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Chapter 4. Using The Windows Xp Interfac... > Using Windows XP—The User Experience

Using Windows XP—The User Experience

Windows XP has a familiar, yet different, user interface. Most of the visual aspects of the desktop environment have been updated, but most of the tools and applications you remember from Windows 9x and Windows 2000 are right where you expect. The new interface or user experience is called Luna. Luna includes visual updates and improvements to all native dialog boxes, displays, windows, and interfaces. Most notably, these changes are seen on the Start menu, the taskbar, the Explorer, and the Control Panel. If you want the older styling of previous Windows versions (mainly Windows 2000 visual styling), revert to the Classic style. However, I highly recommend giving the new look and feel a try for a week or so before ditching it.

Microsoft's visual palette has moved from a flat gray to include brilliant blues and subtle off-whites. In addition, Microsoft has rounded the corners of windows, added 3-D icons, and added action centers (that is, tasks and commands focused on content) everywhere. The result is not only eye pleasing, but elegantly simple to work with. Even with all the enhancements, everything still seems to have a similar function or placement to that of Windows 2000, 9x, and Me. Thus, you can easily leverage your existing experience and expertise in navigating and operating Windows XP. After a few days, you might forget how you got by without all these useful improvements.


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