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Tired of chasing your mouse? Use keyboard shortcuts Why use your mouse if using your keyboard is faster? Save time with these shortcuts. Simplify using your mouse: change double-click to single-click Want to open files and folders with a single click? Follow these steps to change your settings. Set your windows so they all have the same view When you open a folder, do you prefer to see a detailed list of files, a row of thumbnails, or something else? Make all your folders open with your favorite view. Use a Web graphic for your desktop background Is there a picture on the Web you particularly like? Make it your desktop background so you see it whenever you use your computer. Speed up menu display Slow computer? Save time by making your menus display more quickly. Instantly activate a screensaver You don't have to wait several minutes for your screensaver to show up. Learn how to turn it on immediately. Manually put your computer into hibernation Make it easier to pick up where you left off using your laptop, without shutting it down or draining the battery. Learn how to put your computer into hibernation. Unlock toolbars to work with them If you can't move or resize a toolbar, it may be locked. Learn how to open it so you can make changes.

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Add familiar icons back to your desktop Did a favorite icon (such as My Computer, My Documents, or the Recycle Bin) disappear from your desktop? Use these steps to restore it. Change the default opening folder in Windows Explorer Windows Explorer opens showing the My Documents folder by default. Change the default opening folder so it displays other folders and drives. Schedule a task to defragment drives Is your computer getting slower? Your hard drive may need to be defragmented. Have Windows XP automatically do it once a week to keep your computer up to speed. Set up your computer so only one person can use it If someone needs to use your computer for a brief amount of time, activate a Guest account and then deactivate it when he or she is done. Move your taskbar to a new spot Don't like that taskbar at the bottom of your screen, or wish it could display more windows? Relocate the taskbar to make more room. Display the Quick Launch bar The Quick Launch bar is a list of shortcuts to your favorite programs. If it seems to be missing, learn how to bring it back. Add a shortcut to your desktop Want a faster way to get to that file or folder? Create a shortcut on your desktop so you can access it quickly. Time zones, Daylight Saving Time, and e-mail Don't get set back by time changes. If you travel or send e-mail between time zones, you can use Windows XP to help you with time adjustments. Windows XP can even adjust your clock for Daylight Saving Time. Create a personal screensaver using your photos Make a screensaver you'll love with the digital photos on your computer. Windows XP makes it easy. Use the On-Screen keyboard Learn how to use a mouse or joystick with the On-Screen keyboard instead of a regular keyboard to enter text. Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder Open a folder with a few keystrokes. Learn how to create keyboard shortcuts for your favorite folders.

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Display the volume control icon in the taskbar Quick, turn that music down (or up)! If you listen to music on your computer, quickly turn the volume up or down by adding an icon to your taskbar. Add a picture to a folder Make browsing your folders more fun, and make it easier for children to open files. Replace the default folder icons in Windows XP with custom pictures. Change the picture on the Welcome screen In Windows XP, each user account has a standard picture associated with it (such as a chess set, a dog, or an astronaut). Make your user account more personal. Turn on the StickyKeys feature Want to use keyboard shortcuts, but find it hard to hold down two or three keys at a time? StickyKeys can help. Add new programs to your All Programs menu alphabetically If you're overwhelmed by the number of items listed on your All Programs menu, make it easier to find what you want by sorting them alphabetically. Install Windows XP Home Edition backup software If you're using Windows XP Home Edition, this utility makes it easy to create backup copies of your files. Adjust the vertical space between icons Is your desktop filling up with shortcut icons? You may still have room for more. Adjust the space between icons so more can fit on your desktop. Help save energy and the environment: put your monitor to sleep When you're away from your desk, put your monitor in low-power mode to save electricity and reduce the impact on the environment. Open the ClipBook (Clipboard) Viewer Want to quickly see what files you've cut or copied? Create a shortcut to the ClipBook Viewer, which shows the items you copied to the Clipboard. Organize your notification area If the area near your system clock (at the lower right of your screen) is getting cluttered with icons, use these tips to organize it. Tips for advanced users Already know the basics? Use these advanced tips to get more done and help to protect your computer and data. Top of page

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though were retiring Windows XP, we wont leave you hanging. Our Microsoft Support Lifecycle explains it all.

You can still buy new PCs and use Windows XP. Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate have downgrade rights that let you return your operating system to Windows XP. We plan to provide support for Windows XP until 2014.

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Windows Vista now supports 77,000 printers, cameras, speakers, and other devices. In all, over 2.3 million devices are compatible with Windows Vista.

Over 2,700 software programs are now certified to work on Windows Vista, including 98 of the top 100 consumer applications. The Windows Vista Compatibility Center alone lists close to 1,000 applications for small businesses that are compatible with Windows Vistaand more are added every day.

According to an independent survey, 62% of small businesses said Windows Vista saves them time, and 70% said that it makes them more productive.

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The lifespan of every Microsoft product is carefully mapped from launch to retirement. Windows XP is no exception. We do this to ensure you always get the most out of your PC experience. Read about Windows lifecycle policy.

And another reminder; we're not "pulling the plug" on Windows XP. Although Windows XP won't be sold in stores, Microsoft and its partners will continue to offer technical support for Windows XP for months and years to come. In fact, Microsoft plans to support Windows XP until April 2014.

We're proud of Windows XP, a product that has empowered and entertained hundreds of millions of people in the last eight years. But technology doesn't stand still. And neither can we.

Can I still buy Windows XP now? I'm confused. Some places have it, some don't.

We understand your confusion. On June 30, Microsoft stopped distributing Windows XP as a stand-alone product shrink-wrapped in the store. We'll also stop sending it to Dell, HP, Lenovo and all the other major PC manufacturers who would sell PCs that exclusively run Windows XP.

All and all, Windows XP isn't going to disappear overnight. If you need Windows XP, you can still get it through what we call "downgrade rights" that downgrade a new PC with Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows XP.

Also, you may see devices called Netbooks or ultra-low cost PCs (ULCPC) running Windows XP Home. We intend to sell Windows XP Home for these machines with limited hardware capabilities to run until June 2010. (Read about the ULCPC program on Microsoft Presspass.)

You may even still see copies of the software, or computers pre-loaded with it, as stores and PC makers work through their inventory. Smaller, local PC makersknown in the industry as "system builders"can continue to sell PCs with Windows XP until January 2009.

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I've heard I can get Windows XP through something called "downgrade rights." What are those exactly?

If your business relies on Windows XP, there's still a way to get it. When you buy Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate, you're automatically entitled to return to Windows XP Professional via what we call "downgrade rights."

Downgrade rights do not expire. As more customers make the move to Windows Vista, we want to make sure theyre transitioning smoothly and with confidence. Part of that commitment involves providing downgrade media to OEMs to make the process easier for customers that need to downgrade. Programs like Windows Vista Small Business Assurance ensure our commitment to small business.

If you're interested in learning more about downgrade rights, contact your preferred PC manufacturer.

My business relies on Windows XP. What'll happen if I have technical problems?

We understand some of our customers aren't ready to upgrade their PCs to Windows Vista. Although Windows XP will disappear from stores, we'll continue to offer Extended Support for the operating system until April 2014. For more details, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

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Published: August 18, 2004 Click to Rate and Give Feedback On This Page Introduction Key benefits of using SUS to deploy Windows XP SP2 Situation overview Factors to consider when using SUS to deploy Windows XP SP2 Overall recommendations Summary

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Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains major security improvements designed to provide better protection against hackers, viruses, and worms. Windows XP SP2 also improves the manageability of the security features in Windows XP and provides more and better information to help users make decisions that may potentially affect their security and privacy. Microsoft strongly urges customers with Windows XP and Windows XP Service Pack 1-based systems to update to Windows XP SP2 as soon as possible. As a best-practice approach to implementing a managed rollout of Windows XP SP2, customers are encouraged to use a corporate update management solution such as Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 or Software Update Services (SUS). The following section details considerations for deploying Windows XP SP2 using SUS. Top of page

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1. Allow administrators to control the deployment Windows XP SP2 (as well as other updates) across their Windows systems. 2. Allow customers to safely disable direct Automatic Updates (AU) or Windows Update (WU) access from individual systems, while allowing these systems to get the necessary critical security updates and other administrator-approved updates. 3. SUS will automatically and silently install Windows XP SP2, while installation of Windows XP SP2 via WU or AU requires user or administrator interaction on each system. 4. Dramatically reduces network traffic into the organization, since updates only need to be downloaded to one or a small number of servers within the organization, instead of being downloaded separately to each system requiring the update. More information on SUS is available at www.microsoft.com/sus
Note: SUS is available as a free download to customers with a Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server license and can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A7AA96E4-6E41-4F54-972C-AE66A4E4BF6C&displaylang=en

