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Chapter 4.  Configuring the Windows 2000 Interface

Chapter 4. Configuring the Windows 2000 Interface

Perhaps no other topic arouses more interest than tweaking the user interface. Whether it's something as simple as making the wallpaper fit on the desktop or as complex as integrating live Internet content on the desktop, you'll find the answers to your interface configuration questions in this chapter. For example, you'll learn how to configure and use multiple monitors to extend your desktop area.

The Startup folder, which Windows 2000 uses to execute programs automatically at startup, is also covered in some detail in this chapter along with other methods for automatically starting programs. You can bypass the Startup folder when needed to prevent programs from executing, move the Startup folder to a different location, and modify the registry to control program execution.

Customization of the interface is another hot topic, and you'll find plenty of information in this chapter. Windows 2000 enables you to modify the Start menu, add and remove items from the taskbar, create your own floating toolbars, rearrange the Start menu items, add administrative and other common items to the Start menu, and much more. You'll also find quick fixes to annoying problems like a Start menu item such as the Control Panel expanding rather than opening when you click it.

In addition to the Start menu and taskbar, you'll find several solutions to customization issues with folders, the desktop, the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, special desktop and menu effects, and other topics of interest to most users. You'll also learn a handful of ways to control the way applications start, how to use command-line switches for shortcuts, and how to start programs with cmd.exe.

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