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Properties

The Properties window (sometimes called the Properties sheet) is a dialog box that serves a very specific purpose: to display and allow changes to the settings associated with a file, folder, or other object in Windows. Most objects have Properties sheets, almost always accessible by right-clicking and selecting Properties, as shown in Figure 3-19. (You can also display Properties by holding Alt and double-clicking, or if the item is already highlighted, by pressing Alt-Enter.) Many items in the Control Panel can be quickly accessed by right-clicking on various interface elements and selecting Properties; for example:

  • My Network Places icon Properties points to Network Connections

  • Empty portion of the Desktop Properties points to Display Properties

  • My Computer icon Properties points to System Properties

  • Taskbar or Start button Properties points to Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

  • Clock (in the notification area) Properties points to Time and Date Properties

Figure 3-21. Right-click an item and select Properties to display the item’s Properties dialog, often a good place to find extra features and settings


At minimum, most Properties sheets will have a General tab, but most have more. Note that the particular information and settings available depend entirely on the object that was clicked.


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