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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Chapter 10. Customizing the Interface

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to:

  • Add more of your favorite programs to the Start menu.

  • Customize the Start menu for easy access to programs, window icons, and documents.

  • Create, display, and customize taskbar toolbars.

  • Use taskbar toolbars to improve productivity.

  • Make efficient use of your screen space.

In our estimation, the litmus test of any interface customization consists of a simple question: Does the modification improve productivity? We’ve seen far too many tweaks that fiddle uselessly with some obscure setting, resulting in little or no improvement to the user’s day-to-day Microsoft Windows experience. This may be fine for people with lots of time to kill, but most of us don’t have that luxury, so ...

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