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Taming the Active Desktop

Several years ago, with the release of Internet Explorer 4.0, Microsoft unveiled the Active Desktop. In theory, this innovation was going to literally change the face of Windows by covering the desktop with active elements drawn from the Web. From a technical and marketing point of view, the Active Desktop was an absolute disaster. With Windows Me, only a tiny handful of Active Desktop elements have survived.

On a default Windows Me installation, most Active Desktop features are disabled. To enable or disable the Active Desktop at any time, right-click any empty space on the desktop and choose Active Desktop, Show Web Content.


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