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Overview

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you will move beyond the basics and gain the inside knowledge needed to get the most out of Windows 98. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds upon the previous one, allowing you to tackle the more advanced features of the operating system. You'll also learn 30 one-minute tips to make you a Windows 98 power user in no time!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672313431
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 8/14/1998
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Revisiting the Windows 98 Desktop 1
Hour 1 Windows 98 Refresher Course 3
Hour 2 Organizing Your Desktop 17
Hour 3 Customizing Your Desktop 39
Hour 4 Maximizing File Management 65
Pt. II Enhancing Software Performance 91
Hour 5 Installing and Configuring Windows Software 93
Hour 6 Installing and Configuring DOS Software and Games 107
Pt. III Upgrading Your System Hardware 123
Hour 7 Installing and Configuring New Hardware and Peripherals 125
Hour 8 Setting Up and Using Printers and Fax Devices 145
Hour 9 Setting Up and Using Modems 159
Hour 10 Setting Up and Using Audio and Video Options 171
Hour 11 Setting Up and Using Disk Drives 191
Pt. IV Supercharging the Internet 207
Hour 12 Becoming a Super Web Surfer with Internet Explorer 209
Hour 13 Enhancing Your Email with Outlook Express 231
Hour 14 Maximizing Usenet Newsgroups with Outlook Express 251
Hour 15 Creating Your Own Web Pages with FrontPage Express 265
Hour 16 Talking to Other Internet Users with NetMeeting and Microsoft Chat 277
Pt. V Maximizing Windows 98 Performance 287
Hour 17 Enhancing Windows 98 with Microsoft Plus! 98 289
Hour 18 Supercharging Windows 98 with TweakUI and the Resource Kit 301
Hour 19 Backing Up and Recovering Data 315
Hour 20 Advanced System Maintenance 323
Hour 21 Editing and Repairing the Registry 337
Hour 22 Using Windows 98 on a Network 347
Hour 23 Using Windows 98 on a Portable Computer 363
Hour 24 Troubleshooting Common Problems 373
App Extra Credit: 30 One-Minute Windows Tips 389
Index 401
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First Chapter

Sams TY More Windows 98 in 24 Hours - CH 3 - Customizing Your Desktop

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Sams TY More Windows 98 in 24 Hours
- 3 -
Customizing Your Desktop

Windows 98 works fine and looks nice right out of the box, but it works and lookseven better when you configure it to your own personal tastes. You can customizemany parts of the Windows 98 desktop so that your version of Windows will fit you--andthe way you work--like a glove.

For example, you can change the colors of your desktop, your background wallpaper,the shape of your cursors, and your screen saver. And every user on your computersystem can have his or her own personalized configuration. When a user logs on withhis own unique password, Windows will look and feel the way he set it up, even ifit looks and feels different for you.

Highlights of this hour include the following:

  • How Control Panel works
  • How to set Windows' time, date, and locality options
  • How to manage Windows' fonts
  • How to launch programs when Windows starts
  • How to personalize the Send To menu
  • How to personalize your desktop's background and colors
  • How to activate a screen saver
  • How to set up your system for multiple users
  • How to personalize your mouse and keyboard settings
  • How to use Windows w ith keyboard shortcuts

Understanding the Windows Control Panel

Windows 98's Control Panel is a folder that contains a number of individual utilitiesthat let you adjust and configure various system properties. Most items that youcan configure with Windows 98 are located in Control Panel.

Task 3.1: Opening Control Panel

Step 1: Description

By default, Control Panel includes a variety of standard Windows 98 utilities, suchas Add New Hardware and Printers. In addition, many applications and utilities installtheir own Control Panel items. For example, if you install TweakUI (see Hour 18,"Supercharging Windows 98 with TweakUI and the Resource Kit"), a TweakUIicon is automatically added to Control Panel.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button.

2. From the Start menu, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

Step 3: Review

When you click an icon in Control Panel, a dialog box opens specific to the settingsof that control. For example, clicking the Date/Time icon opens the Date/Time Propertiesdialog box, which lets you set the date and time of the Windows 98 system clock.
Some of the standard items in Control Panel (see Figure 3.1) are listed in Table3.1; you may have different items in your Control Panel, depending on the appletsand hardware installed on your system.

FIGURE 3.1. Windows 98's Control Panel. Click any icon to configure a specific aspect of your system.

TABLE 3.1. STANDARD CONTROL PANEL ITEMS.

