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1. Getting Started > 1.2. Controlling Your Monitor and Sounds

Controlling Your Monitor and Sounds

You spend half your life looking at and listening to your computer. Why settle for lame displays and cacophonous sounds? This section reveals stunning monitor and sound tricks that most people don’t even know about. Some are just for fun (like building a customized startup sound), while others are powerful work tools (like attaching additional monitors).

Insta-Mute

Here’s a quiz: You’re blasting the latest Yeah Yeah Yeahs CD or your favorite Internet radio station when your phone rings. (You can’t hear the phone, but you can see it flashing.) What do you do?

Answer: In the system tray (also known as the notification area), which is in the far right corner of the taskbar at the bottom your screen, click the volume icon—the small, round icon that looks like a speaker. A dialog box, shown in Figure 1-4, appears. When you choose Mute, the sound stops immediately.


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