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How do I add an item located on my desktop to the Start or to a Program menu?

To add an item on the desktop to the Start or to a Program menu: Click and drag the item on top of the Start button. Release the mouse button when the Start menu appears. The item will appear on the Start menu. If you would prefer to have the item on a Program menu or sub-menu of the Start menu, drag the item from the Start menu to the Program menu or sub-menu.
How do I add an item located in Windows Explorer to the Start menu or to a Program menu?

To add an item located in Windows Explorer to the Start menu or to a  Program menu:

Click the Start button. The Start menu will appear. Highlight Settings. A sub-menu will appear. Click Task-bar and Start Menu. A dialog box will appear. Click the Start Menu tab. Click the Customize button.Click Add. Type the path to the item you want to add, or use Browse to navigate to the item. Click Next. Double-click an appropriate folder for the item. Click Finish. Click OK.Click OK again. The item will appear on the menu.

How do I remove an item from the Start menu or from a Program menu?

To remove an item from the Start menu or from a Program menu:

Click the Start button. The Start menu will appear. Highlight Settings. A sub-menu will appear. Click Taskbar and Start Menu. A dialog box will appear. Click the Start Menu tab.Click Customize. Click the Remove button. Find and click the item you want to remove. Click the Remove button. You will be prompted.Click Yes. Click Close. Click OK.Click OK again.

How do I quickly find files and folders?

Windows XP enables you to quickly locate files and folders on your drives. The search option provides you with four search options: Pictures, music, or video; Documents; All files and folders; and Computers and people. To quickly find a file or folder: Click the Start button. The Start menu will appear. Highlight Search. Click Files or Folders. The Search Results dialog box will open. Choose an option.Enter your search criteria. Use the table that follows to help you.Click search. The results of your search will appear in the right pane.

How do I change the date and/or time?

To change the date and/or time:

Click the Start button, which is located in the lower left corner of the screen. The Start menu will appear. Highlight Settings. A sub-menu will appear. Click Control Panel. The Control Panel will open. Click Date/Time. The Date/Time Properties dialog box will appear. In the Date frame, select the month and year. In the Month field, click to open the drop-down menu and select the current month. Type the year in the Year field or use the arrows next to the field to move forward or backward until you get to the current year. The Time field is divided into four segments: hour, minutes, seconds, and AM and PM. To make an adjustment: Click in the segment and either type in the correct information or use the arrow keys on the right side to select the correct hour, minute, second or AM or PM.

Time Zone:

Click the Time Zone tab. Choose the correct time zone from the drop-down menu. If you want the clock to automatically adjust to daylight saving time, check the box on the screen. Click the Apply button. Click OK.

How do I install a new printer?

To install a new printer:

Make sure your printer is plugged in, connected to your computer, turned on, and has paper in it. Click the Start button. The Start menu will appear. Highlight Settings. A sub-menu will appear. Click Printers and Faxes. The Printers and Faxes control panel will appear. Double-click on Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard will open.Follow the onscreen instructions. How do I cancel a print job?

To cancel a print job:

Click the Start button. The Start menu will appear. Highlight Settings. A sub-menu will appear. Click Printers and Faxes. The Printers and Faxes control panel will appear. Double-click the printer to which you sent the print jobs. The Printer window will open. Click the job you want to stop. If you want to stop more than one job, hold down the Control key while you click the additional jobs. Click Document, which is located on the menu bar. Click Cancel.

How do I change the icon associated with an object?

To change the icon associated with an object: Right-click the icon. The context menu will appear. Click Properties. Click the Change Icon button. Click the icon of your choice. Click OK.
Note: Not all icons can be changed. If you do not see the Change Icon button, the icon cannot be changed.

What is wallpaper?

Wallpaper is the background that displays on your desktop.

How do I change my wallpaper?

To change your wallpaper:

Right-click your desktop. Highlight Properties. Click the Desktop tab. Select the wallpaper you want from the list that appears in the Background box.

Note: If you would like to display an image you created, you can click Browse to find the image.

Select how you want your image to appear on the screen.
Choose from the following: Center Place the image in the center of the screen. Tile Have the image display as tiles across and down the screen. Stretch Stretch the image so the image covers the entire screen.

There is so much more tips and tricks and you can find them @ the following link from the maker of Windows XP, Microsoft.

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