Icon Name Description
Add New Hardware Adds new hardware devices to your system.
Add/Remove Programs Adds new software to your system, or removes old software programs.
Date/Time Adjusts Windows 98's time and date settings.
Desktop Themes Lets you install a unified "theme" for your desktop wallpaper, cursors, system sounds, and screen saver. (Note that desktop themes are part of Windows 98 but are not installed by default.)
Display Configures settings for your desktop display and monitor.
Fonts Manages your system's fonts.
Game Controllers Configures any joysticks connected to your system.
Internet
Manages the settings for accessing the Internet.
Keyboard Configures your PC's keyboard.
Modems Configures any modems connected to your PC.
Mouse Configures the operation of your mouse or other pointing devices.
Multimedia Sets up your system's audio, video, MIDI, and music CD properties.
Network Configures your PC's connection to a local area network or the Internet.
Passwords Secures your system with a password and determines how multiple users can use your computer.
Power Management Determines how and when your computer powers down when not in use.
Printers Configures Windows 98 to work with your printer.
Regional Settings Adjusts currency and number formats for where you live.
Sounds Changes the sounds you hear when you initiate certain operations.
System Lets you view and configure technical aspects of your computer system.
Telephony Configures the universal dialing properties for any programs that use a modem.
Users Sets up your computer to be used by multiple users.

Setting the Time, Date, and Locality for Your System

You can configure Windows 98 to work anywhere in the world. Not only can you setthe clock for different time zones--and automatically compensate for daylight savingtime!--you can also set Windows 98 to display different currency and number formats.

Task 3.2: Setting the Time and Date

Step 1: Description

One of the first things you should do after you initially install Windows 98 orpurchase a new computer is set the system's time and date. You do this from the Date/Timeicon in Control Panel.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Date/Time icon in Control Panel.

3. When the Date & Time Properties dialog box appears, select the Date & Time tab. Choose the correct month and year from the pull-down lists, click the correct day of the month on the calendar, and set the correct time on the clock.

4. Choose the Time Zone tab. Select the correct time zone from the pull-down list. For most states, you should also select Automatically Adjust Clock for Daylight Saving Changes.

5. Click OK to accept the changes and close the dialog box, or click Apply to make the changes while keeping the dialog box open

.Step 3: Review

Unless you live in Indiana or Arizona, don't forget to set Windows for daylightsaving time; Windows will automatically reset the clock twice a year to compensatefor these time changes.


TIP: You can also access the Date/Time Properties dialog box by double-clicking the time in the Toolbar tray.

Task 3.3: Setting Up Windows for Your Locality

Step 1: Description

Copies of Windows 98 sold in English-speaking countries are configured by defaultfor American-style currency and number formats. By changing Regional Settings properties,you can switch between different international character sets, number formats, currencyformats, and date and time displays--essentially setting up Windows 98 for use inother countries.


CAUTION:Changing the language and country formats does not change the language used in Windows menus and dialog boxes. (For that, you need a local- language version of Windows.) However, it does affect the data in applications that take advantage of these regional features.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Regional Settings ic on to display the Regional Settings Properties dialog box.

3. Click the tabs described in the Table 3.2 and make the selections you want.

4. Click OK to accept the changes and close the dialog box, or click Apply to make the changes while keeping the dialog box open.

TABLE 3.2. REGIONAL SETTINGS.

Tab Description
Regional Settings Select the desired region from the drop-down list. This selection changes settings in the other pages, so you should set this property first.
Number Notice the Appearance Samples boxes at the top that illustrate the number format selected below. Make changes to the settings by choosing from their drop-down lists or by typing in the boxes. (You can observe the effect your changes will have on the samples by clicking the Apply button.)
Currency Change the currency properties by choosing from the drop-down lists or by typing in the boxes.
Time Change the style of the time by choosing from the drop-down lists or by typing in the boxes. The change is shown in the Time Sample box.
Date Change long date, short date, and date separator styles by choosing from the drop-down lists or by typing in the boxes. The change is shown in the Long Date Sample box or the Short Date Sample box. These date formats will be the default formats in the programs you use.

Step 3: Review

To type the currency symbols in any given application, you may also have to changethe language in the Keyboard Properties dialog box. Also, many Windows programs letyou set currency and number formats that will override these regional settings. Ifyou only need these formats temporarily or infrequently, you can change them in theapplication when they are needed.

Managing Windows Fonts

Windows 98 comes with numerous fonts preinstalled for use in your favorite softwareprograms. You use these fonts both to display text onscreen and to print text usingyour printer.

