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Part II: Unleashing Windows 98 Customiza... > Customizing the Taskbar, Start Menu,...

Chapter 6. Customizing the Taskbar, Start Menu, and Display

IN THIS CHAPTER

Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Microsoft spent countless hours and untold millions of dollars testing and retesting the Windows 98 interface in its usability labs. It's important, however, to remember that Windows 98 is Microsoft's operating system for the masses. With an expected installed base running in the tens of millions, it's only natural that the Windows UI would incorporate lots of “lowest- common-denominator” thinking. So, in the end, you have an interface that most people find easy to use most of the time; an interface that's skewed toward accommodating neophytes and the newly digital; an interface designed for a “typical” computer user, whoever the heck he or she is.

In other words, unless you consider yourself a typical user (and your purchase of this book proves otherwise), Windows 98 in its right-out-of-the-box getup won't be right for you. Fortunately, you'll find no shortage of options and programs that will help you remake Windows 98 in your own image, and that's just what this chapter shows you how to do. After all, you weren't produced by a cookie cutter, so why should your operating system look like it was?


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