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1 Project 4 Modifying Your Desktop Work Environment Windows XP Service Pack 2 Edition Comprehensive Concepts and Techniques

2 2 CHAPTER OBJECTIVES  Change the desktop work environment  Select, create, save, and delete a desktop theme  Change the desktop background  Add icons to the desktop

3 3 CHAPTER OBJECTIVES  Change the font size and screen saver  Add and remove an Active Desktop item  Unlock, move, hide, resize, and unlock the taskbar  Add, resize, and remove a toolbar on the taskbar

4 4 CHAPTER OBJECTIVES  Add and remove a shortcut on a toolbar  Launch an application from a toolbar  Use the Address toolbar to display folder content  Use the Address toolbar to search the Internet  Customize the Start menu and notification area

5 5 CHAPTER OBJECTIVES  Select a folder option and restore default folder options  Open a folder in its own window  Select an icon by pointing  Open an icon by single-clicking  Select and copy multiple files when the icons are underlined

6 6 CHANGING THE DESKTOP WORK ENVIRONMENT  Most items on the desktop, including the desktop, are considered objects  In Windows XP, all objects have properties, which describe the object.

7 7 OPENING THE DISPLAY PROPERTIES DIALOG BOX  Right-click on an open area of the desktop. Point to Properties on the shortcut menu

8 8 DESKTOP THEMES  Desktop theme: A set of graphic elements that give the desktop a unified and distinctive look  Windows XP desktop theme displays when you launch Windows XP.  Windows Classic desktop theme displays the familiar desktop found on computer with a previous version of the Microsoft Windows Operating System.

9 9 SELECTING A DESKTOP THEME  Write down your current theme.  Right-click an area on the desktop.  Click Properties.  Click the Theme box arrow in the Display Properties dialog box. Point to desired theme in the Theme list.

10 10 RESETTING THE DESKTOP THEME  Click the Theme box arrow in the Display Properties dialog box.  Click the desktop theme name in the Theme list you wrote down on the separate piece of paper.  Click the Apply button.

11 11 CREATING A DESKTOP THEME  This is done by modifying an existing desktop theme and saving it with a new name.

12 12 CHANGING THE DESKTOP BACKGROUND  Desktop background Any pattern, picture, or wallpaper that can display on the desktop Bliss background (green grassy hills and white clouds on a blue sky) is the background theme for the Windows XP desktop theme.  Click the Desktop tab in the Display Properties dialog box. Point to the desired theme in the Background list box.

13 13 CREATING A DESKTOP THEME  Position: Center setting – displays the image in the center of the desktop. Tile setting – designed for use with small images, repeats the image across the desktop covering the entire area. Stretch setting – enlarges an image to fill the desktop.  Browse button – in the Displays Properties dialog box allows you to view the background files on the hard drive and search for backgrounds in other locations.

14 14 CREATING A DESKTOP THEME  Color button – allows you to select a color from a color palette to use on the desktop or create a new color.  Customize Desktop button – allows you to display the default icon for My Document, My Computer, My Network Places, and Internet Explorer on the desktop and change the icons; control how often unused icons are removed from the desktop; and displays objects or Web pages on the desktop.

15 15 ADDING ITEMS TO THE DESKTOP  Located in the Customize Desktop, Desktop Items dialog box are: Change Icon button – allows you to change the icon for each of the desktop items in the Icons list box. Restore Default button – restores the Windows default icon for the selected desktop items. Desktop Cleanup wizard – removes desktop icons automatically from the desktop if they have not been used in the previous 60 days.

16 16 CHANGING THE SCREEN SAVER  Screen saver – is a moving picture or pattern that displays on the monitor when you have not used the mouse or keyboard for a specified period of time  Ghosting – a dim version of an image permanently etched on the monitor because the same image is displayed for a long time.  Click the Screen Saver tab in the Display Properties dialog box. Point to the Screen Saver box arrow.

