Customizing Menus and the Control Panel
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
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:
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.
➝ 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
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.
➝ 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.
Provides access to Microsoft games installed with the operating system. The
games available depend on the edition of Windows Vista you are using.