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Modifying Your Display

Because you'll probably spend a lot of time staring at your computer screen, you might as well enjoy the view. Windows allows you to modify the colors used on Windows elements, such as the desktop, dialog boxes, menu bars, and so on. Also, Windows offers themes, which are sets of sounds, backgrounds, colors, and special icons you can apply as a set. Finally, you can change the desktop background image, designate a screen saver to appear when your computer has remained inactive for a few minutes, and set the screen resolution and color quality levels.

Choosing Color, Background, and Themes

With Windows XP, Microsoft has changed the way you make the most of your computer display settings. In previous versions of Windows, several sets of color schemes and themes were included. Now you have a limited choice, and you have to buy a product called Windows XP Plus to get additional display choices. In some ways, that makes sense, both because all those graphics preinstalled on your system took up a chunk of memory and because today people have access to a great many scanned or downloaded graphics of their own that they can use as desktop backgrounds.


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