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Because Windows XP SP2 is a relatively large update (approximately 270 MB), SUS administrators need to consider the impact on internal network traffic and on the machine on which the SUS server is running. For the vast majority of SUS implementations, server and network load will not be a concern and SUS administrators will not have to take mitigation actions described below, although it is recommended that the SUS administrator monitor the performance and load on the SUS server when the update is initially approved. Under ideal conditions for a dedicated SUS server, assuming a 100 Mbps server network card capacity with 20% of this capacity consumed as overhead, it will take approximately 30 seconds for a SUS client to download the Windows XP SP2 update from the server. This translates to 2880 client downloads in a 24-hour period. While this is the theoretical number of clients that can be supported in a 24-hour period if only one client is in contact with the server at any given time and there is no time gap between servicing one client and the next, a couple of factors contribute to reducing this number in reality. These include:
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1. SUS clients contact the server at randomized intervals of between 17 and 22 hours. Hence, the client synchronizations are not serialized and it is likely that more than one client will contact the server at the same time, particularly in environments that have a large number of SUS clients. 2. If the SUS client machine is turned off when it is scheduled to contact the server, it will attempt to contact the SUS server approximately 10 minutes after the client machine has been turned on. Because many systems would typically be turned on around the beginning of the work day or the start of a work shift, an unusually high number of clients (relative the volume of clients contacting the server through the rest of the day) would attempt to contact the SUS server at this time. Although clients that cannot be serviced by the SUS server because of capacity limitations will attempt to contact the server again after approximately 5 hours, this overload situation will result in slowing down the server and generating additional network overhead. The following section provides guidance to prevent this situation from occurring. Top of page

Factors to consider when using SUS to deploy Windows XP SP2


1. Number of Windows XP systems configured to use a SUS server 2. Bandwidth capacity of the SUS server machines network card or network connection 3. Whether the SUS server machine is running other services (e.g., domain controller, file & print, etc.) and if so, the estimated bandwidth required by these services 4. Available network bandwidth for deploying Windows XP SP2 (if this is less than the bandwidth capacity of the SUS server machine) The following guidance is provided for the minimum SUS server configuration Intel P700 system with 512MB RAM and a 100 Mbps network card and network connection, which is dedicated to running the SUS server (no domain controller, etc.) and is on a network where the available bandwidth exceeds the bandwidth capacity of the servers network card. If your SUS server machines is running additional services or the available network capacity is less than the server network card capacity, you will need to adjust this guidance to reflect your situation. Top of page
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There are essentially three options, depending on the number of Windows XP systems to be updated using your SUS server (if you have one or a few SUS servers) and the topology of your SUS implementation (if you have many SUS servers): 1. No action is necessary if you have less than 2000 Windows XP machines that need to be updated with Windows XP SP2 per SUS server 2. Use the limited-time approval technique described below if you have between 2000 and 15000 Windows XP machines that need to be updated with Windows XP SP2 via the SUS server 3. Implement one of the following bandwidth throttling mechanisms if you need to control the maximum bandwidth used to deploy Windows XP SP2 using SUS:
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Limit the maximum number of concurrent connections and maximum bandwidth served on SUS IIS server Limit the maximum bandwidth used by SUS clients to download SUS content by configuring BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) 2.0 accordingly

For the first (no action necessary) option, it is recommended that the SUS administrator monitor the server load when the update is first approved and for the first hour of the work day or first work shift after the Windows XP SP2 update has been approved. The limited-time approval technique works by limiting the number of SUS clients that see the Windows XP SP2 update on the list of approved updates when they contact the SUS server on any given day while this technique is in use, thereby controlling the number of clients that are serviced per day and limiting the server load and additional network overhead (retry attempts, etc.). The third set of options works by limiting the bandwidth used by the SUS implementation, thereby controlling the load on the server and the network.
Note: Limiting the load on the SUS server or the network via the options described here will result in it taking longer for all the Windows XP systems to be updated, because the bottleneck is the server load. The guidance provided below for each option is based on the same server load assumption, so it should take approximately the same length of time to deploy Windows XP SP2 irrespective of the option implemented.

The following table summarizes the options for the various situations:
Option Do nothing Use the limited-time approval technique Implement bandwidth throttling using IIS or BITS 2.0

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Windows XP systems per SUS server Less than 2000 Between 2000 and 15000 Typically more than 1000 in a distributed SUS server implementation Many Configuration of IIS or BITS before approving Windows XP SP2 and resetting the configuration, after fewer than 2000 machines remain to be updated

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One or a few None

One or a few Daily SUS administrator intervention, until the number of Windows XP systems left to be updated is less than 2000

Note: If the bottleneck is the SUS server, one option to address the situation is to add one or more SUS servers (most easily implemented behind a load-balanced network).

Limited-time approval technique This technique relies on the SUS administrator to approve and then un-approve the Windows XP SP2 update on the SUS server on a daily basis, until the number of Windows XP systems that have not received the SP2 update is less than 2000. Because the update is only approved for a limited time each day, only a subset of the SUS clients contacting the server on a given day will see the update marked as approved and will attempt to download the update. SUS clients that contact the server outside this time period will not see the SP2 update in the list of approved updates on the SUS server and will therefore not attempt to download it. This also gives the SUS server time to finish servicing the clients that contacted it during the approval window before a new set of clients attempt to download SP2 when it is re-approved the next day. This is a manual but easily implemented mechanism to control the load on the SUS server and requires no additional infrastructure configuration or testing. SUS administrators can use the following formula to calculate the amount of time for which to approve the Windows XP SP2 update on each day: TA = 24000 / (NXP (1000 * NDE)) Where: TA = Amount of time (in hours) the update needs to be marked as approved on a given day NXP = Number of Windows XP systems to get SP2 via the SUS server NDE = Number of days since SP2 was first marked as approved on the SUS server For example, if there are 12000 Windows XP systems that need to get the Windows XP SP2
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update via a SUS server, the calculation would work out as follows: For day 1, the update would need to be marked as approved for 2 hours, since 24000 / (12000 (1000 * 0) = 2 For day 2, the update would need to be marked as approved for 2.2 hours, since 24000 / (12000 (1000 * 1) = 2.2; and so on The full schedule would be as follows:
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 Machines remaining to be updated before approving XP SP2 12000 11000 10000 9000 8000 7000 6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 Length of approval window 2 hours 2.2 hours 2.4 hours 2.7 hours 3 hours 3.4 hours 4 hours 4.8 hours 6 hours 8 hours Approve, and leave in approved state

Note: An important consideration for using this technique is to initiate the approval about 1 hour after the work day or shift starts, so the SUS server is not impacted by the spike in clients trying to download SP2 soon after they are turned on.

Note: The above formula is based on conservative assumptions to account for potential spikes in the number of clients contacting the server during the approval window. Using this technique, it is estimated that between 1000 and 2000 SUS client machines will get the Windows XP SP2 update per day. You may monitor the SUS server using performance counters or the Task Manager and increase the length of the approval windows if you determine the load on your SUS server is not high. Increasing the length of the approval windows will allow more clients to download Windows XP SP2 on a daily basis and reduce the time required to update all your Windows XP machines, but increasing the windows beyond a certain threshold (which will vary due to unique factors in your environment) will cause server overload and unnecessary network overhead which will result in increasing rather than decreasing the time required to update all your Windows XP machines.

It is also recommended that you plan your Windows XP SP2 deployment so it doesnt overlap with the deployment of the monthly security updates from Microsoft (released on the 2nd
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Tuesday of each month) to eliminate the need to factor in the impact of the deployment of these updates on server load and therefore on the lengths of the approval windows for the Windows XP SP2 deployment. The following are the pros and cons of using this technique: Pros: 1. Easy to implement requires approving the SP2 update, un-approving it after the calculated time period, and repeating the process the next day, until the number of machines left to be updated is less than 2000 2. Server-side mechanism eliminates the need to make configuration changes on SUS client machines 3. Works even where Active Directory-based Group Policy or another scalable administration mechanism (scripting, etc.) is not in place to control registry settings on Windows XP machines 4. No testing required Cons: 1. Requires daily SUS administrator intervention, until the number of Windows XP systems left to be updated is less than 2000 Bandwidth usage throttling using IIS This option allows limiting the maximum bandwidth that may be used for SUS by setting the appropriate values for the maximum number of concurrent connections and the maximum bandwidth the IIS server allocates to servicing SUS requests. These configuration options are available with IIS 5 as well as IIS 6. The IIS server will allocate the maximum bandwidth usage specified equally across the concurrent connections specified. For the standard SUS machine (P700, 512 MB RAM, 100 Mbps network card), set the maximum concurrent connections to 100 and the maximum bandwidth for the SUS Web site to 80 Mbps. In this example, the value of 100 for maximum concurrent connections is an estimate for what the server machine can handle under heavy data transfer load conditions, given its CPU and memory capacity.

