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4. Tinkering Techniques > 4.1. Customizing Your Desktop

Customizing Your Desktop

The default configuration of Windows XP—including the way the desktop and Start Menu are configured and which optional Windows components are installed—was decided by a committee at Microsoft. The motivation was not so much ease of use as it was how to best showcase the features included in the new operating system. This criterion may be great for the marketing department at Microsoft, but it doesn’t make for a very pleasant experience for the user.

The best place to start when customizing an interface is to throw out all the stuff you don’t want, which will make much more room for the stuff you actually use. By not being forced to wade through dozens of icons or menu items to find the one you want, you can complete your work more easily and with less aggravation.


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