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Your Twenty-Minute Window Workout 46 · Tile Windows Vertically--This command is similar to the Tile Windows Horizontally command, except that it arranges the windows into vertical strips. · Bring Desktop to Front--This command hides all the nonminimized windows so that you can see the full desktop. After you run this command, it changes to Send Desktop to Back which restores all your windows. Window Weightlifting: Using Scrollbars Depending on the program you're using, you often find that the document you're dealing with won't fit entirely inside the window's boundaries, even when you maximize the window. When this hap- pens, you need some way to move to the parts of the document you can't see. From the keyboard, you can use the basic navigation keys (the arrow keys, Page Up, and Page Down). Mouse users, as usual, have all the fun. To navigate through a document, they get to learn a new skill: how to use scrollbars. The scrollbar is the narrow strip that runs along the right side of most windows. Using the Notepad window shown in Figure 4.7, I've pointed out the major features of the average scrollbar. Here's how to use these features to get around inside a document: · The position of the scroll box gives you an idea of where you are in the document. For example, if the scroll box is about halfway down, you know you're somewhere near the middle of the document. Similarly, if the scroll box is near the bottom of the scrollbar, then you know you're near the end of the document. · To scroll down through the document one line at a time, click the down scroll arrow. To scroll continuously, press and hold down the left mouse button on the down scroll arrow. · To scroll up through the document one line at a time, click the up scroll arrow. To scroll contin- uously, press and hold down the left mouse button on the up scroll arrow. · To leap through the document one screen at a time, click inside the scrollbar between the scroll box and the scroll arrows. For example, to move down one screen, click inside the scrollbar between the scroll box and the down scroll arrow. · To move to a specific part of the document, drag the scroll box up or down. Note, as well, that many of the windows you work in will also sport a second scrollbar that runs horizontally along the bottom of the window. Horizontal scrollbars work the same as their vertical cousins, except that they let you move left and right in wide documents. Scrolling with a "Wheel" Mouse In early 1997, Microsoft introduced a radical new mouse design that incorporates a little wheel between the two buttons. If you have one of these rotary rodents (or one of the knockoffs that many other mouse makers have put out), you can scroll up and down through a document by rotating the wheel forward or backward. Some applications (such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer and the Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP pro- grams) also support a feature called panning that lets you scroll automatically through a document and control the speed. To enable panning, click the wheel button. The application will then display an origin mark (the position of this mark varies from application to application). Drag the pointer above the origin mark to scroll up; drag the pointer below the origin mark to scroll down. Note also that the farther the pointer is from the origin mark, the faster you scroll. To turn off panning, click the wheel again. The Least You Need to Know · Minimizing a window--This means that the window disappears from the desktop, although the program continues to run. You minimize a window by clicking the Minimize button in the upper-right corner.