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LESSON ONE: ORIENTATION AND NAVIGATION continued
E. How to Configure Your Mouse
NOTE: Don't changes these settings without your instructor's permission!
Click the START button, then choose Settings, Control Panel
In BUTTONS, check your double click speed by testing
speeds between slow and fast. When you double click in the double click
test area at bottom right, a jack-in-box will pop up when your double click
speed corresponds to the speed you have chosen.
Clicking Apply causes your new settings to take effect. Clicking
both applies your choices, and closes the dialog box.
In MOTION, choose your most comfortable pointer speed - from
slow to fast.
Choose the POINTERS tab. Here, you can change the size, color and
shape of different pointers (cursors), in order to increase their visibility
and ease of use. You can use the standard scheme or choose another
scheme. To make a change:
a) In the center of the dialog box, select the kind of pointer you wish
b) Choose browse, and choose from available pointers. Note the preview.
c) Click open if you wish to use your chosen pointer, or cancel.
d) If you changed your pointer, name your scheme, and choose save as.
e) Click apply, then o.k. If you prefer your original pointers,
use default to return to default choices.
F. The Taskbar
The TASKBAR at the bottom of your screen indicates your minimized
programs -programs you have opened but not closed, and which are still
active. If you don't like the location of your taskbar, move it to another
location; you can also hide it and resize it.
To MOVE your taskbar, grab it with your cursor on a blank area and drag
it to another side of your screen. To RESIZE it, place your cursor along
border and drag it outward.
By right clicking the taskbar, you can arrange open windows on your screen,
tiling them horizontally or vertically or cascading them (If you hold your
mouse briefly on an incomplete name on a minimized application, the entire
name will pop up.)
You can access taskbar options via the START MENU (settings, taskbar)
or by right clicking the taskbar, and clicking properties. Your
Taskbar, properties/options include:
ALWAYS ON TOP - When chosen, your taskbar will be visible no matter
what program you have open, giving you less screen space but making
minimized programs accessible.
AUTOHIDE - When you choose autohide, the taskbar disappears, giving
you more screen space. It reappears when you move your cursor to the
very bottom of your screen.
SHOW SMALL ICONS - You can make the icons on your START menu
smaller, so that you can add more programs to your START Menu.
SHOW CLOCK - When chosen, a small clock will appear at the bottom
right of your taskbar. By double clicking the time, you access the date
time dialog box.
Click the checkbox next to each of these options to turn it on, then click
o.k., then apply. Click again next to the option to turn
it off, and click o.k.,
PRACTICE EXERCISE: PART ONE
1. Practice moving your taskbar around your screen.
2. Resize it, then size it back to its original size.
3. Change the icons on your START menu to small icons, and view your
START menu. Remember to click apply, then o.k.
changes in taskbar properties.
4. Change the small icons back to large icons.
5. If the clock is not on the taskbar, show it. If it is visible, remove
then show it again.
6. Hide your taskbar, then make it reappear. Uncheck autohide so
it remains visible.
PRACTICE EXERCISE: PART TWO
1. Open Solitaire and Control Panel by clicking them
on the taskbar.
2. Click alternately on their title bars to make one active, then
3. In taskbar properties, click to deactivate always on top. Click
4. Switch to Control Panel and maximize it. Notice that the taskbar
visible. Restore Control Panel to a window, then
5. Back in taskbar properties, check always on top again.
6. Right click the taskbar, and tile windows horizontally. Then
vertically, then cascade.
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