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Chapter 5. Using the Windows 2000 Interf... > Using Windows 2000—Interface Update

Using Windows 2000—Interface Update

Now that you're logged in and running, you can start using Windows 2000 to get familiar with it and maybe even get some work done. If you're an experienced Windows user, especially if you've used Windows 9x before, you can skim this chapter to get the gist of the new features of Windows 2000. The interface is essentially the Win9x GUI, with only a few twists, such as smart Start menus. If, on the other hand, you're new to Windows, make sure you read this chapter with some attention to detail because it covers Windows 2000 interface concepts and skills that you'll need to have no matter what your line of work is or what you intend to do with your computer. A solid grasp of these concepts will also help you understand and make the best use of the rest of this book.

Windows in Brief

Just as you can have different files on your desk that you switch between during the day, you can switch between windows easily, just by pointing to one and clicking the left mouse button on it or by using some shortcuts that we'll cover later. On a decent computer, you can easily have 10 to 20 documents open at once. Most of what you'll do onscreen to run and work with your program is achieved using the mouse pointer or the menu commands.


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