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1. Customizing Your Toolbar In Outlook Express.
2. Creating Folders in Outlook Express.
3. Change Your Default Name In The FROM Field.
4. Switch Users Fast In XP.
5. Use The Address Bar To Launch Programs Or Web Pages!
6. Ways To Delete A File Or Folder In Windows XP!
7. Creating A Boot Log For Troubleshooting In Windows XP!
8. Control Remote Desktops Through A Web Browser!
9. Prevent The Autocomplete List Of File Names From Appearing!
10. Change A Folder's Icon In Windows XP!
11. Remove The Left Pane Common Tasks In Windows XP!
12. Having A Problem Deleting A File or Folder In XP!
13. Modify The Send To Menu In Windows XP To Suit You!
14. Display The Folder Path In Explorer Title Bar In Windows XP!
15. Select All Files For Moving Or Copying In XP!
 

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1. Customizing Your Toolbar In Outlook Express.

The Outlook Express toolbar is a wide swath of your screen and the easy way to quick action. Make it your own, with the tools that fit your needs

1. Right-click the toolbar and choose Buttons from the pop-up menu. The Customize Toolbar dialog box shows a list of available buttons on the left and a list of the actual buttons in the bar on the right.

2. From the list on the left, click any buttons you want to add; then click Add.

3. From the list on the right, click any button you want to remove and click Remove.

4. To move the buttons around, click a button you want in a different position on the bar and then click the Move Up or Move Down button.

5. Click Close.

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2. Creating Folders in Outlook Express.

When it comes to e-mail, do you keep all your messages around, just in case? In itself, message hoarding isn't too much of a problem. But what IS a problem is keeping all the messages in the same place--most likely your Inbox folder. The solution? Move the messages out of Inbox and into a well thought-out system of folders. Number one, your messages will be easier to find. Two, you'll leave your Inbox free and clear to do its job--receive new messages. Here's how:

Choose File + Folder + New Folder to open the Create Folder dialog box In the Folder Name text box, type a Folder name.

Select the folder in which you'd like to create the new folder. (For example, if you want the folder to be at the same level as Inbox or Sent Items, select Outlook Express.)

Click OK. Repeat these steps to create new folders and/or folders within new folders. As you create new folders, they appear in your Folder List.

 

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3. Change Your Default Name In The FROM Field.

When you created your e-mail account, you told Outlook Express which name to attach to outgoing messages. If, in a fit of whimsy, you told it to identify you as Fred Flintstone, you may want to change it back to your real name.

1. Click Tools + Accounts.

2. Click the Mail tab.

3. Select the appropriate e-mail account, then click Properties.

4. In the Name Box (under User Information) type the name you want displayed in the From field in outgoing messages.

5. Click OK.

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4. Switch Users Fast In XP.

It takes at least a few tedious seconds to log one user off and another one on. Windows XP has an option to speed that up: Fast User Switching (FUS) lets you switch without logging off. To enable it, open User Accounts in the Control Panel, click on Change the way users log on or off, and check the Use Fast User Switching box. Now, when you select Log Off, a Switch User option appears that lets you quickly change to another account without making any users close their programs. When FUS is enabled, holding down the Windows key and typing the letter L zips you to the Welcome screen.

Beware of the trade-offs of Fast User Switching, though. You should avoid running system-level utilities, such as defraggers or indexing utilities, when another user is logged on, and if you're looking for the best performance, you don't want to let idle accounts in the background tie up system resources. The feature is best for those times when you simply need to get in and out quickly. Also note that Fast User Switching does not work if your computer is a member of a network domain.

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5. Use The Address Bar To Launch Programs Or Web Pages!

Windows XP Professional enhanced the functionality of the Address bar to make it easier to launch your favorite programs. You can add the Address bar to the taskbar on the bottom of your desktop. Then you can launch programs simply by entering their names in the Address bar. For example, to launch Calculator, simply enter calc in the Address bar. Anything you would normally enter in the Run box on the Start menu can be entered in the Address bar. The Address bar also lets you quickly go to any Web page you specify.

To add the Address bar to the taskbar:

1. Right-click an empty area on the taskbar.

2. Point to Toolbars, and then click Address.

3. Open the Address bar by double-clicking it.

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6. Ways To Delete A File Or Folder In Windows XP!

When folders and files start to clutter up your hard disk, Windows XP gives you several ways to get rid of the files and folders you don't want.

Within Windows Explorer, you can use any of these methods:

1. Right–click the file or folder, and then click Delete.

2. Select the file or folder, and then press the DELETE key.

3. Select the file or folder, click the File menu, and then click Delete.

4. Drag the file or folder to the Recycle Bin on the desktop.

Note To access Windows Explorer, Right Click On Start, and then click Windows Explorer.

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7. Creating A Boot Log For Troubleshooting In Windows XP!

Problems that you're troubleshooting in Windows XP often originate in the boot process. As such, one of your key troubleshooting techniques should be to create a boot log. Creating such a log is a relatively easy process.

Follow these steps:

1. Restart the system.
2. When the operating system begins to load, press [F8].
3. Select the Enable Boot Logging option from the Windows Advanced menu, and press [Enter].

After the system restarts, launch Notepad, and open the C:\Windows\Ntbtlog.txt file. This file contains a list of all of the files that Windows XP attempted to load during startup.

Every line in the file will begin with either "Loaded driver" or "Did not load driver," which makes it easy to determine what drivers or services could be causing the problem. In either case, the path and filename of the driver or service will follow.

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8. Control Remote Desktops Through A Web Browser!