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Note: This configuration will allow about 2000 Windows XP systems to download and install the Windows XP SP2 update per day and will take approximately one hour for each to download, assuming there are no other connectivity bottlenecks.

Pros: 1. Easy to implement set configuration settings on IIS server 2. No ongoing administrator intervention necessary as in the case with the limited-time approval technique 3. Can selectively control maximum bandwidth served for SUS client requests without need to restrict bandwidth server for other sites (if any) on the IIS server 4. Server-side mechanism eliminates the need to make configuration changes on SUS client machines 5. Works even where Active Directory-based Group Policy or another scalable administration mechanism (scripting, etc.) is not in place to control registry settings on Windows XP machines 6. Easy to test Cons: 1. Limiting concurrent connection and maximum bandwidth for the SUS site on IIS impacts all SUS clients, not just the SUS clients that are Windows XP machines this would be an issue if you need to deploy other updates at the same time as you are deploying Windows XP SP2 2. Administrator needs to reset the IIS configurations back to the normal settings once 2000 or fewer Windows XP machines remain to be update 3. If the maximum number of concurrent connections is specified for all IIS server connections and not limited specifically to the SUS server Web site, this will impact any other Web sites served by the IIS server Resources:
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Bandwidth usage throttling using BITS 2.0 This option uses the BITS 2.0 maximum bandwidth usage parameter to control the amount of bandwidth used by SUS clients when interacting with the SUS server. For example, if the maximum bandwidth you want used on the SUS server (or the network overall) to deploy Windows XP SP2 using SUS is 100 Mbps and there are 5000 Windows XP systems on the network, setting the maximum bandwidth usage to 20 Kbps on each client system will limit overall network bandwidth to 100 Mbps. Pros: 1. Allows granular control over maximum bandwidth that can be used on the network for deploying Windows XP SP2 using SUS 2. Can be centrally configured using Group Policy 3. Provides ability to control maximum bandwidth used only for the SUS clients that are Windows XP machines 4. No ongoing administrator intervention necessary as in the case with the limited-time approval technique Cons:
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1. Only works for environments where BITS 2.0 is implemented if not implemented, administrator needs to install BITS 2.0 to all client systems 2. Only works for managed Windows XP systems, i.e., systems that the SUS administrator knows about and on which the administrator has the ability to control BITS 2.0 settings 3. BITS maximum bandwidth limitations will apply to all services (e.g., SMS) running on the client machines that use BITS, so these services may exhibit poor performance or may not work correctly as a result. Resources:
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Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains major security improvements designed to provide better protection against hackers, viruses, and worms, and Microsoft strongly recommends that customers update their Windows XP machines with SP2 as soon as possible. Once the Windows XP SP2 update has been tested and certified for deployment to your machines, SUS provides an easy mechanism for deploying the update to these machines. Because of the size of the Windows XP SP2 update, SUS administrators should consider the impact of its deployment on SUS server and network load. For the vast majority of SUS implementations, this will not be a concern and SUS administrators will not have to take mitigation actions, although it is recommended that the SUS administrator monitor the performance and load on the SUS server when the update is initially approved. For environments with more than 2000 Windows XP machines being updated by a single SUS server, use one of the mitigation options detailed above. These are temporary steps that only need to be in place until the number of Windows XP machines remaining to be updated drops
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The mouse, one of the greatest advances in computing history, provides you with an intuitive point-and-click method for using your computer. Depending on the type of work you're doing, however, sometimes using a mouse actually slows you down. If you are a good typist, taking your hands away from the keyboard to move the mouse can use up a few seconds. Over the course of a full day, you could save several minutes by using keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse. You can use your keyboard instead of your mouse to do these three tasks: Start a program Navigate menus Minimize, maximize, and close windows

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The Start menu is great for finding programs, but its multiple levels of folders can be time consuming to navigate. If there is a program you start frequently, you should set a keyboard shortcut for it so that you can start the program without taking your hands off the keyboard. To set a keyboard shortcut to start a program 1.Click the Start menu, and then click All Programs. Right-click the program that you want to start with a keyboard shortcut, and then click Properties.

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2.Click in the Shortcut key box. Now press the letter on your keyboard that you want to use to start the program. Make it easy to rememberfor example, press I for Microsoft Internet Explorer. Note: You can use either uppercase or lowercase letters when creating your keyboard shortcuts and when accessing them later. In the Shortcut key box, Microsoft Windows XP automatically adds Ctrl + Alt + before the key you pressed. When you want to start the program, hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys simultaneously, while also pressing the letter you chose. This way, your program won't start every time you type that letter.

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3.Click OK.

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4.Now test your shortcut. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys, and then press the letter you chose. If you find it difficult to hold down two keys at once, read Turn on the Sticky Keys feature. Your program should start.

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You can speed up tasks in almost any program by choosing menu items using your keyboard instead of your mouse. This operation is particularly handy when you're performing repetitive tasks. To control menus using your keyboard 1.With your program open, press the ALT key. Notice that one letter on each menu name is now underlined. To open the menu, press the underlined key. For example, in Internet Explorer, the View menu name shows the V underlined after you press the ALT key. To open the View menu, press the ALT key, and then press V.

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2.Now, each menu item will show one letter underlined. To access or activate the menu item you want, simply press the underlined key. For example, in Internet Explorer, after you open the View menu, the Privacy Report menu item shows the V underlined. Instead of clicking Privacy Report with your mouse, you can just press the V key.

3.You can also choose menu commands by pressing key sequences quickly, without waiting for the menus to open. For example, to quickly view a Web page's privacy report in Internet Explorer, press ALT, V, V. Similarly, to save a Web page in Internet Explorer, you would normally click the File menu, and then click Save As. To choose the same commands using your keyboard, press ALT, F, A. Top of page

Control windows using your keyboard


If you like to keep four or five windows open while you work (or play) on your computer, you'll appreciate knowing these keyboard shortcuts. You can quickly switch between your Web browser, e-mail, instant message windows, and other programs without taking your hands off the keyboard. Action Minimize a window to your taskbar Maximize a window so it takes up your whole desktop Shortcut ALT, SPACEBAR, N ALT, SPACEBAR, X

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Restore a window so it's visible but doesn't take up your whole desktop Close a window Switch to the last window you had open Switch to any window

ALT, SPACEBAR, R ALT+F4 ALT+TAB Hold down the ALT key, and press TAB until the window you want is active

Programs often start up in a "restored" state, where the window takes up only part of the screen. To maximize the window so that it takes up the entire screen, press the ALT key, press the SPACEBAR, and then press X. This will feel natural after you do it a few times, and you will feel much more efficient while using your computer.

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When you browse the Web with Microsoft Internet Explorer, links open with a single click. Yet, when you browse My Computer or My Documents, a single click lets you select a file or folder, but you have to double-click to open it. If you'd rather single-click to open files and folders, you can change the setting on your mouse (don't worry, this process doesn't require any double clicks). To change the settings on your mouse 1.Click Start, and then click My Computer.

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2.Click Tools, and then click Folder Options.

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3.Click Single-click to open an item. Then, click OK.

Now you can navigate folders and open files with a single rather than a double click. If you need to select a file, simply hold your mouse over the file for a few seconds without clicking.

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Microsoft Windows XP lets you show the contents of folders in a variety of ways, such as a simple or detailed list of the files, or as thumbnail images. Each folder in My Computer or My Documents can have its own view. Thats useful for folders like My Music or My Pictures, because you can look at your digital photos in Thumbnails or Filmstrip view, and see your song titles in Tiles view. But changing the view for every folder can be timeconsuming. If you prefer to have all your folder contents displayed in a particular way, you can save yourself some time by changing the view for all the folders on your computer at once. To set your windows so they all have the same view 1.Click Start, and then click My Documents.

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2.Click the Views button, and then click the view you want to apply to all folders. Note: For more information about views, read Specify how folders open.

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3.Click Tools, and then click Folder Options.

4.Click the View tab, and then click Apply to All Folders.

