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PCs All-in-One For Dummies®, 5th Edition by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter 5. Taking Control of the Control Panel

In This Chapter

  • Configuring the Control Panel the right way

  • Setting your PC's date and time

  • Personalizing Windows 7 just so

  • Configuring AutoPlay options

  • Fine-tuning power options

  • Adjusting your keyboard

  • Changing mouse settings

  • Setting Internet options

  • Removing programs the right way

  • Configuring user accounts

  • Setting your phone and modem options

Picture this: You're the engineer on the bridge of the starship Enterprise — the first one, the real Enterprise — and Captain James T. Kirk suddenly bellows, "I need more power!" in your direction. Where do you turn? Which panel has the right randomly blinking lights and the right fake switches?

In the Windows 7 galaxy, my friend, you (and Scotty) need go no further than the Control Panel — where all the switches are real! Just about all the check boxes, drop-down lists, and buttons that determine how Windows 7 acts are available from this single menu item. And, in this chapter, I show you how to poke a tiny flashlight into the most commonly used Control Panel dialog boxes to fix your starship's shields — whoops — I mean, customize Windows 7 for your needs.

Sorry — like most other first-generation technonerds, I really enjoy my Star Trek.

First, Put the Control Panel on the Start Menu!

To open the Windows 7 Control Panel the right way — at least in this technowizard's opinion — it should be configured as a pop-up menu on the Start menu. The default Windows 7 category view (which opens in a separate window) is ...

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