17 17 CHANGING THE SCREEN SAVER  Settings button – allows you to change the color, shape, complexity, and size of the image that displays in the screen saver.  Preview button – displays the screen saver on the entire screen.  Power button – allows you to select a power scheme and select the number of minutes or hours of inactivity that you want to elapse for the monitor or hard disk turns off and system standby or system hibernation turns on.

18 18 CHANGING THE DESKTOP APPEARANCE  Desktop appearances Include the visual styles of the desktop theme, color scheme, and font size options

19 19 CHANGING THE FONT SIZE  Click the Appearance tab in the Display Properties dialog box. Point to the Font size box arrow.

20 20 CHANGING THE FONT SIZE  Effects button – allows you to set the visual effects for menus, icons, and fonts  Transition effects Fade effect – allows menus, lists, and ToolTips to fade-in when you open them and dissolve when you close them. Scroll effect – allows menus, lists, and ToolTips to slide in and out.  Advanced button – allows you to customize the look of windows, menus, fonts, and icons by changing the font size, font attributes, and color of individual elements of the desktop, such as the active title bar, inactive title bar, scroll bar, and window borders.

21 21 SAVING THE DESKTOP THEME  Click the Themes tab in the Display Properties dialog box. Point to the Save As button in the Themes sheet.

22 22 DELETING A DESKTOP THEME  Right-click an open area of the desktop and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.  Verify the name of the desktop theme.  Click the Delete button.  Click the Theme box arrow in the Themes sheet.  Click the desktop theme name in the Theme list you would like to apply.  Click the OK button

23 23 DISPLAYING WEB CONTENT ON THE DESKTOP  Active content – are Web pages from the Internet that display directly on your desktop (weather map, stock ticker, news, etc)  Active Desktop™ - is when the desktop displays active content. Active Desktop item – displays the active content from a Web page directly on the desktop and updates the content periodically. Channel – is the connection that links the Internet Explorer browser to the Web site, allowing Internet Explorer to determine of the content of the Web site has changed and deliver the updated content to the desktop.

24 24 ADDING AN ACTIVE DESKTOP ITEM TO THE DESKTOP  Right-click an open area on the desktop, click Properties on the shortcut menu, click the Desktop tab in the Display Properties dialog box, and then point to the Customize Desktop button  Click the Customize Desktop button. Click the Web tab in the Desktop Items dialog box. Click the New button. Point to the Visit Gallery button

25 25 DELETING A DESKTOP ITEM  Right-click an open area on the desktop and then click Properties on the shortcut menu  Click the Desktop tab in the Display Properties dialog box  Click the Customize Desktop button  Click the Web tab in the Desktop Items dialog box

26 26 DELETING A DESKTOP ITEM  Click the Desktop entry in the Web pages list box  Click the Delete button  Click the Yes button in the Active Desktop Item dialog box  Click the OK button in the Desktop Items dialog box  Click the OK button in the Display Properties dialog box

27 27 UNDOCKING THE TASKBAR  Right-click an open area of the taskbar. Point to Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu

28 28 MOVING THE TASKBAR  Point to an open area on the taskbar  Drag the taskbar to an area on the desktop

29 29 LOCKING THE TASKBAR  Locking the taskbar prevents the taskbar from being moved to another location on the desktop and also locks the size and position of any toolbar displayed on the taskbar.  Right-click an open area of the taskbar  Click Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu  dotted vertical bar – defines the left edge of the taskbar buttons area. Other vertical bars will display on the taskbar as toolbars are added.

30 30 HIDING AND REDISPLAYING THE TASKBAR  Right-click an open area on the taskbar.  Click Properties on the shortcut menu.  Click Auto-hide the taskbar.  Click the Apply button.  Click to the top edge of the taskbar to display the taskbar again  Click Auto-hide the taskbar. Click the OK button

31 31 HIDING AND REDISPLAYING THE TASKBAR  Keep the taskbar on top of other windows check box – allows you to change whether the taskbar displays on top of any other objects on the desktop.  Group similar taskbar buttons check box – turns on the taskbar buttons grouping feature to display a single button on the taskbar for multiple documents opened by the same applications.  Show Quick Launch check box – displays the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar.  Quick Launch toolbar – is a toolbar you can customize that allows you to launch a program by clicking an icon.

