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Q1:Why would I use the taskbar properties menu to organize my open windows when I can do the same thing manually by dragging them where I want them?
A1: The taskbar properties menu gives you the ability to adjust the appearance of your screen's open windows with one mouse click. If you select a cascading window scheme, Windows XP ensures that all open window title bars appear on the screen, with the most recently opened window as the front window of focus. You can bring one of the hidden windows into focus by clicking the window's title bar. If, instead, you select the horizontal or vertical tiling options, Windows XP displays a little of all open windows on top of each other or side-by-side.

If you normally work in only one window at a time, you won't use the taskbar properties. However, you can use the taskbar properties menu to change the appearance of the taskbar itself.

Q2:How can I use the taskbar properties menu to change the appearance or performance of the taskbar?
A2: The taskbar is set by default to appear, no matter what else is on your screen. Microsoft thought it best to keep the taskbar on the screen so that you can switch between programs and adjust the Windows XP performance easily. However, to maximize the screen space and clear away as much as possible, you can change the taskbar's performance so that onscreen windows cover the taskbar, giving you an additional line for the open window. In addition, you can select that Windows XP always hide the taskbar completely, showing you the taskbar only when you point to the bottom of the screen with the mouse cursor. If you increase the size of the taskbar, you can still hide it through the properties'Auto hide feature. The increased size will appear when you show the taskbar, but the taskbar will not be in the way when hidden.
Q3:Help! My taskbar has fallen and I can't get my Start menu up! What did I do and how can I fix it?
A3: You've changed the options in the Taskbar Properties dialog box to hide the taskbar, or you've dragged the top of the taskbar to the bottom of your screen to shrink the taskbar. The taskbar is not gone for long, however. To see the taskbar again, all you need to do is point to the bottom of the screen with the mouse, and the taskbar appears once again.

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