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6.Click OK.

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The next time you open a folder, it will be displayed using the view you chose. To restore your original folder settings, repeat steps 1-3. Then, in step 4, click Reset All Folders.

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Windows XP: Use a Web graphic for your desktop background

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The Web has many beautiful pictures. If you find a picture you particularly like, such as the following image of the puppy, you can make it your desktop background, so that you can see it whenever you use your computer. To use a Web graphic for your desktop background 1.Use Microsoft Internet Explorer to open the Web page with the picture you like. 2.Right-click the picture, and then click Set as Background.

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Microsoft Windows XP displays the picture as your desktop background. For best results, use large pictures that are wider than they are tall.

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Windows XP: Speed up menu display

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Microsoft Windows XP uses many visual effects to provide a rich, friendly interface. One of these settings allows menus to fade into view when you open them. This visual effect is so smooth that you may never have noticed it; however, the effect does cause menus to take a little longer to appear. On a fast computer, this shouldn't be an issue. But on a computer that isnt responding as quickly as you'd like, you can make menus display faster. To speed up menu display 1.Click Start. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

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2.Click the Advanced tab. In the Performance area, click Settings.

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3.On the Visual Effects tab in the Performance Options dialog box, clear the Fade or slide menus into view check box.

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4.Click OK. 5.In the System Properties dialog box, click OK.

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Now when you click a menu, it will appear almost instantly.

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Windows XP: Instantly activate a screen saver

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Screen savers were originally intended to prevent monitor burn-in, which could occur if a single image was displayed most of the time. Over time, that image would essentially become etched into the display, making the monitor harder to use. Monitor technology has improved over the years, and screen savers have become more a form of entertainment than a way to avoid burn-in. Screen savers can be used to display your favorite photos or other images you'd like to see. Sometimes you might want to immediately start your screen saver like you would any other program, without waiting several minutes for it to start automatically. To add a shortcut to your desktop that you can double-click to instantly start your screen saver 1.Click the Start button, and then click Search.

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2.In the Search Results window, click All files and folders.

3.In the All or part of the file name box, type *.scr. Then, click Search.

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4.You will see a list of screen savers in the search results. Pick the screen saver you want. You can preview it by double-clicking it. To add a shortcut to your desktop, right-click the file, click Send To, and then click Desktop.

Now you can instantly start your screen saver by double-clicking the icon on your desktop.

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Windows XP: Manually put your computer into hibernation

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When you use a laptop computer, you probably try to keep your battery power usage to a minimum. You may also want to cut down on the energy consumption of your desktop computer. One way to save power is to turn the computer off when you're not using it. If youd like to save power but do not want to wait for Windows to shut down and restart, you can use the Microsoft Windows XP hibernation capability. Hibernation saves your open windows to your computer's hard disk and shuts the computer down within a few seconds. The next time you start your computer, all of your windows open exactly where you left them. Hibernation is an alternative to the standby capability and saves your programs and shuts your computer down completely. Hibernation uses no power, and it takes your computer just several seconds to recover from hibernation when you want to use it again. Standby reduces power usage when your computer is not in use by turning off the parts of your computer that use the most energy. Standby uses more power than hibernation, but it takes less time to start a computer from standby than from hibernation. Note: You can learn more about the standby option in your computer's power management settings in Configure Windows XP power management. To put your computer into hibernation 1.Click Start, and then click Turn Off Computer.

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2.Click Hibernate. If Hibernate is not an option, read Configure Windows XP power management for instructions on how to enable hibernation.

Your computer goes into hibernationa state in which it consumes no power. To wake your computer from hibernation, press the power button. If you like using hibernation, you can configure your computer's power button to automatically put
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Windows XP: Unlock toolbars to work with them

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A toolbar is a collection of buttons or iconsusually displayed across the top of the screenthat represents the different tasks you can do within a program. For example, in Microsoft Internet Explorer, there is a toolbar for the standard Internet Explorer command buttons, one for entering an Internet address, and one for quick links you can set up. When you open a toolbar, it will appear in a particular spot on the screen. If you want to change the location of the toolbar you can move it by dragging it to the new location. You can also resize the toolbar by dragging its edge. If you find a toolbar that cannot be moved or resized, the toolbar may be locked. To unlock a toolbar 1.Make sure you have only one window open for the program. (You can look at the taskbar at the bottom of your screen to verify this.) Then, right-click the toolbar. 2.If Lock the Toolbars appears on the shortcut menu and is selected (a check mark appears to the left of it), click Lock the Toolbars to unlock the toolbar. If you see Lock the Toolbars, but no check mark appears to the left of it, the toolbar is already unlocked. Note: If Lock the Toolbars does not appear on the shortcut menu, you may not be able to move or resize the toolbar. If you are able move the toolbar, once youve moved the toolbar to the location where you want it, select Lock the Toolbars so that it isnt inadvertently moved. To make sure the change is permanent, lock the toolbar, exit the program, and then reopen it. The toolbar should be locked.

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Windows XP: Add familiar icons back to your desktop

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When you first got your computer, it probably had shortcuts for My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places, and the Recycle Bin on the desktop. If you or someone else removed any of those shortcuts and youd like to get them back, you can easily restore them. To restore you icons 1.Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.

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2.In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Desktop tab, and then click Customize Desktop.

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3.In the Desktop icons area in the Desktop Items dialog box, select the desktop icons that you want to appear on your desktop.

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4.Click OK.

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5.Click OK again.

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The icons you selected will be displayed on your desktop. You can also add shortcuts to your desktop or clean up unused icons on your desktop.

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Windows XP: Change the default opened folder in Windows Explorer

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Microsoft Windows Explorer, which is accessible through the Start menu, is the tool you use to look through the files and drives on your computer.

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When you start Windows Explorer from the Start menu, it opens your My Documents folder by default. However, a My Documents shortcut already exists on your Start menu. You can put the Windows Explorer shortcut to better use by changing it to display all top-level drives and folders on your system. This change will give you a broad, overall view of all your folders and files.

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To change how Windows Explorer opens 1.Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, right-click Windows Explorer, and then click Properties.

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2.The Target box currently shows %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe At the end of the line, type the characters /n, /e, /select, C:\ The line should now read %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\ Be sure you insert blank spaces in the correct locations. Then, click OK.

Now, when you open Windows Explorer, it will display all of your folders and drives, not just your My Documents folder.

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Windows XP: Schedule a weekly defragmentation

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If it seems like your computer has gotten slower since you bought it, it probably has. One of the biggest factors that slows down your computers performance is fragmentation, a situation that occurs over time, in which files on your hard drive become divided into small pieces. Your computer must read a file to open, save, or close it. So when it reads each piece of a fragmented file separately, the effect is that the file can seem slow when youre working with it. Defragmenting your hard drive is the process of putting all the scattered pieces of files back together. Microsoft Windows XP includes a tool that will defragment your hard drive for you. To keep your system performing well, its a good idea to have Windows XP automatically defragment your hard drive every week. To schedule a weekly defragmentation 1.Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

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2.Click Performance and Maintenance.

3.Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Scheduled Tasks.

4.In the Scheduled Tasks window, double-click Add Scheduled Task.

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5.In the Scheduled Task Wizard, click Next.

6.Click Browse.

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7.In the File name box, type %systemroot%\system32\defrag.exe, and then click Open.

8.Under Perform this task, click Weekly. Then, click Next.

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9.Set the time and day of the week you would like to defragment your hard drive. For best results, choose a time when your computer will be on but you will be away from it. Click Next.

10.Type your password in both the Enter the password and Confirm password boxes. Then, click Next.

11.Select the Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish check box, and then click Finish.

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12.In the Run box, add C: to the existing command. Make sure you include a space before the C:. Then, click OK.

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13.In the Set Account Information dialog box, type your password in both the Password and Confirm password boxes. Then, click OK.

Windows XP will defragment your hard drive at the time you have scheduled. During defragmentation, a black window will open. If you happen to be working at your computer when the window opens, you can ignore it. The window will automatically disappear when defragmentation is complete. You can use other programs during defragmentation, but you may prefer to schedule defragmentation at a time when you wont be using your computer. Defragmentation works best when you have plenty of free space on your hard drive. For instructions on how to clear free space, read Maintenance tasks that improve performance.

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Windows XP: Set up your computer so that only authorized people can use it

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When several people use a single computer, its convenient to set up a user account for each person to keep everyones setup preferences and documents separate. If someone wants to use your computer briefly he or she can use the Guest user account. By default in Microsoft Window XP, this account is disabled, which means that only specifically authorized users can access your computer. If you have enabled your Guest account, you should disable the Guest account (once your guest has finished using your computer) to improve your computers security. To disable the Guest account 1.Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

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2.Under Pick a Category, click User Accounts.

