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Chapter 24. Refurbishing the Desktop > Changing the Desktop Colors and Fonts - Pg. 287

Refurbishing the Desktop 287 Most folks use screen savers for the fun factor, but they have a practical side, as well. For example, if you set up the screen saver to kick in very soon (say, after just one minute), then it's useful for hiding your screen when you're not at your desk. Also, as you'll see in this section, you can secure your computer by adding a password to the screen saver. · On resume, password protect--(Windows XP Pro) Activate this check box to have Windows XP Professional display the Computer Locked dialog box when you shut off the screen saver. In this case, you have to enter your password to get back to Windows. · Preview--Click this button to give the screen saver a trial run. To return to the dialog box, move your mouse or press any key. · Settings--Click this button to set various options for the screen saver (note, however, that some screen savers don't have any options). The Settings dialog box that appears depends on which screen saver you chose. Choose the options you want, and then click OK to return to the Display Properties dialog box. Changing the Desktop Colors and Fonts It's possible to redo much more of the Windows XP interface (as the geeks like to call the stuff you see on your screen) than just the desktop background. Among many other things, you can change the font, color, and size of icon titles; the color of window title bars, scrollbars, and backgrounds; and the fonts and colors used in dialog boxes. This section shows you how to do it. It all happens in the Appearance tab of the Display Properties dialog box. The easiest way to change things is to select one of the ready-made settings from the following lists: · Windows and buttons--The styles in this list control the overall look of your windows (including the shape and colors) and the buttons that appear in the windows (including dialog box command