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Key Points

  • You can switch to the Windows Classic display in several different ways: by changing the display theme, altering only windows and message boxes, changing the Control Panel display, or changing the look of the Start menu.

  • The taskbar includes three different areas: the Quick Launch bar, the taskbar buttons, and the notification area.

  • You can make the taskbar larger to make buttons easier to read, or hide it automatically to give you more room on the desktop.

  • You can hide inactive icons in the notification area to allow more room on the taskbar.

  • You can customize your desktop by choosing a new background image (wallpaper).

  • Use the Appearance tab in the Display Properties dialog box to set the color scheme and font settings for screen elements in Windows XP.

  • Adding a screen saver is a simple matter in the Display Properties dialog box. Click the Screen Saver tab, find the one you want, choose your Settings, if available, and you’re good to go.

  • You can add new fonts to Windows XP by using the Fonts folder. Any fonts you add this way are available for all your Windows programs.

  • Windows XP allows you to choose different sound schemes and assign different sounds to individual program events. To make a sound change, choose Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices in the Control Panel.


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