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3.Under or pick an account to change, click Guest.

4.On the What do you want to change about the guest account? page, click Turn off the guest account.

Now the Guest account is disabled. As an added safety precaution, and to prevent users without user accounts from logging on, its a good idea to add passwords to every account on your computer.

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Windows XP: Move your taskbar to a new spot

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By default, the Microsoft Windows XP taskbar, which shows buttons for each of your open windows, sits at the bottom of your screen. Thats fine if you dont open many windows. If you have more than six or seven windows open at a time, however, the taskbar can become extremely crowded. To make more room for windows, move your taskbar to the right or left side of the screen, where it will be displayed vertically, giving you room for more than a dozen windows.

Tip: If you have a widescreen monitor, placing your taskbar on the right or left side of the screen can make much more efficient use of screen space. To move your taskbar 1.Right-click your taskbar. If there is a check mark beside Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu, click Lock the Taskbar to unlock it.

2.Drag your taskbar to the left, right, or top of your screen. To drag the taskbar, click and hold the mouse button over the taskbar. Then, while holding down the mouse button, drag the taskbar to its new location. When the taskbar is in place, release the mouse button.

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3.Move the pointer over an edge of the taskbar until the pointer changes to a doubleheaded arrow. Click the mouse button, and drag the edge of the taskbar to widen it. When you can read the window titles, release the mouse button.

4.Finally, to prevent your taskbar from being accidentally moved, right-click your taskbar, and click Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu.

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Windows XP: Display the Quick Launch bar

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The Quick Launch bar is a list of shortcuts to your favorite programs. You can use the Quick Launch bar to open programs with a single click, without having to go through the Start menu. Microsoft Windows XP displays the Quick Launch bar by default, so it might already be part of your taskbar. Look for the Quick Launch bar directly to the right of your Start button. If you have disabled your Quick Launch bar, you can display it by right-clicking your taskbar, clicking Toolbars, and then clicking Quick Launch.

Windows XP displays the Quick Launch bar, which by default shows shortcuts for opening Microsoft Internet Explorer and for displaying your desktop. Other programs might add a shortcut to the Quick Launch bar, too. To start a program, just click the shortcut.

With the Quick Launch bar displayed on your taskbar, your favorite programs are just a click away.

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You can create shortcuts on your desktop that enable you to open your favorite files and folders by simply double-clicking your mouse. To add a shortcut from a file to your desktop 1.Browse through your My Documents folder, and find the file that you want to create a shortcut to. 2.Right-click the file that you want to be able to open from your desktop, click Send To, and then click Desktop.

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Youll see the shortcut on your desktop. Note: The shortcut icon has an arrow in the lower-left corner to indicate that its a shortcut rather than the actual file. You can open a shortcut just like you would any other file by double-clicking it. However, if you delete the shortcut, you wont remove the file itself.

For more information about shortcuts, read Working with icons and shortcuts.

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Windows XP: Time zones, Daylight Saving Time, and e-mail

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Time zones and Daylight Saving Time (DST) are sometimes confusing. If you travel between time zones, do you set your clock forward or back? If a friend sends you an email at noon, whose time zone is reflected in Microsoft Outlookyours or your friends? What day should you change your clock for daylight-saving time, and do you move forward or back an hour? Fortunately, Microsoft Windows XP helps you answer these questions by automatically translating times from other computers into your local time zone. Windows XP can also automatically adjust your clock for DST. Traveling between time zones is easy because you can select the new time zone, and Windows XP sets your clock correctly. Your computer keeps track of time using Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Your computer automatically adjusts the time on your system clock, in incoming e-mail messages, in the Event Viewer administrative tool, and elsewhere to the correct time zone. It is important for you to set your time zone correctly and to update it when you travel. If your time zone isn't kept up to dateeven if your clock is set correctly on your computerthe time stamps on e-mail messages you send will be wrong. For example, if you are in the Eastern United States time zone (GMT-5), and a friend in the Pacific United States time zone (GMT-8) sends you an e-mail at 8:00 A.M. (your friends time), Outlook converts the time to 11:00 A.M. to reflect your local time zone. Similarly, if you monitor events on remote computers in other time zones, Event Viewer always displays those event dates and times in your local time zone.

How to change the time zone


To change the time zone and enable automatic adjustment for DST

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1.Right-click your system clock, and then click Adjust Date/Time.

2.Click the Time Zone tab. Click the list, and then click on your time zone.

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3.Select the Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes check box, if your region uses daylight-saving time.

4.Click OK.

Now, all references to time reflect your new time zone. This includes the times shown for incoming e-mail messages, event times in Event Viewer, and when scheduled
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tasks run. Note: If you use Event Viewer, DST can cause unexpected behavior because Event Viewer changes the displayed time (and possibly the date) for events that have already occurred. For example, if an event occurred at 6:00 P.M. in standard time, after you move into DST, that event appears as if it had occurred at 7:00 P.M.

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Windows XP: Create a personal screen saver using your photos

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If you like using a screen saver and have digital photos on your computer, you can easily make your own screen saver using the pictures that you have stored on your PC. You can set up your screen saver in Microsoft Windows XP to display a slide show of some or all of your pictures when youre not using your computer. To set up a My Pictures slide show 1.Right-click on the desktop, and then click Properties.

2.In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Screen Saver tab. Then, click the Screen saver list, and click My Pictures Slideshow.

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3.Click OK.

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The next time your screen saver starts, youll see a slide show of all the pictures in your My Pictures folder. If you want to see your pictures right away, follow these instructions to add a shortcut to your desktop that immediately starts the slide show.

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Windows XP: Use the On-Screen Keyboard

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Microsoft Windows XP includes the On-Screen Keyboard for those who prefer using a mouse or other pointing device (rather than a physical keyboard) to enter text. Different typing modes allow you to select a key by clicking, hovering over a key for a specific number of seconds, or using a joystick. You can start the On-Screen Keyboard using the Start menu. If you use the On-Screen Keyboard regularly, add a shortcut to your desktop to make it easier to open.

Start the On-Screen Keyboard using the Start menu


To launch the On-Screen Keyboard 1.Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, and then On-Screen Keyboard.

2.The On-Screen Keyboard and On-Screen Keyboard dialog box appear. Click OK.

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You can now use the On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the buttons with your mouse. To hold down the SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT keys, just click them once, and the keys will stay pressed until you click the next key.

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Create a desktop shortcut for the On-Screen Keyboard


To make a shortcut on your desktop to launch the On-Screen Keyboard 1.Right-click your desktop, point to New, and click Shortcut.

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2.In the location field, type osk. Then click Next.

3.Type On-Screen Keyboard. Then, click Finish.

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How to change the typing mode


On-Screen Keyboard has three different modes: Clicking mode. This is the default mode in which you use a mouse or other pointing device to click keys. Hovering mode. You use a mouse or joystick to point to a key for a predefined period of time, and the selected character is typed automatically. Scanning mode. On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard and highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a keyboard shortcut or by using a switch-input device. To change typing mode 1.Click the Settings menu, and then click Typing Mode.

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2.In the Typing Mode dialog box, click your preferred method of selecting keys. Then, click OK.

The On-Screen Keyboard simplifies text entry for users who prefer using a pointing device. For more information about Windows XP accessibility features, read Set up accessibility features.

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Windows XP: Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder

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Create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder


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Do you have a folder that you'd like to be able to open quickly and easily whenever you want? If you create a keyboard shortcut for that folder, you can open it anytime by pressing a key combination, no matter which other programs you have open. To create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder 1.Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer. 2.In Windows Explorer (the program that appears when you open folders such as My Computer, My Documents, My Pictures, or My Music), right-click the folder to which you want instant access, click Send To, and then click Desktop.

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3.On your desktop, right-click the new shortcut, and then click Properties.

4.On the Shortcut tab, click in the Shortcut key box. Now press the letter on your keyboard that you want to use to open the folder. Note: In the Shortcut key box, Microsoft Windows XP automatically adds CTRL+ALT before the key you press, because to use the shortcut to open a folder, you have to hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys simultaneously, while pressing the letter you chose. This way, your folder won't open every time you type that letter.

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5.Click OK.

6.Now test your shortcut. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys, and then press the letter you chose.

