6 Windows XP Tips You Should Know

Since Windows XP has been around since 2003, there are still many PCs running it. Here are six tips to help you use XP more efficiently. Some of these work on Windows 7, too!

Add or “Pin” a program to the Start Menu

You can add any program to the top left portion of the Start Menu. This is known as the Pin area. Just right-click any icon on the Desktop and choose “Pin to Start menu. You can do this with any program entry on your Start menu. Just click Start, All Programs and select any program and right-click it. You will see a choice to Pin it to the Start menu.

Below I’ve “Pinned” Edit Pad to the pin area of the Start menu for easy access. See figure below. If you want to buy books related to Window tips , you can visit http://www.gobookee.org.

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Show Hidden Files and Folders

Sometimes you may want to see hidden files on your PC. To do this, perform the following.

Open Windows Explorer, Click Tools->Folder Options->View. Scroll down and check ‘Show Hidden Files or Folders’ as shown below.

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Show File Extensions

By default, Windows is configured to hide filename extensions, the (usually the three-letter) portion of the filename following the period. Aside from creating a knowledge gap between experienced and inexperienced users, this ‘feature’ also can make it difficult to differentiate files with the same filename prefix. Overall, hiding filename extensions makes Windows more difficult to use.

To change this, Open Windows Explorer, click Tools, Folder Options. Click the View tab, scroll down and uncheck “Hide Extensions for known file types”. See the above figure. You can find many books related to Windows xp tips and tricks on the internet.

Add My Computer or other Icons to Desktop

Right-click your Desktop, Select Properties, Select the Desktop tab, Click the Customize Desktop button, Make sure the General tab is selected, Check the My Computer checkbox (or any other icon you want displayed), Click OK twice. Move the My Computer icon to your favorite location on the Desktop. You can do this using the Control Panel also. In the Classic View, open the Display item and follow the steps above. If you are using the Category View, choose Appearance and Themes and click Change the desktop background.

Newly Installed Programs

If you’re bothered by Windows XP informing you that you have newly installed programs, you can turn this ‘feature’ off as follows: Right-click an empty spot of the Taskbar and select Properties, Click the Start Menu tab, then the Customize button, then select the Advanced tab, Uncheck Highlight newly installed programs. Here’s an example of Newly Installed program being highlighted.

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Hibernating and Standby

Hibernating and standby are very similar; they both provide a means for saving some power. Standby uses only enough power to preserve the contents of memory-typically only a few watts. Its advantages over hibernation are that it doesn’t require free disk space and it allows nearly instant system reactivation. Use standby when you’re planning to not use your computer for a few minutes or a few hours; use hibernation for longer periods of disuse. When your system hibernates the power is actually turned off and everything you’re working on is saved to the hard drive. Actually, the entire contents of your memory are saved to the hard drive. Hibernation is turned off by default, to enable it, open your Control Panel by clicking Start, Control Panel and double-click the Power Options icon. Select the Hibernate tab and check the Enable Hibernation box. After you click Apply, you can select the Power Schemes tab and set the time for Hibernation. When Hibernation is enabled you can go into hibernation instantly by click Start, Turn-off Computer. When you hold down the Shift Key, Standby changes to Hibernate.