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Chapter 28. Tweaking the GUI > GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak

GUI: To Tweak or Not to Tweak

I wanted to start this chapter with something cute or meaningful, but all I could think was that, if you know what this title means, you qualify for the Geek-of-the-Year award. For the rest of you, let's get our minds out of the gutter; tweaking the GUI doesn't mean anything lascivious. This chapter describes the graphical user interface and some interesting, useful, and fun stuff you can do with it—changes to help increase your computing efficiency and perhaps even make your computer more fun to use.

As you know, the GUI is the translator that interprets human input into commands the computer can interpret. It's also responsible for displaying output from computer programs and the operating system so that you can understand the results. The Windows 2000 GUI is set up with factory defaults that 90 percent of users will never touch, despite its being highly programmable and easily modifiable through the Control Panel, Folder Options, Properties sheets, and add-on products. If you're a GUI hacker, you know who you are, and if all you want to do is get your work done, well, more power to you because you're the one who's going to get the raise. But playing with the GUI can be fun and can save you time and annoyance.


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