32 32 ADDING THE QUICK LAUNCH TOOLBAR TO THE TASKBAR  Address toolbar – allows you to search for a web page, launch an application program, open a document, and open a folder.  Links toolbar – allows you to go to selected Web sites without first having to launch Internet Explorer browser.  Desktop toolbar – contains copies of all the icons currently displayed on the desktop.  Quick Launch toolbar – contains icons that allow you to launch the Web browser, view the icons on the desktop, and launch Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player – is an application program included with Windows XP that allows you to create and play CDs, watch DVDs, listen to internet radio stations, search for and organize digital media files.

33 33 ADDING A TOOLBAR TO THE TASKBAR  Right-click an open area of the taskbar. Point to Toolbars on the shortcut menu. Click Quick Launch on the Toolbars submenu.

34 34 PLACING A SHORTCUT ON THE TOOLBAR  Click the Start button. Point to the item you want to add on the Start menu. Hold down the right mouse button and right-drag the item to the Quick Launch toolbar until a vertical divider line displays. Without releasing the right mouse button, position the vertical divider line to the right of the Show Desktop icon on the toolbar. Release the right mouse button. Click the Create Shortcuts Here on the shortcut menu.  Shortcut – is defined as a link to any object on the computer or a network, such as a program, file, folder, disk drive, Web page, printer, or another computer.

35 35 LAUNCHING AN APPLICATION FROM THE QUICK LAUNCH TOOLBAR  Click the double chevron on the Quick Launch toolbar. Click the icon for the application you wish to launch in the box

36 36 UNLOCKING THE TASKBAR  Right-click an open area of the taskbar to display a shortcut menu  Click Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu

37 37 RESIZING THE TASKBAR  Point to the top edge of the taskbar until a two- headed arrow displays  Drag the top edge of the taskbar toward the top of the desktop until the taskbar is the size you want.

38 38 RETURNING THE TASKBAR TO ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION  Point to the top edge of the taskbar until a two- headed arrow displays  Drag the top edge of the taskbar downward until the taskbar on your desktop resembles the original location of the taskbar.

39 39 RESIZING THE QUICK LAUNCH TOOLBAR  Point to the dotted vertical bar to the right of the Quick Launch toolbar until a double-headed arrow displays  Drag the vertical bar to the right along the taskbar until the icons display on the Quick Launch toolbar.

40 40 REMOVING A SHORTCUT FROM A TOOLBAR AND RESIZING A TOOLBAR  Right-click the icon on the Quick Launch toolbar to display a shortcut menu.  Click Delete on the Shortcut menu  Click the Yes button in the Confirm File Delete dialog box  Drag the dotted vertical bar to the right of the Quick Launch toolbar to the left along the taskbar to return the Quick Launch toolbar to its original size

41 41 ADDING THE ADDRESS TOOLBAR TO THE TASKBAR  Right-click an open area of the taskbar, point to Toolbars on the shortcut menu, and then click Address on the Toolbars submenu

42 42 EXPANDING A TOOLBAR ON THE TASKBAR  Point to the dotted vertical bar to the left of the Address title to display a two-headed arrow  Double-click the dotted vertical bar

43 43 LOCKING THE TASKBAR  Right-click an open area of the taskbar  Click Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu

44 44 USING THE ADDRESS TOOLBAR TO DISPLAY THE CONTENTS OF A FOLDER  Type c:\windows in the Address box. Click the Go button in the Address toolbar  Maximize the WINDOWS window

45 45 USING THE ADDRESS TOOLBAR TO DISPLAY A WEB PAGE  Click the Address box, type in the Address box, and then click the Go button

46 46 USING THE ADDRESS TOOLBAR TO SEARCH FOR INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET  Click the Address box, type national weather in the Address box, and click the Go button. Scroll the MSN Search window to view the top 10 most popular sites. Point to the Close button in the MSN Search window  A path is the means of navigating to a specific location on a computer.