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This tip can be applied to folders, programs, and text file shortcuts that are placed on the desktop. For more keyboard shortcuts, read Tired of chasing your mouse? Use keyboard shortcuts.

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Windows XP: Display the volume control icon in the taskbar

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If youre listening to music on your computer, and you want a quick way to turn the volume up or down, you can create a shortcut icon for your volume control and put it in the taskbar. That way its always right at your fingertips. Otherwise, youll need to go into the Sounds and Audio Devices category in your Control Panel whenever you want to adjust the volume. To add the volume control icon to your taskbar 1.Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

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2.Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices.

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3.Under Pick a task, click Change the speaker settings.

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4.In the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties box, click the Volume tab, and select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box. Then, click OK.

Now when you want to adjust the volume, you can just click the speaker icon in the taskbar and move the slider.

Note: You might need to click on the left-facing arrow button (<) on the taskbar to display the audio icon. To learn how to organize this section of your taskbar, read Organize your notification area.
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Windows XP: Add a picture to a folder

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Add a picture to a folder


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Microsoft Windows XP usually shows icons for folders like My Music and My Pictures. If a folder contains pictures, Windows XP displays random thumbnails from within the folder. You can replace these icons with custom pictures to make browsing your files more fun, and to make it easier for children to find and open files. Note: Your picture is visible only when you're browsing folders with the Thumbnails view. To access the Thumbnails view, click Thumbnails on the View menu. To add a picture to a folder 1.In Windows Explorer (the program that appears when you open folders such as My Computer, My Documents, My Pictures, or My Music), right-click the folder you want to add a picture to, and then click Properties.

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2.In the Properties dialog box, click the Customize tab. If there is no Customize tab, you cannot add a picture to that folder. You can add pictures to other folders, however.

3.On the Customize tab, click Choose Picture.

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4.In the Browse dialog box, click the picture you want to use, and then click Open.

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5.Click OK.

When you view the folder using Thumbnails view, Windows displays a thumbnail of the picture you selected.

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Windows XP: Change the picture on your Welcome screen

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Change the picture on your Welcome screen


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By default, each user account in Microsoft Windows XP has a standard picture (such as a chess set, a dog, or an astronaut) associated with it. If you'd like to make the picture more personal, you can add your own image for each account. Changing pictures is fun, and it makes it easier for young children to use your computer. To change the picture on the Welcome screen 1.Log on to your computer as an administrator. 2.Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

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3.Under Pick a category, click User Accounts.

4.Under or pick an account to change, click the account you want to choose a picture for.

5.Under What do you want to change..., click Change the picture.

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6.Click Browse for more pictures.

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7.Click the picture you want to display for that account, and then click Open.

Windows XP displays the picture on the Welcome screen for the account you selected. To choose pictures for other accounts, return to step 3.

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Windows XP: Turn on the StickyKeys feature

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Turn on the StickyKeys feature


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Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time by putting files or commands you use often right at your fingertips. Some keyboard shortcuts, however, require you to hold down three keys at a time. If you want to use a keyboard shortcut but find it difficult to hold down two or three keys at the same time, StickyKeys makes it easy. When a shortcut requires a key combination, the StickyKeys feature in Microsoft Windows XP lets you press a key, such as SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT, and keep it active until another key is pressed. StickyKeys is also helpful when you want to type uppercase letters without holding down SHIFT while you press each letter key. To activate StickyKeys 1.Press the SHIFT key five times. A dialog box opens with instructions on how to set up the StickyKeys feature. 2.Click OK.

An icon (a group of squares) appears in the notification area.

With StickyKeys enabled, you can press and release the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, or Windows logo key, and Windows XP will hold the key down for you until you press the next key. For example, to type a capital A, you could press and release SHIFT, and then press and release the A key.

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To turn off StickyKeys, press the SHIFT key five times, and then click Cancel in the StickyKeys dialog box.

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Windows XP: Sort programs on your All Programs menu alphabetically

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Finding programs on your All Programs menu can become difficult if you have a lot of programs installed. When you install new programs, Microsoft Windows XP adds each new item to the end of the All Programs menu. You can, however, quickly sort the items on your All Programs menu in alphabetical order. To sort items on your All Programs menu alphabetically 1.Click Start, click All Programs, and then right-click any folder or icon. 2.On the shortcut menu, click Sort by Name.

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That's ityour programs are instantly alphabetized. Enjoy your newly organized All Programs menu. This same tip works for your Favorites menu in Internet Explorer. In both cases, you'll probably need to go back periodically and sort the lists again, because Windows XP doesn't automatically keep the list in alphabetical order.

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Windows XP: Install Windows XP Home Edition Backup software

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Computers, like any appliance, can break down or fail. To protect your important files from computer failure, you should make backup copies of your files. Each edition of Microsoft Windows XPexcept Windows XP Home Editionincludes Windows Backup, a program that helps you save your files to an external disk. If you use Windows XP Home Edition, you can manually install Windows Backup. To manually install Windows Backup 1.Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD drive. If Windows XP Setup does not appear after several seconds, open My Computer, right-click your CD drive, and then click AutoPlay.

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2.In the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP window, click Perform additional tasks.

3.Click Browse this CD.

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4.Double-click VALUEADD, double-click MSFT, and then double-click NTBACKUP to open the \VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP folder.

5.In the NTBACKUP folder, double-click NTBACKUP.

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6.After setup is complete, click Finish.

You can now start Windows Backup by clicking Start, pointing to All Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking Backup. For more information about protecting your files from computer failure, read Back up your files.

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Windows XP: Adjust the vertical space between icons

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Adjust the vertical space between icons


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If you add shortcuts to your desktop to launch programs or to open folders, your desktop could quickly become filled with icons. If you'd like more icons to fit on your desktop, you can adjust the spacing between them so that they sit closer together. To adjust the vertical space between icons 1.Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.

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2.In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance tab. Then, click Advanced.

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3.Click the Item list, and then click Icon Spacing (Vertical).

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4.In the Size box, decrease the number to move icons closer together, or increase the number to add space between icons. (The smaller the number, the less space there will be between the icons. Conversely, the larger the number, the greater the space will be between the icons.)

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5.Click OK.

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6.To change the spacing for your existing desktop icons to the spacing you specified in step 4, right-click your desktop, click Arrange Icons By on the shortcut menu, and then click Align to Grid.

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7.Next, right-click your desktop, click Arrange Icons By on the shortcut menu, and then click Auto Arrange.

Microsoft Windows XP arranges your desktop using the new icon spacing you specified. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to return your desktop settings to their original state. On a monitor with 800 600 resolution, changing the default icon spacing from 43 to 39 squeezes eight icons into each column, up from the original seven icons.

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Windows XP: Help save energy and the environment by putting your monitor to sleep

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You can save electricity and reduce your impact on the environment by activating your monitors sleep feature in Microsoft Windows XP. Activating sleep settings on just one computer may prevent considerable CO2 emissions each year. Letting your monitor sleep allows it to go into a low-power mode when youre not using it. To wake your monitor, you simply touch your mouse or keyboard. To set Windows XP to automatically turn your monitor off when your computer isnt being used 1.Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.

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2.In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Screen Saver tab. Then, click the Power button.

3.In the Power Options Properties dialog box, click the Turn off monitor list, and select a time to automatically turn off your monitor. Five minutes is a realistic setting. If you have a portable computer, set the time for both Plugged in and Running on batteries.

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4.Click OK twice.

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When you use the Cut or Copy command on the Edit menu, the material you cut or copy is automatically copied to the Clipboard. The Clipboard is a temporary holding area for the items you've cut or copied. You can use the ClipBook Viewer to see the information that you've copied to the Clipboard. You can also store information permanently in your local ClipBook and share it with other users. The local ClipBook opens when you start ClipBook Viewer. The ClipBook Viewer isn't listed in the Start menu in Microsoft Windows XP, so if you want quick access to it, just create a shortcut on your desktop. To open the ClipBook View 1.Right-click your desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut.

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The notification area is the collection of small icons near your system clock, in the bottom-right corner of your screen. After you've used your computer for a few months, the notification area can become cluttered with icons for different programs you may have installed. Each icon takes up space on your Microsoft Windows XP taskbar, which leaves less room for your program buttons. Fortunately, you can free up space in the notification area by hiding icons that you don't use very often. To organize your notification area 1.Right-click the system clock, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.

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2.In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click Customize.

3.The Customize Notifications dialog box appears. For each icon you want to hide, click the Behavior list, and then click Always hide. For each icon you want to always show, click the Behavior list, and then click Always show.

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4.Click OK twice.

