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Windows Me Simplified
     

Windows Me Simplified

by Ruth Maran, Ruth Maram, Marangraphics Inc (Other)
 
Are you new to computers? Does new technology make you nervous? Relax! You're holding in your hands the easiest guide ever to Windows Me — a book that skips the long-winded explanations and shows you how things work. All you have to do is open the book, follow the friendly disk character — and discover just how easy it is to get up to speed.
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Overview

Are you new to computers? Does new technology make you nervous? Relax! You're holding in your hands the easiest guide ever to Windows Me — a book that skips the long-winded explanations and shows you how things work. All you have to do is open the book, follow the friendly disk character — and discover just how easy it is to get up to speed.

  • A friendly disk character introduces each task
  • Self-contained, two-page lessons make learning a snap
  • Full-color screen shots walk you through step-by-step
  • "Simplify It" sidebars offer real-world advice
Simplified "I'm sold on the Simplified books and recommend them to everyone I know. Keep 'em coming!" —Kitt Williams (Cedar Hill, TX) "Over time, I have bought a number of your 'Read Less, Learn More' books. For me, they are The way to learn anything easily." —José A. Mazón (Cuba, NY)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764534942
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/22/2000
Series:
Visual Series
Edition description:
MILLENNIUM
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.85(d)

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Windows Me Simplified, Millenium Edition


By Ruth Maran

John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-7645-3494-7


Chapter One

CUSTOMIZE WINDOWS CUSTOMIZE WINDOWS

Do you want to personalize your computer? This chapter will show you how to customize your computer by setting up a screen saver, changing your mouse settings and much more.

Add Wallpaper 84 Set Up a Screen Saver 86 Change Screen Colors 88 Change the Date and Time 90 Change Color Depth 92 Change Screen Resolution 94 Change Mouse Settings 96

ADD WALLPAPER

You can decorate your screen by adding wallpaper.

1 Right-click a blank area on your desktop. A menu appears.

2 Click Properties.

* The Display Properties dialog box appears.

3 Click the wallpaper you want to use to decorate your screen.

4 Click this area to select how you want to display the wallpaper on your screen.

5 Click the way you want to display the wallpaper.

Note: For more information, see the top of page 85.

* This area displays how the wallpaper will appear on your screen.

6 Click OK to add the wallpaper to your screen.

* A dialog box appears if the wallpaper you selected requires you to enable the Active Desktop feature.

7 Click Yes to enable the Active Desktop feature.

* The wallpaper appears on your screen.

* To remove wallpaper from your screen, perform steps 1 to 3, selecting (None) in step 3. Then perform step 6.

How can I display wallpaper on my screen?

Center

Places the wallpaper in the middle of your screen.

Tile

Repeats the wallpaper until it fills your entire screen.

Stretch

Stretches the wallpaper to cover the entire screen.

SET UP A SCREEN SAVER

A screen saver is a moving picture or pattern that appears on the screen when you do not use your computer for a period of time.

1 Right-click a blank area on your desktop. A menu appears.

2 Click Properties.

* The Display Properties dialog box appears.

3 Click the Screen Saver tab.

4 Click this area to display a list of the available screen savers.

5 Click the screen saver you want to use.

Note: The My Pictures Screen Saver will rotate all of the images in your My Pictures folder.

* This area displays a preview of how the screen saver will appear on your screen.

6 To specify the number of minutes your computer must be inactive before the screen saver will appear, double-click this area. Then type the number of minutes.

7 Click OK to confirm your changes.

* The screen saver appears when you do not use your computer for the number of minutes you specified.

* You can move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard to remove the screen saver from your screen.

* To turn off the screen saver, perform steps 1 to 5, selecting (None) in step 5. Then perform step 7.

Do I need to use a screen saver?

Screen savers were originally designed to prevent screen burn, which occurs when an image appears in a fixed position on the screen for a period of time. Today's monitors are less susceptible to screen burn, but people still use screen savers for their entertainment value.

CHANGE SCREEN COLORS

You can change the colors displayed on your screen to personalize and enhance Windows.

