
- 1. Open Windows Explorer and select Tools
| Folder Options and select the View tab.
- 2. Deselect the Hide Protected Operating
System Files (Recommend) check box (if selected) and click OK.
- 3. In the resulting Warning dialog box,
click OK, and then click OK to close the Folder Options dialog box.
- 4. Navigate to %systemroot%\system32\restore
(%systemroot% is often C:\Windows) and double-click the file FileList.xml.
Tip: Simple upgrades might sabotage
your recovery plan
- If you planned ahead, you mightíve installed
Recovery Console on a Windows XP computer. By doing so, you can more quickly
address failures for which reconfiguring services or replacing damaged files
from a CD or floppy would be helpful. Unfortunately, if you upgraded to
Windows XP SP2 or converted the drive to NTFS, the changed removed the
Recovery Console installation, without warning you! Before you get caught
without the Console at hand, install it again.
- To install Recovery Console:
- 1. Insert your Windows XP Professional
installation CD into your CD-ROM drive and close the install if it runs
- 2. Select Start | Run, and in the Open
text box, type d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons replacing d:, if necessary, with
your CD-ROM drive letter.
- 3. Press [Enter]. When the Windows Setup
dialog box appears, confirm the installation by clicking Yes to start the
- 4. Press [Esc] to interrupt Dynamic
- 5. When the installation is complete,
restart the computer
An entry for Microsoft Windows Recovery Console appears on the boot menu.
Tip: Checking out the Task Scheduler
- If you're taking advantage of XP's Task
Scheduler, you most likely take for granted that each task you've added is
being performed. However, if you want some added reassurance that Task
Scheduler is doing its job, all you need to do is check out the Task Scheduler
- Click the Start button, and then choose All
Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Scheduled Tasks. Then, choose Advanced
| View Log. You'll find a lengthy text file that details every recent action
of the Task Scheduler, the dates and times the tasks were run, and whether
Task Scheduler was able to complete the actions.
Tip: Display the Sharing tab
- If you've upgraded to Windows XP from
Windows 2000, you may be confused when you expect to see the Sharing tab in a
folder's Properties dialog box and the tab is nowhere to be found. In Windows
XP, this feature is missing by default, but you can make your OS display the
Sharing tab if desired.
- Simply open My Computer, and then choose
Tools | Folder Options. Select the View tab. In the Advanced Settings section,
scroll down to the bottom and deselect the Use Simple File Sharing
(Recommended) check box, and then click OK. You can now share your folders on
your local area network just as you would in Windows 2000.
Tip: Hide the clock to expand your
- If you have a bunch of icons in your
notification tray (also referred to as the system tray), that area of the
taskbar may quickly become over cluttered. One way to expand the amount of
real estate given to the notification tray is to hide the clock from view.
- To do so, right-click on the Start button
and choose Properties. On the Taskbar property sheet, deselect the Show The
Clock check box, and then click OK.
Tip: Turn back the clock with System
Restore (Win XP)
- The System Restore feature, first available
in Windows Me, enables users and administrators to restore a computer to a
previous state without experiencing the loss of any data. This feature enables
you to undo any changes you've made to your system's hardware, software, or
settings that have left your computer in an undesirable state.
- All you need to do is first launch the
System Restore program. Simply click the Start button and choose All Programs
| Accessories | System Tools | System Restore. The System Restore feature
monitors and tracks changes you've made to your system and, at specific
intervals, automatically creates restore points or checkpoints when events
such as program installations occur. These checkpoints, automatically created
every 10 hours your computer runs regardless of whether you've made any major
changes to your OS, tell Windows XP to return your system's settings to this
point in time should XP experience any problems. You can apply these automatic
checkpoints to your system by selecting the Restore My Computer To An Earlier
time option button. Then, select the restore point of your choice, click Next,
and then click Next again to restore your system to its last healthy state.
Tip: Change the default applications
appearing in your Start menu (Win XP)
- In Microsoft Windows XP, your favorite
programs are displayed in the top-left column of the Start menu. By default,
you'll begin with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook Express;
however, you can easily have a different set of programs appear here.
- To do so, simply right-click on an empty
portion of the Start menu's left column and select Properties. Then, click the
Customize button. At the bottom of the General property sheet, deselect the
program you no longer want displayed (either Internet, E-mail, or both), and
then click OK. Then, using Windows Explorer or My Computer, navigate to the
program you want to appear on the Start menu instead. Right-click on the
program and select Pin To Start Menu.