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Your notification area will be much less crowded, giving you more room for program buttons on your taskbar. To show the icons you have hidden, click the left arrow beside the notification area.

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Format backup drives with NTFS Before you back up your Windows XP computer for the first time, make sure your external hard drive is formatted with New Technology File System (NTFS). Add a Map Drive button to the toolbar Make it easy to share folders between computers on your home network. Just add a Map Drive button to your Windows Explorer toolbar. Create a password reset disk If you ever forget your password to log onto your computer, you could have a serious problemunless you know about this trick to help you reset your password. Add an item to the Send To menu You dont need to open a new Internet Explorer window every time you copy files. Add a folder to the Send To menu and save time. Activate the Guest account If someone else just needs to use your computer briefly, activate a Guest account so they cant access your password-protected files. Access the Administrator account from the Welcome screen Install software and change settings by logging on as the Administrator. Disable the Shut Down button on the Welcome screen It can be handy to shut down your computer from your logon screenuntil one of your kids does it and closes all your programs. Set your computer so that you have to log on before shutting down your computer. Auto log on to Windows XP Do you hate logging on after your computer starts? If youre the only person who uses your computer, you can skip the Welcome screen completely.

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Microsoft does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to Microsoft (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any Services or its associated services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community, (each a "Submission" and collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting ("Posting") your Submission you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft Services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and the right to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Services. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. Microsoft is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and Microsoft may remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion. By Posting a Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in these Terms of Use including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions. In addition to the warranty and representation set forth above, by Posting a Submission that contain images, photographs, pictures or that are otherwise graphical in whole or in part ("Images"), you warrant and represent that (a) you are the copyright owner of such Images, or that the copyright owner of such Images has granted you permission to use such Images or any content and/or images contained in such Images consistent with the manner and purpose of your use and as otherwise permitted by these Terms of Use and the Services, (b) you have the rights necessary to grant the licenses and sublicenses described in these Terms of Use, and (c) that each person depicted in such Images, if any, has provided consent to the use of the Images as set forth in these Terms of Use, including, by way of example, and not as a limitation, the distribution, public display and reproduction of such Images. By Posting Images, you are granting (a) to all members of your private community (for each such Images available to members of such private community), and/or (b) to the general public (for each such Images available anywhere on the Services, other than a private community), permission to use your Images in connection with the use, as permitted by these Terms of Use, of any of the Services, (including, by way of example, and not as a limitation, making prints and gift items which include such Images), and including, without limitation, a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free license to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Images without having your name attached to such Images, and the right to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Services. The licenses granted in the preceding sentences for a Images will terminate at the time you completely remove such Images from the Services, provided that, such termination shall not affect any licenses granted in connection with such Images prior to the time you completely remove such Images. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Images. Top of page

NOTICES AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.


Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to Service Provider's Designated Agent. ALL INQUIRIES NOT RELEVANT TO THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE.
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UNSOLICITED IDEA SUBMISSION POLICY.


MICROSOFT OR ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES DO NOT ACCEPT OR CONSIDER UNSOLICITED IDEAS, INCLUDING IDEAS FOR NEW ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS, NEW PROMOTIONS, NEW PRODUCTS OR TECHNOLOGIES, PROCESSES, MATERIALS, MARKETING PLANS OR NEW PRODUCT NAMES. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY ORIGINAL CREATIVE ARTWORK, SAMPLES, DEMOS, OR OTHER WORKS. THE SOLE PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY IS TO AVOID POTENTIAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS OR DISPUTES WHEN MICROSOFT'S PRODUCTS OR MARKETING STRATEGIES MIGHT SEEM SIMILAR TO IDEAS SUBMITTED TO MICROSOFT. SO, PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR UNSOLICITED IDEAS TO MICROSOFT OR ANYONE AT MICROSOFT. IF, DESPITE OUR REQUEST THAT YOU NOT SEND US YOUR IDEAS AND MATERIALS, YOU STILL SEND THEM, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT MICROSOFT MAKES NO ASSURANCES THAT YOUR IDEAS AND MATERIALS WILL BE TREATED AS CONFIDENTIAL OR PROPRIETARY. Top of page

COPYRIGHT NOTICE & FAQ.


2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. The following is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, contact a lawyer. What is copyright? Copyright law protects original works, such as websites, books, music, paintings, photos and video. A work is original if it contains some elements you created and did not borrow from others. Typically, when you create an original work, you own the copyright. As the copyright owner, you can control how others use your work. For example, if you write a movie script, you have the right to, and can prevent others from, copying your script, sharing it with others (distributing it), making a movie or book from your script (a derivative work), or publicly performing your script as a play or movie. You also have the ability to sell or give away these rights. In other words, you could
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sell the right to make a movie based on your script to a movie studio. If you use someone elses copyrighted materials without permission, that use generally violates the copyright owner's exclusive rights, and is copyright infringement. So if you create a new work and include parts of other peoples works in it (such as an existing photo, lengthy quotes from a book or a loop from a song), you must own or have permission to use the elements you borrow. For example, if your script is based on an existing popular series, you should obtain permission to use the elements you borrow from the series. Copyright law is different from the law of personal property. If you buy a physical object, such as a movie on DVD, you own the physical object. You do not, however, obtain ownership of the copyrights (the rights to make copies, distribute, make derivatives and publicly perform or display) in the content of the movie. The fact that you have obtained physical possession of a DVD does not automatically grant you the right to copy or share it. If you make your own movie, it may include many copyrighted works in it. So, if you decide to make a movie based on your script, you must either create all elements of it on your own, or have permission to use the elements you borrow. Especially keep in mind that photos or artwork hanging on the walls of your sets and music on the soundtrack (even if you own the CD or MP3) may be copyrighted. You should not include copyrighted works such as these in your movie without authorization. A few other things to keep in mind are: 1.Just because a work does not include a copyright notice (e.g., 2006 Microsoft Corporation) does not mean the work is in the public domain. Copyright notices are generally not required for works to be protected by copyright. 2.Just because a work is easily available on the internet or elsewhere does not mean you may use the work freely. Look for terms of use, such as Creative Commons, that explain how works you find on the Internet may be used. Isn't it in the public domain? Just because a work is freely available, does not mean it is in the public domain. Copyright is for a limited term; it does not last forever. In the copyright context, public domain means the copyright term has expired. Once a work is in the public domain, it may be freely used without permission from the copyright owner. Determining the term of copyright can be complex, particularly because copyright laws vary from country to country. Also, even if the copyright on a work has expired, you should be careful about how you use a public domain work. For example, a book may be in the public domain, but it might not be ok to scan the book cover to cover and post it on the internet. This is because the particular version of the book may contain new copyrightable material that is not in the public domain, such as cover art or footnotes. What about fair use? In limited situations, you can use copyrighted works without permission from the copyright holder. It can be difficult to figure out whether use of copyrighted works without permission is legal, though, because the laws in this area are often vague and vary from country to country. The copyright law in the United States has a doctrine called fair use. Fair use provides a defense to copyright infringement in some circumstances. For example, fair use allows documentary filmmakers to use very short clips of copyrighted movies, music and news footage without permission from the copyright owner. Fair use is a difficult concept because determining whether something is a fair use involves weighing four factors. Unfortunately, weighing the fair use factors rarely results in a clear-cut answer.
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Rather than applying a fair use test, many other countries have specific exceptions to copyright infringement. The number and type of exceptions vary by country, but they frequently allow copyrighted materials to be used without permission from the copyright holder for activities such as nonprofit research, teaching, news reporting, or private study. If you incorrectly decide that something is a fair use or falls into an exception to copyright infringement, you could be held criminally and civilly liable and have to pay damages. We suggest you talk to a lawyer if you have questions regarding fair uses of copyrighted works. What happens if you upload copyrighted materials to one of our websites without permission? By law, we are required to take down videos, music, photographs or other content you upload onto a website hosted by Microsoft if we learn that it infringes someone elses copyright. If you believe that we have mistakenly taken down content you uploaded that you own or have permission to upload, you can also let us know that. Finally, if you upload infringing content repeatedly, we will terminate your account and you could face criminal and civil penalties. So please, respect other peoples copyrights. What if my stuff is on a Microsoft website without my permission? If you believe that anything on a website hosted by Microsoft infringes your copyright, let us know. Just provide us with the information requested here and we will see that your copyrighted works are taken down. I want to share my content, but... Many of our websites and services allow you to share content you create, such as video, music and photographs. Though there is no way for us to ensure that your content will not be misused when you share it online, you may consider making it available under a Creative Commons License. Creative Commons licenses are a simple way for you to let people know what uses they can make of your creative works and under what conditions. Creative Commons licenses are customizable based on your preferences and are automatically generated through the use of an online form. The form includes questions such as whether your work may be used only for non-commercial purposes and whether the work may be modified. As such, a variety of licenses are possible. For example, an attribution only license allows others to make any use of your work as long as they indicate that you are the copyright holder. Creative Commons is continually developing new licenses tailored to needs identified by creative people like you. To learn more about Creative Commons, or to prepare a Creative Commons license, visit their website (http:// creativecommons.org/). What if I don't want my website crawled? Microsoft search services (MSN Search and Windows Live Search) follow the Robots Exclusion Standards. This means that you can control which pages Microsoft search engines index and how often Microsoft bots access your website. To learn how to do so, or for more information regarding Microsofts webcrawling and site indexing practices, please visit http://search.msn.com/docs/siteowner.aspx. Top of page

