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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Display

The Display applet governs the way Windows appears onscreen. You can change the background for the Windows 2000 desktop, specify a screen saver, change the colors of windows and text, add self-updating Web-page information to your desktop, as well as change the resolution and color settings for your monitor(s). You make these changes using the six tabs of the Display Properties dialog box.

Tip

As a shortcut to opening this control panel, right-click the desktop and select Properties from the shortcut menu.

Background Tab

The default blue of the desktop is nice enough, but there's considerable appeal to the idea of customizing it with your own picture (called wallpaper in Windows parlance). Click one of the names in the "Select a background" list (Figure 8-4) to see how it looks on the miniature monitor in the dialog box. (Most of the graphics listed in the list are designed to be repeating patterns, not full-screen backdrops, which explains why they look so puny in the middle of the miniature monitor.)

Choose the image you want to use as wallpaper from the list on the Background tab of the Display Properties dialog box. From the Picture Display drop-down list box, choose whether you want to Center, Tile or Stretch the image. To use an image not shown in the box, click the Browse button to select an image from elsewhere on the computer or network.

Figure 8-4. Choose the image you want to use as wallpaper from the list on the Background tab of the Display Properties dialog box. From the Picture Display drop-down list box, choose whether you want to Center, Tile or Stretch the image. To use an image not shown in the box, click the Browse button to select an image from elsewhere on the computer or network.

If nothing in the list ...

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