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2. Basic Explorer Coping Skills > 2.3. Customizing the Interface

Customizing the Interface

Microsoft has positioned the Desktop as the root of all other objects in the imaginary hierarchy depicted by Explorer’s tree. This includes all drives, the Control Panel, My Network Places, My Documents, and — in terms of the layout of the interface — the Start Menu and all running applications.

The following topics cover some fundamental tasks when dealing with the desktop and other aspects of the shell, such as making sure your desktop layout remains intact and tweaking the Start Menu.

Dealing with Themes, Schemes, Styles, and Skins

Windows XP has a bunch of ways for you to save — and later retrieve — your preferences, but the inconsistent way Microsoft uses and names these features can be confusing and irritating. The best way to deal with schemes, styles, and themes is to understand their scope and learn when to use them.


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