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Hour 3. Managing the Windows XP Interfac... > A Quick Taskbar and Start Button Rev...

A Quick Taskbar and Start Button Review

In the previous hour's lesson, you used the Start menu to shut down your computer properly. Clicking the taskbar's Start button produces the Start menu.

The Start menu does all these things and more:

  • It makes itself available to you no matter what else you are doing in Windows XP.

  • It displays a list of programs and windows on your system using the Start menu's cascading system.

  • It provides easy access to recently-used data documents that you can view or edit.

  • It provides a search engine that navigates through all your files looking for the one you need.

  • It activates the Windows XP help engine, which provides online help for working within Windows XP.

The next few sections explain how you can customize the taskbar and its associated Start menu so that the Start menu acts and looks the way you expect.

Tip

Sometimes the Start button temporarily disappears (when you're working in a full-screen command prompt session, for example). When this occurs, you can press Ctrl+Esc to display the Start menu when it disappears. If your keyboard contains a key with the Windows logo, that key also displays the Start menu.


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