1 Right-click a blank area on your desktop. A menu appears.

2 Click Properties.

* The Display Properties dialog box appears.

3 Click the Appearance tab.

4 Click this area to display a list of the available color schemes.

5 Click the color scheme you want to use.

* This area displays how your screen will look with the color scheme you selected.

6 Click OK to change the color scheme.

* The desktop displays the color scheme you selected.

* To return to the original color scheme, perform steps 1 to 6, selecting Windows Standard in step 5.

What is the difference between the high contrast, high color and VGA color schemes?

High Contrast

High contrast color schemes are designed for people with vision impairments.

High Color

High color schemes are designed for computers displaying more than 256 colors.

VGA

VGA color schemes are designed for computers limited to 16 colors.

For information on changing the number of colors your computer can display, see page 92.

CHANGE THE DATE AND TIME

You should make sure the correct date and time are set in your computer. Windows uses the date and time to determine when you create and update your files.

* This area displays the time set in your computer.

1 To display the date set in your computer, position the mouse over this area. After a moment, the date appears.

2 To change the date or time set in your computer, double-click this area.

* The Date/Time Properties dialog box appears.

* This area displays the month set in your computer.

3 To change the month, click this area.

4 Click the correct month.

* This area displays the year set in your computer.

5 To change the year, click [arrow up] or [arrow down] in this area until the correct year appears.

* This area displays the days in the month. The current day is highlighted.

6 To change the day, click the correct day.

* This area displays the time set in your computer.

7 To change the time, double-click the part of the time you want to change. Then type the correct information.

8 Click OK to confirm your changes.

Will Windows keep track of the date and time even when I turn off my computer?

Yes. Your computer has a built-in clock that keeps track of the date and time even when you turn off your computer.

Will Windows ever change the time automatically?

Windows will change the time automatically to compensate for daylight saving time. When you turn on your computer after daylight saving time occurs, Windows will display a message indicating that the time was changed.

CHANGE COLOR DEPTH

You can change the number of colors displayed on your screen. More colors result in higher quality images.

Your monitor and video card determine the maximum number of colors your screen can display.

1 Right-click a blank area on your desktop. A menu appears.

2 Click Properties.

* The Display Properties dialog box appears.

3 Click the Settings tab.

4 Click this area to select a new color depth for your screen.

5 Click the color depth you want the screen to display.

6 Click OK to confirm your change.

* A dialog box appears, stating that some programs may not operate properly if you do not restart your computer.

7 Click this option to restart your computer with the new color settings (changes to).

8 Click OK to restart your computer.

* A dialog box appears, stating that you must restart your computer before the new color settings will take effect.

9 Click Yes to restart your computer.

* When your computer restarts, Windows will use the new color settings you specified.

When would I change the number of colors displayed on my screen?

You may want to display more colors on your screen when viewing photographs, playing videos or playing games on your computer. Windows offers the following color depths.

16 Colors

256 Colors

High Color, over 65 thousand colors

True Color, over 16 million colors

CHANGE SCREEN RESOLUTION

You can change the screen resolution to adjust the amount of information that can fit on your screen.

Your monitor and video card determine which screen resolutions you can use.

1 Right-click a blank area on your desktop. A menu appears.

2 Click Properties.

* The Display Properties dialog box appears.

3 Click the Settings tab.

4 To change the screen resolution, drag the slider () to select the resolution you want to use.

* This area displays how your screen will look at the new screen resolution.

5 Click OK to confirm your change.

* A dialog box appears, stating that Windows will take a few seconds to change the screen resolution. Your screen may flicker during this time.

6 Click OK to change the screen resolution.

* Windows resizes the information on your screen.

* The Monitor Settings dialog box appears, asking if you want to keep the new screen resolution.

7 Click Yes to keep the screen resolution.

Which screen resolution should I use?

The screen resolution is measured by the number of horizontal and vertical pixels displayed on a screen. A pixel is the smallest point on a screen. The most common screen resolutions are 640 by 480 pixels and 800 by 600 pixels.