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This page contains the most current information on Microsoft trademarks. For guidance on how to refer properly to Microsoft product names and trademarks, review the General Trademark Guidelines. General Microsoft Trademark Guidelines
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The absence of a name or logo in this list does not constitute a waiver of any and all intellectual property rights that Microsoft Corporation or its subsidiaries have established in any of their product, feature, or service names or logos. The status column refers to the status of the trademark in the United States and/or other countries. Trademark Access Active Accessibility Active Desktop Active Directory ActiveMovie ActiveStore ActiveSync ActiveX Advisor FYI Aero Age of Empires Status Descriptor database software programming interfaces tools interface item directory service application programming interface retail technology architecture technology technologies, platform, controls, scripting, server framework personalized financial guidance desktop experience video game

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Cortana Crackdown Crimson Skies DataTips DaunPenh Dexterity Digital Anvil Direct3D DirectAnimation DirectBand DirectDraw DirectInput DirectMusic DirectPlay DirectShow DirectSound DirectX DreamScene Drivatar Encarta Encarta logo (graphic only) Ensemble Studios Entourage ESP Excel Exhibition Expression Expression Blend FASA Studio

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action figure video game video game pop-up information font software video games application programming interface application programming interface wireless technology application programming interface application programming interface application programming interface application programming interface application programming interface application programming interface application programming interface visualization technology AI technology multimedia encyclopedia/online encyclopedia

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Finty Flush FlexGo Fluent Forefront Forza Motorsport Fox head logo Freelancer Fringer FRx Fuzion Frenzy GameSpring Game with Fame Genuine Advantage Logo Georgia Gisha Great Plains Groove Habu Halo Halo logo Halo Wars Halo 2 logo HDCD HDCD logo HealthVault HealthVault logo Hexic High Road to Revenge Hotmail

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font font software software gaming mouse video game

video game

audio enhancement technology

healthcare website technology

video game video game web-based e-mail service

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HotStart Hyper-V Imagine Cup logo Infinite Undiscovery InfoPath Inkseine IntelliMirror IntelliMorph IntelliMouse IntelliSense IntelliShrink Internet Explorer Iskoola Pota Its Mr. Pants Jawbreaker JScript Kung Fu Chaos Laser Technology logo LifeChat LineDrive Lionhead Lionhead logo Lips Lost Odyssey MapPoint Marine Mania Master Chief Maximum Chase MechAssault

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technology technology

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headset mapping feature video game

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MechCommander MechWarrior Mediaroom Mediaroom logo MedVault Microsoft Microsoft Auto logo Microsoft Digital by Choice logo Microsoft Dynamics Microsoft Dynamics logo Microsoft eMbedded Visual Tools logo Microsoft Game Studios logo Microsoft Internet Explorer logo (graphic only) Microsoft .NET Connected logo Microsoft Points logo Microsoft Press Microsoft Surface Microsoft Surface logo Midtown Madness Monster Truck Madness MorphX Motocross Madness Mozaki MS MS-DOS MSDN MSN MSN logo (butterfly)

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video game video game multimedia software platform

computer software for medical database/storage software

business software

books software and touch computing platform

video game video game software video game video game computer software operating system developer program network of Internet services

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MultiPoint Natural Navision NavReady Nina Ninety-Nine Nights Office logo (puzzle design) Office logo OneCare OneCare logo OneNote OpenType Optical Technology logo OptiMatch Outlook Outlook Launch Icon (2007) OutSmart Passport logo People Ready Perfect Dark Zero PerformancePoint PGR Phantom Dust Photosynth Photosynth logo PivotChart PivotTable PlayFX

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technology keyboard mouse software software font video game

computer protection and maintenance software and services

note-taking program font technology

game matchmaking system messaging and collaboration client

online game

business software video game business intelligence software video game video game technology

dynamic views dynamic views suite of audio enhancement technologies

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PlayReady PlaysForSure logo Popfly PowerPoint PowerPointLaunch Icon (2007) ProClarity Project Gotham Racing Quantum Redshift Rally Rare Rare logo Reader logo ReadyBoost ReadyDrive Reclusa Response Point Response Point logo Rise of Legends Rise of Nations Rise of Perathia RoundTable RP Stylized Sabre Wulf SeaDragon Security Shield logo Segoe Shadowrun SharePoint

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content access technology interoperability and compatibility logo technology presentation graphics program

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technology technology gaming keyboard phone system software

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font video game team services portal server services

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ShapeSheet SideShow SideShow logo SideWinder

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shape extensibility technology

joystick game pad computer mice keyboard

SideWinder logo Silverlight Silverlight logo SkyDrive SmartArt Smarter Hospitality Smarter Retailing SmartShapes Sneakers Software Jukebox logo Spaces logo Spaces for our World SportsLounge Starlancer Starts Here SteadyState Sudeki SuperFetch SQL Server Tahoma Tao Feng Terminal Services RemoteApp The Age of Kings

browser plug-in browser plug-in development tool

storage technology graphics technology architecture retail technology architecture symbols video game

social causes program streaming technology video game multimedia training series technology for multiple computers video game memory management technology database software font video game network software video game

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The Code Room The Hive and Design The Time Sweeper TrueSkill Turn 10 Ultimate Play the Game logo Verdana Virtual Earth Visio Visual Basic Visual C++ Visual C# Visual FoxPro Visual InterDev Visual J++ Visual J# Visual SourceSafe Visual Studio Visual Studio logo (graphic only) Viva Piata Voodoo Vince Webdings Whacked! Win32 Windows Windows Calendar icon Windows Cardspace Windows Contacts icon Windows DVD Maker icon

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entertainment services

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font mapping software drawing and diagramming software development system development system development tool database development system web development system development system, development system for the Java language development tool version control system, version control software development system

video game video game font video game application programming interface operating system

identity selector

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Windows Flare logo Windows Game icon Windows Live Windows Live Call Button logo Windows Live Messenger icon (single)

TM TM TM TM network of internet services

Windows Live Messenger icon (double) TM Windows Live OneCare logo Windows logo (aka the flag logo, graphic only) Windows logo (the 2002 edition) Windows Mail icon Windows Marketplace icon Windows Media Windows Media Player Icon Windows Meeting Space Icon Windows Mobile Windows Movie Maker Icon Windows NT Windows Photo Gallery Icon Windows PowerShell Windows Server Windows Server System Windows Sidebar Icon Windows start button Windows Start logo (design) Windows Update Icon Windows Vista WinFX Wingdings TM TM TM TM TM TM TM TM TM TM TM operating system application programming interface font command line interface operating system integrated server software operating system software technologies, player

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Word Launch Icon (2007) WMV/HD logo Xbox Xbox 360 Xbox Authentic Product logo Xbox LIVE Xbox LIVE logo Xbox "Ring of Light" logo Xbox "Sphere" logo Xbox "X" logo XL design (aka the "Microsoft Excel logo") XNA XNA logo xRank Your Potential. Our Passion. Zoo Tycoon Zune Zune logo Top of page

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The absence of a name or logo in this list does not constitute a waiver of any and all intellectual property rights that Microsoft Corporation has established in any of its product, feature, or service names or logos. The status column refers to the status of the trademark in the United States and/or other countries. Trademark English equivalent Nezmix in Hiragana Maximum Chase and in Katakana Ninety-Nine Nights and in Katakana Tenku and in Kanji Status TM TM TM Descriptor video game video game video game video game

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Project Gotham and in Katakana Jockey's road Jockey's road Jockey's road in Katakana The Wild Rings and in Katakana Zunou Taisen Live in Kanji/Katakana

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