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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 2: Optimizing Windows Vista’s Interface
Customizing Menus and the Control Panel
As you’ve seen, the desktop has many customizable features. You also can customize
your computer’s menus and Control Panel, and this section shows you how to do it.
Navigating and Customizing Your Computers Menus
When you want to work with programs installed on a computer, you’ll use the All
Programs menu, as with earlier releases of Windows. When you click the Start but-
ton and then click All Programs, you’ll see a list of programs installed on the com-
puter, followed by a list of folders.
Depending on the system configuration, the programs you’ll see include:
Default Programs
Opens the Default Programs dialog box, which you can use to configure default
programs and features, as discussed in Chapter 4
Internet Explorer
Opens Internet Explorer, which you can use to browse the Web, as discussed in
Chapter 7
Windows Calendar
Opens Windows Calendar, which you can use to manage appointments and
tasks using a calendar, as discussed in Chapter 16
Windows Contacts
Opens Windows Contacts, which you can use to manage personal and business
contacts, as discussed in Chapter 16
Windows Defender
Opens Windows Defender, which you can use to protect your computer from
malware, spyware, and other malicious programs, as discussed in Chapter 15
Windows DVD Maker
Opens Windows DVD Maker, which you can use to burn DVDs, as discussed in
Chapters 8, 9, and 10
Windows Mail
Opens Windows Mail, which you can use to send and receive email, as dis-
cussed in Chapter 16
Windows Media Center
Opens Windows Media Center, which you can use to manage home entertain-
ment options for pictures, videos, movies, TV, and music, as discussed in
Chapter 25
Windows Media Player
Opens Windows Media Player, which you can use to view pictures, play music,
and play videos, as discussed in Chapter 8
Customizing Menus and the Control Panel
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Windows Movie Maker
Opens Windows Movie Maker, which you can use to make movies, as dis-
cussed in Chapter 10
Windows Photo Gallery
Opens Windows Photo Gallery, which you can use to view and manage digital
images, as discussed in Chapter 9
Windows Update
Opens Windows Update, which you can use to keep your operating system up-
to-date, as discussed in Chapter 20
The folders under the All Programs menu have also changed. The changes to the
menu may take awhile to get used to. Still, once you get used to the changes, navigat-
ing the menus will be fairly painless. The top-level folders are:
All Programs
Accessories
Provides access to the most commonly used accessories, including the Calcula-
tor, Command Prompt, Connect to a Network Projector, Notepad, Paint,
Remote Desktop Connection, Snipping Tool, Sync Center, Windows Explorer,
and Windows Sidebar.
Out of all the new accessories, the Snipping Tool is my favorite. You can use it
to capture portions of a screen and then save, annotate, or share the captured
snippet. By default, the Snipping Tool always captures portions of the screen to
the clipboard, making snippets available in other programs as well.
All Programs
Accessories Ease of Access
Provides access to the accessibility tools, such as the Ease of Access Center, Mag-
nifier, Narrator, On-Screen Keyboard, and Windows Speech Recognition. The
Ease of Access Center provides a central console for managing accessibility
options.
Windows Speech Recognition is one of the most powerful new accessories. With
the help of a microphone, this accessory allows you to train your computer to
recognize your voice. You can then dictate and control your computer by voice.
All Programs
Accessories System Tools
Provides access to commonly used system tools, such as Backup, Disk Cleanup,
System Information, System Restore, and Windows Easy Transfer. Windows
Easy Transfer replaces the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP.
Also includes Internet Explorer (No Add-ons), which is a protected version of
Internet Explorer without browser extensions or other add-ons. You can use this
version of Internet Explorer to protect your computer from potentially mali-
cious web sites and programs.
All Programs
Games
Provides access to Microsoft games installed with the operating system. The
games available depend on the edition of Windows Vista you are using.

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