47 47 REMOVING A TOOLBAR  Right-click an open area on the taskbar  Point to Toolbars on the shortcut menu  Click Quick Launch on the Toolbars submenu  Right-click an open area on the taskbar  Point to Toolbars on the shortcut menu  Click Address on the Toolbars submenu

48 48 SETTING THE NOTIFICATION BEHAVIOR OF A NOTIFICATION ITEM  Right-click an open area in the notification area and then click Properties on the shortcut menu. Click the Customize button. Click the behavior to the right of the person that is signed in item and then Click the Behavior box arrow. Click Always hide in the Behavior list. Click the OK button in the Customize Notifications dialog box. Click the OK button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box

49 49 RESTORING THE DEFAULT NOTIFICATION BEHAVIORS  Right-click an open area in the notification area and then click Properties  Click the Customize button  Click the Restore Defaults button in the Customize Notifications dialog box to display the Hide when inactive behavior to the right of each current or past item  Click the OK button in the Customize Notifications dialog box  Click the OK button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box

50 50 SELECTING AN ICON SIZE FOR PROGRAMS ON THE START MENU  Right-click the Start button and point to Properties on the shortcut menu.  Click Properties. Click the Customize button. Select you options (icons)  Click the OK button in the Customize Start Menu dialog box. Click the OK button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.

51 51 SETTING THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FREQUENTLY USED PROGRAMS  Right-click the Start button, click Properties, click the Customize button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box,  Click the Number of programs on Start menu box up arrow until the desired number displays.  Click the OK button in the Customize Start Menu dialog box  Click the OK button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.

52 52 RESETTING THE ICON SIZE AND NUMBER OF PROGRAMS ON THE START MENU  Right-click the Start button and click Properties  Click the Customize button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box  Select you options (icons) in the Select an icon size for programs area in the Customize Start Menu dialog box.

53 53 RESETTING THE ICON SIZE AND NUMBER OF PROGRAMS ON THE START MENU  Click the Number of programs on Start menu box down arrow until the desired number displays  Click the OK button in the Customize Start Menu dialog box  Click the OK button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box

54 54 DISPLAYING THE FOLDER OPTIONS DIALOG BOX  Click the Start button, click the My Computer icon on the Start menu, click Tools on the My Computer menu bar, and then click Folder options

55 55 THE FOLDER OPTIONS DIALOG BOX  Default folder option – is an option selected by Microsoft Corporation when designing the Windows XP software.  Restore Defaults button – restores the defaults folder options.  OK button – turns on a folder option and closes the dialog box.  Apply button – turns on the folder option without closing the dialog box.  Cancel button – cancels any changes made to the folder options.

56 56 DISPLAYING FOLDERS AS WINDOWS CLASSIC FOLDERS  Show common tasks in folders option – causes all folders to display with a left and right pane.  Use Windows classic folders option – causes all folders to look and function like Windows classic folders.  Windows classic folders displays without left and right panes, and only icons or groupings of icons display in the area below the Address toolbar in the folder window.

57 57 TURNING ON THE USE WINDOWS CLASSIC FOLDERS OPTION  Click Use Windows classic folders in the Tasks area and then click the OK button.

58 58 OPENING A FOLDER IN ITS OWN WINDOW  Opening a folder in the same window - is the process of opening a folder window in the same window as a previously opened folder.  Open each folder in the same window option – cause a folder to open in a window that already is open and a single button to display on the taskbar.  Open each folder in its own window option – causes a folder to open in its own window, resulting in another open window and another button in the taskbar button area.

