Chapter 4. Personalizing Your Work Environment

Each new version of Windows make its designers assume more about the preferences and abilities of the “average” user. Because this user doesn’t exist, Microsoft lets you change Windows Vista’s factory settings.

You can configure Windows in hundreds of ways ranging from superficial to meaningful. Changes to graphics, colors, and animation usually are cosmetic, whereas some other settings—the language used or adaptations for disabled users—change the way you work with Windows.

Using Control Panel

Control Panel is the central container of tools for changing preferences, configurations, and settings. These miniature programs commonly are called applets or extensions (or simply icons). Experienced Windows ...

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