Task 3.4: Previewing Fonts

Step 1: Description

Use the Fonts dialog box to preview the fonts installed on your system.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Fonts icon.

3. When the Fonts window is displayed, double-click any font icon to view a sample of that font at various type sizes.

4. Click the Print button to print a sample of the font; click the Done button to close the display window.

Step 3: Review

Previewing fonts this way is preferable to using the wrong fonts in a printeddocument; it doesn't hurt to look at what fonts are available before you tackle afancy new document.

Task 3.5: Installing New Fonts

Step 1: Description

Although Windows installs many font files during setup, you may want to add additionalfonts from the Windows disks or CD, from third-party vendors, or even from onlineservices.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Fonts icon in Control Panel. The Fonts window displays all fonts currently installed on your system.

3. Pull down the File menu and select Install New Font to display the Add Fonts dialog box.

4. Select the drive and folder that holds the fonts you want to install.

5. Fonts available at the location you specified are listed. Select the font(s) you want to add. (To select multiple fonts, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking additional listings.)

6. Select the Copy Fonts to Fonts Folder check box.

7. Click OK to add the fonts you selected.


Step 3: Review

You can also install fonts directly from My Computer or Windows Explorer. Simplydrag font files from an installation disk and drop them into the \Windows\Fonts folder.


TIP: Installing too many fonts on your system not only can consume large amounts of hard disk space, but can also eat up system memory and cause your system to run slower. You may want to periodically remove unused fonts to enhance system performance and free up disk space.

Task 3.6: Removing Unwanted Fonts

Step 1: Description

If you find you have too many fonts installed on your system--or there are fontsyou seldom (if ever) use--you can use Control Panel to delete those font files fromyour system.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Fonts icon in Control Panel. The Fonts window displays all fonts currently registered on the system.

3. Right-click the icon for the font you want to delete and select Delete from the pop-up menu. Windows asks if you're sure you want to delete these fonts. Choose Yes to delete. The font files are uninstalled from your system and sent to the Recycle Bin.

Step 3: Review

Every time you start Windows, it has to load all the fonts you have installed.Too many installed fonts can make Windows run slower. Try to weed out unused fontsevery so often to improve your system's performance.


TIP: You can also delete fonts directly from My Computer. Just drag selected font files from the \Windows\Fonts folder and drop them onto the Recycle Bin icon.

Managing StartUp and Send To

The StartUp folder and Send To menu control certain key aspects of Windows operation.The StartUp folder controls which programs and/or utilities launch when you firststart Windows; the Send To menu controls which basic functions are available whenyou right-click a file or folder.

Task 3.7: Launching Programs When Windows Starts

Step 1: Description

If there are certain applications you want to run every time you turn on yourcomputer, you can add them to the StartUp folder. Programs in the StartUp folderappear on the StartUp menu, a submenu of the Programs menu.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Taskbar & Start Menu.

2. Select the Start Menu Programs tab and click Add to display the Create Shortcut dialog box.

3. Click Browse to open the Browse dialog box. Select the file you want to add to the Start menu and then choose Open. The selected path and file should now appear in the Command Line text box.

4. Click Next to display the Select Program Folder dialog box.

5. Click the StartUp folder (you will probably need to scroll down to see it) and click Next.

6. In the Select a Name for the Shortcut text box, type the label for the item.

7. Click Finish, and then click OK to close the Taskbar Properties dialog box.

Step 3: Review

The next time you start Windows, any programs you added to the StartUp folderwill be launched automatically.

Task 3.8: Adding Options to the Send To Menu

Step 1: Description

When you rig ht-click a file or folder in My Computer, one of the items on thepop-up menu is the Send To menu. The Send To menu can be used to move, fax, email,print, and accomplish other actions with the selected item.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the My Computer icon on your desktop to launch My Computer.

2. In My Computer, navigate to the \Windows\SendTo folder.

3. Pull down the File menu, select New, and then select Shortcut.

4. When the Create New Shortcut wizard appears, enter the name of the file, folder, or drive you want to add to the Send To menu. (Click the Browse button to search your system for the item.) Click Next to proceed.

5. Enter the name you want to appear on thveral new options you might want to add to the Send To menu. For example, you might want to create a Send To item for a commonly used folder. This way, you can highlight a file in My Computer, click the right mouse button to display the pop-up me Send To menu, and then click Finish.

Step 3: Review

There are seenu, and then use the Send To command to copy the file automatically.