Remote Desktop is a new feature in Windows XP that allows you to control a remote computer and see the screen as if you were sitting behind that computer. Usually, you would use a special client application to connect to the remote computer.

By default, Windows XP setup installs such an application: Remote Desktop Connection. You can also access the remote computer without another application, using instead your Web browser. However, before you can do this, you must first install certain components on the remote computer. To do this:

1. Open Control Panel.
2. Open the Add/Remove Programs dialog box.
3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
4. Select Internet Information Services in the Windows Components Wizard and then click Details.
5. Select World Wide Web Service and click Details.
6. Make sure Remote Desktop Web Connection and World Wide Web Service are checked.
7. Click OK.
8. Click OK.
9. Click Next and follow the wizard to complete the installation.

After the setup installs all of the necessary files, you can access the remote computer by typing http://remote_computer/tsweb in your Web browser. When you connect to the remote computer for the first time, the computer will download ActiveX components, which requires you to have administrative privileges on the local computer.

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9. Prevent The Autocomplete List Of File Names From Appearing!

To prevent the AutoComplete list from appearing in typical Windows Explorer-style dialog boxes, turn off the AutoComplete functionality for Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer:

1. Start Internet Explorer, click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
2. Click the Content tab, and then click AutoComplete.
3. Under Use AutoComplete for, click to clear the Web Addresses check box, and then click OK.
4. Click the Advanced tab, click to clear the Use inline AutoComplete check box in the Browsing section (if this check box has been selected).
5. Click OK.

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10. Change A Folder's Icon In Windows XP!

Tired of most folders looking like the same drab yellow open file? You can change a folder's icon in Windows XP to better signify its contents. To change a folder's icon:

1. Right-click on a folder and choose "Properties".

2. When the "Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select "Customize".

3. Click the "Change Icon" button.

4. Choose an icon you wish to use and click "OK", or click "Browse" to browse your system for other icons. Look for .ICO and .EXE files on your system for more icons. You may even want to download some freeware icons over the Internet.

5. Press "OK" to close the dialog box.

Note that you may need to close and reopen the folder for the icon change to take effect

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11. Remove The Left Pane Common Tasks In Windows XP!

Normally, Windows XP Explorer folder views contain two panes - the right pane contains the list of files on your system, and the left pane contains common tasks. These may be tasks such as copying photos to a CD if you are in a pictures folder, playing all music songs if you are in a songs folder, or making a new folder if you are in a default folder. While some users may find these tasks convenient, others may want to hide these items to use the entire window to display filenames. To hide these tasks:

1. Open a folder in Windows XP's Explorer.

2. Click "Tools", then "Folder Options".

3. When the multi-tabbed "Folder Options" dialog box appears, click the "General" tab.

4. Click the radio button "Use Windows Classic Folders".

5. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

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12. Having A Problem Deleting A File or Folder In XP!

More than likely another software program happens to be using the file or folder at a particular time, or for some reason another program has a 'lock' on the file or folder, preventing its access.

If you are SURE the file or folder is not important, you may be able to delete it by rebooting your system, then trying again. If that still doesn't work, consider booting Windows XP into 'Safe Mode'. This is a special diagnostic mode of Windows XP that, among other things, does not run most of Windows XP's startup jobs. This way, another software program should not get the lock on your particular file or folder.

To enter Safe Mode:

1. Restart your machine.

2. Once the computer has performed the memory and/or BIOS test (depending on the manufacturer), hold down the F8 key.

3. The "Windows XP Advanced Options" menu should appear. Select "Safe Mode".

If this doesn't work, or your machine shows a "Keyboard error", reboot your system and try again. Tap the F8 key a little later in the boot process.

Once you have entered Safe Mode, now try deleting your file or folder.

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13. Modify The Send To Menu In Windows XP To Suit You!

When you right-click an icon and choose "Send To", you are given several options, including the ability to mail the file as an attachment, copy the file to a floppy disk, send the file to the "My Documents" folder, and others.

You may want to modify this menu. For example, create a Notepad option to easily view text files that don't have a .TXT extension. Perhaps add the ability to send files to a specified folder, such as "C:\information". To modify this menu option:

1. Open the "C:\Documents and Settings" folder from Explorer.

2. Double-click the folder representing your username.

3. Double-click the "Send To" folder.

4. Right-click on the folder, select "New" then "Shortcut".

5. A "Create Shortcut" wizard will appear. Select the program name (use the "Browse" button if desired) or the folder to which you would like to send files.

6. Click "Next".

7. Type in a name for this shortcut, which will also be the name of the menu item under "Send To".

8. Click "Finish" to close the dialog box.

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14. Display The Folder Path In Explorer Title Bar In Windows XP!

When you open a subfolder from Explorer in Windows XP, such as C:\Downloads\Games or C:\Multimedia Files\Graphics, only the name of the subfolder, such as "Games" or "Graphics", appears in the folder's title bar. Granted, the full folder name should appear in the Address bar, but what if you want to quickly glance at a folder's title bar to see exactly where it is located on your system?

1. Open any folder in Explorer.

2. Choose "Tools" then "Folder Options".

3. When the multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the "View" tab.

4. Check "Display the full path in the title bar".

5. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.


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15. Select All Files For Moving Or Copying In XP!

Need to copy or move all of the files in one folder to another folder? You can select all files by clicking in the folder, holding down the mouse button, creating a bounding rectangle that encompasses all icons, etc.

However, the easiest way to select all of the files and subfolders in a folder is by using a mouse or keyboard shortcut. Focus on the folder window, then:

1. Select "Edit" - "Select All"

OR

2. Press CONTROL-A.

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