Tip: Change your mouse pointer (Win XP)
- One of the neatest updates to Microsoft's
latest operating system is your ability to customize so much of Windows XP to
suit your individual tastes and style. And this includes your ability to
change your mouse pointer from an arrow or an hourglass to a cool alternative
of your choice.
- All you need to do is open Control Panel,
and then double-click on the Mouse icon. Next, select the Pointers tab. From
the Scheme dropdown list, select a scheme to preview its pointers. Windows XP
offers a number of alternative pointer schemes, such as Dinosaur, Old
Fashioned, and Conductor. Once you find one you like, click OK to apply the
scheme to your desktop.
Tip: Locate a forgotten Microsoft
Internet Explorer web page (Win XP)
- If you're a frequent web surfer, you likely
browse through dozens of pages every day, and may sometimes forget to bookmark
a crucial page. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 gives you a way to recover the
page using its History feature. To enable and use it, open Internet Explorer
and click the History button (or choose View | Explorer Bar | History). The
History pane appears on the left side of the Internet Explorer window and
contains shortcuts to every page you visited up to three weeks ago. By
default, the links are organized by date. Click on the link corresponding to
the week in which you believe you last viewed the site. Links in each week's
groupings are listed alphabetically.
- You can also change the number of days pages
are saved in the History pane. To do so, choose Tools | Internet Options. On
the General property sheet, change the number in the Days To Keep Pages In
History spin box. Then, click OK.
Tip: Scroll through your documents
hands-free (Win XP)
- If you often have to use your mouse or
keyboard to scroll though long documents looking for one particular section,
then you know how tedious it can be to continuously move your documentís
scroll bar up and down, or to page up and down using the keyboardís arrow
keys. However, if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can page through
documents automatically and hands-free. Hereís how to do it.
- Open your document. Click the bottom portion
of your scroll wheel once and youíll see a double-headed arrow with a dot
appear on your screen. (Be careful not to inadvertently click one of the mouse
buttons at the same time.) Gently move the mouse in the direction you wish to
scroll (either up or down), and then remove your hand from the mouse. Your
document will then scroll in the direction you chose automatically. Click one
of the mouse buttons, or press any key on the keyboard to stop the mouse from
automatically scrolling once youíve reached the place in your document for
which you were searching.
Tip: Working with the Classic Start
menu (Microsoft Windows XP)
- Microsoft redesigned much of the Windows
interface in Windows XP, but if you're not a fan of the new two-column Start
menu, you can easily revert to the classic one-column version.
- Simply right-click on the taskbar and choose
Properties. Select the Start Menu tab and then select the Classic Start Menu
option button. If you click on the Customize button you can choose exactly
which options you'd like to display on the one-column Start menu.
Tip: Automatically end unresponsive
tasks in Windows XP
- Have you ever been frustrated by system
freezes that occur when a particular program stops responding? If so, you can
end the wait and get back to working faster simply by having Windows XP end
the programs automatically after a certain amount of time has passed.
- All you need to do is open the Registry
Editor by clicking the Start button, choosing Run, and typing Regedit in the
Open text box. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop and
double-click on the AutoEndTasks value. Change the Value Data to 1, and then
click OK. Next, open the WaitToKillAppTimeout value and change the Value Data
to the number of milliseconds you want XP to wait before terminating the
unresponsive application. Then, click OK.
Tip: Delete unnecessary Thumbs.db files
in Windows XP
- Have you ever been mystified as to how the
small Thumbs.db files end up in your Windows XP folders? When viewing a folder
with the Thumbnails view, Windows XP creates a Thumbs.db file, which is a
cache of the current pictures in that folder. If you want to get rid of these
annoying extra files and save a little disk space, you can easily do so.
- Open Windows Explorer, choose Tools | Folder
Options, and then select the View tab. Under Files And Folders, select the Do
Not Cache Thumbnails check box, and then click Apply and OK.
Tip: Quickly adjust your speakers by
adding the Volume icon to the system tray (Microsoft Windows XP)
- If you often need to adjust the volume of
your speakers or headphones while listening to tunes at work, you can have
faster access to volume control settings on your Windows XP system simply by
adding an icon to your system tray.
