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Making Your Programs Do What You Want Them to Do 22 · My Computer--This icon represents the folder that contains everything on your computer, in- cluding your hard disk, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, floppy disk drive, and so on. (To get the details, head for Chapter 6, "Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders.") · My Network Places--This icon represents your local area network, if your computer is attached to one. (See Chapter 31, "Using Windows XP's Networking Features.") For the Windows XP features, the Start menu is home to four icons: · Control Panel--This icon represents the Windows XP Control Panel feature, which you use to customize Windows XP. I talk about the Control Panel throughout this book. For a summary of what's in the Control Panel, see this book's inside back cover. · Help and Support--This icon represents the Windows XP Help feature, which offers guidance and instruction on the various Windows XP bits and pieces. · Search--This icon represents the Search feature, which you use to search for files on your hard disk, people in your Windows address book, information on the Internet, and more. I discuss file searching in Chapter 6 and Internet searching in Chapter 18. · Run--This icon represents the Run feature, which you use to start programs that aren't acces- sible via the Start menu, and sometimes to install programs. Chapter 6 is the place to go to find out how this works. Last and quite possibly least, for exiting Windows XP, the Start menu lines up two icons: · Log Off--This icon represents the logging off process, which enables another person to use Windows XP with their own settings and program. I talk about setting up Windows XP for different users in Chapter 13, "Avoiding Fistfights While Sharing Your Computer." · Turn Off Computer--(Windows XP Home) or Shut Down (Windows XP Professional) This icon represents the shutdown process, which you can use to either turn off or restart your computer. (See Chapter 2, "A Field Guide to Windows XP," for the specifics.) Maneuvering Around the Start Menu Now that you've met the denizens of the Start menu, you need to know how to make them do something useful. To launch an icon, you have two possibilities: · For every icon except All Programs, you need only click the icon, and Windows XP launches the program, folder, or feature without further ado. · Clicking the All Programs icon brings up another menu, as shown in Figure 3.2. As you can see, this new menu is filled with even more icons, some of which are duplicates of icons on the Start menu (Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Windows Media Player). To launch one of these icons, click it with your mouse.