Fundamentals of Microsoft

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About this Course

This course is intended for serious computer hobbyists, IT students, and IT professionals.

The free online textbook for this course is Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft® Windows® XP in 24 Hours. Read the Introduction to the book.

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Study Aids

Glossary of Terms

Differences Between the Windows Home and Professional Edition

Lesson 3. Managing the Windows XP Interface

In this lesson, you will

  • Learn more about where the Start menu comes from
  • Move, resize, and change the appearance of the taskbar
  • Learn why the Start menu's Programs command might not execute all programs
  • Arrange windows on your desktop
  • Play Solitaire

Reading Assignments

Read the following sections from your free online textbook:

offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) A Quick Taskbar and Start Button Review
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Moving the Taskbar
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) The Taskbar Menu
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Managing Multiple Windows with the Taskbar
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Sizing the Taskbar
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Starting Programs with the Start Menu
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Using the Run Command

Learning Activities

  1. Use this search box to refine and expand your understanding of new terms and concepts in the reading assignments.

Custom Search
  1. offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Read the Summary of the lesson.
  2. offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Test your understanding with the Q&A .
  3. offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Visit the online .Workshop
    Return here after completing your Workshop session.
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User Accountability

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