- All you need to do is open the Control Panel
and double-click on the Sounds And Audio Devices applet. On the Volume
property sheet, select the Place Volume Icon In The Taskbar check box, and
then click OK. You can now adjust your sound settings by double-clicking on
the speaker icon in your system tray.
Tip: View maximum screen real estate
while browsing (Microsoft Windows XP)
- If you find yourself constantly scrolling
web pages while surfing online, you can easily view more of Internet
Explorer's screen with a simple keyboard stroke. Simply press [F11], and
Internet Explorer switches to Full Screen mode. In this view, the Windows
taskbar and system tray on the bottom of your screen disappear. To get the
most possible viewing space, right-click on the empty gray area on the right
side of the top menu bar and select Auto-Hide. This will hide the top menu bar
as well. Simply hover your mouse over the bottom or top of the screen to
display the corresponding menu or taskbar. You can exit this view mode by
pressing [F11] again.
Tip: Control your cookie intake in
- If you're worried about too many cookies
being stored on your PC, you'll be pleased to know that there's an easy way to
control your PC's cookie intake. Just click the Start button and then choose
Control Panel. If you're using Category view, click on the Network And
Internet Connections link and then click on Internet Options. If you're using
Classic view, double-click on the Internet Options icon.
- Next, select the Privacy tab, and use the
slider bar to modify your cookie settings. To increase your PC security, try
out all the privacy settings in this property sheet to choose the best one for
your needs. The lowest level is Accept All Cookies while the highest is Block
All Cookies, with Low, Medium, Medium-high, and High settings in between.
Tip: Save time by simultaneously
closing all open applications (Win XP)
Tip: Highlight your Address Bar without using your mouse (Win XP)
- When youíre done working on your computer
for the day, you probably close each open application individually. If so,
chances are that youíve wished you could close all your open applications at
the same time. Fortunately, Windows XP includes a hidden technique that allows
you to do so.
- To begin, hold down the [Ctrl] key and click
on each application button on your taskbar. When you do, youíll notice that
each button remains selected. Once youíve selected all the application buttons
on the taskbar, right-click on any one of them and select the Close command
(or Close Group if you have open more than one file of each application type)
from the shortcut menu. When you do, all your applications close. If you have
any application in which an open file hasnít yet been saved, that application
prompts you to save the file.
- Instead of reaching for your mouse to click in your address bar
and type a new URL, press [Alt]D instead. This highlights the
current address in IE so that you can instantly type a new
address or paste a URL you've copied by pressing [Ctrl]V. In
addition, you can quickly move your cursor to different sections
of a URL by pressing [Ctrl][Left Arrow] to go back, or
[Ctrl][Right Arrow] to go forward.
Tip: Rearrange Internet Explorer's toolbars (Win XP)
- information you can view on your screen at
one time with Internet Explorer. One simple way is to condense, expand, or
remove Internet Explorer's toolbars.
- To rearrange Internet Explorer's toolbars,
click on the end of any of the toolbars and hold down the mouse button while
dragging it to a new location. You can also shrink or enlarge the height or
width of a toolbar by hovering your mouse pointer over the edge of a toolbar
until it changes to a double-sided arrow. Then, click and drag the edge closer
to or farther from the opposite side to change the toolbar's size. Finally,
you can disable, enable, or change what's available on any of these toolbars
by right-clicking on one and making the appropriate changes in the resulting
shortcut menu. You can also access this capability by choosing View | Toolbars
from the Internet Explorer menu bar.
Tip: Avoid seeing the Close Connection message box when disconnecting
a dial-up connection (Win XP)
- If you're using a dial-up service to access the internet,
Windows XP may prompt you with a message box asking you if you
want to close your internet connection whenever you exit your web
browser or your email program. While this little reminder might
be nice if you're new to surfing, it can turn into a nuisance
once you've become a veteran. Luckily, we've discovered a way to
disable this message and prevent it from appearing again.
Click the Start button and then choose Control Panel. If you're
using Classic view, double-click on the Internet Options icon. If
you're using Category view, click on the Network And Internet
Connections link, and then click on the Internet Connections
link. Select the Connections tab, click once on your internet
connection in the Dial-up And Virtual Private Network Settings
list box, and then click Settings. Click the Advanced button and
then uncheck the Disconnect When Connection May No Longer Be
Needed option button. When you've finished, click OK.
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