Personalizing Your Desktop's Background and Colors

Do you like--really, really like--the default background and colors on your Windowsdesktop? If you're like most folks, probably not--or, if you do today, you'll bebored with them tomorrow. Fortunately, Windows 98 makes it easy for you to changethe look of any or all desktop items.

Task 3.9: Selecting a New Pattern or Wallpaper

Step 1: Description

To keep your desktop int eresting, you can select a background pattern or wallpaperto display, and change the design whenever you like. You can also use your own graphicsfile, such as a logo, for wallpaper instead of the collection that comes with Windows98.

Step 2: Action

1. Right-click the desktop and choose Properties from the pop-up menu, or click the Display icon in Control Panel.

2. When the Display Properties dialog box appears (see Figure 3.2), click the Background tab; the current Background is displayed.
FIGURE 3.2. Change the look of your desktop from the Display Properties dialog box.

3. To use a wallpaper file as your desktop background, select a file from the Wallpaper list or click the Browse button to find a file elsewhere on your hard disk. To determine how the file is displayed on your desktop, choose one of the options from the Display pull-down list: Center, Tile, or Stretch. Click the Apply button if you want to see the wallpaper on the desktop, and then click OK.

4. To use a pattern as your desktop background, select [None] from the Wallpaper list and then click the Pattern button. When the Pattern dialog box appears, choose a pattern and click OK.

Step 3: Review

In Windows 95, you could select only bitmapped files (extension.bmp) as desktopwallpaper; in Windows 98, you can also choose from .jpg and .gif files.


CAUTION: You can choose a pattern or a wallpaper, but not both. If you have tiled the wallpaper over the entire scre en, it covers the pattern selection.

Task 3.10: Choosing an HTML Page as Your Desktop Background

Step 1: Description

If you've activated Windows 98's Active Desktop, you can use any HTML documentor Web page as your desktop wallpaper. If you do this, you can click a hyperlinkdirectly on your desktop to launch Internet Explorer and go to the linked Web page.

Step 2: Action

1. Right-click the desktop and then choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

2. When the Display Properties dialog box appears, click the Background tab.

3. Select an HTML file from the Wallpaper list or click Browse to find a file elsewhere on your hard disk. Click OK when you're finished.

Step 3: Review

If your new Active Desktop background page contains Web links, clicking one ofthese links will automatically connect you to the Internet, launch Internet Explorer,and display the linked page.

Task 3.11: Downloading a Web Page to Use with Active Desktop

Step 1: Description

You can choose one of your own HTML pages as an Active Desktop background. Youcan also download pages from other Web sites to use as an HTML desktop background.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Internet icon on your desktop to launch Internet Explorer.

2. After Internet Explorer connects to the Internet, enter the address of the page you want to save in the Address box and press Enter.

3. When the page you want to save is loaded, pull down Internet Explorer's F ile menu and select Save As.

4. When the Save HTML Document dialog box appears, enter a File Name for the page, select the folder where you want to save the page, and then click Save.

5. If the page includes any graphics, you'll also need to save them to your hard disk. Right-click each graphic and select Save Picture As from the pop-up menu. When the Save Picture dialog box appears, choose to save the picture in the same folder where you saved the main page. Click Save when you're finished.

Step 3: Review

After the Web page and its graphics are saved to your hard disk, you can thenfollow the steps just listed to select this page as your Active Desktop background.

Task 3.12: Changing Your Desktop's Color Scheme

Step 1: Description

The default Windows desktop uses a predefined combination of colors and fonts.If you don't like this combination, you can choose from several other predefined"schemes."

Step 2: Action

1. Right-click the desktop and then choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

2. When the Display Properties dialog box appears, click the Appearance tab.

3. In the Scheme drop-down list, select a color and text scheme. The sample box changes to show how items in Windows will appear in the new scheme.

4. Click OK to use the displayed color scheme.

Step 3: Review

Be careful of the colors you choose; white text against a light background, forexample, can be extremely hard to read.

Ta sk 3.13: Creating a New Color Scheme

Step 1: Description

Although Windows provides a number of predefined color schemes, you can also createand save your own custom color schemes.

Step 2: Action

1. Right-click the desktop and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

2. When the Display Properties dialog box appears, click the Appearance tab.

3. In the Item list, choose the screen element that you want to change--or click part of the screen in the sample box, which automatically selects the item's name in the Item list.

4. In the Size, Color, Font, Size, Color, and Color 2 (when available) lists, choose new settings for the selected element. Also notice that you can click the Bold and Italic buttons for text items. Each time you make a change, the sample box displays it. Choose Apply if you want to see the color scheme applied to your current desktop.