59 59 TURNING ON THE OPEN EACH FOLDER IN ITS OWN WINDOW OPTION  Click Tools on the My Computer menu bar, click Folder Options, and then click the Open each folder in its own window in the Browse folders area in the Folder Options dialog box. click the OK button

60 60 OPENING A FOLDER IN ITS OWN WINDOW  Double-click the folder icon in the My Computer window. Click the Close button in the LOCAL DISK (C:) window. Click the Close button in the My Computer window

61 61 RESTORING THE FOLDER OPTIONS TO THE DEFAULT FOLDER OPTIONS  Click the Start button, click My Computer on the Start menu, click Tools on the My Computer menu bar, click Folder Options, and then click the Restore Defaults button in the Folder Options dialog box. Click the OK button  Restore Defaults button – restores all the folder options to the default folder options.

62 62 OPENING AN ITEM BY SINGLE-CLICKING  Click Tools on the My Computer menu bar, click Folder Options, and then click Single-click to open an item (point to select) in the Click items as follows area. If necessary, click Underline icon titles consistent with my browser. click the OK button

63 63 SELECTING ICONS ON THE DESKTOP AND OPENING WINDOWS  Click the My Computer icon on the desktop

64 64 SELECTING AN ICON IN A FOLDER AND OPENING ITS WINDOW  Click a folder icon in the My Computer window

65 65 SELECTING MULTIPLE FILES AND COPYING FILES  Insert a portable media into the computer. (USB Flash drive, Floppy drive)  Click the My Computer icon on the desktop, click the LOCAL DISK (C:) icon, and then click the WINDOWS icon. Maximize the WINDOWS window and then scroll down until the icons for the Coffee Bean, Gone Fishing, and Greenstone files are visible.

66 66 Hold down the CTRL key and then point to the Coffee Bean icon, Gone Fishing icon, and Greenstone icon. Release the CTRL key. Right-click the Gone Fishing icon, point to Send To on the shortcut menu, and then click the portable media on the Send To submenu SELECTING MULTIPLE FILES AND COPYING FILES Click the Close button in the WINDOWS window Remove the portable media form the computer.

67 67 RESTORING THE FOLDER OPTIONS  Click the My Computer icon on the desktop  Click Tools on the My Computer menu bar  Click the Folder Options icon on the Tools menu  Click the Restore Defaults button in the Folder Options dialog box  Click the OK button in the Folder Options dialog box  Click the Close button in the My Computer window

68 68 REMOVING DESKTOP ICONS FROM THE DESKTOP  Right-click an open area of the desktop and then click Properties on the shortcut menu  Click the Desktop tab and then click the Customize Desktop button  Remove the check marks from the My Documents, My Computer, and Internet Explorer check boxes in the Desktop Items dialog box  Click the OK button in the Desktop Items dialog box  Click the OK button in the Display Properties dialog box

69 69 CHAPTER SUMMARY  Change the desktop work environment  Select, create, save, and delete a desktop theme  Change the desktop background  Add icons to the desktop

70 70 CHAPTER SUMMARY  Change the font size and screen saver  Add and remove an Active Desktop item  Unlock, move, hide, resize, and unlock the taskbar  Add, resize, and remove a toolbar on the taskbar

71 71 CHAPTER SUMMARY  Add and remove a shortcut on a toolbar  Launch an application from a toolbar  Use the Address toolbar to display folder content  Use the Address toolbar to search the Internet  Customize the Start menu and notification area

72 72 CHAPTER SUMMARY  Select a folder option and restore default folder options  Open a folder in its own window  Select an icon by pointing  Open an icon by single-clicking  Select and copy multiple files when the icons are underlined

73 Windows XP - Project 4 - HOMEWORK  Read and complete steps for Project 4  Learn It Online # 3: page 4.72  In the Lab # 1: page 4.74 – 4.76  In the Lab # 2: page 4.76 – 4.78  In the Lab # 3: page 4.78– 4.80  In the Lab # 4: page 4.80 – 4.83


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