- Are you new to WinXP? Just upgraded, or got a new computer maybe? Or can you have friends and contacts who use it and want to “show off” a bit by teaching them a few tricks? I have collected 10 favorite WinXP strategies, each of which is easy to use, and very useful, and if you follow the instructions step by step, it works well. So here it is:
Strategy # 1:
- Having trouble making your desktop icons stay where you put them?
- If you temporarily change your desktop to a low resolution – for example while using Safe mode, Windows may cause damage to your desktop icons.
Right-click on your desktop to edit thumbnails and uncheck auto-edit editing. Now you can drag and drop them wherever you want. Note that once you start your computer in SAFE mode you will need to restart it.
Strategy # 2:
Accidentally deleted your taskbar and wanted it back to its original state?
Point your mouse to the ’empty’ position inside the taskbar, then hold your left mouse button, then drag it down to where you want to go. It may take a few attempts to eliminate it.
Strategy # 3:
Feeling we have ‘Run out of gas’ emotionally?
(1) Right-click an empty space in the start menu.
(2) Select Properties
(3) Select Customize
(4) Select the Advanced tab.
Most of those pre-set items with no check or marking option will be there. For each item listed you will have the option of displaying it as a link or displaying it as a menu or not showing this item. Make your choice as you wish. Note that you will have the option to display the Control Panel as a menu, which you may find very useful.
Strategy # 4:
Finding pop-up popups with ads? Stop spam as follows:
(1) Select “Start”
(2) Select “Settings”
(3) Select “Control Panel”
(4) Select “Management Tools”
(5) Select “Services”
(6) Right-click on “Messenger”
(7) Select “Stop”
Permanently Disable Messenger:
(8) Right-click “Messenger”
(9) Select “Properties”
(10) Change “Startup Type” to “Disabled” and click “OK”
Strategy # 5:
Having trouble viewing sites whose computer does not accept cookies?
Open a new browser window.
(1) Click Tools (in the toolbar).
(2) Click Internet Options.
(3) Click Privacy.
(4) Click Advanced.
(5) Click on Override Cookie Control.
(6) Click Enable First Group Cookies.
(7) Click Allow Cookies in Session.
(8) Click OK.
Strategy # 6:
Want to change the way you view your emails? Try this:
Click on “View” at the top. “Layout” will allow you to customize what you see. “Sort by” will allow you to edit the order in which messages appear.
Strategy # 7:
Want to disable auto-refresh reminders on Windows?
Open Internet Explorer / Tools / Internet Options / Advanced tab, under “Browsing”, uncheck the “Automatically check for Internet Explorer updates”, click Apply, click OK.
Another thing to try:
(1) Click Start
(2) Click Run
(3) Type in: “MSCONFIG” (without limitations)
(4) Click OK.
(5) Under the Getting Started tab remove the marker for the release of “Important Updates”
(6) Click Apply
(7) Click OK
(8) Restart your computer.
Strategy # 8:
Do you have too many icons on your desktop?
Right-click on a blank space on your desktop, highlight “Edit Thumbnails by”, click on the Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard
Strategy # 9:
Tired of seeing your cursor as an arrow or an hourglass all the time? Windows XP offers many interface schemes, such as Dinosaur, Ocean and Sports.
Open the Control Panel, double-click the Mouse, and select the Target tab. (At the start of the section view, select looks and themes, and then click the mouse cursors under “See also.”) Next to Schemes, click the down arrow and select its indexing program. Click OK to install the program on your desktop. It’s that simple.
Strategy # 10:
Want to hear your computer talk?
Select Start, Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, Downloader. Or press the Windows key and the letter “U” to open Utility Manager. Microsoft Narrator, an accessible option designed to help blind or visually impaired students, starts automatically.
Once you have read the import screen (or let Narrator do it), click OK and you will see a Narrator options dialog box. If you think you want to leave Narrator running, select the options you want, and minimize the dialog box. And when you open Utility Manager, feel free to close it.