NOTE: Color 1 is the color on the left in a window's title bar; Color 2 is the color on the right. The color of the title bar gradates from Color 1 to Color 2, left to right.

5. To save the scheme so that it will appear in the Scheme list, click Save As. Type a name, and then click OK.

6. Click OK to change your desktop to the new scheme.

Step 3: Review

If you tend to change desktop colors frequently, save each combination of colorsas a distinct scheme. This way, you can easily go back to a previous color combinationif a new combination doesn't quite work out as planned.


TIP: To find additional colors, choose Other from the drop-down Color palette. Select a color from the expanded palette or create your own custom color.

Task 3.14: Installing Desktop Themes

Step 1: Description

Desktop themes are specific combinations of background wallpaper, colors, fonts,cursors, sounds, and screen savers--all arranged around a specific theme, such asMystery, Science, or Sports.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel to open Control Panel.

2. Click the Desktop Themes icon.

3. When the Desktop Themes dialog box opens (see Figure 3.3), select a theme from the Theme list.

FIGURE 3.3.
Choose from one of the many desktop themes available in Windows 98.

4. If you choose not to include all aspects of a chosen theme, deselect the appropriate item(s) from the Settings section.

5. To preview a theme's screen saver, click the Screen saver button; click the Pointers, Sounds, etc. button to preview other scheme features.

6. Click Apply to apply the theme to your desktop while keeping the dialog box open for additional changes; click OK to accept the new theme and close the dialog box

.Step 3: Review

Desktop themes are the easiest way to customize all aspects of your d esktop--background,colors, fonts, cursors, sounds, and screen savers. You don't have to use all aspectsof a theme, however; you can choose to accept the background and colors but keepyour old font and window sizes, for example.


TIP: To change users without shutting off your PC, click the Start button and select Log Off. Windows will log off the current user and then ask for a new username and password for the next user.
If you've activated Windows 98's Active Desktop, you can use your Active Channel content as a screen saver. Just select Channel Screen Saver from the Screen Saver list.
Choose a theme that matches the resolution of your video display. For example, if your system displays only 256 colors, choose a 256-color theme, not a high-color theme.


Using Screen Savers

Screen savers display moving designs onscreen when you haven't typed or movedthe mouse for a specified amount of time. Screen savers were originally created toprevent the screen image from burning into the screen if the display didn't changefrequently enough. Although this is rarely a problem with newer monitors, screensavers can still be entertaining and will hide the work on your screen when you leaveyour desk. You can even assign a password to the screen saver so that only you canreactivate the screen.

Task 3.15: Activating a Screen Saver

Step 1: Description

Windows includes a number of built-in screen savers that you can activate directlyfrom the Display Properties dialog box. If you install desktop themes (or the themesin Plus! 98), you'll have even more screen savers to choos e from.

Step 2: Action

1. Right-click the desktop and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

2. When the Display Properties dialog box appears, click the Screen Saver tab.

3. Select a screen saver from the Screen Saver drop-down list. A sample of the screen saver appears on the sample display. (For a full-screen view, click the Preview button; click the screen to return to the dialog box.)

4. Change the properties of the selected screen saver by clicking Settings. The options available differ for each screen saver you choose, but they usually include things such as speed and colors. Make your selections and then click OK.

5. In the Wait section, select the number of minutes you want the screen to be idle before the screen saver activates. Click Apply to accept the settings but keep the Display Properties sheet open.

6. If you want to set a password for reactivating the screen, check Password Protected and then click the Change button. In the Change Password dialog box, enter your password in both edit boxes and then click OK. Click OK again for confirmation, and then click OK to apply the changes and close the Display Properties dialog box.


TIP: To change users without shutting off your PC, click the Start button and select Log Off. Windows will log off the current user and then ask for a new username and password for the next user.
If you've activated Windows 98's Active Desktop, you can use your Active Channel content as a screen saver. Just select Channel Screen Saver from the Screen Saver list.

Step 3: Review

If you have a computer with standby capability (discussed later), you may notneed to activate a screen saver; you can simply set your monitor to go blank aftera predetermined period of time. That said, screen savers are one of the most popularways to personalize computer systems. It's just as unlikely to find a PC withouta screen saver as it is to find an office cubicle without any posters or photos thumbtackedto the walls.

