Chapter 2: Optimizing Windows Vista’s Interface
You can customize the way the slide show works by following these steps:
1. Open the Slide Show Options dialog box by right-clicking the Slide Show gadget
and selecting Options.
2. Use the “Show each picture” list to set the duration to show each picture. You
can set the duration using preset intervals, from five seconds to five minutes.
3. Use the “Transition between pictures” list to set the transition to use when
changing to a new picture. If you don’t want to use transitions, select None.
Otherwise, select the desired transition, such as Fade.
4. By default, pictures are displayed in alphabetical order. To shuffle pictures rather
than display them in order, select the “Shuffle pictures” checkbox.
5. Click OK.
Managing Windows Sidebar
Whether Windows Sidebar is displayed by default depends on your computer’s con-
figuration. Typically, though, the sidebar is displayed by default.
When the sidebar is displayed, you can add or remove gadgets and work with avail-
able gadgets. To close the sidebar and free up the desktop space it uses, right-click an
open area of the sidebar and then select Close Sidebar.
When the sidebar is closed, you can work with it using the Windows Sidebar notifi-
cations icon in the notification area of the taskbar. Click the icon to open the side-
bar. Right-click the notification icon to display a shortcut menu with the following
Opens Windows Sidebar
Bring Gadgets to Front
Brings all open gadgets to the front so that you can view and work with them
Opens the Gadgets Gallery dialog box so that you can add gadgets
Displays the Windows Sidebar Properties dialog box
Closes and exits Windows Sidebar
Figure 2-23 shows the Windows Sidebar Properties dialog box. You can use this dia-
log box to control the sidebar using the following options:
Start Sidebar when Windows starts
Select this checkbox to have the sidebar start when Windows starts. Clear this
checkbox if you do not want the sidebar to start when Windows starts.