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Alan Simpson's Windows Vista Bible, Desktop Edition (Bible) by Alan Simpson

By Alan Simpson

Try out the simplest of home windows Vista during this convenient desktop-size source. this useful reference is drawn from some of the best of bestselling writer Alan Simpson’s Alan Simpson’s home windows Vista Bible. You’ll realize tips to grasp the fundamentals of computers and working platforms, start on Vista, and flow forward to multimedia, including safeguard, construction a community, and extra. You’ll even locate specific assistance, workarounds, and recommendation on tips to take care of Vista’s quirkier facets.

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If you open an icon by accident, or don’t know what to do with the thing that opens, just close it. Closing an item shrinks it to its original icon. To close, click the Close button (the X button shown at left) in the upper-right corner of whatever it is you want to close. Or, if your hands happen to be on the keyboard, you can press Alt+F4. Organizing Icons If you’ve already been using icons for a long time, and in fact they’re getting pretty messy, you can easily whip them into alphabetical order.

You’ll see these terms used in all sorts of instructions — not just in this book. Boring as the terms may be, you might want to spend a little time getting to know them, so you can understand any written instructions you come across. ✦ Mouse pointer: The little arrow, hand, or bar on the screen that moves in whatever direction you move the mouse. ✦ Point: To move the mouse pointer so that it’s touching some item. For example, the phrase “point to the Start button” means move the mouse pointer so that it’s resting on the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, as shown in Figure 1-4.

For example, you can paint an object to change its color without actually changing what the object is or what it does. Properties tend to personalize an object. Most of the little doodads you see on your screen are objects, too. The Windows desktop is an object, as is each icon on the desktop. The Start button and taskbar are objects, too. Like objects in the real world, objects ✦ ✦ In This Chapter Understanding objects and properties Introducing Control Panel Using dialog boxes What’s the default?

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