Using a Third-Party Screen Saver

In addition to the screen savers included with Windows 98, there are two types ofthird-party screen savers that you can add to your system:
  • Screen saver modules that work with the standard Windows 98 screen saver engine. These modules are either sold as add-ons at retail or distributed over the Internet as shareware. If a module comes without a standard installation program, simply copy its files to the \Windows\System folder, and it will appear automatically as a choice in the Screen Saver drop-down list.

  • Screen saver programs that include their own engines that replace the standard Windows 98 screen saver engine. An example of this type of software is the popular After Dark program. Programs such as After Dark come with their own installation routines and install just like any other type of Windows software. Some add-on screen saver programs even install their own tab in the Display Properties dialog box; click this tab to configure the screen saver.

Using Windows 98's Sleep Modes

Many new computers come with a special energy-saving standby mode. This mode shutsdown the system's monitor, disk drives, and other vital components after a predeterminedperiod of time. The advantage of standby mode is that the computer can be "putto sleep" without having to be completely shut off--and "waking up"the computer is a lot faster than booting the computer after it's been shut off forthe night.

Task 3.16: Activating Sleep Mode

Step 1: Description

Windows 98 lets you set a complete system standby mode, as well as separate sleepmodes for your monitor and your system's disk drives.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon and select the Power Schemes tab.

3. When the Power Management Properties dialog box appears, select the Home/Office Desk Power Scheme. (To configure a portable PC, see Hour 23, "Using Windows 98 on a Portable Computer.")

4. Pull down the System Standby list and select when you want your system to go into standby mode.

5. Select times for the Turn Off Monitor and Turn Off Hard Disks options. Note that the System Standby setting will override the monitor and hard disk settings.

6. Click OK to apply these settings.

Step 3: Review

Some older computers have sleep modes only for monitors and/or disk drives; onlynewer PCs have complete-system standby modes. Whe n in doubt, set the timings forall three options identically.

Setting up Windows for Multiple Users

Windows 98 makes it easy to treat your standalone PC like a network computer--completewith multiple user logons and passwords. This way, others can use your computer withoutdisturbing your personal settings.

Task 3.17: Configuring Windows' Multiple-Users Option

Step 1: Description

If you share a computer with someone else, you can set up user profiles to storeeach person's custom settings. Each user will have a logon name that activates customsettings when Windows is reset for his or her use.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Passwords icon.

3. When the Passwords Properties dialog box is displayed, select the User Profiles tab.

4. If you are the only user on this PC, or if all users use the same preferences, select All Users of This PC Use the Same Preferences and Desktop Settings.

5. If you want to set up separate settings for different users, select Users Can Customize Their Preferences and Desktop Settings. If you select the latter option, determine whether users can choose their own desktop icons and/or Start menu groups.

6. Click OK. You will then be asked whether you want to restart your computer. Click Yes.

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Once you've finished this task, proceed to the next task to add new users to yoursystem.

Task 3:18: Adding New Users to Your System

Step 1: Description

After you've configured your system to accept additional users, you can add newusers to your system.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. From within Control Panel, click the Users icon.

3. The first time you add a second user to your system, you will be prompted by the Enable Multi-User Settings Wizard. Click the Next button to proceed.

4. On the second screen of the Wizard, enter the new User Name and click Next.
5. On the next screen, enter and confirm the new user's password and click Next.

6. When the Personalized Item Settings dialog box appears, select the items you want to personalize, and then click Next.

7. When you see the final screen of the Wizard, click Finish.
8. After you've added your first additional user, you are no longer presented with the Enable Multi-User Settings Wizard when you click the Users icon in Control Panel. Instead, you're taken directly to the User Settings dialog box. To add a new user from the User Settings dialog box, click the New User button. You're launched into the Add User Wizard. Follow steps 4 through 7 to add a new user from this Wizard.

Step 3: Review

After you add new users following these steps, they can customize their own desktopsettings the next time they log on to Windows.


TIP: To change users without shutting off your PC, click the Start button and select Log Off. Windows will log off the current user and then ask for a new username and password for the next user.

Task 3.19: Securing Your System with Passwords

Step 1: Description

If you work in an environment where you need to limit access to data on your computer,you can configure Windows to require a password before it will start.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.

2. Click the Users icon.

3. You will be asked to type the supervisor password; this should be your general Windows password.

4. When the User Settings dialog box appears, select the User List tab and highlight the user whose password you want to add or change. Click the Set Password button to display the Change Windows Password dialog box.

5. If you have selected a password before, it will appear in the Old password box, and you'll need to enter it again to make changes. If you haven't previously selected a password, the Old password box will be empty--and you should leave it empty.

