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Tips and Tricks
for using Windows
There are many ways to make Windows easier to use.
1) Learn to customize Windows to suit your needs. Now with Windows 10, look for ways to customize Windows 10 on the web.
2) Learn to use the various shortcuts to operations using the keyboard and mouse.
3) Learn to use the Windows Explorer program and in particular learn how files are named and used
4) Learn to use the various programs that come with all Windows installations. Look in the Start, Programs, Accessories list for installed programs. In Windows 10 review the menu at the left. For example Click Here to check out the Character map. Other useful programs include the Clipboard Viewer, Calculator and Imaging. Me has a new program called Windows Movie Maker. I haven't had time to play with it yet, but the tour that starts when you activate the program looks very useful.
Next there are many utility programs included in Windows that can make your computer work better.
Finally, every computer user should do some maintenance and keep the computer cleaned up regularly.
Some additional tips for getting more fun and productivity out of your computer involve learning to use the Internet effectively. On the Internet, you can obtain updates to your software and hardware. You can download additional programs and music.
You can use your computer as an entertainment center. If you have music CD's and you have speakers attached to the computer, you can play the CD's in the computer. Just put a music CD in the CD player and wait. The music will play automatically.
Windows can be used for entertainment in other ways as well. Although a screen saver serves no practical purpose today because monitor screens do not burn the image onto the phosphorous, the screen saver function can provide entertainment in numerous ways. The basic Windows program includes Desktop themes and selecting various themes can be entertaining. There are additional themes available in the Plus program and more can be downloaded from the Internet. Plus is now obsolete but you can get additional themes on line. In windows 10 Right click the desktop and choose Personalize. Choose Themes. Choose Theme Settings. Choose Get more themes on line. This takes you to the Microsoft site and are safe to download.
CAUTION: GETTING THEMES, WALLPAPER, CURSORS, SCREENSAVERS ANYWHERE ELSE IS DANGEROUS. The programmers providing these things have notoriously caused trouble with porno & virus'
If you have Desktop Themes installed, the Icon is in the Control Panel. Try activating it and browse the various themes to find one you like. My favorite has always been Dangerous Creatures. This theme first showed up in the Plus pack for Windows 95. Here is the wallpaper in that theme:
Another use for the wallpaper and screensaver functions is to display your favorite pictures In order to do this, you must understand some basic functions in Windows.
you have the old Paint that only lists .bmp, then you need to download
Paint Shop Pro from the Internet.
Second, displaying your own pictures as screensavers is not so simple, since these are dynamic motions, not static pictures. You will find your installed screensavers in the Windows\system folder with a file extension of .scr. You can see what screensavers are installed by using Start, Find, Files and Folders and typing in *.scr and Find. BTW, Windows ME has changed the Find command to Search. Also an easy shortcut to the find command is to use the Windows key + F. For a list of Window key commands, see the Shortcuts page.
One way to use the screensaver function to display pictures is to use a graphics program that turns your photos into a slide show. You can download these programs on the Internet. Some of my old favorites are now gone or are now shareware. You can try one here that has a 7 day trial & is $20. But XP has such a good one built in, there is not much need anymore for outside software.
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