To change the name of a shortcut, follow these steps:
1. Right-click the shortcut on your desktop.
2. When the pop-up menu appears, select Rename.
3. The shortcut’s name is now highlighted on your desktop. Use the Delete or
Backspace keys to erase parts of the existing name, and then type a new
name. Press Enter when you’ve finished entering the new name.
Arranging Icons on the Desktop
All those desktop icons let you quickly open your most-used programs, but they can
really clutter up the look of your Windows desktop. To better arrange your icons,
right-click a blank area of the desktop, select View, Sort By (or, in Windows XP,
select Arrange Icons By), and choose from one of the following options:
■ Name—Sorts items alphabetically by filename
■ Size—Sorts items by file size, from smallest to largest
■ Type—Sorts items by file type so that files with the same extension are
■ Date Modified—Sorts items by date, from oldest to most recent
In addition, you can click the View option and
choose to Auto Arrange the items, which auto-
matically arranges the icons along the left side
of your desktop, or Align to Grid, which makes
all your icons snap to an invisible grid.
Changing the Way the Start
You use the Start menu every time you launch
a program. Windows offers a few ways for you
to customize the way the Start menu works
Displaying More—or Fewer—Programs on the Start Menu
By default, the Start menu displays the five most-recent applications you’ve run.
You can reconfigure the Start menu to display more (up to nine) or fewer (as few as
zero) applications at a time.
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You can’t choose Align to
Grid and Auto Arrange at
the same time. If you want
to spread your icons across
the desktop (but aligned to
the invisible grid), turn off
Auto Arrange and Keep
Align to Grid on.