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Chapter 7. Setting Accessibility Options... > Personalized Windows: Working with U...

Personalized Windows: Working with User Profiles

Do you share your computer with other people either at work or at home? Then you're no doubt all too aware of one undeniable fact of human psychology: People are individuals with minds of their own! One person prefers Windows in a black-and-purple color scheme; another person just loves that annoying “Pinstripe” wallpaper; yet another person prefers to have a zillion shortcuts on the Windows 98 desktop; and, of course, everybody uses a different mix of applications. How can you possibly satisfy all these diverse tastes and prevent people from coming to blows?

It's a lot easier than you might think. Windows 98 lets you set up a different user profile for each person who uses the computer. Each profile includes all the customization options we've covered in the last three chapters, such as colors, patterns, wallpapers, shortcut icons, the screen saver, and programs that appear on the Start menu. You can also set up personal versions of the Favorites folder, the My Documents folder, and Internet Explorer features such as cookie files and the History list. This means that each person can customize Windows 98 to his heart's content without foisting his tastes on anyone else.


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