Part VI   Personalizing Windows


Using the Tutorial
Once you have read (or printed) the instructions on this page, either:
  1. minimize your browser using the minimize button in the upper right corner [-]; it will still be active and connected, or
  2. close Netscape, disconnect your modem (to save billing time $$$!), and reopen it for the next lesson. Instructions:
    1. Read pages 124-125 (from lab book) for an overview on Personalizing Windows.
    2. Work through Tasks 47-57 (lab book) while on a Windows 95 computer. Also, make sure to read through the Supplements found on this web page! You will need to master the tasks in order to pass the performance assessment.

      Important Note: If you change any settings on a school computer, make sure to change them back to their original setting before you finish.

      Note for Task 49 - You will need to shut down the computer and restart Windows to see if you were successful at this Task.

      Also, Suppose you do not necessarily want to add a program to the Windows StartUp but would rather just like to see it appear in the first layer of the Start Menu so that you have easy access to it. (You would probably only want to do this with programs you use often.) This will be covered in Task 56.

      Supplement for Task 54 - A fun screen saver is the Scrolling Marquee. In the drop-down menu, select Scrolling Marquee. Note that there is a message that scrolls across the screen. You can change the message content, size, color, speed, etc. by selecting the Settings button and making any changes you wish. Select OK when finished and this will take you back to the Display Control Panel. To see the scrolling marquee that you have just entered, select Preview. To return to the Display Control Panel, just press the space bar or click the mouse button.

        Note: It is useful as an educator to know that students think this is pretty fun also. Be aware that one may take the opportunity to change the Scrolling Marquee to something that you may not want everyone reading on your school computer!

      Important Note for Task 55 - Do NOT set the mouse double-click or pointer speeds at the fastest settings!! It will be very difficult (no...more like impossible) for you to use the mouse if you do.

      Supplement for Task 56 - Remember, you would add application icons to different folders in the Start Menu only for more convenient access. Otherwise, just keep them where the installation program puts them.

      Some people like to have applications that they use regularly show up in the first layer of the Start Menu. To add an application icon here, use the following directions: At step 4 in this Task (p. 150), click on the Start Menu (usually at the top) and then continue to follow the directions. Then click on the Start button on the Taskbar to see that you have added the application icon to the top of the menu. You can then launch the application from the Start menu without going through the secondary+ series of menus.

Self-Assessment Checklist:
Use the following checklist to prepare for the performance assessment. We recommend that you learn to perform the tasks in both file management windows. Feel free to print this out for your reference.

  • Hide the taskbar (Task 47)
  • Move the taskbar to the right or left side of the screen (Task 48)
  • Make the task bar smaller (skinnier!) (Task 48)
  • Place an application in the StartUp folder so that it will launch when you start Windows (Task 49)
  • Open the Control Panel Window (Task 50)
  • Check the Date/Time settings in the Control Panel to make sure they are correct; change if necessary (Task 51)
  • Customize the background of the Desktop with either a new pattern or a new wallpaper (Task 52)
  • Change the color scheme for your Windows display (Task 53)
  • Set up a screen saver for the Windows display that activates after 2 minutes of computer inactivity (Task 54)
  • Adjust the mouse to have a slower double-click speed and to show pointer trails (mouse trail). (Task 55)
  • Place an application in the Start Menu so that you can launch it right from the Start Menu and not go through a secondary+ series of menus. Launch the application after you have completed this. (Task 56)
  • Change the font style and font size for the Windows display (Task 57)

    ***Make sure to change everything back to the original settings if you are not using your own personal computer.

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