6. Type the new password in the New Password and Confirm Password text boxes. Click OK when done.

Step 3: Review

To remove a password, type your old password in the Old password box andleave the other two boxes blank.


TIP: If you have network passwords, they a re listed when you open the Change Windows Password dialog box. You can change them to match your Windows password.

Personalizing Your Input Devices

Task 3.20: Changing Your Mouse's Configurations

Step 1: Description

A mouse is a very personal thing. It fits just so in the palm of your hand,and it almost becomes an extension of your mind as you navigate through Windows'various shortcuts and menus. So getting your mouse settings perfectly in sync withyour body is key to an enjoyable computing experience.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel to open Control Panel.

2. Click the Mouse icon to open the Mouse Properties dialog box.

3. Click the appropriate tabs to configure specific mouse and cursor behavior. Note that this dialog box will be slightly different depending on the type of mouse you have. For example, if you have an IntelliMouse, you'll see a Wheel tab, which lets you configure the IntelliMouse center scrolling wheel.

4. When you have made the desired changes, click OK in each dialog box to close the box, apply the changes, and return to the desktop. Click the Cancel button in any dialog box to cancel the changes and close the box.

Step 3: Review

In Windows 98, you can customize the way that the mouse moves and appears onscreen.For example, you can switch the mouse's left and right buttons (great for left-handers),turn on "mouse trails" to leave a shadow when the cursor moves (great forsome portable PCs), and even select which cursor set you display on your desktop.Take a few minutes to check out all the options available with your particular mouse;I guarantee this will be one configuration option you will play with!


TIP: If you'd like to use your IntelliMouse with non-Microsoft software, check out a utility called Flywheel (available at http://www6.zdnet.com/cgi-bin/texis/swlib/hotfiles/info.html?fcode=000FAG). It lets you use IntelliMouse with just about any scrolling Windows-compatible program.

Task 3.21: Changing Keyboard Properties

Step 1: Description

You can change keyboard properties to set the character repeat rate, cursor blinkrate, language, and keyboard type. You can also select multiple languages for yourkeyboard and switch between them.

Step 2: Action

1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel to open Control Panel.

2. Click the Keyboard icon.

3. When the Keyboard Properties dialog box opens, click either the Speed or Language tab to change the appropriate settings.

4. Click Apply to accept changes as you go, or click OK to accept the changes and close the Keyboard Properties dialog box. You may be prompted to restart the computer in order for the changes to take effect.


TIP: Changing the keyboard language does not change the language used by Windows. To do that, you must purchase a different language version of Windows.

Step 3: Review

U nlike with the mouse properties, few users change their keyboard properties.You should probably accept the default configuration, unless you're having difficultieswith your keyboard.

No More Mice: Navigating Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts

Finally, here is the really useful part of this hour--the keyboard shortcuts youcan use in place of clicking and double-clicking. Table 3.3 lists keyboard shortcutsfor some of the most common Windows operations. Note that if you have a newer keyboard,it likely has keys that weren't on older keyboards--the Windows key and the Menukey. The Windows key (also called WinKey) by itself is used to open the Start menu;it is also used in conjunction with other keys to access other functions. The Menukey by itself opens a pop-up menu for the current cursor position.

TABLE 3.3. KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS.

