The Desktop by wuyunqing

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									                                        The Desktop
                                    Where it all takes place

START Button
 opens the Start menu
   – you can run the whole show from here: Programs, Documents, Settings, Find, Help, Run & Shut
        down
   – right pointing triangles indicate more options
   – follow the path to the file or program you want
   – you can add your favorite programs & documents to the top of the menu
 All Programs
    lists all the application software you have installed
                Windows applications
                         – Accessories
                          Paint
                          WordPad
                          Calculator
                          Games
 Documents
    shows the last 15 documents worked upon
    may not show some DOS program documents
 Settings
  Control panels
    the way to control the look and feel of your computer
        – mouse,
                 adjust double click speed, pointer tails, pointer size & switch buttons
        – keyboard
                 adjust key repeat rate, cursor blink rate, & language
        – display
                 adjust desktop colors (appearance), set screen savers, & change the wallpaper
        – accessibility options
        – add/remove hardware
        – add/remove software
    an alternate way to access printer options
  Printer settings
    add and remove printers
    select printers
    set a default printer
  Taskbar settings
    Taskbar options
        – hide Taskbar so it doesn’t use so much space
    Customize the Start button
        – add/remove and arrange programs and documents for quick access
  Find
    opens a dialog box
    find what you want
       – filenames
       – folders
       – use a word, from the text, to find a document
    Same as F3
 Help
    help for almost any question about Windows 95
    troubleshooting guide
    same as F1
 Run
    used to setup or install new programs
    can be used to run programs off CD-ROM's
    can be used to launch programs
 Shut down
    makes sure all files are safely closed
    deletes any temp files
    tells you it’s O.K.. to turn off the power
Taskbar
 where the open windows go when you minimize them
 can be easily moved
 quickly switch between open programs and documents
My Computer
 view the components available on your computer
 view, open, add and delete folders and files on disk drives
 view and open folders and files on CD-ROM drives
 use right mouse click to open Explorer
 format floppy disks
    Right click on the A drive and choose format
 create Shortcuts
    Right click on the program for which you want to make a shortcut
    Choose Create shortcut
    Click and drag the shortcut to the Desktop or cut and paste it to the Desktop
 access Control Panels
 access Printer Controls
Recycle Bin
 Files, folders and programs you cut or discard are put here
 You can retrieve recently deleted files
 Uses up to 10% of your hard drive for storage (you can adjust this)
 Permanently deletes the oldest files when the space fills up
                                              PRACTICE


Format a disk and move files.
1. Open My Computer. Put a blank disk in the a: drive.
2. Single click the icon for drive a: (If you double click you will open the disk in Explorer.)
3. From the File menu, choose Format.
4. Note: Formatting a disk removes all information from the disk. You cannot format a disk if there
    are files open on that disk.
5. After the disk is formatted, find the test2 file. (Look in the files and folders on the c: drive) Copy
    test2 to the a drive. Switch to My Computer and double click the a drive icon and see if test2 is
    there. (Hint: Use Find from the Start menu to find the file.)
Or..
Burn Files to a CD*
1. Put a blank CD-R or CD-RW in your CD drive
2. Copy files from your computer, to the CD.
        a. You can copy files from your computer, to the CD in one of two ways: drag & drop, or
             ―Send To…‖.
        b. Drag & Drop is pretty self-explanatory: find the file that you want to burn, click on it’s icon,
             and drag it to the CD drive’s icon in My Computer while holding down the left mouse
             button.
        c. ―Send To…‖ can be accomplished from the context menu, accessed via right-click. Click
             the right mouse button on the file that you want on your CD. In the menu that appears,
             move your mouse over ―Send To…‖. A new menu will slide out — in this new menu, click
             on the CD drive’s icon.
3. Write the files to the CD.
        a. If you browse to My Computer and double-click on your writeable CD drive, you’ll see
             icons for all the files that are going to be burned to your blank disc. Don’t be alarmed that
             the icons are faded out — that’s normal. The faded icons indicate that the files are not
             actually on the CD yet, but they will be there once you complete the burn.
        b. Look at the column along the left-hand side of the window that you’re looking at, and locate
             the link called ―Write files to CD‖. Click on this link and Windows will begin the burn
             process. After a few minutes, all of the files that you selected will be burned on the CD, and
             you’ll be able to eject the disc and use it in any other computer.
    *From: http://www.ofzenandcomputing.com/zanswers/151#

Use the RUN command. (This command is used to run a program from the Start menu and to install
new software.)
1. Click the Start button and select Run.
2. Click the BROWSE button. Double click to choose the C: drive, the Program files, the
   Accessories and then MSPaint.exe
3. This will put you back in the Run dialog box, with the path spelled out.
4. Now click on the O.K. button in Run. This will launch the Paint program.
Change the "feel" of the computer with the Control Panels.
Change your Wallpaper.
1. Click the Start button. Select Settings and Control Panels.
2. Open Display.
3. Choose a different Wallpaper and click on apply.

Change the color scheme on your computer.
1. Click the Start button. Select Settings and Control Panels.
2. Open Display.
3. Click on the appearance tab.
4. Click on the down arrow by Scheme.
5. Click in the list and then scroll up and down with the cursor control keys to see what different
   schemes are available.
6. Choose the one you like. Click on the Apply button to effect the change.
7. OPTIONAL: If you feel brave adjust the scheme using the item drop down list to change different
   elements. Click on Save As and give your new scheme a name so you can use it again.

Change your double click speed.
1. Click the Start button. Select Settings and Control Panels.
2. Double click on the Mouse control.
3. Use the jack-in-the-box to check your double click speed.
4. If you cannot get the jack to jump up and down easily, adjust the slide control (click & drag it) to
   the left to slow down the speed.
Note: You can switch your left and right mouse buttons in this control panel too.

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