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Create a Run command shortcut in Widows XP!

As you know, using the Run dialog box to quickly launch certain applications or utilities can come in handy in a number of situations. For example, suppose you regularly use the Run dialog box to open a command prompt by typing Cmd in the Open text box.

You can access the Run dialog box by clicking the Start button and then clicking Run, or by pressing [Windows]R. However, both of these methods require two steps to open the Run dialog box. Wouldn't it be nice if you could access the Run dialog box with a single click?

You can create a shortcut to the Run command. Simply select the Run command on the Start menu, and drag it to the Quick Launch toolbar. The new shortcut uses the same icon, so it's easy to identify.

However, the shortcut's name will be &Run. . ., which you'll see in a popup when you hover your mouse pointer over the shortcut. These extra characters come from the Start menu command configuration.

In this case, the ampersand character signifies that the R is underlined and acts as the hotkey. The ellipsis signifies that accessing the Run command from the Start menu opens a secondary dialog box.

You can rename the shortcut to something more appropriate, such as Run Command, by right-clicking the shortcut and selecting Rename.

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When you're downloading pictures from your digital camera to your computer, you most likely want to store them on your PC as quickly as possible so you can start emailing them to your friends and relatives. Luckily, with Windows XP, you can automatically download your images to a specified folder whenever you plug in your digital camera. If you're using a Plug and Play camera that supports PTP (picture transfer protocol), you can configure this option in no time flat.

All you need to do is to open My Computer, right-click on your camera icon, and choose Properties. In the Properties dialog box, select the Events tab. Next, select the Save All Pictures To This Folder option button, and then specify your chosen folder from the list or click the Browse button to locate it. Once you've found it, click OK to close the dialog box, and your pictures automatically download to this folder from now on.

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Improve XP performance by changing display options!

Windows XP includes many visual features that do not directly add to or improve the functionality of the product. Examples of these features include the shadow behind the mouse cursor and menus, and animated windows.

The problem
These visual effects may look cool, but they donít actually increase a userís productivity. And, in some cases, they can be counterproductive. On many computers, these visual features cause negative side effects and considerably slow system performance. For example, a system may appear extremely slow while opening the Start menu or other program menus. This slowdown is typically caused by the graphics card and unoptimized drivers.

The fix
There are several ways to work around this problem. The first option is to check the manufacturerís Web site for updated drivers. If this doesnít help, itís best to either purchase a better graphics card or turn off the visual effects that slow down the computer.

To turn off the visual effects:

1. Open Control Panel.
2. Double-click the System icon.
3. Click Performance And Maintenance if using the Web view.
4. Click System on the next screen.
5. Open the Advanced tab in the System Properties dialog that appears.
6. Click the Settings button under the Performance section.

The Performance Options dialog will open, listing all the visual effects that can possibly slow down the system. Users can manually enable or disable individual effects or use one of the predefined settings.

Additional settings are located in the Display Properties dialog box. To view these settings:

Right-click on the desktop and select Properties.
Click the Effects button on the Appearance tab. A new dialog box with six additional visual settings will open.

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