Key or Key Combination Description
Menu Opens a pop-up menu.
WinKey Opens the Start menu.
WinKey+A Opens the Accessibility Properties dialog box.
WinKey+C Opens My Computer.
WinKey+D Shows the desktop.
WinKey+E Opens Windows Explorer.
WinKey+F Opens the Find dialog box.
WinKey+I Opens the Mouse Properties dialog box.
WinKey+L Logs off the current user.
WinKey+M Minimizes all windows.
WinKey+Shift+M Restores all minimized windows.
WinKey+R Opens the Run dialog box.
WinKey+F1 Opens Windows Help.
WinKey+Pause/Break Opens System Properties.
WinKey+Tab Switches between open buttons on the Taskbar. Press Enter to actually switch to the selected application.
F1 Help.
F3 In My Computer or Windows Explorer, activates the Find function. In an application, activates Find Next.
F10 In an application, moves the cursor to pull-down menus.
Alt+F4 Closes the current application.
Ctrl+F4 In an application, closes the current document.
Shift+F10 Opens a pop-up menu.
Tab In a dialog box, moves from field to field.
Shift+Tab In a dialog box, moves backward through fields.
Alt+Tab Switches between open applications.
Alt+Shift+Tab Switches backward between open applications.
Ctrl+Tab In an application, switches between open documents. In a dialog box, switches between tabs.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab In an application, switches backward between open documents. In a dialog box, switches backward between tabs.
Alt In an application, opens a menu. Use cursor keys to move between menu selections.
Alt+Spacebar In an application, opens the Control menu.
Alt+Enter Displays the properties of the selected icon. In an MS-DOS session, switches between full-screen and windowed modes.
Alt+Esc Sends the active window to the back.
Esc Closes the open menu or cancels the open dialog box.
Ctrl+Esc Opens the Start menu.
Backspace In Windows Explorer or Registry Editor, moves up one level to the parent folder.
Alt+Backspace In an application, undoes the prior action.
Shift+Delete In an application, cuts the current selection.
Ctrl+Insert In an application, copies the current selection.
Shift+Insert In an application, pastes the cut or copied data.
Ctrl+A Selects all.
Ctrl+C Copies the selected text to the Clipboard.
Ctrl+F In an application, activates the Find function.
Ctrl+G In an application, activates the Goto function.
Ctrl+V Pastes the contents of the Clipboard.
Ctrl+X Cuts the selected text to the Clipboard.
Ctrl+Z Undoes the prior action.
Left cursor key In Windows Explorer or Registry editor, contracts the current branch.
Right cursor key In Windows Explorer or Registry Editor, expands the current branch.
* (on numeric keyboard) In Windows Explorer or Registry Editor, expands all branches.
- (on numeric keyboard) In Windows Explorer or Registry Editor, expands the current selection.
+ (on numeric keyboard) In Windows Explorer or Registry Editor, collapses the current selection.
Ctrl+Alt+Delete Opens the Close Program dialog box. Pressed twice, it reboots the computer.

Summary

This hour showed you how to customize your desktop to reflect your personal workingmethods and tastes. I find that personalizing their systems is one of the first thingsmost computer users do when they get a new PC or operating system; it's human natureto want to arrange your surroundings the way you like.

That said, you now have no excuse for a "plain jane" Windows desktop;you know how to customize just about everything that's customizable on your desktop.I'm not sure it makes you more productive, but it does make your desktop more uniquethan before!

Q&A

Q My Control Panel (or Display Properties dialog box, or Mouse Properties dialog box) looks different from the one in this book. Why is that?
A Every user's system is different; every user has a slightly different hardware configuration or has different software installed. Everything you add to your system can change the way certain items appear in Windows.
For example, if you have a clean installation of Windows 98 on a new PC and you don't have Microsoft Office installed, you won't see a Windows Messaging icon on your Start menu or a Mail and Fax icon in Control Panel. However, if you install Microsoft Office 97, it includes Microsoft Outlook, an application that installs Windows Messaging, thus putting the icons back on the Start menu and in Control Panel.
Here are some more examples. If you install the After Dark screen saver, it adds a new tab to the Display Properties dialog box. If you have an STB Vision video board, it too adds a new tab to the Display Properties dialog box. For that matter, some new PCs install their own software in the background. My new Gateway 2000 PC drops icons for two background utilities (Ensoniq Mixer and ResEdit) in the Toolbar Tray.
So, to the question at hand, I'm sure there are many parts of your setup that look different from my setup. No two computer systems are alike, and that's reflected in the somewhat adaptive nature of various Windows 98 components.

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Key Terms

Review the following list of terms:

color scheme  A combination of colors for various parts of theWindows desktop.

Control Panel  The Windows component that contains additionalcomponents that let you configure various Windows options.

desktop  The entire sc reen area on which you display all of yourcomputer work. The Windows 98 desktop can contain icons, a Taskbar, menus, and windows--and,if the Active Desktop is enabled, it can also include Active Channels and HTML objects.

desktop theme  A coordinated combination of desktop wallpaper,colors, fonts, window sizes, cursors, sounds, and a screen saver.

HTML  Hypertext Markup Language. The scripting language usedto create pages on the World Wide Web.

IntelliMouse  A new mouse from Microsoft that includes a specialwheel used to scroll through windows and Web pages.

keyboard shortcut  A key combination that replaces a mouse action.

password  A special encrypted "word" (comprised ofany combination of letters and numbers) that you enter to obtain access to your computeror network.

standby mode  A special mode on newer computer systems that powersdown disk drives and monitors without actually shutting off the computer itself.Often called sleep mode.

wallpaper  A bitmapped graphics file used as the background foryour Windows desktop.

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