Make your selection and click the Apply Options button. If there are no changes click cancel to return to the Main User Account Window.
That wraps up the User Account section of this tutorial click the Back arrow button in the upper left corner to return to the Control Panel window and we will move onto Appearance and Themes.
I will only touch on this topic briefly because all of the options in this window we have covered in the desktop tutorials. I had you open this window just to show a different way to get to the same options. Please feel free to click each link see if you recognize the windows.
The only topic we have not covered in the Appearance and Themes Window is the Folder Options and this will be covered in the next tutorials section.
When you are finished exploring the Appearance and Themes Window click the back arrow in the upper left corner to return to the Control Panel.
In this section we will briefly cover printers, a few tabs in the mouse window and 1 tab in the keyboard window.
We will start with printers. Printers have never been one of my favorite topics. There are so many different brands and types of printers, and they all install and work differently. The best advise I can give you is to follow the instructions that come with the printer for easy installation.
Click on the Printers and Faxes icon link at the bottom of the window. The top View printers and fax printers will take you to the same place.
The Printers and Faxes Window will open. This window gives you all of the information you need to know about the printers you currently have installed on your computer.
The Printers and Faxes Window will tell you the name of your printer. If there is any number other than a 0 in the documents column there are print jobs that are either in the process of being printed or are stuck in the print queue.
Double click on one of your printers to view the window with the list of print jobs.
If you are having printer trouble this is the window you need to be in to see what is going on. Most of the time you have a print job stuck in the queue and it needs to be deleted before you can print another document or re-print the current document.
To delete a document out of the print queue click on the print job to select it and press the delete key on your keyboard. Sometimes you are able to restart the print job to make it work to restart a print job you select the print job you want and click document in the top tool bar. Then click restart.
Click the x to go back to the Printers and Faxes Window.
The last topic on printer I want to cover is Add a printer. Click on the add a printer link in the left hand tool bar.
This will open the Add a Printer wizard. You can follow this wizard to install a printer. I am not going to go into detail here because every printer is different. If you have specific questions you can email me and I will send you an individual tutorial.
Click the back arrow in the upper left corner to return to the Printers and Other Hardware window in the control panel
The next topic is the mouse. The mouse options will let you change your curses, change the mouse buttons if you are left handed, and change the click speed if you have trouble doing double click.
Click the Mouse icon link and we will get started.
When the Mouse Properties window opens click on the Buttons Tab.
If you are left handed you can click the left handed radio button in the Button Configuration section of the Button Tab. This will reverse the function of the left and right buttons on your mouse so you can put your mouse on the left side of your computer.
If you have trouble with double clicking play with the slider in the Double Click Speed section of the Button Tab. Move the slider either faster or slower and then try double clicking on the folder to the right of the slider until you feel comfortable with the speed.
If you have trouble holding the mouse button down due to carpal tunnel or arthritis the Click Lock section will help you. Click lock allows you to highlight or drag objects without having to hold the mouse button down. If you would like to use this option check the box then click settings.
To use the Click lock function place your cursor or pointer over the object and hold the mouse button down just a little longer than a regular click. This will lock the pointer in that location and the pointer will move with the motion of your mouse without having to hold the mouse button down.
If you made any changes click apply and we will move onto the Pointers Tab
Click on the Pointers Tab. The Pointers Tab is where you can have a little fun or change the mouse pointer to be larger if you have trouble seeing it.
In the first section Scheme click the drop down arrow
You will get a list of all the different pointer schemes. Some people like to have fun and put cute pictures like the dinosaurs or if you have trouble seeing the pointer click on the magnified selection.
If you really want to have some fun with your pointers you can customize each one individually in the customize section by clicking on the type of cursor and then clicking browse and hand pick your pointer.
If you made any changes click apply and we will move to the Pointer Option tab. Click on the Pointer Option tab
The first section is Motion. If you find that the mouse pointer moves to fast and you have trouble getting it to stop where you want drag the slider toward slow to slow the mouse down. Play with the slider for a minute to see how it affects your mouse pointer.
If you click the check box in the Snap To section every time you open a new window the mouse will automatically go to the windows default button. For example the OK button in a new Window.
In the last section of the Pointer Options tab, Visibility you will see check boxes, The first check box puts a tail on your mouse pointer that will trail behind the pointer as you move it across the screen. The next check box will hide the mouse pointer when you are typing. Some people like this and some don't. If your pointer gets in the way of you reading while you are typing check this box. If not I would leave it unchecked. The last button is useful if you are a person that has trouble finding the mouse pointer. When this button is checked you can press the CTRL key on your keyboard and a bullseye will appear around your pointer to make it easier to find.
That wraps up the mouse section. Now click the OK button to get back to the Mouse and other Hardware Window. Then click on the Keyboard icon link.
There are only 2 options in the Keyboard Window. These 2 options are useful if you are typing and when you press a key the character types more than once. Repeat delay is how long you need to hold a key down before it will type more than once. Repeat rate is the speed that the character will repeat if you hold the key down too long.
Play with the sliders on both options and click in the test text box and hold down a key on the keyboard to see how the changes affect the keyboard.
The third option is how fast your cursor will blink when you are typing. You can play with the slider if you wish but the default usually works fine.
When you are finished click the OK button to return to the Mouse and Other Hardware Window.
That completes our tutorials on the Windows XP Control Panel. Click the next arrow to continue to the Windows XP Updates tutorial or click one of the links below to return to the home page or select another tutorial.
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