Lower screen resolutions display larger images so you can see the information on your screen more clearly.

Higher screen resolutions display smaller images so you can display more information on your screen at once.

CHANGE MOUSE SETTINGS

You can change the way your mouse works to suit your individual needs.

1 Click Start.

2 Click Settings.

3 Click Control Panel.

* The Control Panel window appears.

4 If all the items do not appear in the Control Panel window, click view all Control Panel options to display all the items.

* All of the items appear in the Control Panel window.

5 Double-click Mouse to change the mouse settings.

* The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.

SWITCH MOUSE BUTTONS

6 To switch the functions of the left and right mouse buttons, click an option to specify if you are right-handed or left-handed (changes to).

* This area describes the functions of the left and right mouse buttons, depending on the option you selected.

Should I use a mouse pad?

A mouse pad provides a smooth surface for moving the mouse on your desk. You should use a mouse pad to reduce the amount of dirt that enters the mouse and protect your desk from scratches. Hard plastic mouse pads attract less dirt and provide a smoother surface than fabric mouse pads.

My mouse pointer does not move smoothly on my screen. What can I do?

You may need to clean your mouse. Turn the mouse over and remove and clean the roller ball. Then use a cotton swab to remove the dirt from the rollers inside the mouse.

You can personalize the way your mouse works by changing the double-click speed. You can also change the appearance of the mouse pointers Windows displays.

DOUBLE-CLICK SPEED

7 To change the amount of time that can pass between two clicks of the mouse button for Windows to recognize a double-click, drag the slider () to a new position.

8 Double-click this area to test the double-click speed.

* The jack-in-the-box appears if you clicked at the correct speed.

CLICKLOCK

9 To select or drag information without having to continuously hold down the mouse button, click this option (changes to

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    POINTER APPEARANCE

    10 To change the appearance of the mouse pointers, click the Pointers tab.

    11 Click this area to display a list of the mouse pointer sets.

    12 Click the mouse pointer set you want to use.

    * This area displays the mouse pointers that make up the set you selected.

    Note: The mouse pointer assumes different shapes, depending on its location on your screen and the task you are performing.

    How can I use the ClickLock mouse setting to select text?

    The ClickLock mouse setting allows you to select text without having to continuously hold down the mouse button as you select the text. To select text using ClickLock, perform the following steps.

    1 Position the mouse to the left of the text you want to select.

    2 Briefly press and hold down the mouse button. Then release the mouse button.

    3 Position the mouse at the end of the text you want to select and then click the mouse button again.

    You can change how fast the mouse pointer moves on your screen. You can also have the mouse pointer automatically appear over the default button in many dialog boxes.

    POINTER SPEED

    13 Click the Pointer Options tab.

    14 To change how fast the mouse pointer moves on your screen, drag the slider () to a new position.

    SNAP TO DEFAULT BUTTON

    15 To have the mouse pointer automatically appear over the default button in many dialog boxes, click this option (changes to).

    Note: The default button in many dialog boxes is OK.

    SHOW POINTER TRAILS

    16 To leave a trail of mouse pointers as you move the mouse around your screen, click this option (changes to).

    HIDE POINTER WHILE TYPING

    17 To hide the mouse pointer when you type, click this option (changes to).

    Note: The mouse pointer will reappear when you move the mouse.

    SHOW POINTER LOCATION

    18 To show the location of the mouse pointer when you press the Ctrl key, click this option (changes to).

    CONFIRM CHANGES

    19 When you finish changing the mouse settings, click OK.

    20 Click to close the Control Panel window.

    How can I make the mouse pointer easier to see on my screen?

    Windows offers two options that can help you more clearly see the mouse pointer on your screen. These options are especially useful on portable computer screens where the mouse pointer can be difficult to follow.

    Show pointer trails

    Displays mouse pointer trails to help you follow the movement of the mouse pointer on your screen.

    Show pointer location

    Shows the location of the mouse pointer when you press the Ctrl key. Moving circles will appear around the mouse pointer to help you quickly locate the pointer on your screen.

    (Continues...)



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